Over the past couple of weeks, I have been on the internet scouring around for information that I want to share with readers of this blog, because there are a ton of talented, funny, inspiring, writers out there sharing stories of their travels.
But I take umbrage at the fact that some of the writers insist on talking about “authentic” travel, as if hanging out with locals wherever you go is somehow superior to enjoying your own family at the beach, or even a *gasp* theme park.
Travel is not a word to be claimed. There are no minimum days on the road required to qualify as a traveler, and taking your kids to Niagara Falls is as legitimate as visiting the Pantheon. Weekend trips to basketball tournaments can serve to bond a family as surely as biking across Europe.
If you’re here, and you’re like me, you travel with your kids and it’s important to you. Or you travel with friends, your mother, or just by yourself. You visit LEGOLAND, boutique hotels, and historic sites that move you to tears. Anyway you do it , it is authentic, and it’s worth sharing with others.
Here are some people I think are getting it right.
*Colleen Lanin at travelmamas.com blogs about travel with kids, and includes a great set of packing lists on her site. I have loads of packing lists at home, but I love hers because you can pack and check off items for up to five people at once. Get your packing lists here.
*Everywhereist.com is a site penned by a brilliant writer, copywriter style, (my favorite kind), and is very, very funny. She writes about travels with her husband, and a passel of other things that will make you laugh, but will also leave you feeling touched. Check out her post on the permanence of family.
*The Travelbelles is an online magazine for women, and I like to read it to keep the part of me that’s not a mother alive. It’s frilly, and southern, and is owned and edited by my friend Margo, who saved my butt in New York last summer when my purse was stolen.
In a very funny post, Margo writes about making friends with her bossy GPS, which is something I think we can all relate to.
Happy travels, wherever you are.