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Hi! I’m Jennifer and I ❤ traveling with my kids and sharing travel recommendations with other families! I am mom to 2 loving curious kiddos living outside Washington, D.C. Below are some things that might be different than a typical travel blog as well as some recent Instagram musings. Would love to hear what would be helpful to you and your family AND if you have any specific travel questions in the comments below or on Instagram!

Happy exploring!✨ – Jennifer

A couple things that are different than a traditional travel blog:

  • We are not sponsored by any hotels or attractions, so you can be sure our reviews are unbiased.
  • I loooove travel photography, but you won’t find that here. We are committed to saving you time in your travel planning and want to decrease the seemingly endless scrolling and personal stories.
  • We ❤ Lists! Friends would ask us for our travel recommendations after trips and so FTG started as a list lovers paradise with spreadsheets of dozens of recommendations. We’ve now moved to giving you the TOP tips from local moms and frequent travelers so you don’t have to wade through the dozens of kid friendly restaurants in a city.
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Why do we love family travel? Let me count the ways! 🚞 ❤️ ✈️ 1️⃣ Inspires curiosity and wonder in the world! 2️⃣ Encourages a love of learning about other cultures. 3️⃣ Bonds us together as a family team. Running to catch our train, making up games in the airport during a long layover, giggling in the middle of the night during jet lag. 4️⃣ Problem solving skills are used (and tested!) for all of us! 5️⃣ Creating memories that will (hopefully!) last into adulthood. Family travel does not need to be as epic as this Swiss mountain playground! Some of our favorite trips are a morning trip into the city or drive to the hills an hour away. But we’ve found as parents that getting out of our comfort zone and our children’s comfort zones have such a lasting impact! Spring break and summer travel plans are starting to form so I wanted to hear more from other families about why they love family travel. Starting next Tuesday (because I learned that #traveltuesday is 1+mill uses and #travelthursday is 10k 😂), I’m going to share some of my favorite traveling families and their answers to this question. If you would like to contribute, please send me a phrase finishing the sentence, “We Love Family Travel because…” (swipe to see my template) and I’d love to share the #familytravel ❤️! . . . #kidstravel #familieswhotravel #travelcrew #familytravelblogger #getupandgo #familytrips #travelislife #igtravel #hikingwithkids #switzerlandwithkids #loveyourtimetogether

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Our Budget for Europe with Kids for #TravelTipTuesday… (say that 5x fast! 😂) As soon as our mileage points hit enough for roundtrip int. tickets, I am on Google Flights to find the best entry airport to travel. European vacations certainly have a reputation for costing a ton of money but it doesn't have to! Our approximate budget below keeps a trip to Europe around $300 a day for a family of 4 NOT including flights: 1️⃣ Flights are paid by miles and bonuses with credit cards that we pay off the balance for each month. We've traveled to Taiwan and Switzerland on two separate trips with cards and my husband's work points. (@thepointsguy has good tips but also know they get paid by certain credit cards.) . 2️⃣ Stay in apartment rentals in less expensive areas and day trip to more expensive. This photo is in the beautiful Colmar, France for a day trip. In Lake Como, our Airbnb on the lake was $150 USD a night. In Germany, we have $90 a night VRBO. . 3️⃣ Eat out once a day (+ gelato!) We've found with kids it's so much easier (and cheaper!) to eat breakfast and dinner at the apartment and then eat lunch out at while sightseeing. This rhythm really helps our kids with enjoying meals at home after a long day out. We generally spend around $100 USD a day on 1 lunch out + groceries + gelato for our family of 4. . 4️⃣ We limit big-ticket attractions to 1 or 2 a trip. In Amsterdam, it was the amazing @duinrellwassenaar water park that my kids still talk about. In Switzerland its always the gondolas up the mountains @jungfrauregion. The rest of the time we explore free parks, museums, kid cafes and hiking. 🙊 BIG EDIT! Forgot to add rental car or transportation costs. That can be around $60 a day or just a few euros for public buses! . So, that's our general budget outline, would love to hear any other travel saving tips specifically for Europe? . . . #europewithkids #familytravels #colmarfrance #europeonabudget #travelbudget #proofofmom #momdaughtertime #travelwithkids #familytrip #kidstravel

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