Aaron Turpen is a father, writer, and purveyor of dad jokes. With kids in tow, he often pretends to be in charge as adventures and (always law-abiding, officer) antics ensue. Aaron enjoys cooking (with gadgets) and driving vehicles on and off the road. And heavy metal. His children are under the impression that "Ozzy's Boneyard" is a station that should be available on every device at all times. Because he's raisin' them right. Aerosmith sucks! m/
Allison Taylor loves to write and to travel! As Research TMOM she often wears her family out by over researching just about anything that she and her family are going to do! Allison has 2 boys ages 7 and 9 whose antics keep her very busy, and being married to a firefighter adds a whole other element to the chaos! You can check out her own travel blog at Family Vacations U.S.
Amanda Williams is a self-proclaimed bird-nerd and mother to two high energy sons. She has worked as a wildlife biologist, wildland firefighter, and environmental educator, so she has a lot of outdoors experience to share--but those jobs pale in comparison to the adventure of being MOM! You can find her writing as a freelancer or exploring with the family for her own site, Field Guide to Parenting Outside. More comfortable in the middle of nowhere than in a big city, most of the year they'll be at large in a loaded down SUV, wandering National Parks and frequenting festivals all over the map.
Amy Barseghian has been a social media influencer and writer since 2008; after spending most of her life in the Midwest and a four-year stay in Arizona, Amy and her family now call Orange County, California home. Amy is the founder of The Best of Life Magazine, where she writes about travel, technology, parenting, and family lifestyle. Amy is also a freelance writer for AndroidLife Magazine; additionally she is the owner of Social Halo Media where she helps companies manage their digital communities. Amy and her husband have two children that also love to travel; they are happy to call Aulani their Disney Vacation Club home.
Bob & Sandy Nesoff
Bob and Sandy Nesoff have been together, and reporting together, for more than 40 years. Bob is an award-winning journalist who has worked for two daily newspapers and was a New York magazine editor. He is a columnist for New York Resident Magazine and a travel writer for a number of outlets and publications in the Northeast. Bob served as the first national president of the North American Travel Journalists Association and is a member of the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors. His novel, Spyder Hole, has been highly rated on Amazon and has been treated especially kindly by the reviewers. Bob has been listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the Media and Communications since 1998.
Sandy is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and was a founding member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and a past national officer. She has coauthored a weekly travel column with Bob as they traveled the world from Africa to the South Pacific and throughout the U.S. and Europe. Their three daughters were their test subjects for travel. That job has now been taken over by a granddaughter and two grandsons.
Boyd Rogers is "that guy" who embraces business travel and finds joy in the journey wherever his travels take him. Boyd found his first calling in life as a dad shortly before he found his second calling as a global employment/labor lawyer and HR executive. Now a dad of three (and a dad-in-law of one), his favorite thing is scouting out new cities and travel adventures for his family. Boyd tweets at @boydlrogers and shares his "travel n' dad" pix on Instagram at boydlrogers. Professionally, you can find him on LinkedIn solving the world's HR and employment challenges.
Brandon, AKA The Rookie Dad, is a working father of two. He hails from Kansas City, the heart of the U.S. where it is easy to travel to just about anywhere in the United States. He has traveled the length of I-70 through Kansas and all the way to east coast, and hopes in the near future to travel it to the west coast. He offers tips and tricks for people traveling to the Midwest and believes that it is one of the most under traveled destinations.
Creating ways to bond during each excursion: that’s the family travel style of Breeze Leonard with her husband and three little girls. The piney woods of East Texas is home and thinking outside the box is the way they take off-road adventures and head to the world’s scenic sites. They’ve four-wheeled in the Ozarks, snorkeled in the Gulf of Mexico, hunted shells in the Caribbean and volunteered for community service projects in Missouri. Through multigenerational and blended family travel, each new destination becomes the perfect place for them to reconnect with each other. You can see more of their adventures at Little Feet Big Adventures.
TravelingDad contributor Brian Armstead has been involved in print, radio and
television for over 41 years. He is President Emeritus of the Washington Automotive
Press Association, and has covered the auto and travel industry from many exotic
Carissa Houston is a nine-year homeschooling mom, crackerjack vacation budgeter and Disneyland history nut. She specializes in taking her teens on ultimate day trips to iconic and historic destinations. Her family hits the road from Phoenix to Southern California as often as possible. Carissa spreads the word that every family can afford to travel—and the idea that family travel is essential education money can’t buy—on her blog All Day Mom.
Caroline Knowles lives on the Gulf Coast in Fairhope, Alabama with her husband and two children (ages 19 and 12). She is the owner of Magical DIStractions Travel Co., a travel agency that specializes in Disney, Universal, and all-inclusive travel. She is also the founder of Magical DIStractions, a website focused on her love for all things Disney.
Catherine Parker has a passion for travel with only one state left in her quest of seeing all 50. As a former flight attendant, she's landed in nearly every major North American airport at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting national parks, historic sites and cultural icons. She's a freelance writer and journalist based out of Central Texas, dividing her time between writing and restoring a 95-year-old house. She shares her life with her three kids, her husband, yardful of cats, a dog and three backyard chickens.
Cathy Bennett Kopf
Cathy Bennett Kopf pays her bills working as a municipal finance officer and feeds her soul with travel, documenting the good, the bad, and the ugly on her blog, The Open Suitcase. When things go wrong on the road, she retains her sunny disposition knowing that the best travel memories come from unexpected detours. She has nudged her 3 children out of the nest but travels with them regularly, despite the complex logistical maneuvers required to coordinate their schedules. Cathy is a lifelong resident and passionate promoter of New York’s scenic Hudson River Valley, a region hailed by National Geographic as one of its Top 20 Destinations in the World. In addition to her blog, Cathy’s work appears on Yahoo, Budget Travel, and Mode.
Christine Tibbetts believes family travel is shared discovery -- almost like having a secret among generations who travel together. She's Destinations Editor and writing coach for TravelingMom. The matriarch of a big blended clan with many adventuresome traveling members, she is a classically-trained journalist. Christine handled PR and marketing accounts for four decades, specializing in tourism, the arts, education, politics and community development. She builds travel features with depth interviews and abundant musing to uncover the soul of each place.
Cindy Richards is a Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist who serves as the Editor-in-Chief of TravelingMom.com and TravelingDad.com. She also is the mom of two now grown kids who have traveled with her since that first, fateful plane ride when one preschooler discovered a barf bag in his seat pocket and his sister, finding none in hers, demanded, "I want a barf bag too!" She has been a reporter, editor and columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, an editor at Chicago Parent and Catalyst Chicago and an instructor in the graduate school at Northwestern's prestigious Medill School of Journalism.
Connie is a travel industry veteran with some 30 years of experience in all aspects of the business—and a foodie. In 2013, she founded Forks on the Road, a Boston-based boutique culinary travel company. Connie defines culinary travel as discovering a destination's history and culture through its cuisine and foodways. She’s designed itineraries for the elite cookware company Sur La Table, learning journeys for groups of dieticians, and a smorgasbord of adventures for culinary curious travelers with iconic sightseeing and unique experiences on the menu. As a freelance writer, Connie shares her own travels with insight and an extra helping of advice. She adores her four grandgirls ages six to 19 years and her superhero worshipping five-year-old grandson. So, in every destination and amid every experience (making pasta, watching bees produce honey, or visiting the famed black pigs of Parma) she is thinking, “would the kids like this?” She’ll let you know.
Danielle Braff is based in Chicago, but she spends every spare minute planning her next vacation. She's a full-time lifestyle reporter, and she usually travels with her two daughters and her husband, leaving their two dogs and two cats at home. Check out her other stories at Danielle Braff.
David is dad to two energetic and happy boys. Living on Long Island in close proximity to New York City, he and his family enjoy making the most of the many events and locations around the area, from the Met Museum to the NY Mets. More of a recreational traveler than a business traveler, he and his family take several road trips per year to visit family and friends all over New England. Ad man by day, and full-time dad by night, he is excited to share his experiences and discoveries as he takes on his most exciting journey yet: fatherhood.
Deb is Director of Operations for TravelingMom.com and the mom of 3 teenagers. She lives in the greater Grand Rapids area in West Michigan, and is a former city planner and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Analyst who loves gadgets, maps, writing, and traveling both within and outside of Michigan. She also enjoys reading, sewing, running and knitting. You can follow her thoughts and drama-filled adventures at Mom of 3 Girls.
Denedriane (Dee) Dean
Denedriane (Dee) Dean is a sunny wife and mom of two young adults and one lively teenager. She lives in the lovely landscapes of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and blogs at Refreshingtalk.com. As a homeschooling parent of more than 14 years, Dee believes every moment in life can be a learning experience, including (and especially) the traveling moments. She enjoys traveling with all of her family, just her husband, and by herself, on occasion. Dee believes that the world is so much bigger than her backyard, and loves to give her readers a taste of what she has experienced in her USA travels, and abroad.
Dia Adams is a Mom of a teen and a tween in the DC Metro area. Between growing up foreign service and working in consulting, she built up a serious love of travel that included visiting over 40 countries and living in Thailand, China, and Ireland (where her son was born). With extensive trial (and occasional error) her family has learned to balance passion for travel with the reality of, well, real life with two kids. Dia blogs at TheDealMommy.com to share hacks that help families travel more while still maintaining their savings and sanity. She is also the author of bestselling guidebook Disney World Hacks.
Diana Rowe is a Denver-based freelance writer Diana Rowe is enjoying her 'after 50" life with her blended family of 5 adult children, 8 grandchildren (ages newborn to 15 years), a dog -- and a very patient husband. For more than 20 years, she’s etched a living as a freelance writer, publishing hundreds of articles (online and print) ranging from family travel to girlfriend getaways to golf and hotel reviews. Diana specializes in multigenerational family travel and writes for numerous print and online publications. She also blogs about her various travel adventures with (and without) her family at http://travelinginheels.com. In addition to writing about her multigenerational family adventures as Traveling Grandmom, she also wears the hat of daily editor at TravelingMom.com
Eric Jay Toll
Eric Jay Toll is communications manager for City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development. In his free time, he roams the West looking for places families can enjoy together – or for a mom and dad getaway. Eric has been a travel writer for more than 10 years. His work has appeared in USA Today, Golf, Travel.com, and other publications. He was a charter writer for TravelingDad.com. Eric is an explorer, camper, resort bum, tourist and adventurer. He is also an accomplished chef in the kitchen and the campsite. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
Fran Capo is as an adventurer. Fran has bungee jumped, swam with sharks, flown combat aircraft, driven race cars, eaten fire & chased tornadoes. Her other 4 world records: Highest book signing -Kilimanjaro; Deepest book signing - wreck site of Titanic; Most patients seen in 2 days; 21, 695. Fastest theme song to national airplay. She has appeared on over 350 TV shows including; Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Last Call with Carson Daly, Inside Edition, ET, Ripley's Believe it or Not, More than Human ,Martha Stewart and CNN where her segment was voted top 5 watched. She’s been heard on over 3700 radio shows including Howard Stern, Bloomberg news and Rick Dees. As a comedienne, Fran Capo has performed in major comedy clubs from Dangerfield’s in NY to the Tropicana in Vegasto Okinawa for the Marines.
Greg Stump is married to Traveling Mom Nasreen Stump. Together they have 4 kids- a 14 year old boy, 7 year old girl, 5 year old girl, and 1 year old boy. By day Greg is a paramedic for a large county service in Texas. Working a 48 hour on 96 hour off schedule Greg attempts to squeeze in as much outdoor/adventure/nature travel as possible into his days off. He thinks the ideal vacation is either walking a busy city center and eating all the things or being dropped by helicopter into the remote wilderness and not seeing another human being for a week. He also loves Disney more than he cares to admit.
Greg writes about adventure travel, travel with a wide range of kids, medical travel and all the ways to keep your family safe and sound while on the road.
Our guest authors come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but each has something unique to contribute for the traveling mom.
Gwen Kleist is an award-winning writer based in Southern California. She is the mother of one very active son who shares her love of travel and adventure. She writes about their adventures and more on her family travel website, HealthyTravelMom.com. Her articles have appeared in San Diego Family Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Cat Fancy, Huntington Beach Magazine, and she was a contributing author to Explorer Publishing’s guidebook, Los Angeles: The Complete Resident’s Guide.
When not running around on adventures with her five children, Heidi Gollub volunteers for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and creates content for the local news. She frequently appears on television and was recently a speaker at Mom 2.0 and the Texas Conference for Women.
Jamie Bartosch is an award-winning journalist in suburban Chicago. Her stories have been published in USA TODAY, A&E, Midwest Living magazine, the Chicago Daily Herald and dozens of other publications. A married mother of two teenagers, she blogs for TravelingMom.com from the viewpoint of a "typical suburban mom." Her goal is to provide honest, useful information to help parents save time, save money, and make the most of their family vacation. Learn more about her at https://www.jamiebartosch.com/.
Jason Harris is a writer, community manager and happy father of three. Jason's passion is enabling people to have better lives and better experiences through technology. In between family road trips and ventures in the Northwest and beyond, Jason is also the tech correspondent for , the most listened to travel radio show in the US.
Miles and points have taken Jeff, his wife Chrissy, and their two sons, Ryan and Cole, to over 35 countries. They have been seen flying first class, business class, and even in coach on low cost carriers. Whether he’s staying in a hostel dorm, or in a luxury suite at a 5 star resort, Jeff is constantly looking for the best deal to make travel as close to free as possible. A background in math and science provides the analytical basis necessary to manage more than 80 loyalty accounts for his family. Jeff is a co-founder of The Points Consultants, and has been a featured speaker at the Chicago Seminars and Family Travel for Real Life Conferences.
Jeff Bogle is an at-home dad who writes about fatherhood, family travel, and All Things Childhood on his site Out With The Kids. His stories have also been featured on The Huffington Post, Esquire and PBS Kids, among other print and online outlets.
He is married to an adorable redheaded gal with whom he has two remarkable tween daughters who provide countless hours of humorous in-home entertainment.
He considers himself one of the luckiest guys in the world, although he needs to be reminded of this fact from time to time
Jen Brommer is a passionate family travel writer based out of Minnesota. A full-time school nurse and mom to 3 adventurous boys, Jen believes traveling together as a family is the key to staying happy and healthy at home. Jen always has a trip planned for her family. She thoroughly researches and develops the most all-encompassing, fun-filled trip itineraries that ‘work’ for families. Having already visited 12 US states and 5 national parks, Jen and her family stick to their US Bucket List when it comes to the places they want to visit together as a family before the kids leave the nest. She shares her best family travel tips and itineraries through her freelance work and on her own site, Travel With A Plan.
Jenn Mitchell is a proud mom, wife and adventure seeker. She’s traveled either solo or with family to 20 countries and 36 U.S. states so far. A former personal trainer, Jenn looks for ways to keep her family fit and active both at home and on the road. Her personal fitness journey was published in Prevention Magazine. She’s also been featured in Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and Fitness magazines. Jenn blogs at Comeback Momma, where her goal is to inspire other moms and families to live happy and healthy lives.
Jill is the oldest mom with the youngest kids pretty much everywhere she goes. She has a 24-year-old daughter and two seven-year-old sons. She realizes that yes, that’s a really big gap between kids. Jill wears many hats: wife, mom, humorist, writer, wanderer, caffeine addict and wannabe wine snob. She is a news writer for Disney’s parenting website, Babble. Her work has appeared in various other online and print publications, including The Washington Post. Jill is always planning her next adventure, whether that be a week in Ireland or herding her kids into the people-mover (AKA her super-cool minivan) to check out what’s new in her neck of the woods. She lives with her husband and two sons in the San Antonio area. You can find out what Jill is up to by reading her blog, Ripped Jeans and Bifocals, where she writes about adoption and her spin on everyday parenting.
As writer of the blog As The Joe Flies Joe Cheung is a self-described “average Joe trying to fly his family for less.” He specializes in helping families utilize their miles and points to travel at a great discount. He uses those same techniques to travel domestically and abroad with his wife and two children throughout the year. You can also find him podcasting at Saverocity and Tweeting at @asthejoeflies.
John Vanda was born in Michigan, and lived there just long enough to be a lifelong Detroit sports fan, including the Lions, despite his father's urging to never like the Lions, because they'll always let you down. When he was 10 years old, the family moved to Virginia, and he lived there until after college. During his college years, he married Jessica Vanda, and shortly after, became a military spouse when Jessica joined the Navy. Two wonderful kids, 8 moves and 18 years later, John is still a military spouse, now living in Florida. In addition to writing for Traveling Dad, he is also an editor for Traveling Dad, working on content and search engine optimization, and is a contributing editor for 6 romance novels. You'll also find him co-hosting and producing a Disney podcast called Disney Intelligence with fellow Traveling Dad Kevin Gillooly.
John Vanda & Kevin Gillooly
Kevin & John have been best friends for over 10 years, first meeting when their wives served together on active duty in the U.S. Navy. Given the enormous overlap in their interests – video gaming, pop culture, sports, playing golf, and all things Disney, Star Wars, & Marvel – it would not be surprising that they may have been brothers in a previous life. It was this affinity for Disney vacations, be it at the Parks or on the Disney Cruise Line, that sparked their podcasting careers in 2016. Their show, “Don’t Make Me Pull This Flying Elephant Over!” combines their in-depth Disney knowledge, personal stories, and dry yet nutty sense of humor, with notes of licorice and a hint of Irish whiskey.
Jon Bailey - travel blogger/harried dad/vacation dreamer/worrier, likes exploring far away places, home cooked meals like his Sicilian mama used to make, John Varvatos, The B52’s, and a front-of-the- line pass to just about anything. Father to two teen girls and husband to one outstanding man, Jon has combined his talents and passions to build 2DadsWithBaggage.com into a growing social gathering space for savvy travelers and their friends. Particularly focused on family travel, lifestyle and parenting, 2DadsWithBaggage features travel stories and tips from around the world, as well as the everyday adventures of
two gay dads raising two teen tempests. Jon is also owner of i.d.e.a., an integrated marketing agency based in San Diego focused on helping brands find their courage.
Josh Rodriguez is a father of three, husband, and founder of TexasDadBlog.com. He writes about parenting adventures in Austin, Texas, travel tips, and parenting from a fathers perspective. He enjoys taking trips with his family and road tripping across Texas. He is also a travel writer for Travelingdad.com. Josh recently co-founded TXBrewsandTunes.com where he writes about the craft brewery and music scene in Austin, TX.
Judy Antell is the Free in 50 States editor of TravelingMom. Judy lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband, three daughters, yellow lab, and tiger cat. Karat, the dog is always eager to hop in the car and road trip. Karat especially loves to hike and search for scraps outside artisanal bakeries. Read Judy's blog.
Julie Bigboy is a Southern California native who loves exploring sunny San Diego with her husband and four children (aged preschool to teen). With much to see and do in SoCal, Julie and her family are day trip experts, usually returning home after a day of fun. Julie writes about positive parenting, family travel and healthy living on her site, Mom Rewritten.
Kathy Penney's love of travel began with her first drive across her native Texas to Big Bend National Park as a child. She is passing along that love to her children while sharing their story to inspire all families to travel including special needs families like hers. When she's not sharing her family's adventures on her blog you can find her in their travel trailer discovering a new campsite or park or on her way to Walt Disney World for one of their frequent trips or leading her son's Scout meeting or taking her daughter to gymnastics. Life traveling with a busy preschooler and a gifted ADHD boy can be hectic but Kathy wouldn't have it any other way.
Kendra Pierson has been the family-designated travel researcher since she was 16 and now shares that title with her husband and two boys, ages 5 and 9. As a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), she used to spend 50% of her time planning meetings for clients around the US and was lucky enough to bring her boys along for most of that ride. She is a pro at maximizing travel to include business and personal, most often including a long weekend. When she’s not traveling, she;s homeschooling her sons as they explore the Atlanta area and can be found blogging at KendraPierson -
Keri first tasted travel on a college choir tour to Europe and was immediately hooked. She lived abroad twice, traveled to 28 countries, and was a professional Cast Member at Walt Disney World Resort and for an educational travel company, before having kids. Once they came, she wanted to keep traveling and has done so since her oldest was three months old. Keri loves traveling with kids because you have to slow down, take breaks, and sometimes live like a local. It teaches kids flexibility, patience, risk taking, and opens their eyes to the world. Keri moved abroad a third time, to London for a year, when her kids were ages 4, 1 and 1. Her family travels several times per year, to Europe, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Disney and Orlando, and on ski vacations in New England and out west. They take regular weekend getaways all over New England, where she is based. Keri is a stay-at-home mom and in May 2019 launched a family travel blog Bon Voyage with Kids to inspire families to enjoy the journey of traveling with kids.
Kevin is a New Yorker by birth and settled down with his family in Virginia after serving as an active duty Naval Officer for 10 years. He is husband to Jennifer, a Federal Government employee and Navy Reserve Officer, and father to two wonderful daughters, Audrey and Kathryn. What brings him to Traveling Dad is a decades-long love affair with all things Disney. A multiple visitor to both the Walt Disney World Resort, as well as Disneyland Resort in California, he has often been called upon by family and friends for “expert advice” on the best way to plan their Disney vacations. He’s even provided real-time text message support to loved ones already on Disney property needing food or entertainment recommendations. As if this weren’t crazy enough, he has also made multiple voyages aboard Disney Cruise Line, is a member of the Disney Vacation Club, and is a proud stockholder of The Walt Disney Company.
After years of traveling every week for business, Kim Orlando sought out other moms who traveled to understand how they dealt with the guilt, the scheduling and their family relationships. Advice from the trenches made travel–and life–much easier and often much more fun. Kim realized that other traveling moms would appreciate these insights, too, and TravelingMom.com was born. Just a few years later, TravelingMom is among the largest independent family travel website with the leading travel writer network. The advice and insight of this community is sought out by national news networks, travel companies and traveling moms who need to know before they go.
She has been selected as the travel expert for Wyndham's Women on Their Way, Mom Talk Radio and has been featured in Good HouseKeeping, NY Times Travel, Forbes.com, Hannah Storm’s CBS News Blog, JuJu Chang's Moms Get Real and The Montel Williams Show.
Kimberly Miles is a single mother of one and an unapologetic traveler. Born and raised in Alexandria, VA, the two of them relocated to Puerto Vallarta, MX in 2018 for a language and cultural immersion adventure. Through her own experiences, Kimberly motivates, encourages, and inspires single parents and solo female travelers to travel freely, affordably, and without regrets. When she’s not traveling, you’ll find her running or lifting weights, dancing to Latin music, or happily stuffing her face at your neighborhood taqueria. Read more of Kimberly’s work at Travel Unapologetically.
Kristin Shaw was born in New Jersey and has been steadily working her way south, living in Indiana, Ohio, and Georgia along the way and now settled in Austin, Texas with her family. She used to travel all over the world with European-based technology companies as a marketing and PR specialist, and she pulled back the throttle when she had her son. She started her own freelance company in 2011, and now you can find her in her happy place driving cars and trucks in interesting places around the country and writing for Cars Her Way, TODAY Parents, The Washington Post, and Traveling Mom.
Lauren Bruce spends most of her days surrounded by kids. At home with her own two rowdy boys and at school with the 400 kids she serves as an Elementary School Counselor, she is constantly on the go! She survives that many little ones on a daily basis with a lot of coffee and a little bit of sarcasm. She takes every free moment (and lunch break) to plan her family’s next vacation. Lauren loves chronicling her family’s quest to visit every Major League Ballpark in the country (Go Phillies!) - so far they have checked off eight stadiums and always have one on deck. Her other travel obsession is visiting the Disney Parks which became easier when she convinced her husband to become Disney Vacation Club members. She finds the planning process oddly soothing and is always excited to talk to anyone and everyone about their trips.
Liana Moore lived overseas growing up, attending British public school for kindergarten in London. She then moved to Stavanger, Norway for nine years until age 15, growing up with friends of different cultures. Summers involved camps in Switzerland and Wales, plus USA time in East Texas and Minnesota. Liana sees things from others’ viewpoints, believing those experiences shaped the woman she is today. She’s instilling that empathy in her children, having fun along the way. Currently based in the mountains of Colorado, much of her time is spent exploring the Rocky Mountains. When she’s not marketing a resort property professionally, or traveling and writing, find her trying out new sports like BMX biking with her nine-year-old daughter or debating with her five-year-old son (and occasionally winning). Follow Liana’s adventures at Insider Families.
HERE ARE THE FACTS
Name: Luiz Perl
Blog: Jet Set Daddy
Years as a Dad: 7
Family: Saira (wife), Sofia & Elisa (daughters)
Current Home: South Florida (near Fort Lauderdale)
Current Location: Depends when you read this – by the end of next month I will have been to 10 countries (Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Chile, Trinidad & Miami USA)
Travel Type: Business traveler during the week, family travel on weekend
Favorite Trips: Anywhere new doing something active
Most Exotic Trip: Road trip through Oman
Countries Visited: 63
Countries Lived In: 8
Languages Spoke: 5
Born adventurer and Los Angeles-based travel writer, Margot Black focuses on outdoor family travel, family travel, cultural immersion and experiences in nature. Her goals in life include mastering Spanish, being the weight on her driver’s license, and learning how to travel with just one small suitcase.
Maria Smith is a wife and on-the-go stay at home mom to four children ages 9 to 3. Maria lives in Atlanta and blogs at MamaliciousMaria.com. A former Oprah Winfrey Show producer, she is now a freelance writer and editor. When not writing, Maria can be found on the tennis courts, savoring a book, or traveling the world with her family.
Marina Kuperman Villatoro
Marina Kuperman Villatoro
is CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. She's been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. We travel all over the world. Needless to say, it’s never boring! So find out where you can eat, stay and play with your kids all around the world.
Mary Dixon Lebeau
Mary Dixon Lebeau was forced into East Coast travel. A Jersey girl herself, Mary married a guy from New England who has a penchant for Florida, so she has become acquainted with - and loves - all the wonderful sites from Caribou, Maine to Key West, Florida.
Mary is also adept at creating vacations that are "one size fits all." The mother of five (ranging from "Expedition Everest" to "Dumbo"), she has become skilled at planning for all ages, collecting kiddie swap passes and making sure everyone is happy (sometimes all at the same time).
A former newspaper columnist, Mary is now a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Parents, Parenting, Pregnancy, Conceive and Family Circle (are you sensing a theme?). She was also the former travel editor at REAL Magazine (RIP). Her essays have appeared in such publications as the Christian Science Monitor, God Allows U Turns, and four different editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Melody Pittman is a blogger and travel writer from Vero Beach, Florida who is on a quest to conquer all 50 states and visit as many countries as she is years old. To date, Melody has visited 44 states (12 to go) and 48 countries (1 to go). She and her daughter, Taylor Pittman Hardy, write about luxury travel, culture, and food on their blog, Wherever I May Roam. After years of traveling big cities both locally and abroad, Melody is now finding that her passion is exploring the Southern charms of small towns across the country. She loves exploring the local festivals, museums, bed and breakfasts, and the concept of buying and eating local.
A Los Angeles native, Mimi Slawoff spent her childhood traveling with her parents and sister. The summers she spent living in Bulgaria with relatives fueled her love of travel and linguistics (she is fairly fluent in Bulgarian and stumbles through French).
A former Los Angeles Daily News reporter, Mimi swapped news for travel writing when she became a mom. She freelances and writes a monthly family travel column for L.A. Parent magazine (www.laparent.com). Mimi's kids - Christina, Michael and Megan - have been traveling with her since they were tots and are now hooked on travel too.
is married to Traveling Dad Greg Stump. Together they live in a multigenerational household with Greg's dad and 4 children- a 14 year old boy, a 7 year old girl, a 5 year old girl, and a 1 year old boy. Nasreen also birthed two twins as a gestational surrogate for her BFF.
For years Nasreen spent up to 5 nights a week on the road as a territory sales manager covering over 21 states during her tenure. She left in 2016 to help out more at home with her father in law's cancer treatment schedule.
Nasreen specializes in business travel, pregnant travel, medical travel and travel with children of varying ages. Lady loves to road trip. Last summer she hit the road from Texas to Vermont and back solo with 4 kids while pregnant with twins.
Addicted to social media she shares her adventure on the road with those back home. She is back in Texas after 10 years in the Northeast.
After accompanying his travel writer dad to the Peruvian Amazon, Paul Eisenberg had his first trip report published at age 15 in Junior Scholastic magazine and has been a fan of family travel and journalism ever since.
Some years later he went on to serve as editorial director at Fodor’s, where for nearly a decade he directed a guidebook program including U.S. and family travel titles. He has reported on travel for Barclaycard, Shermans Travel, and FoxNews.com, has written about parenting for Nick Jr. magazine and authored the sixth edition of Fodor’s Around New York City with Kids.
In 2010 his article about medical tourism received a Lowell Thomas Award, the highest honor in travel journalism.
Paul and his wife live in New York City with their three children.
Raphael has visited 38 countries, over 40 US states and lived in all four time zones between LA and NYC. Most importantly, he embarked on his toughest yet most rewarding journey: fatherhood of identical twin boys. He chronicles his trips through the lens of entertaining pre-schoolers with an attention span of 68.2 seconds.
Richard Christensen was born with an insatiable curiosity about the world and degrees in History and Library Science have only fueled that fire. He's often seeking new adventures, whether that be spinning in a teacup with his daughter at Disney World or heading off the beaten path to visit a lost piece of roadside Americana. You can read about this Michigan dad and his travels on the Wagon Pilot blog or brush up on your Disney World expertise over atPixie Dust Daily.
A simple internet search for cheap airfare led Richard to chasing the proverbial white rabbit down the hole towards points and miles. Richard’s passion is exploring the inner workings of loyalty programs in order to provide readers the best strategies for maximizing their loyalty account balances. Richard has traveled to over 40 countries and has lived in the UK and Japan. His wife, Emily, and son, Thomas, are his favorite travel companions. Thomas has visited six countries and taken over 20 flights at the ripe old age of one.
Richard graduated The Georgia College in 2007 with a BBA in International Business followed by Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI where he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. He served as the Supply Officer of the ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) from 2010-2013 followed by a three year your in Japan as a Material Control Officer responsible for supporting maintenance on Navy and Marine Corps aircraft outside of the US.
Richard is currently a lieutenant working in the Washington D.C. area inside the Navy aviation community.
Contact Richard via email at [email protected] or keep up with him on Twitter and Instagram (@thepointsjock).
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” – Mark Twain
Sarah loves discovering what’s unique about a place, its history, food, architecture and culture. She explores Philadelphia when she isn't traveling for fun or for work as a law professor. Both her college-age kids have been enthusiastic travelers since they were tiny. Follow her as Very Hungry Traveller on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter. Recent: Spain, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Chile, Israel, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, France, Croatia, London, Korea, New York, California.
Sarah Gilliland is a mom to fraternal twin girls, lover of road trips big and small, and a passionate SEC football fan (War Eagle!). Although her father’s military service took her all over the world as a child, Sarah's family now calls Birmingham, Alabama home. Sarah happily shares the ups and downs of her parenting journey at Sarah in the Suburbs. When she’s not writing or traveling, Sarah is digging deep into a good book, binging on Netflix, or planning other people's vacations.
Sarah Walker Caron
Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and author based in Maine. She is the creator of the popular food blog sarahscucinabella.com. Her latest cookbooks, The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, are available where books are sold.
Shawn Shepard is a freelance writer and mother to two teenage boys. As a mom, her specialties include cooking balanced meals for her family almost every night and planning amazing trips. Whether she’s visiting a museum down the street or flying to a destination halfway around the world, she’s always ready for the next adventure. Shawn writes about her family’s travel experiences in her blog Fellow Farer True.
Shawn McAskill is the millennial father that the old print newspapers warned you about. He is a marketing professional living in South Florida with two highly energetic boys and a very patient wife. Shawn loves his family, his cars, FSU, and wasting his free time planning out everything he’d like to do in his free time.
Shreeraj is the proud owner of events site for locals and travelers Trekommend and even prouder father of two small kids. Despite an extreme love of the sun, Shreeraj has found himself progressively moving up the West Coast, starting in LA and currently residing in Seattle.
Silvana Clark began her exciting travel adventures when her mother put valuable porcelain in Silvana's stroller and smuggled items out of East Germany. Since that time Silvana has been happily married to a travel-crazy guy for 36 years. Her two daughters grew up knowing whenever there was a reason to travel or a great air fare bargain, they would be on the road. Silvana and her husband have spent the last three years getting paid to travel the country as Brand Ambassadors.
Steven Locke, AKA Mr. Locke, is a computer geek at heart. It turns out that he's pretty good at photography and videography, too. An Ohio native, Steven digs road tripping with his family, bourbon, craft beer, disc golf, and video games. Did we mention cigars? Yeah, those, too. You can find Mr. Locke on Sand and Snow...and everywhere in between! where he's showing his take on the world through the lens of his Nikon.
Susie Kellogg is truly unstoppable as a traveling mom. She and her crazy husband, Dan, travel the continent full-time with their 12 kids in an RV. Her life is complete as she travels, writes, blogs, teaches and raises their 12 beautiful, faith-filled, fun-loving, crazy, adventurous kids. Susie and her family are adrenaline junkies and love extreme sports -- whitewater kayaking, rafting, snowboarding, surfing, and SUPing, to name a few. As a family, they are sponsored by Jackson Kayak and Kokatat Watersports Wear and her kids compete at the highest levels of the sport, racking up awards as well as their own sponsors.
Susie and her family have appeared on the Today Show, Fox News, Sunrise at 7 and have been featured in dozens of magazine and newspaper articles. Nick News produced a 30 minute episode on their family, titled “12 for the Road”. Susie is the author of “Raising a Badass Family” and blogs at kelloggshow.com.
Originally from South America, Taty is a proud Miami resident who has feels at one with Latin America because of her extensive professional and personal travels. She likes to think that she is fostering tireless wonder to discover the world in the children in her life, while aiming to bridge across cultures via food, travel, exploring and education, to name a few. All the while looking for great finds that help keep families cool, chill and zen.
Terri left her life in the South after her kids grew up, to move to New York City and start a new career as a travel writer. She is happiest when she’s globetrotting and loves bringing stories of her adventures to her readers. She is the mom of two amazing adults, and the proud Grandmom of three beautiful little ones – who believe she lives in the airport. You can learn more about Terri and her work at Tripping With Terri.
Terry Ward calls Tampa, Florida, home and counts Norway, France and Indonesia among her many favorite family travel destinations. The mother of two toddlers, she can't wait to eventually get her kids certified so she can go scuba diving with them. Her freelance travel writing spans two decades with stories published in National Geographic Traveler and The Washington Post, among many others. Read more on her website, Terry-Ward.com.
the Traveling Dad Team
Tim lives just down the road from the #1 family travel destination, Walt Disney World. Although he, his wife, and two kids visit this area quite often, they’ve also traveled to Peru, Costa Rica, on an 8,600 mile road trip around the US (yes, two kids and parents in a car for 8,600 miles!), and cruises through the Caribbean. Tim has worked in the travel industry for 17 years and is currently planning his next adventure! You can follow Tim and all of his travel adventures on Jones Family Travels.
Tim Burns is the father of 8-year-old twins. He blogs about the adventures of parenting from a fun-loving dad's perspective at ageekdaddy.com. A connoisseur of comic books and remote control cars, he enjoys family road trips and is an avid Detroit Tigers fan.
Yvonne Jasinski has been living her dream of traveling ever since she arrived from Poland to the USA in 1987. She is fascinated with the natural beauty of North America and working her way to see all American national parks. Over the years, she shared her passion for travel with family and friends by organizing numerous trips from group camping to luxurious vacations on the beach. She is a cancer survivor celebrating life. She makes her trips possible by using credit card opening bonuses, cash back, miles and loyalty programs to generate free travel. She is a mother of an adult son. He shares her travel adventures at Yvonne's Travel Blog