Family Travel Links

Sometimes travelers think that becoming parents marks the end of their traveling days. There are many families who want to travel, however, but feel overwhelmed by the perceived difficulties of taking kids on the road. So we’ve pulled together links, articles and other resources – because we think having a family should enhance your travels, and vice versa.

If you would like us to add your site (or a site you think is great) to this section, email us with the URL and a little information about why it should be listed here. And if you’d like to contribute your own article for inclusion here, take a gander at the BootsnAll Writer’s Guidelines and send it in!


Info & Planning

Family Travel Guide
This is the site written by BootsnAll’s own family travel expert, Sheila Scarborough – there’s advice about specific destinations as well as general family travel information.

BootsnAll Traveling With Children Forum
As the BootsnAll membership has grown up and starting reproducing, we thought it only made sense to set aside a forum just for them. It’s a great group of traveling parents sharing ideas and resources.

Family Travel Forum
Their motto is “Have Kids, Still Travel!” And they want you to, too. Provides membership, articles and news, as well as some good message boards.

Flying with Kids
Everything you need to do on the ground and in the air for a successful flight with the little ones.

Required Documents for Travel with Minors
There are certain requirements for U.S. adults transporting a minor outside the country. This site tells you what you need, so everything goes smoothly.

Travel for Kids
Destination info, tailored for the family and what they can do where. Be sure to check out the tips for eating out with kids, and tips for getting laundry done on the road.

Travel with Kids on About.com
This About.com page has vacation ideas and tips from budget family travel to resorts for families with kids of all ages.

Travel With Your Kids
Written by parents, for parents, this site has destination-specific information as well as general tips for traveling with your kids – there’s even stuff about moving abroad with kids!

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Single Parents

Parents Without Partners
A worldwide membership organization founded by single parents, it’s not dedicated just to travel but there’s some travel information here.

Single Parent Travel
Since 1983, single mom Brenda Elwell has traveled the world with her kids. Now she helps others “share with their children the special joy of an exciting and successful travel adventure.”

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Articles & Advice

Lustful Lungs
Page Ettle meets a man on a plane who changes her screaming baby to a peaceful one by an ultimate act of humanity.

Rebirth of a Fleeting Moment
Page Ettle reconnects with childhood through travel, her children and their sense of discovery.

Sprogs Abroad: Travels with My Daddy
At a few months old Philip Blazdell’s son Max has a passport, an air miles card, and his first travel story. Just don’t forget the teddy bear, Daddy.

Why Not Try Family Hostelling?
It saves money, has you meeting new people, and enriches your family trip. So has been John O. Andersen’s experience.

Roadtrip Tips for Kids in Cars
Braving the highways and motorways with your little and not-so-little ones? Be sure to put Page Ettle’s ideas to work.

Baby Takes Off
Taking infants and toddlers on the plane? Page Ettle’s advice can help you have a smooth trip.

Fear of Flying… with Children!
Page Ettle used to dread sitting next to children on planes. Now she’s the mum, and she and her two kids are crossing the pond.

Moving to San Miguel de Allende
One mom, 4 girls, six months, and every day more amazing than the one before. Fifteen-year-old Kathleen Bohne recounts her family’s move from Colorado to Mexico.

Member Visit: Lisa Elford & Arun Cook
Think moms don’t take their kids on the road? BootsnAll member Lisa Elford took her 7-year-old son Arun around the world. Read about their travels and their visit to Boots HQ.

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Products for Parents

BabyProofingPlus.com
Online catalog of baby safety products, based in Canada and shipping worldwide. Also offers a free checklist of what you need to baby-proof your home.

Elizabeth Lee Designs
If you like to sew, and either are a breastfeeding mom or know one who is, Elizabeth Lee sells patterns for the nursing mother’s wardrobe.

Four Peas
This company sells all kinds of bags and packs for kids, including some cool activity packs that are ideal for travel – they’re even targeted differently for boys and girls.

4 Kids 2 Go
Travel activity kits from this company are for kids aged either 4-5 or 6-8, and they’ve got kits for girls, boys, and also some gender-neutral kits.

Ickle Kids Activity Packs
You’ll find both activity packs and travel toys from this company, which is “all about activity packs for kids on the go.”

The Everything Kids’ Travel Activity Book
This book is chock-full of games, songs, and activities to keep kids entertained while on the go.

Backseat Survival Kit
This is a spiral-bound activity kit that includes an activity book as well as a zippered pouch to include all the craft supplies your kids will need and all the trinkets required to play the games.