About 50 States with Kids
Do you love exploring exciting new destinations with your family? Do you keep track of how many states your kids have been to? Are you looking for kid-tested travel advice from one parent to another? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then keep reading, because this blog is for you!
Many parents would love to be able to take their kids abroad, but lack the financial resources to do so. Others just like the convenience of travelling in an English-speaking country. Whether it’s personal preferences or the economy that restricts your travel to destinations closer to home, the USA is filled with fascinating places that will provide years and years of memorable family vacations.
Whether your idea of a vacation is trapping lobsters, mining for diamonds, hiking on a glacier, or relaxing on a sugar-white sand beach, you will find many exciting opportunities that are probably within a couple days’ drive of your home. I love finding attractions that are unique to their state or region. I see travel as an essential part of my kids’ education, but kids are kids, and we incorporate plenty of fun into our trips too.
In addition to kid-tested destinations, I’ll share tips I’ve learned about travelling with kids, books and products I’ve found to be helpful, and give my readers a chance to share what they’ve learned too.
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I’m Terri. I’m a mom of three kids and I love to travel. Better yet, my kids love to travel too. When I was pregnant with my youngest child, I decided to retire from my engineering job to stay home with my kids. Obviously, we had to cut back our expenses, including our travel budget. My husband and I decided that we could still travel, but that we’d have to drive to most of our destinations instead of flying. Fortunately, we live in Ohio and most of the country is within a two-day drive. Our first really big driving trip was to Walt Disney World in Florida in October 2005. In order to get there and back, we drove through six states. That’s when the idea hit me—we could turn lemons into lemonade. As long as we were going to be driving anyway, why not make a goal of visiting all 50 states before our kids grow up? The entire family loved the idea. Several years later, we’re well on our way to hitting our goal. I’ve been to 47 states; my husband to 49 (Oregon, in case you were wondering); and my kids have been to 42, 42, and 41 states.
I love to travel near and far. When my kids were younger, we stuck a little closer to home. A friend and I decided to become hometown tourists and deliberately explore our city, Cincinnati. After a few years, we wrote a bestselling book about it. It’s called Adventures Around Cincinnati: A Parent’s Guide to Unique and Memorable Places to Explore with your Kids. We still go on our local adventures and I love to encourage parents in the Cincinnati area to explore with their kids. We speak to groups all over the city and have a monthly segment on the local FOX morning news. We also have the itch for foreign travel, although we can’t afford to do it often. I have a sister who moved to Sweden and several years ago we visited her and spent a month exploring Scandinavia.
It’s not just the actual travelling I love. I love planning my next trip. I frequently come home from the library or bookstore with stacks of travel books. Anticipation is half the fun! And I love reliving the experience looking back at pictures. My kids do too. In fact, they bug me about how behind I am on my scrapbooking. I love telling people about the places we’ve been and encouraging them to travel with their kids. One of the best parts of my job as an author and speaker is when my readers tell me about the places they’ve been and the memories they’ve made with their kids. This travel bug is truly contagious!
The last time I was on vacation, I told my husband that I wish I could travel for a living. My hope is that this blog will enable me to contribute to our family’s income doing what I love—traveling with my family and encouraging others to do the same.
About the Pictures in the Header
Are you curious about where I took the photos in my header up at the top? I thought you might be, so I wrote a post about each one. Starting at the top row, left to right, here they are:
And the bottom row: