5 Questions with Pit Stops for Kids – The Travel Mamas’ Guide Virtual Book Tour

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Pit Stops for Kids is the second stop on The Travel Mamas’ Guide virtual book tour. A go-to family travel resource for any parent who’s heard ‘Are we there yet?’ one too many times, Pit Stops for Kids helps you plan road trips and vacations with state and interstate listings. Check out this blog’s resort reviews and handy travel tips too! Head on over to Pit Stops with Kids  to read five favorite tips from The Travel Mamas’ Guidechosen by the site’s founding editor, Amy Whitley.

About Amy and Pit Stops for Kids

Pit Stops for KidsAmy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad.

As an expert at exploring nature with children, Amy provides camping advice to parents of babies and children in The Travel Mamas’ Guide. From choosing the right camping accommodations for your family (tent, cabin, tepee, yurt, and more!) to packing tips for your camping adventure—her tips will help your family connect with nature and with each other.

Amy Whitley, Pit Stops for Kids

Amy Whitley, founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and camping expert quoted in The Travel Mamas’ Guide

5 Questions with Pit Stops for Kids

What is one activity or type of attraction you always seek out when traveling?
“We always seek out public transit (if applicable). When using a city’s public transit system, families get a better sense of direction, orient themselves better to the city, and interact more with locals. There’s nothing like riding the a subway car after a big sporting event or sharing seats with a crowd of school children to give you a feel of a place!”

Do you have any travel souvenir collections?
“We collect resort, city, and national park stickers, which we use to decorate our stainless steel water bottles (which come with us on all trips). Not only is this an economical souvenir choice, it’s one that lasts, because we remember our travels whenever we use our water bottles at home as well as on the road. I also collect soaps from luxury hotels, a tradition first started by my grandfather. The bell jar he began his collect in during the 1950s now resides in our home.”

If you could buy a vacation home anywhere in the world, where would it be?
“I’m sure it would be a ski condo! We love ski vacations due to our enjoyment of the sport and of the mountains, and a ski vacation home is a great fit in all seasons. We’d use it in summer for hiking, mountain biking, and golfing, then in the winter for skiing and snowshoeing. Win-win!”

Why did you become a travel blogger?
“When my kids were babies and toddlers, I loved to chronicle our trips in journals and online to friends, but I also found it frustratingly hard to find pit stops en route to our destinations that were vetted by other parents. After a particularly grueling road trip up I-5 home to Oregon during which we couldn’t find a park to let the kids run loose in, I finally decided to write a blog that would pinpoint fun pit stops for other parents. Pit Stops for Kids was born.”

Who is your favorite travel partner?
“I’m lucky enough to have two: my husband and my mother. My husband is calm and relaxed while on vacation—unlike myself at times—and makes for a delightful traveling companion, but he can’t always get away from work to travel on my schedule. Luckily, this allows me to spend quality time with my mom…and for her to spend more time with her grandkids. We travel well together, and have many fond memories of the trips she’s taken with us.”

Explore Pit Stops for Kids

Check out Pit Stops for Kids now! Connect with Amy on Twitter at @pitstopsforkids and on the Pit Stops for Kids Facebook page.

The Travel Mamas' Guide Virtual Book TourThe virtual book tour continues…

Come back tomorrow for our third virtual book tour stop, Gone With The Family by Lisa Goodmurphy, our very own Spunky Travel Mama! See a list of all of the participants in The Travel Mamas’ Guide virtual book tour.

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About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. http://Ellen%20Lanin says

    I explored Amy’s Pit Stops For Kids and found it full of great information. I’ll be checking back.

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