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About Shelly Rivoli

Family travel author and blogger Shelly Rivoli carries her toddler son across a hanging bridge in Costa Rica.

A Trusted Voice in Family Travel and Multi-Award Winning Publisher, Blogger, and Author

Shelly Rivoli is a veteran travel writer, blogger, and guidebook author specializing in family travel. She founded TravelswithBaby.com in late 2004 as she began work on what would become the 1st edition Travels with Baby guidebook. (This post contains affiliate links to the author’s books.)

On the way to the book … a website. And eventually a blog!

Family travel expert and author Shelly Rivoli holds 7-month-old baby daughter on trip to Thailand.
Author and blogger Shelly Rivoli holds her 7-month-old baby daughter outside a temple on a trip to Thailand.

While traveling, researching and writing the book, her TravelswithBaby.com website grew to include many of her tips on travel, finding the best strollers for travel and other essential travel gear for parents, and the original Worldwide Directory of Baby Gear Rental Agencies (also included in the 1st edition guidebook).

With the publication of the 1st edition Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide for Planning Trips with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschooler-Age Children in 2007, Shelly also launched the “Travels with Baby Tips” blog — originally on Blogger (and separate from her website as it was in those days!).

Shelly Rivoli with her infant son in Jamaica.

Over the next years, the website and blog grew as would Shelly’s family (welcoming baby #3, a cat, and a dog to the family).

More books … and buzz about traveling with babies and young children.

Author and family travel expert Shelly Rivoli with her three children at a juice truck in Kauai.
Shelly Rivoli with her three children enjoying a visit to Kauai.

In 2010, Shelly published a pocket-size companion guidebook with essential tips to help parents once they’ve left home on their adventures. Take-Along Travels with Baby: Hundreds of Tips to Help During Travel with Your Baby, Toddler, and Preschooler received the Rising Star Award in the National Parenting Publication Awards (NAPPA) and was a finalist in the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards for travel.

She made recurring appearances on ABC 7’s View from the Bay, offering families timely tips for preparing for holiday travel, camping trips, and more. And in 2012, Shelly also served as spokesperson for the Huggies Kimberly-Clark Hawaiian Diaper campaign, which helped bring more than 20 million diapers to Canadian and US families in need.

Author Shelly Rivoli and Howard Fox on the Outdoor Adventure Series Podcast
Listen to Shelly’s interview about the beginnings of Travels with Baby and her most recent book with Howard Fox on the Outdoor Adventure Series podcast.

In 2014, a greatly revised and expanded book was put forth with much acclaim. The 2nd edition Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide for Planning Travel with Your Baby, Toddler, and Preschooler received a Gold in Travel Books from the North American Travel Journalists Association, a Bronze Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation, and the Silver Award for Parenting Products in the National Parenting Publication Awards (NAPPA).

Soon after, she founded a second family travel website with curated guides to destinations throughout the U.S. and around the world and tips for travelers with children of all ages: FamilyTravel411.com.

Now leading families through iconic California landscapes with a new guidebook!

Sample photos and book cover of Shelly Rivoli's new guidebook "Hiking with Kids Southern California: 45 Great Hikes for Families."
Shelly Rivoli’s new guidebook includes hikes in the Southern Sierra, Central Coast, California Deserts, Los Angeles, and San Diego areas.

In Shelly’s newest guidebook, Hiking with Kids Southern California: 45 Great Hikes for Families, she leads families to unforgettable adventures on foot in FIVE NATIONAL PARKS and more. From the surreal terrain of Death Valley to peak moments in the southern Sierra, her guide delivers multiple color photos, maps, difficulty ratings, age recommendations, dog-friendliness and all her best tips for every hike she recommends–and has hiked with her family.

Quotable – Shelly has often been sought out for her family travel advice, with her quotes and tips appearing in Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, Real Simple Family, Parents, Parenting, American Baby, Pregnancy, Fit Pregnancy, The Globe and Mail, The Boston Globe, and L.A. Times, among others.

Spokesperson – She served six months as the spokesperson for the Huggies Kimberly-Clark Hawaiian Diaper campaign, which helped bring more than 20 million diapers to Canadian and US families in need.

Camera-, Radio-, and Podcast-Ready – Shelly has made radio, podcast, and TV appearances, and was a recurring guest on San Francisco ABC 7’s View from the Bay.

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writer and photographer Shelly Rivoli

See Shelly’s new guidebook Hiking with Kids Southern California : 45 Great Hikes for Families

Founder of TravelswithBaby.com

Shelly Rivoli’s TravelswithBaby.com has received numerous awards and accolades including Silver and Bronze Awards in the highly competitive Independent Travel Blog category from the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA). TravelswithBaby.com was also twice-voted a Top 10 Finalist in the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards for Family Travel Sites and has received Gold, Silver, and Bronze NATJA Awards for individual articles.

Travels with baby quoted in magazines and newspapers

Author & Publisher of Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide…

The self-published Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide for Planning Travel with Your Baby, Toddler, and Preschooler guidebook is in its second edition, and has received multiple awards including the Gold Prize from the North American Travel Journalists Association, a Silver Award for Parenting Products in the National Parenting Publication Awards (NAPPA), and a Lowell Thomas Bronze Award in Guidebooks from the Society of American Travel Writers (placing 3rd after books by Frommer Media and National Geographic Society).

Founder of FamilyTravel411.com

Three years ago, Shelly created the online travel magazine Family Travel 411, which provides curated “411 destination guides” from a host of family travel experts for destinations around the world as well as practical family travel advice and award-winning tales of travel adventure. Features on the site have received multiple NATJA awards and two Solas Awards for best travel writing from Traveler’s Tales Publishing/Solas House. Click here to find out more about Family Travel 411. 

Award-winning Travel Photographer and Photojournalist

Shelly’s travel photography and photojournalism have been published in magazines, newspapers, and books on four continents. Find out more about Shelly’s photography work and new family photography business in the East Bay Area.


Travels with Baby Awards

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