I am not a photographer. I am definitely not a writer. I am not a professional traveler. I am not an expert mom. I am not really an expert at anything except eating candy. So why shouldn’t I start a blog documenting my family adventures with my best gang? It feels like a crazy leap to put myself (and total lack of all relevant skills) out there on the interwebs but here goes nothing.
I had the immense privilege of traveling with my family through out my childhood and teen years. I studied abroad in Auckland, New Zealand, backpacking around the North Island almost every other weekend and then another month exploring the South Island after the semester ended. Craig took a few trips abroad with school when he was a teenager, then spent three months in India by himself after high school, and studied abroad in Spain during college.
We are not adventure shy and both Craig and I value the experiences gained through travel and learning about other cultures first hand. After years of feeling like international travel vacations were unattainable with our work schedules, well mostly my work schedule, we refocused on our family and decided to make travel vacations an important part of our life again. We want Benton to grow up with an open mind, an adventurous heart, and a the desire to learn more about this world. We think international travel is an important part of that development even if he isn’t old enough to remember these experiences yet.
I hope that our virtual adventure scrap book may inspire travel, particularly travel with young children. And hey, even if this doesn’t go anywhere it will be a way for my family with out social media to stalk our trips!