I’m really excited to share a new book by my friend Mara Gorman, also the voice behind the blog, The Mother of all Trips. I met Mara at a family travel conference a couple of years ago and discovered that she’s practically my neighbor. She lives in Delaware, and she has been traveling with her kids since they were infants and records it all on her blog.
I have consulted with her when we’ve traveled in the past, and her advice is always spot-on, so I was thrilled when I heard that she was publishing her first book, The Family Traveler’s Handbook.
She hooked me in during the first chapter about how they became a traveling family. I love her perspective and was nodding my head along with her when she said:
The reality is that it takes initiative to be a traveling parent. It takes action. It takes a willingness to step outside your comfort zone. You will have to challenge cultural assumptions that say it’s more important to have ‘stuff’ than experiences, and that very young children should be utterly committed to a long list of activities that keep them at home.
I could relate to that not because I’ve made the choice and sacrifices to be a traveling parent, but rather because I have not. We often find ourselves lamenting that we don’t go anywhere or do anything, and we rail off a long list of “reasons” — including the activities and the financial sacrifices and preparation time that Mara mentions . . . but we don’t do anything about it.
Lately I’ve been feeling the urge to travel, to see more of the world, and to show it to our kids while we still can. The reality is, they are growing up quickly and they have spent most of their lives in one of four states — our own, my parents’ home state of Virginia, our family vacation state of Maine, and the land of The Mouse.
I want to see more and do more, and Mara’s book is inspiring me to step out of my comfort zone and do just that.
I appreciate that she stresses flexibility and the value of being prepared all at the same time. She shares anecdotes of their own travel experiences along with wise advice gleaned from years of doing what she loves most… exploring the world.
She tells you how to find the right hotel, how to make the most of museums and cultural attractions, and she gives you tips for traveling on a budget and camping with kids. She has a section on planning and then a section on actually traveling. The book is laid out in a very practical way, but it’s full of real life stories and anecdotes to keep your interest the whole way through. It’s definitely a must-have for the traveling family.
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