Family travel is our favorite adventure and the glue that binds our family together. Traveling with kids is different, but it doesn’t have to be hard. We’ve learned so much about the world and how to navigate it with each trip we’ve taken, and our goal is to share our experiences with other families so that you can join in on the fun. While this family travel blog may be new, our travels have been ongoing — you’ll see some trip reports that occur while we’re on the road, and others written up later based on our travel journals.
I’m Melissa, the 30-something wife of Ronnie and mom to Jacob and Shoshana. I was born in Virginia, but have now spent almost half of my life here in sunny Los Angeles. I’ve worked full-time in finance for a decade and fortunately my company has a great vacation policy that has allowed our family time to explore together. I’m the most serious person in our family and I carry around a head full of random, useless information (just ask my friends!).
Ronnie is an LA native and we’re fortunate to live just down the street from his parents and spitting distance from his older brothers and their families. He got his first real taste of travel during his semester abroad in Vienna, which he chose in part for easy access to the rest of Europe. Local food and drink provide a lens for his travel experiences. Ronnie works in the non-profit world and brings so much heart to our family. Ronnie’s a class clown and it’s rubbed of on our kids.
Our son Jacob got his first taste of travel at 3 months old, when he visited Arizona and Hawaii within a month. He prefers destinations where it’s easy to find chicken fingers and french fries on the menu and most of the activities are outdoors. At home he usually keeps busy building LEGO or working on art projects. Like his daddy, Jacob is a total joker and loves to get a laugh out of people.
Shoshana joined the team almost three years later and got her first passport stamps at 3 months when we visited Germany and the
Netherlands. From the day she was born, we could tell that she was a peaceful, easy-going kid. She doesn’t care where we go as long as the four of us are together. She loves doing imaginative play with any of her 387 stuffed animals and snuggling (whether with us or her stuffed “friends”, as she calls them).