Globe-trotting author Kaitlyn Jain is dishing out good advice for families just as Americans are finally starting to feel comfortable again about traveling.
The "Passports and Pacifiers" author has released her list of 10 critical tips for safe family travel in the era of COVID-19. Jain's family-focused travel diary is a humorous and honest look at eight different trips loaded with mishaps and misadventures with children and infants in tow around the world.
"Jain is a talented storyteller who takes us on journeys from the gelato shops of Italy to the Mayan ruins in Guatemala," said author Jason Farman, according to a press release promoting 'Passports and Pacifiers.' "For parents wanting to raise their kids with memories and meaningful encounters with cultures from around the world, this is a must-read."
'COVID-19 has really changed our travel plans and goals. But we still aim to travel on a budget.' - Passports and Pacifiers author Kaitlyn Jain
Jain's travel blog is now featuring her 10 tips for safe family travel - timed to coincide with the book launch as well as a nationwide shift toward more normal living as the post-pandemic era takes hold. A year ago widespread vacation and travel plans were shut down by the surging COVID-19 crisis. Now more than 37 million Americans are expected to travel for Memorial Day, according to AAA.
"After a year off from travel, newly vaccinated and better attuned to what's safe, we are ready to resume travel. This summer, we won't be leaving the country, or even flying, but taking a long road trip west to visit the National Parks," said Jain, in a May 12 message on her web site and blog. "COVID-19 has really changed our travel plans and goals. But we still aim to travel on a budget."
Among Jain's top pieces of advices for traveling families:
- Secure a place that makes you feel comfortable and safe: "Following the year of COVID-19, cleanliness tops the list. A safe, clean room was imperative ... for our first trip last July."
- Visit the National Parks: "Is there anything easier or more American? With over 400 national parks, heritage areas, trails, and waterways, there is something for everyone."
- Find activities that your kids will enjoy "Get the kids involved in the planning. Mix up activities you want to do with ones they'll enjoy. Making and keeping kids happy makes everyone happy."