Today it’s an exciting day for my blog as it marks the start of a series of interviews with some of my favourite family travel bloggers.
I am an avid reader of travel blogs and, in the last few months, I have discovered some that have become my go-to resource for anything travel related. These blogs are written by people all over the world, with a great passion for travel writing and for family time: they are inspirational, informative and great fun to read!
As a way to show them my appreciation (and to feed my curiosity for the writer behind them) I have decided to interview the people behind the blogs that I love and trust the most.
I am very lucky to start of this series with Kevin Wagar, head of child carrying and author at the beautiful blog: Wandering Wagars. Kevin writes to share his family travel adventures, both local and abroad and works to encourage other parents to travel with their children.
Interview with the wandering Wagars, family travel bloggers
- Blog author: Kevin and Christina Wagar
- Blog: Wandering Wagars
Q. 1 Tell me about your family: how many of you and how old are your children? We have two amazing boys, Cohen, 4 who loves hockey, adventures and snuggling and Dylan 2, who loves jumping, dancing and climbing.
Q. 2 Where is home and where are you right now? We are at home in the city of Brampton, Ontario which is just outside of Toronto.
Q. 3 How did you come up with the idea of a travel blog and when did you start writing? Christina has been travelling most of her life and introduced me to it shortly after we began dating. Our adventures became more and more frequent and exciting the longer we were together. When Christina became pregnant with our oldest, we vowed that we wouldn’t let children get in the way of our love for travel, and true to our word, we were travelling with Cohen on our first trip as a family to Portugal when he was just four months old!
Q. 4 What is your favourite kind of travel: independent, all-inclusive resort, cruise, a mix of all? What do you like about it? We have done resorts and cruises, but our real love is in independent travel. Getting in a car or transit and seeing a country at our own pace helps us to interact more with the local culture and change our schedules on a whim if we find something amazing.
Q. 5 How do you decide on a destination? If you have older kids: have you ever had an epic fight over where to go? Our kids are still little dudes, so apart from saying what animals they want to see, they haven’t yet fought over anything other than toys or the last piece of cake. Many of our travels are picked from a list of places that we want to see and then cross-checked against budget, timing and weather.
Q. 6 You visited many countries: do you have a favourite so far? And your kids? It’s hard to pick and choose a single country from all the amazing places that we’ve visited, but Iceland stands out for the sheer beauty and ruggedness of the country, Jordan for the incredible history and warmth of the people. So far our children’s favourite adventure has been riding camels through Wadi Rum in Jordan, they never stop talking about it.
Q. 7 Do you have a dream destination you haven’t managed to go to yet? My personal dream destination is hiking Macchu Picchu in Peru which we are working on getting to this year if everything works out. Christina’s dream destination is to return to her place of birth, the Philippines and experience the beautiful islands again. Cohen dreams of seeing penguins in Patagonia while Dylan for just loves playing in the sand.
Q. 8 Many people are afraid of travelling with children: safety concerns, fear of the holiday being a lot like hard work: what is your best advice to make a family holiday a success? We have found that travelling with children is not much more difficult than sitting around the house with them. Yes, it does take more preparation and organization, but on the plus side while you’re there your kids are having too much fun to be bored and are often on better behaviour on the road than they would be when at home. On top of that, if you like meeting people, nothing breaks the ice better than kids. In Iceland Cohen introduced himself to every person at every restaurant we ate at and never failed to leave the place without being given at least one toy or treat, while in Portugal we even had people stop their cars on the side of the road just so that they could say hi and squeeze little baby cheeks.
Q. 9 What kind of packer are you: carry-on only or everything but the kitchen sink? Is there one item you never leave home, no matter where you go or how long for? Because we often travel independently and usually have a car or a form of transportation where we go, we generally don’t pack too lightly. Plus, having not had a trip in four years where we haven’t had a child in diapers, it’s tough not to be over-prepared. As a general rule though the adults pack enough stuff for 75% of the trip except for underwear and socks (we don’t normally do laundry on the road) while for the kids we pack almost 2 sets of clothes for every day. Add to that camera gear and iPads for long road trips and we are geared up pretty well.
Q. 10 I am sure you have some great stories from you travels: share one with us! When we travelled to Grenada we stayed at a resort that had just begun catering to families. Tourism to the island was just beginning to be promoted and the resort was obviously not too familiar with the needs of children. We found out that getting milk for a 2 year old was almost impossible and the best thing we could order for him at the bar (which was the only place where we could get drinks) was something called a Chocolate Monkey. Banana’s, chocolate, coconut milk and ice. This drink was DELICIOUS and it took us about 3 months to finally get Cohen to stop asking for it whenever he wanted a drink!
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