Welcome to Tips for Family Trips!
I'm Allison, founder and editor of Tips for Family Trips.
Planning a family vacation can be a lot of work, but it's worth every minute and every penny. Family time is precious. Travel enriches the mind. It also creates memories that families can cherish for years to come. In short, travel makes families stronger, smarter and happier.
This is a blog about your family, not mine. I write about what I wanted to know before we left home, and what we learned while we were there, so your family's trip can be better, easier and less expensive.
I live near Salt Lake City, Utah with my husband and two children. We took our first child on a 2,000-mile road trip when she was four weeks old and have been traveling as a family ever since. When my son completed cancer treatment, we celebrated with a California vacation the next day.
My family loves to travel pretty much anywhere, but we face many of the same limitations and challenges as other middle-class families. We stay busy at home with work, school, extra-curricular activities, volunteerism and extended family, which we enjoy. We travel during school breaks and we travel on a budget.
I have an MBA from the University of Utah and a professional business background in High Tech and Higher Education. My husband is an elementary school principal and former psychologist. We have been married for 17 years and look forward to many more.
Our children are ages 14 and 11. We love traveling with a teen and tween, but find that as we say goodbye to the challenges of traveling with young children, we say hello to a whole new set of complications. We see less of our busy kids at home than we used to, so making the most of the quality time we get on a family vacation is more important than ever.
Tips for Family Trips has diverse team of contributors, living and traveling all over the United States and beyond. No matter what kind of travel you love most – Disney, national parks, beaches, camping, luxury, budget… – we probably have something for you!
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