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Readers, what do YOU want to see in this blog in 2013?

by Shelly Rivoli
Rivoli family atop Moro Rock at Sequoia National Park

Atop Moro Rock, Sequoia National Park, CA – one of the definite high points of 2012 for us (and one of the few pictures with all 5 of us!). Click here for Tips for hiking Moro Rock with little kids.

While 2012 proved to be a fantastic year for the Travels with Baby site and  tips blog, I’m not sure I can say THANK YOU enough to those of you who continue to follow this blog (some since 2007!) and to send in your emails, to post your comments (a blogger can never see too many of these), to comment to the Facebook page, and keep me showing up here excited to bring you more tips, ideas and inspiration for enjoyable getaways with your own kidlets.

But now I want your help. To make sure this blog is serving you as well as possible, I’d really appreciate your feedback–whether you’ve been stopping by here for five years or this is your first visit to the Travels with Baby site and blog–about what you’d like to see more of in the year ahead.

  • What posts and pages of TravelswithBaby.com have helped you the most?
  • Was there anything you were hoping to find here and didn’t?
  • Where would you like to see use go–geographically and topically?
  • What’s the single-most change you think would improve this blog or TravelswithBaby.com?

I would love to hear your ideas! And because I came back to my in box to find a number of Ask Shelly questions (many I regret I may not have answered in time), and I still consider it such an honor to be included in your families’ trip planning, I’m going to start there.

Please leave a comment to this post with your feedback, ideas, and suggestions for me, or send me an email (that’s shelly with one ‘e’ at you-can-guess-what-domain). Or if it suits you, share your thoughts on the Travels with Baby Facebook page. Thanks!

Safe journeys,

Shelly Rivoli

Author of the award-winning Travels with Baby and Take-Along Travels with Baby

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12 comments

Heather January 6, 2013 - 8:08 am

We’re looking at spending a semester in Florence (probably not until 2014 though) for my husband’s work. Any insights or tips on long-term travel? We’ll have a central flat to come home to, but I plan on many MANY outings around Europe!

Also….how do you work homeschooling into travel?

May be too specific to my own situation, but I’m so excited about the opportunity I just had to ask!
Heather

Kerstin January 5, 2013 - 5:22 pm

I am a gypsy at heart, but I also have 4 kids 7 and under. We’re wanting to start traveling more with them in the next 2-3 years, so I would LOVE to see some features on traveling with large families! Our group of 6 can’t comfortable squeeze into hotel rooms anymore!

Sarah January 4, 2013 - 10:25 pm

Love your book and website. I’m always looking for day trips or weekend trips (complete with itineraries) suitable for families with young kids. Your Yosemite bit was very helpful. Bay Area stuff is good, but also big cities like Seattle, Chicago, or NY would be cool.

Shelly January 5, 2013 - 11:16 am

Thanks for your comment, Sarah! I’m with you – I’d like to see more helpful “mini guides”(?) for go/see/do on the site (and better organization for what’s been admittedly a little scattered!). I’ve been sitting on a bunch of stuff from Seattle, so thanks for reminding me. If you’re going to NY, don’t miss the Bronx Zoo http://www.travelswithbaby.com/blog/tips-for-visiting-new-yorks-bronx-zoo-with-babies-and-small-children/ Cheers!

Shelly Rivoli January 5, 2013 - 11:35 am

Thanks for your comment, Sarah! Suggested itineraries and/or “mini guides” sound like a great addition to the site. If you haven’t already, you can browse many of the suggestions for destinations (Bay Area/SF, New York, San Diego included) on the Destinations page http://www.travelswithbaby.com/planning/destinations.htm Cheers!

ExpiredEggs? January 4, 2013 - 5:17 pm

I’d love to see ways to sleep with a baby in the same room – whether hotel or someone’s home, and how to recover peacefully afterward. Aaaand… go! LOL

Shelly January 4, 2013 - 5:26 pm

A challenge, indeed! I’ve put several ideas in Travels with Baby (the Ultimate – Ch. 4, Preparing for Changes) and tips for sleeping on the go in Take-Along Travels with Baby, but that could make for a fun post in the blog. Thanks for the comment! (And good luck…) 😉

Rachel January 4, 2013 - 1:05 pm

Hi Shelly

I love your website and the great advice you offer. My husband and I love traveling and we’ve done lots of traveling before we had our two little ones. We still continue to travel with our sons from Punta Cana, Bermuda, Alaskan Cruise, New England Cruise, Disney’s Fantasy cruise, Las Vegas with side trips to the Grand Canyon and other various places in the US. We’re now planning a trip to Ireland and wanted to know if you had an opportunity to travel there or anyone else. And if there’s any great advice for traveling to Ireland with kids under the age of 5 will be great.
Thanks
Rachel

Shelly January 4, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Rachel – I’ve not had the good fortune to call on Ireland yet (came close!), but I’ll see what helpful info I can rustle up for you & others in the same boat. Thanks for the comment!

Rachel January 4, 2013 - 5:41 pm

Thank You for the quick response. I look forward to reading more of your blog and perhaps I can give you advice on Ireland after we return from our trip this summer.
🙂

Rachael Rensink January 7, 2013 - 6:34 am

HI Rachel. My entire family took a trip there in summer 2011, and my 9 month old and 2 year old in tow. It was awesome!
1- Bring tons of layers. The weather can be really cold and rainy, but if you’re prepared it won’t slow you down.
2- My 2 year old loved “princess castles”, so we rented one and used it as our home base. We stayed at Bally Portry, a 15th century tower home. The girls LOVED their castle. And we were a very short drive to amazing sights, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, etc.
3- Plan as much for the flights as for the trip. Snacks, books, toys… each girl got to pack thier entertainment and they took turns rolling it in a little suitcase.

We also stayed at Bunratty near Shannon on our first night. The bed & breakfast there had a room specifically catering to families. They had 2 twin beds, a full, plus pack and play plus sitting area with full bath with tub. Great hosts, too, and walking distance to Bunratty castle and grounds. It was a fantastic trip and well worth the time spent. The castle grounds have a big part attached to there was a lot of the girls to do (ie: RUN around) and then we’d go see more of the castle and surrounding buildings.

Shelly Rivoli January 9, 2013 - 7:26 pm

Thank you so much for your tips, Rachael! This is fantastic info. Much appreciated.

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