If it’s so much work, you might wonder, “Why bother?” Why not just wait until the kids are a little older and better able to control their bodily functions and emotions? For starters, I’m 34 and still struggle with both of these things, so we might be waiting awhile. Secondly, because we are guaranteed nothing.
I was raised in a tiny little town with a single blinking light and a buck pole. Just because you come from a small place doesn’t mean you are built to do small things.
Any traveler worth their salt needs to be ready to roll at a moment’s notice, but that can be tricky for those of us rolling with strollers. What is a meandering mom or pop to do? Upon returning from a super fun and totally exhausting vacation, it takes me at least a week to tackle the unpacking process. So, forget it. Just keep a few of those bags packed and waiting for your next adventure. They might just be the push you need to get yourself out the door and into the world.
Spring Break is right around the corner, and God knows we all need it. The dreary February weather has taken its toll and, as I sit here watching the rain pour down and wash the snow into ugly puddles of muck, my inner nomad is busy planning our next getaway. But where shall we go?... Continue Reading →
There are a handful of photos from a family road trip last year that haunt me every time I see them - ten or twelve shots on a mountaintop outside of Albuquerque. We are smiling at the camera. We are looking out over the purples and browns and deep greens of the Sandia Mountains. We... Continue Reading →
It’s simple, really. You spend weeks planning and packing and unpacking and repacking, checking and double-checking reservations and bags and items to entertain, and asking and re-asking which movies to bring and snacks to pack and must-have cozy animals to cuddle. And then you load it all up like a jigsaw puzzle, and amazingly, everything... Continue Reading →
The American road trip – beloved pastime of lonely poets, biker tribes, motor home retirees, young couples fresh-faced and in love. But what about that frazzled family with 2.5 children and a closet full of butt wipes? Is this adventure truly for us, the exhausted parents with diaper-wearing, life-sucking tiny humans? It can be. Maybe... Continue Reading →
It is 8:30 in the morning on the second day of our vacation, and I am ready to go home. My children have just shamed me at the hotel's continental breakfast buffet.
“Travel while you’re young…before you have kids.” How many times have we heard this seemingly sage advice handed down from those who've gone before us? We take this simple statement, twist it up a bit in our minds, and assume it to mean, “Only travel while you are young, and do not, for any reason,... Continue Reading →