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: Shelly Rivoli, mom of three, San Francisco, CA
Why we love this site: This site is exceptionally useful for planning trips with really little ones. Rivoli evaluates just how much stuff you need to bring, offering advice on the most travel-friendly gear in several categories (strollers, portable cribs, and lightweight-but-safe car seat alternatives, like safety vests for the plane and car), as well as a list of rental agencies in case you don’t want to schlep around the bigger items. This year, Travels with Baby has added a new and indispensible resource for parents: a database of pre-screened babysitters and nannies based in various vacation destinations – complete with real parent reviews. In addition, Rivoli rates hotels and recommends destinations and hotels, offering inventive ideas for things to do on your stay.