At Penguino, we're a little obsessed with following families who travel the world together! We love dreaming about new places and planning our next getaway. But let's be real. What we really want to know is how everyday families make extraordinary adventures happen!
Today we're thrilled to share Monet, the gorgeous writer behind The Traveling Child. Monet is mom to two sweet girls: Jordyn and Kennedy. She loves to share her family's trips and to inspire other families to get out there. Plus Monet is a part of Penguino's community of influencers!
You love to travel and didn’t let motherhood slow you down! What is behind your passion for inspiring families to travel?
I have loved to travel for as long as I can remember and when I became pregnant with my first I heard over and over again how I would no longer be able to travel just because I was becoming a mother. It was extremely discouraging and if I wasn't the determined person I am I most likely would have listened to the naysayers and my family wouldn't be having all the fun we are now.
My friend convinced me I should be sharing our family travels with others to show parents that travel is still possible post children and I am so glad she did. No parent should feel as if they have to give up their passions because they choose to have a family and sometimes you have to see someone else doing it to know it's possible.
Why do you want your girls to experience the world?
I really believe traveling is a classroom in itself. Through our travels, my girls have learned so much. From knowing about different cultures, languages and foods I know my girls know there are great people all over the world. They don't have negative connotations about people just because they look different from them because they have experienced the good in people from all over the world. In addition they have learned how to easily adapt to different situations. From surviving 25hrs of travel, flight delays, unconventional beds and cars they are flexible in a way many adults aren't.
The Traveling Child is full of practical tips for families on the go. What’s one thing every mom or dad should know?
Life is short, just go! Your kids are a lot more adaptable than you give them credit for and being off schedule for a few days will not ruin them and once back home in a few days they will be back on track. Experiences are what life is a ll about and these memories you create will last forever.
You recently took your girls to Thailand. Tell us about your trip?
Thailand was amazing. We spent time in Phuket, Chiang, Mai, Bangkok. My eldest daughter is still talking about the day we spent with at the Elephant Rescue Park, feeding, bathing, and walking with 3 elephants that were rescued from a circus. You can't leave the country without visiting Ayutthaya. It's only an hour from Bangkok and so gorgeous! It was a great mix of adventure and relaxation at the beautiful beaches in Phuket.
Where is your family headed next?
We just came back from Aruba and are headed to Amsterdam, London, Paris, and Brussels in August!
Your next stop?
Visit The Traveling Child on Instagram for more inspiration plus a chance to win a $75 gift card to Penguino Travel! The giveaway will start on Tuesday July 11 and end on July 12, 2017.