Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Catablogue: Travels with Children

Travels with Children: Finding Fun with Four Kids

This blog is written by our friend Linda, who lives on a farm with her husband and their four children. She writes about her blog's purpose by noting that her interest in traveling and "seeing the sights" was not slowed down by motherhood. In fact, she "found that it was marvelous to take these little ones out into the world, following the back roads, learning about new things, and watching the wonder in their eyes as they saw trees and prairies and great lakes and tall buidlings"; indeed, she "found that some things were better remembered but others were more treasured when experienced with children" (citation). Isn't that beautiful? (Insider scoop: She was an English major in university.)

Linda shares tales about her family's travels (along with related photographs) via her blog and, in so doing, has become a champion of attractions to see and experience: zoos and museums, parks and monuments, events and festivals, cities and rural locales, etc. Many people can spend years living in one place without knowing much about the "things to do" that are available nearby, but not Linda! Some of her travels take her to other states, but she also investigates and writes about the beautiful, interesting, and enjoyable things to see and do in her own state of MN. Her travels provide her children with edifying experiences that strengthen family bonds; and her writing about her travels provides her destinations with great publicity and her readers with terrific ideas for places to go and things to do.

She writes with an emphasis on travels that are affordable and that are child-friendly; so if you're a parent, check out the "Frugal Travel" and "Trip Planning" tabs at the top of the blog for advice on showing your children the world around them without breaking the bank or losing your sanity. Or just live vicariously through Linda and her family, enjoying the photos and travel stories and trying not to get exhausted by her seemingly boundless energy (does her family ever just stay home?!).

P.S. Although a current Minnesotan, Linda is a native North Dakotan and recently took her kids on a sight-seeing trip through our state. Check out those particular tales and pics!

(What is a catablogue?)

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