I’m super excited to be nominated for Sisterhood of the World Bloggers!! I love being a part of this awesome community and learning more about my fellow travel bloggers.

Thank you very much Sally-Ann, from Toddlers on Tour for inviting me into the Sisterhood!

For those nominated by me, here’s what to do next:

1. Acknowledge the blogger that nominated you
2. Answer the 10 questions
3. Nominated 10 worthy bloggers
4. Ask them 10 questions
Now, it is time to learn a little more about me!

1. What is your blog about?

My blog is about inspiring families to get out and travel together. I try to make traveling for families as easiest as possible by providing helpful resources to make the planning process simple. I share my budget tips, destination guides, sample itineraries, etc. You can travel with kids and still have hot trips and be a Hot Mama!

Family Fun at Tradewinds Resort
2. Why did you start writing your blog?

I started my blog while on maternity leave with my son. I was at home itching to get back out and travel. Travel became even more exciting once I had my babies to share it with and I wanted to share that joy with others. So, I started HotMamaTravel.com to share my family travel tips and to give me another outlet to write.


3. What is your most recent blog post?
My most recent blog post is 10 Tips for International Travel. After coming home from a 2 week long trip in Scotland, I wanted to share some things I heard learned to help other families travel easier.

International Travel
4. What do you like to do on your family holidays?

How busy our itinerary is depends on the destination, but always make time to relax. Food and drink is a huge part of every trip, so we always make sure to hit up great restaurants, bars and street vendors. We love exploring new places and I try to make sure the kids have a new experience everywhere we go.

Cafe Aroma Idyllwild
5. Where do you like to stay when you are on a family holiday?

When we travel with my sister we love loading up the RV, but usually we are hotel people. I work hard to save for travel, so I like to relax and not have to worry about cleaning anything! I pick hotels based on their pool and location to attractions. My kids love the pool and I like a nice atmosphere, which is why we always stay at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Best pool in town!

Family fun for everyone

Family fun for everyone

6. What do you wish you had known before you headed off on your first family holiday?

I have always been a pretty prepared traveler, but with kids you can never really prepare enough, haha. On our first RV trip, I wish I would have thought to pack a full on first aid kit. The first day of the trip, my daughter (FireCracker on the blog) sat on a fire-ant hill and her bottom and thighs were all bitten up. I didn’t have anti-itch cream, but luckily my niece had brought some. From then on I have never left for a trip without my mobile pharmacy.

Vail Lake
7. What is your “must have item” in your suitcase?

My camera! I can’t take enough pictures while traveling, especially with the kids. I want to capture everything! In fact, it is not even in my suitcase, but around my neck 24/7. So many precious memories, that I never want them to forget.

Botanical Garden

8. What have you learned works really well for you, when you are on a family holiday?

Taking our time and allowing the children time to play really works well for our trips. If we are going to a place where we will be doing a lot of sightseeing, I’ll make sure that at some point they will have a chance to burn off energy. Playgrounds are universal fun. This also usually makes them calm and tired, so us adults can enjoy some cocktail time in a fun restaurant or pub.

Playground at Botanical Garden

I also always try to book flights that are around times of day that they are normally tired, so that they are likely to nap.

Free games and movies on transatlantic flights
9. If money was no object what would be you ideal family holiday?

If money (or time) were no object, I would love to travel the world for a year or two straight, spending a few weeks in each place. I would also love to take a major US road trip with the RV going all way around the continent. Just not having to get back home for work and school would be soooo nice!!

Mission Bay RV Resort in the Voltage
10. Where was your first ever holiday, how old were you?

My parents are weekend warriors and never stayed home for long, so I traveled at a very young age. My parents always call me their Vegas baby, because they took me to Las Vegas at a year old and continued to visit around my birthday forever. In fact the tradition continues and I’ve never missed a summer in Las Vegas. I’ve taken both my babies within their first year of life as well.

Las Vegas
My 10 Nominated Bloggers:

1. Sharon: Where’s Sharon
2. Sally: Well Traveled Kids
3. Michelle: 3onthego
4. Jane: Itchee Feet
5. Laura: Jet lag & Juice boxes
6. Paula: Jetsetting Kids
7. Keryn: Walking on Travels
8. Rebecca: R We There Yet Mom?
9. Erin: Kidventurous
10. Jody: Family Rambling

My 10 Questions

1. What is the goal of your blog?
2. What is your favorite post on your blog?
3. What is your most popular post?
4. What is your favorite family-friendly destination?
5. What is your biggest tip for traveling with kids
6. How old were your kids on their first travel, where did you go?
7. Do you prefer international or local travel? Why
8. Why do you love family travel?
9. Are you a full-time traveler or part-time?
10. What is your favorite family travel memory?