Oct 11 2013

A Farewell to Blogs

Six years ago, I began Travels with Children as a way of encouraging other parents to take their children to new places without fear, and to look for local things that might be as much or more fun than faraway vacation destinations.  At that time, my four children were ages 1-6 and it hadn’t crossed my mind to be nervous about taking them to museums and historic sites and libraries and other fun places, even if my husband couldn’t be there to help the adult:child ration improve.

Oh, the places we went!  We tried to do everything there was to do in our local area, made many trips into the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area to explore its family-friendly sites, and expanded our travels to other parts of the United States.  We had a minivan filled with strollers and diapers and we used it to get to many, many places.

I’ve never regretted taking a toddler to Philadelphia or a bunch of preschoolers to the San Antonio Missions.  Even though they might have been too young to remember every last detail, they remember snippets of things and look at the photos and have a sense that they have been to some really interesting places.  As they grow up, I’m even more happy that we took them to so many places at a young age, because as they get older, it is harder and harder to get away.

That is not to say we won’t continue to travel.  We’re squeezing in a few days to Washington, D.C., along with some medical appointments on that side of the country.  We still have a bucket list of places to visit in the Midwest and beyond, and many that we’d like to revisit.  We’ll see how far we get.

In the meantime, I have learned that in my case, the growth of my children brings with it new demands on my time, and that’s where my focus needs to be.  Writing about taking a 12-year-old to the orthodontist just isn’t as compelling as describing how to take four young children to the Art Institute without pulling all of your hair out.

Blogging has been a large part of our family’s life through these past years.  It provided an avenue for me to write and share ideas with other families, whether they were frequent travelers or venturing out on their first day trip with toddlers in tow.  It allowed me to meet some other terrific bloggers who travel and write about travel with their families.  Opportunity knocked for our family to visit some places we otherwise wouldn’t have considered, and my blog was mentioned in some widely-read publications.  Blogging has been a good thing for me and for our family.

Now, however, it’s time to say goodbye.  As you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t been writing much lately; even though I have tales of dozens more places we’ve visited in my head, I haven’t put them to the page, and this will be a formal end to that.

Thank you to those who have read this blog, commented on posts, or given me ideas.  It was always exciting to receive feedback on what I’d written.  To those who have young children and are wondering if they should travel with them:  Just do it!  Don’t worry that they’re not the right age or that they might not remember.  They’ll remember more than you think, and you’ll prepare them for future travels.  Go with them now while they enjoy being with you and your calendar isn’t crazy-busy with other things to do.  Do what you enjoy doing as a family, and then spread your wings a bit and try something a little different.  The memories will be worth it.

This blog will still be around, so back posts, all 865 of them, will be available for reference purposes.  If you’re looking for some other family travel blogs to follow, look at one of my “Finding More Fun” posts for ideas.  There’s also a pretty good chance that I’ll occasionally post short blurbs, including deals I come across, to the Travels with Children Facebook page, so give it a like if you’re interested in still hearing from me occasionally.

Farewell.  It’s been a great run.  Happy travels!

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23 comments so far

23 Comments to “A Farewell to Blogs”

  1. Kara Williams on 11 Oct 2013 at 9:16 am

    Wowie! You were one of the first family travel bloggers I “met” back in the day. I look forward to continuing to follow your adventures (at home and on the road) on Facebook.

  2. Dominique on 11 Oct 2013 at 9:21 am

    I’ve always enjoyed reading your stories, and I especially enjoyed your emphasis on the historical background of many of the places you visited. Even though we don’t travel with children, I found a lot of good ideas for places to go and things to see…especially in the Midwest…by reading your blog.
    It has been a great run, but it’s nice to know we can keep up with you via FB. See you there :)

  3. Confessionsmom on 11 Oct 2013 at 9:33 am

    Thanks for your fabulous blog posts. I’ve enjoyed them, but I understand. Life changes and I know all too well, how hard it is to find time for personal blogging. Hope we can stay in touch.

  4. Tina on 11 Oct 2013 at 9:34 am

    Thank you for all that you have posted and contributed to over the years. I have always enjoyed reading your insights and providing some of my own. I always felt connected to your desire to explore places as a family! We desire the same thing for our family! Enjoy the next phase of life and parenting!

  5. darcie on 11 Oct 2013 at 10:17 am

    Ah, I’ve enjoyed reading you over the years – take good care!


  6. Traci on 11 Oct 2013 at 10:23 am

    I’ve always loved your shared appreciation for quirky, off-the-beaten-path destinations and attractions! Which you’re now free to enjoy without a notebook and camera constantly at hand. :-)

  7. Jessica on 11 Oct 2013 at 11:03 am

    What a bittersweet moment! Thanks for sharing your memories and enjoy wherever life takes you next.

  8. Terri @ Travel 50 States with Kids on 11 Oct 2013 at 11:31 am

    As someone who is passionate about the same things, I’m sorry to see you leave the blogging world, but I know that every minute you invest in your children matters. As Traci said, you’ll probably enjoy your travels a lot more without having to be concerned with taking notes. Thanks for leaving us with such an inspiring message for familieis. I wish you the very best in all your future endeavors!

  9. Julie Henning on 11 Oct 2013 at 11:35 am

    Great exit post. Once a traveler, always a traveler. I hope our paths cross one of these days.

  10. Mara on 11 Oct 2013 at 11:53 am

    Linda – I feel like you have been a constant presence in my blogging life since your blog was one of the first ones I found when I started my own. We share similar sensibilities as I hope you know – I too am such a fan of small museums and local attractions. You’ve brought a discerning and realistic eye to family travel that will definitely be missed. Good luck to you and your family.

  11. wanderingeducators on 11 Oct 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Family comes first! Proud of you for taking this difficult step – and we’ll miss you and your wonderful writing! :)

  12. Missy on 11 Oct 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I’m sad to see you leave the blogosphere but completely understand recognizing when it is time to move on to other adventures. The older kids get the less time one seems to have for blogging and other creative pursuits. Thanks for always being such a great resource of information for me-

  13. Adam Sommer on 11 Oct 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Best of luck! Hope all goes well and your travels continue!

    And 100% agree: “To those who have young children and are wondering if they should travel with them: Just do it!”

  14. Beth B on 11 Oct 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Linda! I am so so so sad to read this, but can totally understand where you are coming from (shout-out to ortho visits!). I look forward to seeing you and the kids again one of these days. xo Beth

  15. Allison on 11 Oct 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Best wishes to you and your family on all of your upcoming adventures. To the orthodontist, and beyond!

  16. shelly rivoli on 11 Oct 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Wow, Linda! Congrats on your liberation! Here’s to your next chapter

  17. Barb on 11 Oct 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you for all your travel ideas and wisdom over the years. I live in southern Minnesota and have 4 children as well, so I’ve used many of your posts as beginnings for ideas for travel, as well as a motivator to get up and go! Thanks for leaving them out there – I’m sure I’ll still refer back to the old posts for more ideas!

  18. Jenny on 11 Oct 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks so much for all the helpful information you’ve posted over the years. God’s blessings on the next phase of your life.

  19. LiLing Pang on 11 Oct 2013 at 3:57 pm

    You were indeed one of the first bloggers we came to know at Trekaroo and I’m sad you won’t be keeping up with your blog anymore. If you’re ever itching to share about a fun place you’ve been to you’re always welcome to write a few words with us as you’ve always done. In the meantime, I hope your family gets to enjoy more of you.

  20. Sharlene on 12 Oct 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Linda- In my early blogging days I remember getting so excited when you would link to my little blog on your blog carnivals and really looking up to you as a travel blogger. Thank you for helping to inspire me to keep writing. My daughter still talks about the time we were able to meet your family at Disneyland and I do hope we will be able to see each other again on our travels. Do stay in touch. You will always be a part of the family travel community,

  21. Marilyn_Res on 14 Oct 2013 at 12:17 am

    Please say you’re just taking a sabbatical, not goodbye!

  22. Keryn @ walking on travels on 14 Oct 2013 at 12:53 am

    We will miss seeing you in our little groups and getting words of wisdom and encouragement. You are an inspiration to us all lady and don’t you forget it!

  23. Colleen Lanin on 14 Oct 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Linda – I have loved reading your blog over the years and I’m so happy we got a chance to meet in person too. I’m proud of you for taking this brave step into the next phase of your family’s life. I look forward to keeping in touch via Facebook, my friend. And maybe the next time I am in Minnesota we could meet up!

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