qfamilyI have been following Amy at The Q Family Adventures for as long as I have been travel blogging myself.  She was one of the first bloggers I got in touch with via Twitter and we have since expanded our friendship through many emails back and forth.  Hopefully we will get to meet someday!

I admire Amy and her adventurous spirit.  She is quite the traveling mom and writes about all of her travel experiences at The Q Family Adventures and shares her adventures around Atlanta at Atlanta with Kid.  Recently I was given the opportunity to interview Amy via email about her thoughts on family travel. 

My family has always traveled with our kids. It is something we love to do.  Have you always traveled with your children or is it something that you had to work up the courage to do?
I have always loved to travel and my husband was also a world traveler himself since he was a kid. So it’s natural for us to want to travel even after we have kids. Plus my extended family lives in Thailand, so there is no doubt in my mind that the first thing we have to get is our children’s passport.  I guess for me since I have been traveling I don’t even think it’s something hard or something I have to work up the courage to do. It’s just something I love to do and I just go with the flow. 🙂

What do you think is the most important part about taking your children on your travels?
The experience they will have during each trip is priceless. There is no book or movie that can give them that kind of experience.

Is there any type of travel that you are apprehensive about bringing your children?
Hmmm.. I couldn’t think of one in particular. My husband has never been to Las Vegas and I think that might be the one place that I might wait for them. I know there are several kid-friendly activities in Las Vegas.. but I don’t think we want to go to Las Vegas to experience that with my kids. 🙂

What is your most memorable family travel moment?
Every trip has its own special moment but the most memorable one for me has to be when we traveled to Hong Kong and Macau with my family. From a small group we ended up with 14 adults and 4 kids. It was crazy but it was certain my favorite family travel moment.

What is your funniest family travel moment?
I guess whenever we made a mistake.. It was stressful at the moment but eventually we laughed about it.

A lot of people think we are nuts when they find out that we love to travel with our children and do it often.  What is the funniest thing you have heard when people find out you love to travel with your kids?
I don’t know if it’s funny but most of the time I will hear (even from my own family) – Don’t bother.. They are too young.. They won’t enjoy it..(Uh.. How do you know that they won’t enjoy it? 🙂

What is your favorite travel spot so far?  What about the rest of your family?
I love the West coast. I love San Francisco and San Diego. My family is in love with theme parks so I will say at this moment San Diego is the most requested ‘mom, can we go ….?’ moment.

 Keeping children occupied while traveling, no matter how you travel, can be a challenge.  What are three things you always pack in the busy bag?
Their portable game system (currently Nintendo DS), deck of cards, small notebook and crayon

What does a typical day of travel/exploring a new spot with your family involve?  What are some common denominators to each trip?
I don’t know if I will call it a typical day because each trip will be different based on the location. But I guess we tend to wake up early (than usual) to take advantage of the day. Have a healthy breakfast and explore based on what I tentatively created for my itinerary. Sometimes, we just drove around to get a feel of the city and sometimes we just come back and hang out to relax after a long day.

What is the biggest reward of traveling with your children?
To be able to see their little mind opens up to all the possibility and learn about new things.

I know you are planning a big family trip to Thailand.  How are you preparing for this trip?  Do you have any tips for us?
It might not be fair to use my own experience in preparing this trip because I have my family there. 🙂 So a lot of typical travel planning for this kind of trip doesn’t really apply to me. I don’t have to find accommodation or transportation. However, I would love to share about our activities once we get there. Stay tuned and there will be more posts about Trip to Thailand. My tips to any family planning a trip to Thailand is to know what you want and don’t try to do everything. Thailand has a lot to offer so it can get overwhelming. Set your budget and time, then work your way to find the perfect itinerary.

I love following The Q Family Adventures blog.  How did you get started and what makes you want to share your adventures?
I started blogging as a way for me to journal my family vacation. After several trips in the past, I tend to forget where we went, where did we stay or even what we ate. I didn’t want to lose the important information, especially when my friends asked about our trip. From then, I started to blog about my trip planning. Again, to help me remember all the great information I have researched before the trip. Later on, I connected with a lot of travel bloggers (Two Kids and A Map is one of my early discovery as well). It has been a great experience and I’m looking forward to many more fun adventures to be able to share with my readers.

I also follow your other two blogs, Atlanta with Kid and Blog Conference GuideTell us about those blogs as well.
Atlanta With Kid started from (again) my own need to find affordable or free things to do with my kids during the weekend in Atlanta (when I can’t travel). I was looking for a blog or website that I could get the idea of what were fun things to do each weekend.  I have to go through several pages to find family-friendly things to do with kids. So I started Atlanta With Kid in June of last year.  Blog Conference Guide is my brand new blog. I just recently started this blog last month. As a newbie to blog conference world, I felt overwhelmed by the choices of Blogging conferences and social media events available to bloggers. And sometimes, I missed out on a great blog conference because I didn’t know about it until it’s too late. So I start searching for a place where I can just find this information in one place. To my surprise, I couldn’t find it! So being a blogger, I decided to start this blog as a way to help other bloggers to be able to find information about blogging conference and social media event.

Is there anything else you want to share with us about family travel?
Don’t feel intimidated by travel with your children. They are more resilient and adaptable than we give them credit for. I think sometimes it’s harder to please my husband than my kids! 🙂