Hi! I'm Amanda

By day I am a busy mama of 3, freelance writer and travel blogger. But by night you can find me mixing up drinks as a certified bartender, which is actually a great way to have your finger on the pulse of a city.

Seriously, don’t underestimate the wealth of knowledge of your local bartenders.

Our traveling style is fun, and maybe a bit chaotic, but I would say we have perfected the art of traveling with kids while keeping our Saturday-night selves.

If you travel with your family and wonder “Are there any kid-friendly places to grab a cold one around here?”, then you are definitely in the right place!

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Not just any  Family Travel Blog

We are a family from Orange County, CA that loves to travel. We don’t have a lot of money, but somehow we make it work.

And we try to have a lot of fun along the way!

My parents are retired and would rather wear-out than rust-out, so we are actually a multi-generational traveling family.

We have explored castles in Scotland, cruised the Caribbean, and completed a 60-day road trip across America. We have seen a lot, and our kids have seen a lot, but there is so much more we want to explore while they are still young.

We actually didn’t travel very much until after the little ones arrived, which is basically the opposite of most people who say they want to travel the world before they have kids.

We realized that kids don’t have to slow you down at all. Quite the contrary, we found that kids inject our travels with fresh life and fun and purpose. I can’t imagine traveling without my little munchkins!

Research shows that family travel is a smart investment in the health of families and children. It helps solidify family bonds and teaches kids to navigate new places and cultures, while giving them a broader perspective on life.

With all the proven benefits of travel for children and their families, the question every parent should really be asking is “Can we afford NOT to travel“?

We started HotMamaTravel family travel blog four years ago to share our best advice on how to keep family travel hot and fresh and exciting – and under budget.

Our articles provide money-saving tips and information on kid-friendly activities in some truly awesome places.

But we also share tips on where you can take your family to grab a drink, highlighting the best kid-friendly pubs and bars and restaurants. This is information you won’t find anywhere else on the web!

We had so much silly and fun footage of our travels that we also started a YouTube channel this year. We continue to publish videos every week and you will find links in relevant blog articles. We realize that video is so helpful in helping our readers to really experience a destination.

If you love our travel blog, please don’t forget to subscribe to our free newsletter. We send special content once a month, with messages and travel ideas tailored to the season. It’s just fun to keep in touch!

We are also super active and responsive to our social followers, so please check us out on social media by clicking that little bubble thing right down there.

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