When Will was born, I picked up a book called 100 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up. For a few months, I flipped through all the ideas feeling fully inspired to take him on great adventures. As he grew and Charlie came along, I realized that I was much more inspired by some of the regular families I saw each day on Instagram. Some families had sold everything and become nomads. Others were balancing home life and soccer practices. What I realized lately was that since you’re reading this blog, you might also be looking for inspiration. So here is my hand curated guide to Instagrammers to follow as your kids grow up.
Pregnancy /Babies / Tots
Lillie / @WorldLillie
Lillie is the perfect example of how to incorporate 2 kids into a life already filled with travel. Her Instagram is a look into how she balances life at home with a 2 year and 5 month old while also showing them bits and pieces of the world at a very young age.
Pre-K / Kindergarteners / Grade 1
Keryn / @walkingontravels
Keryn says she would rather be on a plane with her two boys for 10 hours than grocery shopping with them for 45 minutes. Her Instagram backs up this statement as she takes road tripping to a whole new level driving the kids across Europe. Be inspired not only by the adventures she takes with them but the time she carves out to travel without them. Proving that a little me time can do a lot of good for moms.
“Mommy, are we going to pack up the tent and bring it with us?” -Ty. “No sweetie. We need to leave the yurt here for other people to use.” -me. I guess when you find a door just your size it is hard to let it go. #travelintimewwi #France #aisne #yurt #summer #camping @visitfrance #europe #glamping A photo posted by Walking on Travels (@walkingontravels) on
School Aged Kids
Erin & Josh / @travelwithbender
Having school aged kids doesn’t mean they have to be educated in a traditional school system and no one proves this better than Erin and Josh. On the road since 2012, with their now 6 and 7 year olds, they have already visited over 67 countries. While Josh’s travel photography is some of the best out there, you’ll more likely be inspired by their humour and ability to tell it like it is.
“Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.” – Paramahansa Yogananda _ With a view of Crater Lake in Oregon like this, you can’t help but smile. _ We’ve driven all over the Pacific Northwest and I’ll be sharing some of my favourite destinations this Memorial Day weekend over at @Travelocity. Go ahead and follow them to ensure you don’t miss out. _ What PNW destinations do you think will make the list? _ #gnomadtakeover
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This is SPARTA!!! _ Ah, no. This is Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah. _ No need to fight for a good view around here. ? _ It seems like only yesterday, but we were in Moab exactly 2 months ago. Since then we’ve been on a side-trip to Florida, a 1-week RV trip around Arizona & Utah, a 1-week road trip through Northern California, and a 2-week road trip through New Brunswick & Nova Scotia, Canada. Phew! Now we’re ready for a well-deserved break, putting our feet up in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for 2 months. This will give us a chance to catch up on writing, photography, and new projects. Our #motherofallroadtrips was a massive 1-year journey around the US and Canada. And I’m a little sad to have wrapped it up. But I look forward to the next chapter of our nomadic travels. Who knows what the future will bring. Just make sure you come along for the ride! _ #moab #canyonlands
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Becky / @Kidworldcitizen
Still worried about traveling with school aged kids? How about 4 of them and an additional 3 year old to boot? Becky is here to inspire as her and her family hike in Peru, have fairytale adventures in Germany, and go white water rafting in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains. The added kicker; sometimes her husband stays home to work and she does it all alone.
Have you ever traveled by train?? Peru Rail from Cusco and the Sacred Valley to Aguascalientes (Machu Picchu) is an incredible ride through the Andean cloud forest! A photo posted by Becky: Teacher, Travel Writer (@kidworldcitizen) on
Amber / @global_munchkins
Another family with five kids but with a different travel style. These guys can usually be found somewhere in the sun staying at some pretty luxe properties. Amber’s Instagram proves you don’t need to give up on fun when traveling with kids in tow as her family hits up foam parties at the Hard Rock Cancun pool. What I like most about Amber’s account is the emphasis put on making memories and the sweet moments shared between the family members.
F O A M • P A R T Y . . . The kids had s blast in the foam yesterday. Hard Rock has really surpassed all of our expectations. It’s our first all inclusive and the food and activities are overflowing. But, what surprised us the most was the family friendly atmosphere. Everything from poolside kids crafts, to the balloon makers that come by. Birds and monkeys for photo opp’s and even a poolside ice cream cart ??? . . . @hrhcancunofficial #hardrock #familytravel #vacation #bringthekids #familyvacation #cancun #mexico #takethekids
Katja & Victoria / @globetotting
Sharing one account between two families, these two ladies will inspire you to head to places like Europe, Mexico and Nicaragua. Their two broods include kids aged 6, 7, 8, 9 and 16 months for an additional dose of cuteness. If you keep saying your kids are too young to visit certain locales, you should give these ladies a follow pronto.
Pre Teens / Teens
Rebecca / @rwethereyetmom
A mother of 3 kids, two who are teenagers, Rebecca is the type of mom who can’t see a blank space on a calendar without wanting to fill it with travel. Her Instagram perfectly captures the balance between soccer mom and travel guide. Her photos document not only their family adventures but the special moments shared when traveling alone with only one child at a time.
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Amy / @pitstopsforkids
Amy is a girl after my own heart. She loves outdoor adventures and she hasn’t shied away from letting her kids embark on some daring experiences. In the past month, her 17 year son Nate has hiked 457 miles across Oregon switching out hiking partners along the way. And I’m still nervous to let me kids cross the street.
A day on the Pacific Crest Trail in Central Oregon. I love this teen’s sense of adventure. ? A photo posted by Family Travel ✈️ (@pitstopsforkids) on
Make sure to stop by and say hello to me on Instagram. I am always happy to connect and offer free advice to parents looking to plan epic family adventures.
I think I’ve lost them. Doesn’t look like either one is coming home from O’ahu. A killer fun day @polynesianculturalctr before we head to @disneyaulani to finish off our tour of the island. #LetHawaiiHappen #VisitOahu #polynesian #polynesianculturalcenter #takeyourkidseverywhere #familytravel #ig_oahu #wanderlust #travelkids #disneybound #instadisney #LumixStories #lumixcan
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