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Kirsten is a freelance travel writer, photographer, and social media influencer based in Chicago. She is the owner of Kids Are A Trip, a travel website inspiring families to explore the world with their children and a Travelocity and Moon Travel Guides Ambassador. A bilingual teacher of Puerto Rican descent, she truly believes travel is an education and feels fortunate she can teach her three boys about different cultures as the family has traveled to 25 countries and counting. After traveling as a family for 15 years, she has learned to find those off-the-beaten path experiences while still finding time to explore the popular attractions. Her work has been featured in Lonely Planet, The Chicago Tribune, Bravo TV, Family Traveller, and various national publications.

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WHO INSPIRES YOU? We love to find people who support and lift up others. After meeting with travel friends in NYC last week, I realized how important all of these people are in my life. They inspire me, are my sounding boards, teach me new things on a regular basis, and are just genuinely good people. And just because I can’t see everyone in person all the time, I’m going to give shout outs to others who inspire me on IG. Follow these fabulous IG accounts because they all do amazing things! @stuffedsuitcase @we3travel @2traveldads @nobackhome @wanderlust.crew @clarissalaskey @latravelgirl @mominzurich @travelbabbo @mommytravels @walkingontravels @lajollamom @twotwentyone @ourfamilypassport @vagabond3 @strollerinthecity @thetravellingmom @glimpseguides @solomomtakesflight @luxerecess and @susanpazera I am sure I missed a ton of people so apologies in advance! Please TAG your inspirations and tell us why you picked them. #thinkofothers #familieswhotravel #favoritepeople #coba #exploringfamilies #travelkids #parentswhowander #goadventuretogether #wearetravelmums #mayanruins #travelinspiration #juicedsma #quintanaroo #loveyourtimetogether #familytrips #parentswhowander #familytravelblogger #travelbloggervibes #travelislife #travelwithme #traveladdicted #borntotravel #encouragesomebody ⁠#familytravel #travelwithkids #kidswhotravel #familyadventures ⁣ #inbeautyandchaos #travelwithchildren #familyfriendly #childhoodunplugged

London Day Trips You Don't Want to Miss

Some of the popular things to see are the magnificent King’s College, the Old Schools, the Senate House, the Bridge of Sighs at St John’s College, the Wren Library at Trinity College, the Mathematical Bridge at Queens’ College, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Just about an hour away from London Marylebone station is a charming village called Great Missenden, which is not only picturesque, but also home to author Roald Dahl’s finally resting place and a kid-friendly Roald Dahl museum. Add that to the fact that it only takes an hour on the train from London’s Waterloo station and Windsor makes a great day trip from London. About a 2 hour ride north of the city, the train from London goes straight from King’s Cross station (stop in for the Harry Potter platform!)

THIS IS VESSEL It’s one of New York City’s latest art installations and it just draws you in. Visitors can climb the 2500 stairs and take in the views surrounding Hudson Yards. To do this, you can buy a same day timed ticket or order online in advance. Sadly I didn’t have time in NYC this past week to do more than meetings and a couple of dinners, but at least I was able to enjoy Vessel, if only for a few minutes. What’s one thing you always make time for in NYC? 🗽 . . . #newyorkcity #thevessel #artofinstagram #nycphotography #instanewyork #newyorknewyork #imm2020 #mustseenyc #igersnyc #juicedsma #wanderlustmomblogger #takeyourkidseverywhere #lppathfinders #lpkids #hudsonyards #newyorktravel #womenwhotravel #newyorktrip #newyorkgram #travelnewyork #lovetotravel #exploretheworld #adventureseeker #nystateofmind #nycgo #inspirationiseverywhere #travelstories #adventureseeker #travelinspo #nyttravelshow

Where to Stay in Chicago with Kids

Located on the southern end, known as the ‘cultural mile’ of Michigan Avenue, lake view rooms boast a view of Lake Michigan and Grant Park, and bathrooms of white marble and La Bottega amenities. The hotel offers Dive-In movies for kids on Saturdays, complete with popcorn and family friendly movies. A perfect hotel for the family, The Ritz Kids programming offers bathrobes and toiletries for kids, as well as a friendly red wagon Swissôtel offers Kids’ Suites, where the kids can stay in a room adjacent to the parents.

I HAVE A SECRET TO SHARE! For the last six months, I have been working to launch a new website, and I’m finally ready to share it with you! ✈️ MultigenerationalVacations.com is a new planning tool to help extended families, large groups, and multigen travelers plan the perfect vacation. We are slowly building content, but I wanted to share with you because I am a terrible secret keeper! We have been on a cruise, visited Disney, traveled to Puerto Rico (this photo), and more with the grandparents, and we wish we had more opportunities. I’m hoping this site inspires you to travel more with your extended family. You can find us on Instagram at @multigenvacations and we have a Facebook group, Multigen Vacations, where you can share your inspiration, ask questions, and help others plan their family trips. We hope you will join the discussion! So tell me, do you love to travel with extended family or a large group of friends? Where is your favorite place to visit? . . . #mgvacations #multigenerationaltravel #multigenerationalfamily #familytravel #makingmemories #extendedfamily #grouptrips #grouptravel #travelchangesyou #familyfun #Travelwithteens #travelwithkids #takeyourkidseverywhere #travelwithgrandparents #familyvacations #fodorsonthego #lppathfinders #wanderlustmomblogger #vacationideas #meaningfultravel #luxuryfamilytravel #showthemtheworld #familyholidays #discoverpuertorico #sanjuanpuertorico #oldsanjuan #puertoricowithkids #juicedsma #satw #tbin

How to Travel to Europe on a Budget

To find the biggest discounts consider traveling in the shoulder season (usually April through early June, September, and October, depending on location) to take advantage of fewer crowds and cheaper prices. Check out The Points Guy to get the scoop on all the different credit cards that offer rewards and find the best one for you. However, you still need to pay attention to foreign transaction fees (find a credit card that doesn’t charge them). Some cities offer bus passes (buy in bulk to receive a discount), bikes for rent, and metros are typically cheaper than taxis.

DO YOU LIKE DISCOVERING NEW PEOPLE ON INSTAGRAM? I love it! I find so many interesting, unique, and fabulous accounts, I’m always searching for inspiration, and someone always delivers! This week on #sharingsaturday I want to share this beautiful photo from @lingerandwander. Based in the San Francisco Bay area, they love to explore near home as well as National Parks. I love this view of San Francisco from Marin County! It’s so unique! Do you have a “secret spot” where you like to explore nearby? Share it if you think others would love it! **I would love to share your photos! Tag @kidsareatrip for your chance to be featured! #SharingSaturday #kaataroundtheworld . . . #destinationdiscoveries #bayarea #sanfranciscobay #sanfrancisco #visitcalifornia #californiadreaming #californialove #marin #marincounty #takeyourkidseverywhere #viewsfordays #cityscape #cityviews #viewsfordays #outdooradventures #familytravel #familytrips #familytraveler #jetsettingkids #goexplore #globetrotter #travelislife #adventureseeker

Best Ski Resorts in Europe

From the perfect beginner slopes, to resorts who cater more towards the side of the thrill-seekers, and even an 80,000 square km ski park for kids, you will find something for everyone on the slopes of the Alps. This well-connected resort is rated in the best ski resorts in Europe, one of the top five in the Alps to be exact. Getting to the resort is simple, Zurich, Innsbruck and Friedrichshafen airports are all less than 200km drive from the resort. This top ski resort in Europe is a great choice for groups who have a range of abilities, there are few other resorts that offer options for all.

MOROCCO FIRST IMPRESSIONS We have only been here for a day, but one thing that has been consistent is the Moroccan hospitality. Everyone is so welcoming, and the food here is beyond spectacular. I can’t remember who told me it was good, but it is REALLY good. Had a delicious lunch today at Taloste Kasbah. Everything is so fresh and flavorful, each dish as delicious as the next. We are off to a great start! Have you been anywhere in your travels where the hospitality especially memorable? . . . #travelpartner #natgeofamilyjourneys #marrakech #morocco🇲🇦 #kasbah #moroccotravel #moroccanfood #moroccotrip #moroccotravel #moroccantea #familytravel #wanderlustmorocco #travelwithkids #satw #takeyourkidseverywhere #seetheworld #familytour #tourgroup #natgeoyourshot #natgeotravelpic #moroccostyle #onlyinmorocco #familytime #moroccotours #simplymorocco #wanderlustmorocco #saharadesertmorocco #travelwithteens #wearetravelmums #wanderlustmomblogger #takefamilytime

DID YOU KNOW TODAY IS NATIONAL SHOP FOR TRAVEL TODAY? Hard to believe that’s exactly what I was doing today, finishing up booking our flights around Greece. So now I need your help. Where does one fly from Athens? Ideas have been Croatia, Slovenia, Stuttgart, Lucerne, and Portugal. Here are some parameters: it can’t be cold because we will be traveling light with our clothes from Greece. Prefer a charming small town where kids can explore on their own and come and go from apartment. (Like the town in the photo, Strasbourg, but smaller) We love places where you can see the sights, but also find some unexpected gems. So what would you do? Where would you go? Mom with two teen boys…the possibilities are endless. Share your ideas! . . . #shopfortravelday #shopfortravel #planavacation #strasbourg #alsace #strasbourgfrance #europetravel #france #visitstrasbourg #alsacetourism #instastrasbourg #charmingtowns #wanderlust #familyvacation #travel2020 #wonderfulplaces #wheretonext #wheretogonext #vacationplanning #tripplanning #Europe2020 #traveltuesday #travelgram #lptraveltips #bringthekids #traveltheworld #forbestravelguide #lppathfinders #travelplanner #juicedsma