Our Experts

Here at Best Family Travel Advice you’ll find answers from parents who have taken circumnavigated the globe, taken hundreds of daytrips, and stayed in scores of hotel rooms. Our seasoned family travel bloggers like nothing better than to hit the road with their children and to share their knowledge with you. Learn a bit more about our experts below:

Michelle Duffy is an IT professional living and working in Seattle. She spent 8 years working at Amazon.com before breaking out on her own as an independent contractor – mainly to allow more time for family and travel. She and her husband left Dublin, Ireland in 1995. After exploring much of the Western U.S., they settled in Seattle with their two boys. Parenthood did not preclude Michelle’s intent to wander far and wide. She has traveled extensively in the U.S., Europe, South and Central America with her family. Her children have so far: visited Machu Picchu, explored Mayan Mexico, enjoyed the view from the Acropolis and marveled at the kangaroos in South Australia – as well as visiting many other fun destinations worldwide. Michelle is currently planning 15-month round-the-world trip with her family. Michelle blogs as WanderMom and is co-author of Wanderlust and Lipstick: Traveling with Kids.

Mara Gorman doesn’t know when she was bit by the travel bug, but having kids has done nothing to cure her of it. In 2003-04 she and her husband spent a year traveling across six states, three countries, and two continents with their one-year-old son. The arrival of a second son hasn’t slowed them down, and whether it’s flying cross country or taking a daytrip to a museum, they all love to travel. At her blog The Mother of All Trips, Mara shares stories about trips her family has taken and those they hope to take. She also offers lots of useful wisdom and insight in friendly, fun-to-read posts.

Jennifer Miner, is a co-creator, writer and editor at The Vacation Gals, a fun, friendly travel blog featuring family friendly destinations, tips for traveling with kids, and more. She is the luxury travel columnist at Suite101 too, and contributes regularly to other sites such as Hilton’s SuiteTrip (the hotel company’s family travel blog) and Hybrid Mom. An occasional guest on travel radio shows and podcasts, she’s been on panels at blogging conferences as well. She enjoys sharing travel experiences with her kids, and knowing that they are growing up with the understanding that there are many places out there nothing like their home in Los Angeles. Yes, that’s a good thing!

Amie O’Shaughnessy is a mom with perpetual wanderlust and the editor of Ciao Bambino, a worldwide family travel resource providing the insight and information parents need to plan everything from weekend getaways to multi-week vacations with kids. Ciao Bambino makes it easy for families to uncover the best of where to go, where to stay, and what to do once they get there.

Anne Taylor Hartzell is a mother of two daughters, the founder of HipTravelMama, and a travel industry professional with 15 years experience in technology and travel communications. Anne is passionate about sharing tips on luxury travel with kids, inspiring families to explore new places and integrate the love of travel into their daily lives. Her love of travel started with living and working in Hong Kong and touring through China and Europe. Anne and her husband were avid travelers before they had kids and now this family of four continues to jet set out on fun and relaxing adventures together. Hip Travel Mama provides families with expert advice and tips on luxury travel, sharing travel experiences together and inspiration for enjoying the simple luxuries in life such as fine food, wine, and style.

Amy Whitley, is a writer, mom of three, and creator/administrator of Pit Stops for Kids, a family travel review site dedicated to both the destination and the journey. Having logged literally thousands of miles in cars and planes with her kids, she believes getting there should be – and can be – half the fun. Having paid her dues in the travel trenches, she’s now eager to share exactly what has worked for her family, what hasn’t, where to stop, and where to stay en route to…well, just about anywhere! Making her home in rural Oregon, Amy is a lifetime lover of the outdoors, and devotes much time and blog space to exploring the back-road destinations, national parks, and off-the-beaten-path locales her family loves.

Debbie Dubrow, is a mother of three (ages 5, 3 and 1) living in Seattle, Washington. Her blog, Delicious Baby is about traveling with babies, toddlers and kids, and is filled with personal travel stories, family-friendly city guides, and lots of tips and advice for traveling with kids. In October 2009 Delicious Baby was ranked as the #1 most popular blog by Technorati.

Heather Greenwood Davis is a full-time freelance writer with more than 15 years of professional journalism experience. In addition to her 8-year old travel column on unique people, places and things in the Toronto Star newspaper (Canada’s most-read daily) she pens two family travel columns (online and print). She is also a monthly travel columnist for both Lexpert Magazine and UrbanMoms.ca.  Heather’s travel features have appeared in the the pages of magazines like Mariner, Budget Travel, Draft, New Outlook and Canadian Family. She’s  mom to two boys aged 6 and 8 and wife to a guy who shares her passion for seeing the world at every given opportunity. They are currently knee deep in plans for a yearlong around the world which will commence in July 2011. Readers can follow along as they prepare and hear the backstory to some of her many travel experiences on her blog Globetrotting Mama and on Twitter where she’s @greenwooddavis.

Sharlene Earnshaw is a mom of twins and inveterate traveler and writer for the Trekaroo blog. She is a self proclaimed National Parks nerd and has made it her goal to see every single National Park with her children. A dedicated road tripper, she spent 24 days in the summer of 2009 driving across the Western U.S. and Canada with her family. Her favorite travel memory is being greeted by cheers at the top of Inspiration Point in Grand Teton National Park after being told that her toddlers wouldn’t be able to do it.

Meg Keough, who blogs at Backpack to Buggy, is a writer, avid traveler, food and wine lover, and mom.  Her philosophy of  “travel with the kids not for the kids” has taken her and her family everywhere from Hartford to Hilo to Hong Kong to Halifax.  She recently moved to New England with her husband, preschooler, and border collie and has become a maple syrup addict.

Linda Kramer is a Minnesota mom who hasn’t let four young children keep her from wandering around the countryside. She loves to take her kids on day trips and road trips to places that are interesting and exciting and usually off the beaten path. If it’s historical or the world’s largest something and is near her route, chances are she’ll be stopping to check it out. Making the most of a tight budget is important for her family, so she includes money-saving tips on her blog as well. Although her home is in the Midwest, her family’s travels so far have included road trips to Philadelphia and Texas and a lot of places in between. Linda writes about her family’s on-the-go adventures at Travels with Children.

Colleen Lanin is the creator and editor of TravelMamas.com, a site for parents who want to travel with children…and stay sane! The website offers printable packing lists, travel tips, giveaways, and stories for parenting on the go. Colleen is a freelance writer and author of the upcoming book, The Travel Mamas’ Guide. She has lived in Arizona, Minnesota, and Southern France. Now she makes her home in San Diego with her husband and two children.

Corinne McDermott is a mama of two and the founder of Have Baby Will Travel: Your Online Guide for Travel with Babies, Toddlers, and Small Children. She’s appeared on Canada’s top-rated talk and morning shows delivering tips on travel with tots, and her writing’s been featured in Canadian Family and Oh Baby magazines. Corinne contributes a monthly column to parent resource sites across North America as a Family Travel Expert, and her advice has appeared in Today’s Parent magazine and newspapers across Canada. Connect with Corinne online at Have Baby Will Travel or on Twitter.

Carolina Papa is the mother of a nine-year-old who hates long drives but enjoys long walks inside zoos and natural history museums. She loves to take her whiny travel companion along with her on all her journeys because they both end up having a great time. When she’s not sharing all her travel knowledge with the world at her website Kids Go West, she’s teaching fourth graders all about latitude and longitude.

Jamie Pearson is a writer, a mother of two, and the publisher of the independent family travel website Travel Savvy Mom.  She sees and blogs about the funny side of family vacations.  Yes, there is one.

Mary Turner is the Boston-based mom of two active teens.  Her blog Travel With Teens and Tweens is a family affair dedicated to providing reviews, resources and inspiration to families traveling with teens and tweens.  Whether it’s college tours, sports tournaments, New England getaways or major vacations, the whole family contributes photos, opinions, and perspectives on what works and doesn’t work for kids ages 10 to 18.  An inveterate planner, Mary is always researching travel adventures and loves to share what she and the teens learn along the way.