Hi, I’m Catherine and I am an immigration lawyer turned travel blogger. I started this blog to serve as a resource for parents who’d like to travel with their children but are a little apprehensive about it!
I caught the international travel bug when I was 21. I did a summer study abroad in Catania, Italy, and then studied abroad for a semester in Granada, Spain and I was hooked! Since then I’ve been to Ireland (maybe 30-40 times), England, Wales, Canada, Mexico, France, South Africa, a month study abroad in China, Bolivia (twice), Costa Rica and we did a month in New Zealand for our honeymoon.
I love to travel, I’ve always loved to travel but after my son was born I had some pretty gnarly anxiety and the idea of traveling with him was overwhelming. Following our son’s birth, I realized how few resources there were out there for traveling families, although families make up a large part of the market. The resources that do exist, particular to traveling with children, can be difficult to find. As a new mom, there were answers to questions that I could not find or that I did not even know I should be looking for. I will endeavor to make finding that information easier. My goal is to make things stress-free, for all of the traveling mommas (and dads, caretakers or grandparents) who come after me.
After my son was born (when he was 5 months old), the first trip that we took was to Shenandoah National Park. That was one of the most overwhelming experiences of my life. But everything turned out fine and Shenandoah was absolutely magical. After that trip we got after it. I took our son to Ireland five times before his 2nd birthday. (I was trying to get in as many ‘free’ flights as possible before he turned two). We’ve also taken him to Albany, New York (visit friends), Phoenix, Arizona (baseball spring training) and Seattle, Washington, (to visit family and hit Olympic National Park and Mt. Rainier NP). We have a few trips lined up for the fall– one to Zion National Park, in southern Utah, a trip to Ireland and a trip to Cancun for a friend’s wedding.
Traveling with children can be tiresome arduous, and downright scary sometimes. Hopefully this blog can ease a little bit of your anxiety and apprehensions because—I know— traveling with your children really can be a powerful and amazing experience for you and your children.
I welcome ideas and feedback and I look forward to getting to know you readers! Travel is getting easier and more affordable and I want every parent and family to be able to take advantage of traveling with your children!
With grace and love,