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Since our children have been born, we’ve traveled. It’s been mostly small things – trips to visit my parents in Lake Tahoe, lots of camping, a road trip from Seattle to Yosemite last summer. We’ve taken them to Hawaii as well, but I’ve been waiting to take them on their first international vacation. I want them to experience somewhere different, but not out of their comfort zone. Somewhere not too far away, but with a good mixture of culture and wildlife.  Now that they’re 6 and 3.5 I think it’s about time. Why now? Honestly, because my youngest is potty trained. Seriously. Also, because I think they’ll remember it now. Cassie, our 6 year old, went to Puerto Rico when she was 14 months old and she remembers none of it. I want their first trip to be something that they remember with their own heads rather than through the...

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My five year old says that the letter of the day is ‘L’! And we’re talking about leopards.  Over the years at Wildland I’ve had many people say to me “What I’d really like to see is a leopard”. Though one of the Big 5, leopards are often tough to spot. In East Africa you usually see one on a trip, but you’re lucky if you see more than one and you may see no leopards. In Southern Africa it can be much the same, depending on where you are. Leopards are masters of stealth and spend a lot of time in trees, either resting or dragging a kill up there to enjoy at their leisure. With their spots they’re extremely well-camouflaged when the leaves of the branches rustle in the breeze. So where to go if you want to see leopard? The South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. The Luangwa...

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We asked Rachael Garrett, director of operations for Wildland Adventure where she would go if it was the end of the world. Kenya Family Safari For some reason my 5 year old daughter is suddenly fascinated with safaris in Africa. She frequently asks me what people in Africa are doing right now, what their houses look like, what people in Africa eat. With Africa being such a huge and varied continent it’s an extremely complicated question to answer! If I could take her to one place in the world before it ended it would be to visit Maasai Simba Camp in Chyulu Hills, near Amboseli National park in Kenya. This is a camp founded by the Maasai and run by the Maasai and the experience is much more focused on culture than wildlife. Here all of Cassie’s questions would be answered – she could see the Maasai homes, eat their...

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  As a traveling mom with two little adventurers, I always need to be prepared for almost anything and everything we encounter during family travel. It is most definitely more work traveling with the family, but there's no greater pleasure than sharing somewhere amazing with the people I love most.   So mamas, here's 5 things you should think about bringing when traveling with the family. Essentials for traveling moms 1. A new bedtime story for the kids- We've read quite a few in the Magic Treehouse series and with nearly 50 books in the collection I can usually find something that’s topical for the trip. I also read some topical non-fiction with the kids before we go. 2. Wipes- For the plane, for the car, for whatever my son has smeared on his face. 3. A cheap digital camera- So the kids can take their own pictures. We make a photo book of...
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