Top 25 Travel Blogs for Families, 2012
The ideal of family travel - fun and relaxation for all - and the reality - toddler meltdowns and hotel mishaps - don't always coincide. But never fear: Babble's Top 25 Travel Blogs for Families is back, and each of these sites is packed with information on what you can do to make your family's vacation truly enjoyable. We brought back favorites from last year's list and combed through your nominations to bring fresh voices to the conversation. So whether you need to know what to pack while flying to grandma's with a toddler, how to travel the world with your family on a budget, or where to arrange a private cooking lesson in Provence with a Michelin-starred chef, we've got you covered. It's time to stop worrying, start planning, and, most importantly, get moving! (And if we missed a blog you love, nominate it here!) - Paula Sadok
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Who: Katrina Garnett, mom of three, Northern California
Why we love this site: Australian-born Katrina Garnett was a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur when she set her sights on the travel industry. Eager to create a one-stop travel-planning shop for families with kids, she founded My Little Swans as a resource for busy families who want to create luxurious and meaningful experiences for travel with their children. Garnett includes tips on the best items to pack to travel in style (Hermes shawl, Chanel aviator glasses), and how to keep kids entertained on the airplane (let them play with electronics during the flight, but put them away once you land). She also recommends a trusted network of partners who can arrange kid-friendly drivers, boat captains, and guides, as well as offer unique experiences such as private cooking lessons with Michelin-starred chefs and safaris appropriate for kids under 12.