Family Travel Websites Reviewed


I love to plan and organize family vacations, but in 2007 I was somewhat dissatisfied with some of the choices I had made for flights and accommodation. So, this year, I thought I would try something new:

  1. Start early in the planning process.
  2. Read guidebooks so that I’m better informed before I start booking the trip.
  3. Check out family travel oriented websites (which I’ve never done before).

Since we’re planning to travel (to Tuscany) in June 2008 and I’m already starting my research, I think I can check off #1.

I picked up copies of Lonely Planet – Tuscany and Frommer’s – Tuscany and Umbria. Check for #2.

Most helpfully, in the introduction to the Frommer’s book, family travel is covered in the section on “Special Needs” travel. They have a list of websites which seem to be mentioned in all of their books under Tips for Families. So I diligently opened each of the referenced websites and was unpleasantly under-whelmed at the organization and content on these sites.

Frommer’s recommends:

Beth Whitman, knowing I was considering a family travel blog, forwarded the following websites to me:

  • –> this is one family’s story of their Round-The-World trip. Definitely worth checking out if you’re any way interested in adventuring off-the-beaten-path with your kids, but not really a site intended for use in planning or booking family travel.

In general, on each of these websites, once I found an article on a topic which interested me, the content itself was acceptable, sometimes using articles syndicated from well-known authors. However, each of these sites except was difficult to use. The content was not well organized, making it difficult to find information. I’ll continue in my next post with a summary review of each of these family travel-planning websites …


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About wandermom

". . .life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven I'm not sure I've ever consciously planned a trip based on this sentiment, but it definitely influences my subconscious! I've been traveling as frequently and widely as possible since I finished school. And I love it. I love the research, the planning, the fervent packing and the curiosity of exploring somewhere I've never been before. My husband & I are both Irish - as in born-in-Ireland. But we live in Seattle. We have two boys: wild, boisterous, regular boys. So, since becoming a Mom, I've been a WanderMom. Given our slightly-unusual family situation, routine "visits-to-Grandma" are international trips requiring passports, 10hr-flights and (oh joy!) airport transfers. I have rants, raves and opinions about how, where & why to travel with kids (start them as young as you can, I say!). I hope to learn even more by researching topics which other wandermoms may be interested in reading about on this blog. Passports, pacifiers, diapers and gameboys at the ready - off we go! Contact Info: Email Michelle: michelle (at) murphnduff (dot) org

2 thoughts on “Family Travel Websites Reviewed

  1. Jennifer Michaels

    I recently had the same concerns and started my own Family Travel website, Hopefully, the material will be organized under “Destination Hot Picks” and easy to navigate for family travelers. I have two young boys and am the Family Travel Expert for as well, so I am hoping that my expertise can be shared with other parents who need to simplify family travel with pre-planning trip tips and tricks of the trade!

    Jennifer Michaels

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