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Hi, We’re the Ishmaels


An ordinary family of 4, in search of extraodinary adventures around the world.

We love to travel with our two girls, are proud to call ourselves light packers, and are always looking for new ways to travel more, for less.

Come join us on the journey!

What’s holding you back for taking the trip of a lifetime?

Just thinking about planning is overwhelming.

Trust me, we get it! That’s why I created a ton of free worksheets you can use to help you stay organized and plan your trip!

Taking a family trip is too expensive!

Family travel doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Read our top tips to travel hacking your way to your next vacation.

We’re so busy – when would we find the time?

Life will always be busy, but taking a family trip is never a bad idea! Read these tips for maximizing your time off to travel more.

remember: if it were easy, everyone would be doing it!

our story

In 2019, with 1 and 3 year old girls in tow, we embarked on our first international trip as a family of four. 

Amidst a bustling airport terminal filled with the excitement of impending adventures, there we were, lugging our suitcases, stroller, and car seats through security.

As we boarded the plane, a mix of anticipation and apprehension filled my chest. This wasn’t our first experience in family travel, but this time felt a little different. This time we had two kids, one medically fragile, and I was skeptical if this could still work.

But as soon as we took off, a wave of relief came over me. I knew, once again, that we would make it!

That feeling of landing in a new destination, excited to take on the world, is one that never gets old. Some of our very best memories as a family have been made while traveling.

Still, we understand the challenges that come with family travel. From flying with a 5 week old baby or navigating a foreign country with cranky toddlers, to managing how we’ll pack everything we need or finding budget-friendly accommodations…

Family travel surely isn’t for the faint of heart.

That’s why we’re here to guide you every step of the way, sharing our own stress-saving tips, packing lists, family-friendly itineraries, and money-saving secrets to make your family adventures go as smooth as possible.

Are you dreaming of a relaxing beach getaway, thrilling European adventure, or a trip exploring the great outdoors?

whatever your travel dreams,

let’s turn them into reality!

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