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Kirsten is a freelance travel writer, photographer, and social media influencer based in Dallas. 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 30 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, and various national publications.

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ANYONE ELSE READY FOR A WINTER GETAWAY? I don’t know about you, but I could certainly use some beaches and sunshine in my life. In our latest post on the blog we’re sharing the best places to visit in December (around the world). You can find the link in the profile. If you could travel for winter break, where would you go? . . . #dreamingoftravel #wanderlust #tulummexico #oceanview #mexicotravel #beachvacation #wintergetaway #quintanaroomexico #travelwithkids #wearetravelmums #takeyourkidseverywhere #dfwinfluencer #needsunshine #quintanaroo

Not to Miss New Zealand Bucket List Adventures

Where to Find Adventure in New Zealand Whether you want to visit the mystical land of Hobbiton, marvel at glowworms or skydive over the Southern Alps, you’ll find adventures for all tastes, ages, and budgets in NZ. Whether you want to take a day or overnight cruise, you’ll enjoy seeing the sheer cliffs and frosty alpine peaks that make this incredible place. You’ll find New Zealand’s highest water touch bungy jump in Taupo and it promises to be an unforgettable experience. From up there, you’ll get to experience spectacular views of the Mount Cook national park and the Tasman valley then finish with an alpine landing surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains.

Five years ago we celebrated Thanksgiving in Germany. It was quite a different experience, having pretzels and schnitzel in a German beer hall, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. (You can see the photo in stories). It was strange at that time to be away from family, but we will always cherish those memories. This year will just be the five of us and I’m sure it will bring its own special memories and fun. Do you have any favorite Thanksgiving memories? . . . #thanksgiving #germanytravel #germanchristmasmarket #munchen #munich #bavariagermany #visitgermany🇩🇪 #thanksgivingdinner #christmasmarkets #holidayseason #familytime #germanytourism #takeyourkidseverywhere #wanderlustmomblogger #wearetravelmums #satwtravel

Best Cookie Exchange Recipes Everyone Will Love

While we might not have cookie exchange parties this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t make some of these easy holiday cookie recipes. Maybe you decide to make these cookie recipes with kids or send them to family members, whatever you do, we are sure everyone will appreciate the gesture. *Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. Don’t miss our German stollen, Mexican cocoa flavored hot chocolate bombs, and coquito tres leches cake.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY My first big trip overseas was during college when I spent a summer studying in Spain. It was an amazing program that allowed me to travel throughout Spain and learn about the country’s history, culture, and language. This is the Alhambra in Granada. One of my favorite places and one that should be on everyone’s Spain bucket list. This Spanish palace was built by the Moors in the 13th century and taken over by the Catholic monarchy in 1492. Today you can explore the palace complex and it’s magnificent gardens. It truly will leave your breathless. Have you visited the Alhambra? And tell me, what was the first big trip you took as an adult? . . . #fridayvibes #visitspain #spaintravel #spainstagram #granadaspain #alhambrapalace #españa🇪🇸 #turismoespaña #tourismspain #palacesoftheworld #architecturelovers #traveldreaming #missingeurope #spain❤️

Best Gifts for Kids Who Love Adventure

There’s really nothing better than seeing our kids get outside and be active, and for the adventurous kids there are plenty of gift ideas out there that are not your average toy. A cool looking insulted water bottle like this one is sure to get the kids drinking more water while they’re out hiking/exploring, and you won’t have to worry about them not getting enough! A new bike is always a great gift option, and kids who love spending time outside will love this freestyle bike! Whether it’s used for scout camping or camping out in the backyard, this tent is the perfect size for kiddos.

EVEN THOUGH I’M NOT TRAVELING RIGHT NOW I’m living vicariously through others. Last week my husband went to Montana and this was his gorgeous view of Flathead Lake overlooking Whitefish. Not only did he get to see fall colors, but there was even snow on the ground. Yes, I’m a little bit jealous as I still haven’t been to Montana. Sigh. Am I the only one dreaming of fall travel? Where are you dreaming of traveling these days? . . . #visitmontana #falltravel #flatheadlake #whitefish #montanamoment #beautifulviews #outdooradventures #adventurefamily #montanacolors #familytravel #travelinspiration #dreamingoftravel #lakeviews #autumnvibes🍁

Stunning Castles to Rent for Your Next Family Vacation

Guests can take hikes and explore the property’s 52 acres, where they might find old remnants of a 1950s vehicle, fossils, and stones from around the world (the previous owner was a master stonemason). There’s a heated swimming pool and basketball court, an entertainment room, and a large play area for kids. The castle has several dozen rooms, including seven luxurious suites, an acoustically perfect great room with balcony, custom kitchen, a formal dining room and several salons – plus multiple themed rooms: study, game room, and even a Bavarian-style pub with a sunken bar. A stay at Castle Vorden includes an entire floor with 3 large guest rooms, each with stunning views of the gardens, forest, and meadow.

“There’s no other love like the love for a brother. There’s no other love like the love from a brother.” – Astrid Alauda These two never cease to amaze me. At home, they barely interact, yet take them out of their daily environment and they exist only for each other. It’s times like these that mean the most. And I love seeing their relationship grow. Do you have siblings? Did you get along as children? . . . #showthemtheworld #loveoneanother #brothersforever #outdooradventures #texastravel #jacobswell #naturelovers #adventurefamily #wearetravelmums #takeyourkidseverywhere #texas🇨🇱 #wimberleytx #dfwblogger #timeflieswhenyourehavingfun #togetherisbetter

DID YOU HAVE A NICE WEEKEND? We had a lovely time relaxing on this front porch at our Glamping Hub accommodation, The Country House. Located in Dripping Springs, Texas, this property is perfectly isolated, about 10 minutes from town. Swipe right to see our favorite parts of our stay, including the private backyard space, bunk room, coffee bar, and wedding space on the property. So fun to get away! Have you been able to take a quick getaway recently? Where did you go? . . . #glampinghubpartner #alexanderatcreekroad #glampinglife #glampingnotcamping #texas🇨🇱 #texastravel #texastravelblogger #drippingsprings #vacationrental #weddingvenue #texasweddingvenue #familytime #weekendgetaway #outdooradventures

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