5 Questions with Walking On Travels – The Travel Mamas’ Guide Virtual Book Tour

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The Travel Mamas' Guide virtual book tour continues at Walking on Travels. Founded by family travel aficionado Keryn Means, this blog gives hope to today’s modern parents who don’t want to stop their lives; they simply bring their kids along for the ride. 

Walking On Travels - When you won't let your kids stop your wanderlustAbout Keryn and Walking On Travels

Walking on Travels engages new parent travelers and multi-child families who don’t want to let fear hold them back from taking the trip of their dreams. You can find Keryn and her two boys exploring their hometown of Seattle most days and traveling across the globe several times a year.

As a family travel expert quoted in The Travel Mamas' Guide, Keryn advises parents to make travel a priority, right from the start. She says, “It is so easy to get caught up in everyday life or to get bogged down by the sheer task of getting out the door. If you let that one thought stop you, pretty soon your baby will be in school and you won’t have gone anywhere. Take the time to explore while your kids are young. They are sponges soaking up everything around them. They are much less stressed by the prospect of a long plane ride and foreign foods than you think. Give them a chance to learn and grow along with you.”

Keryn also gives excellent suggestions for road trip music selections and tips for traveling while pregnant in The Travel Mamas' Guide.

Keryn Means of Walking On Travels and her family

Keryn and her family in Siena, Italy

5 Questions with Walking On Travels

Have you ever had a life-changing experience when traveling?
“My life was forever changed the first time I left the country. My aunt took me to visit friends in a little town outside of Monterrey, Mexico when I was 16 years old. I was taken out of my comfort zone, met amazing people doing fantastic work with the boys in the area to make sure they graduated from high school, got to practice my Spanish, and tasted new flavors I never thought possible. I found a commonality with these boys that I never thought possible. My world expanded and I was hungry for more. Since that moment I have tried to leave the country as much as possible, preferring to visit other cultures.”

Why did you become a travel blogger?
“When I was pregnant with my first son I wondered who else was traveling with kids. There was very little information out there to give me hope that my life could continue even after he was born. The seed was planted then, but I didn't act on the idea of writing about our travels until after we returned from our first big international trip to China with my son when he was 14 months old. I had so many people asking, ‘How did you do it?' and ‘Why did you bring him to China with you?'

My response was: ‘We just did,' and ‘Well, why not?' Travel with kids wasn't the ordeal I thought it would be. In fact it didn't change [how I traveled] that much. I needed to let other new and soon-to-be parents, and even those with kids older than mine who doubted their own abilities, that yes, you can still travel with your kids; you just may need to tweak how you do it a bit.”

What is the most delicious food you’ve ever tasted when traveling?
“One word: crepes. When I was a junior in college I went to Venice, Florence and the South of France on a three-week college trip to see every single piece of art in each place. There is a LOT of art in Europe. Our one reward each day was going off on our own to eat.

Three friends and I wandered through the tiny town of St. Remy and found a crepe shop selling the most simple and decadent crepes you can imagine. We happened to find a professor of ours there as well. He insisted I get a savory crepe. To appease him I ordered a cheese crepe, but I also ordered a sweet crepe. This divine crepe was filled with roasted pears, slivered almonds thinner than your baby's finger nail sitting in a bath of creme anglaise. I was in heaven. It transformed my trip. For over a decade I have been looking for a crepe to top that one I had in St. Remy. I have yet to find one.”

Who is your favorite travel partner?
“My husband has been and will always be my favorite travel partner. When we met I finally had a partner who understood me, or at least went along with how my brain works. He loves to eat and explore just as much as I do and has no problem getting lost with me. Oh, we have our ups and downs on the road, but that's life, not travel. I can't wait to see where the next 20, 30, and even 50 years take us across the globe.”

What is your favorite destination for traveling with kids?
“Italy and Kyoto, Japan could possibly be my two favorite places to travel with my kids. Waiters don't bat an eye in Italy when you pull up with your gaggle of little ones. They are welcome, as are you. Wine is brought along with incredible food at bargain prices you could never find in the states. In summers your children are able to run around outside in the square with the other kids while you sit back and enjoy your partner, sipping your wine, and maybe indulging in a dessert or two.

Kyoto is equally as enjoyable, but in a different way. Children are adored, but the parents are respected. Unlike in China where a stranger will come up and touch your child's face and take their picture, we found in Japan that strangers were more apt to ask us first, and even ask our child, which was very appreciated, especially as our son got older. The food is divine, the sights surpass anything you could ever see in a book or magazine, and there is just a relaxed sense of travel as you walk the streets and mingle with the locals.”

Keryn doesn't let being a parent get in the way of her wanderlust

Keryn doesn't let being a parent get in the way of her wanderlust – she's shown her with one of her boys in Ferrara, Italy

Explore Walking On Travels

Take a walk on over to Walking on Travels to read a guest post I wrote about some of my favorite off-the-beaten path attractions in San Diego now!

Connect with Keryn on Twitter as @walkingontravel, on the Walking On Travels Facebook page and on Pinterest.

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

Come back Monday, July 1 for our next virtual book tour stop, Albany Kid. I will share five questions with Sandra Foyt, founder of Albany Kid here on Travel Mamas and Sandra will share her review of The Travel Mamas' Guide.

See a list of all participating blogs in The Travel Mamas’ Guide virtual book tourYou can also follow the fun using the #TravelMamasTour hashtag on Twitter or by subscribing to this Pinterest board.

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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.

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