We are an infrequent out of town traveling family.
Taking 5 people on a vacation is not an easy task financially or logistically so, while we commit ourselves to on summer trip per year, we rarely venture far from home otherwise.
But, when we do, there are a couple of online spaces that do an amazing job of being supportive, informative, and entertaining to traveling families.
Today we are featuring the creator of one of those!
Name: Amy Whitley
Home: Medford, Oregon
Owner of: Pit Stops for Kids
Meet the family: Married, with 3 Dudes ages 12, 10, 7
Why we love her: Her travel site, Pit Stop for Kids, is not only informative as a travel companion when hitting the road with kids, it’s also just plain old fun to hang out on. She is a great story teller, she writes honest reviews, and gives good feedback to her readers about her experiences traveling with kids.
Why she thinks you should visit her site: People should read my blog because I promise to make family travel more fun…I’ll give you honest resort and hotel reviews, tips on how to survive road trips, and advice on adventuring with kids (yes, they CAN hike in national parks, climb ropes courses, backpack through wilderness, bike across the Brooklyn Bridge…).
On Becoming a Travel Writer
Ten years ago, I was writing online in the poetry genre. (A huge money-maker, that!) I still write creatively, working on two novels and writing about writing at The Never-True Tales (www.nevertruetales.com), but I never thought I’d enjoy nonfiction travel writing so much!
Even She Has a Dream Vacation
Oh wow, I have so many! Currently, I think my dream vacation would be to take my family on a small ship excursion cruise. These cruises travel to adventurous locations such as Alaska, Galapagos, and Panama, and include daily excursions, naturalist lessons, and wildlife sightings. Plus, the small ship size makes it possible to dock in remote ports…a plus for families who don’t like crowds.
Unconditional Love and Guilt-Free Living
I seem to have been born without the mom guilt gene, and I’m thankful, because when I don’t take time to pursue the things I love (whether that be travel, a writing project, or just an evening in front of the TV), I get very grouchy, and you know what they say: when mom ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!
Probably, Amy has little to even feel guilty about! When asked about her parenting style this is what she had to say: My parenting style is somehow a hybrid of laid back (I’m the one letting my kids climb to the top of the tree at the playground, making the other moms gasp and shake their heads in disapproval) and strict (I’m queen of the early bedtime, nightly reading, and veggie eating). I’m a high achiever, and I know I pass that expectation on to my kids (for better or for worse!), but there’s no doubt that I love them for who they are…unconditionally. I’ll let you know when they’ve all reached age 18 whether this fence-riding style paid off or…not.
Want to read more of Amy’s tales of life and travel with her 3 young children?
Follow her adventures on Twitter (@pitstopsforkids) and connect with her on Facebook too: www.facebook.com/pitstopsforkids
And, don’t forget to pop by the site!
Here are a few great places to start:
About Amanda Rodriguez
Amanda is your friendly, neighborhood T2T head blogger. She is in charge of bringing the blog awesome to Tots2Tweens on a daily basis! She is a married mom to three cool Dudes (ages 3, 6, & 9) and one baby dog daughter. In addition to making magic here on Tots2Tweens she also writes a pretty fan-freakin-tastic humor parenting blog called parenting BY dummies. When she’s not bringing the pain online or chasing her Dudes up and down a field of some sort she is behind her camera capturing memories for gorgeous people with her Maryland photography business. She also enjoys reality TV (she was even on a show once!), baked goodness, and watching other people take long walks on the beach.