Right about now, when Christmas mayhem is escalating and the long, dreamy days of summer have arrived, I start wistfully wanderlusting. If you’re like me, you’ll be yearning for your dream holiday destination (anywhere but here, right?). These 11 family travel Instagram accounts offer a delightful dose of travel inspo to quench your globetrotting yearnings.
Best of all, these Instagrammers show just how possible travel is with kids in tow. Think your tot is too tiny? Celine and Dan from Baby Can Travel and Family Can Travel urge you to think again! Hitting the road for a Big Lap of Australia sound too stressful? The Blonde Nomads have plenty of tips and tricks. Scroll the gorgeous grids of these Instagrams and blogs to see families of all shapes and sizes in a range of destinations around the world.
In no particular order, these Instagram families caught our attention in 2019:
1. Globetotting – @globetotting
This London-based family of five has plenty of experience treading travel trails around the globe. Each of the three kids was born in a different country, and they spent time living abroad in Australia, India and Mexico. Having returned to the UK, a lot of their adventures are now Europe-bound. The award-winning blog is curated by the expert eye of mum, Katja, a decorated travel writer.
2. Mumpack Travel – @mumpacktravel
Solo mum Evie and her primary-school aged daughter Emmie make up the dynamic duo behind Mum Pack Travel. In fact, the pair have just hit the road for the long-term. This December, they packed up and headed for the Philippines for three months, the first destination on their around-the-world itinerary. Follow their travels on their Insta stories and their blog. You can also check out Evie’s book, Backyard to Backpack.
3. Wild Roots Outdoors – @wildrootsoutdoors
Based in Utah, the Leavitt family is super passionate about the outdoors. Their motto is #plantwildroots because #wildrootsrundeep and it certainly comes across in their worldwide adventures. Nate and Candice have four gorgeous boys under 12 and they get up to all sorts of shenanigans. Check out their website here.
4. Courtney Adamo – @courtneyadamo
Courtney is a Byron Bay-based mum of five gorgeous kids. She also runs an online business, teaches family workshops and writes her family’s travel blog, Somewhere Slower. It is full of great ideas about travelling with a larger family, inspired by a couple of years of living around the globe. Courtney’s eye for the aesthetic comes through in the sleek, white look of her Instagram, which favours natural light and minimalism.
5. The Blonde Nomads – @theblondenomads
The Blonde Nomads kicked off a couple of years ago, when Rob, Tracy, Marli and Ziggy sold up to hit the road and travel full-time in a caravan around Australia. Tracy is a photographer and designer by trade, making the saturated colour and lovely light of the Blonde Nomads Instagram very easy on the eyes. The family have since waved goodbye to their caravan to welcome new adventures, including a recent trip to Japan.
As well as awesome content on the Blonde Nomads blog, Tracy has also written for Family Travel. Her features (and her awesome accompanying photography) include Top Tips for Road Trips with Kids, Why Fiji is the Best Family Holiday and Tips for Adventure Holidays Off the Beaten Track.
6. Trip in a Van – @tripinavan
Another Aussie family to trade convention for the caravanning life, Justin, Bec and their three fair-haired kids know all there is to know about road-tripping the wide brown land. They produce a lot of video content about caravanning, camping and four-wheel driving. Check out their socials and blog for lots of handy hints, including homeschooling ideas, a Big Lap budget spreadsheet and a tour of their caravan set-up.
7. Summer of Seventy Five – @summerofseventyfive
Still can’t get enough of the #vanlife? This Aussie family of four has gone old-school, setting off on adventures in an original kombi van complete with seventies curtains and decor. Nicknamed Summer, the van is like the fifth member of the family. Check out their Instagram page for beachy, surf vibes and a golden-hued glow to match the orange of the van.
8. Smiths Holiday Road – @smithsholidayroad
Melbourne parents Bron and Andrew have three kids who have become foodies, culture vultures and globetrotters in their own right. The Smiths travel with a wheelchair, so their Instagram and accompanying blog is great for tips for holidays on wheels. Their grid is packed with fun snaps of overseas adventures, especially in Asia, but also of everyday family mayhem.
We’ve done some filming with the Smiths for #FamiliesOfAustralia. You can check out their accessible travel videos on our YouTube channel.
9. Wyld Family Travel – @wyld_family_travel
For a great perspective on affordable travel with teenage daughters, look to the Wylds. The family blog is run by Marley and Willow and their dad. It has been jam-packed of late, thanks to the long-term world tour the Wylds embarked on at the start of the year. Beginning in Bali in January 2019, they are currently exploring Europe.
10. Our 3 Kids v the World – @our3kidsvtheworld
Sally and Craig travelled extensively pre-children. They love taking their three (now teenage) kids back to places they’d visited, proving that with some planning and the right attitude, veering off the beaten track is doable as a family. They have gone on plenty of trips through Asia, and recently returned from Hawaii.
11. Baby Can Travel – @babycantravel
Mum Celine and Dad Dan took their first trip as a family when their eldest daughter was just three months old. The Canadian family has since welcomed the addition of a son, who had caught the travel bug before he could walk. Use their website as your go-to guru on baby travel gear, flying with toddlers and so on. Their own family of four is now all grown up into @familycantravel, which is worth a peek. They still curate images and stories of travelling tots on @babycantravel.
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Sophie is a die-hard pasta lover, beach-goer and theatre fanatic hit hard with the travel bug. When exploring new places, Sophie loves straying from the beaten path and chatting with locals about the best places to grab a bite to eat.