In June, my blog passed kind of a big anniversary pretty much unnoticed and unannounced.
I’ve been writing here at The Mother of all Trips for five years. FIVE! That’s a long time, eons in Internet time. I think dinosaurs may have roamed the Earth when I started this site (you can check out my very first post if you’d like to see).
And that’s not the only anniversary I’ve marked recently; ten years ago in June Matt, Tommy, and I left on a year-long adventure that took us to eight locations over thirteen months. And eleven years ago just about this week we headed out on our first road trip with infant Tommy strapped in his car seat for three weeks as we toured the Midwest and New England, showing him off to friends and family across the USA.
Since I started The Mother of all Trips, my family has taken trips to 17 states and 5 countries, some of them more than once. I have no idea how many thousands miles we’ve driven, but it’s a lot, and the number of flights we’ve been on together is in the double digits. My children have learned how to downhill ski, climb mountains, ride bicycles without training wheels, and play Angry Birds. We’ve seen the Mona Lisa and Babe the Blue Ox.
If you read my blog at all regularly I hope that you realize how important it is to me to share our stories -as I have done in over 750 posts. I do this not to make anyone envious or because I think I do everything right (a gander at this post will surely prove that to be incorrect) but because my fondest hope is to inspire families to get out there and see whatever corner of the world is accessible to them whether that happens to be up the street or across the ocean. And since this is what I most hope and most love to do, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve distilled what knowledge and wisdom I have about traveling with kids into a book.
The Family Traveler’s Handbook: Inspiring Families to See the World Together will be published in both e-book and print versions this fall. In it you’ll find stories, inspiration, and loads of tips from me and from other family travelers – not about where to go, but about how to get there. I cover everything from packing to living like a local to what to do when things don’t go quite as planned.
My book is part of The Travelers’ Handbook Series and I hope you will check the other books out as well. I’m thrilled to be working with other writers and bloggers who, like me, want to help you travel smarter and in more meaningful ways. If you are interested in luxury travel, volunteer travel, food travel, taking a career break, or traveling solo (I’m looking at you empty nesters) than there’s something here for you. All of the books are compact yet full of stories and suggestions that will enrich your traveling life.
I started this blog because I had shoved what I considered a failed book project into a drawer and needed another creative outlet where I could share my love of family travel. I never could have dreamed that someday the blog itself would lead me not only to another book project but to a wonderful online community and to the myriad places I’ve visited and written about here. Thank you for coming along on my journey with me. Even five years in, I feel it’s safe to say that this is just the beginning.