Family Travel Goal Story: Jennifer from A Thankful Traveler

June 6, 2018

My first family travel goal interview is with Jennifer, blogger at A Thankful Traveler. A Thankful Traveler is a blog sharing discounts, deals, trip itineraries and travel adventures with family and friends. Jennifer is a Physical Therapist from Minnesota and loves to share info to inspire others to travel.

And can I say how jealous I am of the upcoming trips they have planned?! 🙂

 

Does your family have any travel goals? If so, what are they?

Our family has a goal to visit all 50 United States and as many Canadian Provinces as possible by the time the kids graduate from high school. This had not really been a formal goal until we were able to visualize it when we came across a magnet board while camping.  We buy a magnet for each state we visit and our goal is to complete the board. The kids really got excited too when they were able to visualize what we were doing.

Our other more general goal is to just take every opportunity we can during school breaks to explore and spend time together.  Because our two oldest are in high school, we are feeling like our time with them is limited and going by too fast.

Why did your family choose these travel goals?

We chose this goal to help make the world seem smaller and to help the kids see all the opportunities and different careers out there so as they move from high school to college they can be open to all new experiences.  Whether they chose to live close to where they grew up or find a job/college far away, they will know what is out there and not be afraid.

What excites you most about your family’s travel goals?

Our goal allows us to slow down and enjoy being together.

What does your family love most about traveling?

We love exploring new places to fish..we often bring our rods with wherever we go.  We also love learning about different places and people and ways of life.

What’s been your family’s favorite trip so far? Why?

The kids like road trips the best.  It is a great opportunity to spend quality time together. They actually don’t mind spending hours in the car together.  I think it is good for them too..to learn patience with each other.

What trips do you have planned in the short term? Any big trips coming up?

We are crossing 10 states and provinces off the list this summer with a road trip to Maine.  The kids chose this area because they were excited to put more magnets on the board. We also have a European trip planned for next summer which has been a goal for 5 years with a group of friends.

Since you are The Thankful Traveler, what about traveling makes you most thankful?

We are thankful that we are healthy enough and have the time and resources to create opportunities. We have had several times when we thought our travel days might be over…so appreciate even more that they are not.

We are so thankful for the people that make travel possible and create positive experiences…from flight attendants, pilots, hotel front desk workers, hotel housekeeping staff…the list goes on. We are especially thankful for these people.  They are working hard everyday to make our vacations wonderful and memorable. When we travel we get to meet these wonderful hard -working people. When we can stop and appreciate them it makes our vacation experience even better.

Tell us more about your blog, A Thankful Traveler. Where can people find your blog on social media?

I love to share deals and discounts to make travel more attainable for others.

I love to share itineraries that I have put together to make it less work and stress for someone else.

I love to share trip reports to inspire others to travel to places that we visit.  

I love to share personal experiences of gratitude we encounter as we travel.

My blog can be found at www.athankfultraveler.com

And on social media:

www.facebook.com/athankfultraveler

www.instagram/athankfultraveler

www.twitter/olskop

If you want to learn more about how your family can create and reach their travel goals, you can subscribe here for my free e-book, Creating and Achieving Your Family’s Travel Bucket List:

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    alison netzer
    June 7, 2018 at 8:59 am

    I love this interview. Helps to get to know the people behind the “pen.” Thank you for doing this, what a fun idea.

    • Reply
      Kristie
      June 7, 2018 at 9:39 am

      Thanks! 🙂

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    Kristi
    June 7, 2018 at 9:15 am

    It’s great to see that her kids enjoy all of these experiences. We’ll be RVing full-time soon and our kids were NOT happy about it at first. But as we’ve traveled more and more, they are finally warming up to the idea. Her kids will always remember trying to get to all 50 states and the wonderful experiences they’ll have while getting there. =)

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      Kristie
      June 7, 2018 at 9:39 am

      Best of luck on your adventures! 🙂

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    Priya Florence Shah
    June 7, 2018 at 11:05 am

    What a fun thing to do with your kids! When they’re little it’s so much easier to do things with them. As they get older, it gets harder to get them to do things with us.

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      Kristie
      June 7, 2018 at 11:45 am

      True, though including them in the planning process definitely helps. 🙂

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    Shreya Saha
    June 7, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    That’s a great family goal you guys have. Lucky kids I must say. I hope you can fulfill all the wishes super soon. It was fun reading the interview. Best of luck!

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      Kristie
      June 7, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      🙂

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    Cara
    June 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Visiting all 50 states is one of my travel goals. Also I want to visit every Disney park and resort in the world. 🙂

    • Reply
      Kristie
      June 7, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      Awesome goals! Hope you’re able to achieve them. 🙂

  • Reply
    Federica
    June 7, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Nice interview with this traveler family. I enjoyed discovering what motivates them to travel within the US territory.

    • Reply
      Kristie
      June 7, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks!

  • Reply
    Brianna
    June 7, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    So fun to learn about new bloggers! I love that she’s instilling the importance of travel in her kids!

    • Reply
      Kristie
      June 7, 2018 at 9:17 pm

      I agree. So cool!

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    Sara
    June 7, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    It sounds like this family has fantastic travel goals! I’d love to also see all of the state’s and provinces. Enjoy the family travels while you can!

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      Kristie
      June 7, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      🙂

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    Arianny
    June 7, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    I never thought of road trips as a learning experience for patience….what a great perspective!

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      Kristie
      June 7, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      Totally agree. My kids are road trip champions, too…they just hunker down and make themselves at home. 🙂

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    Tonya Denmark
    June 8, 2018 at 9:37 am

    What a fantastic post. We love road tripping as well, and seeing as much of the US as possible. While world travel is great, there’s nothing like knowing your home country.

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      Kristie
      June 8, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Very true.

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    Susan Dack
    June 8, 2018 at 9:48 am

    I love this! I’m a goal-oriented person and this is brilliant!

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      Kristie
      June 8, 2018 at 11:02 am

      🙂 Susan, if you want a resource for how to make travel planning goals, you can subscribe to my newsletter to receive a free e-book all about it.

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    Katie
    June 8, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Such a wonderful interview series. I love hearing about people’s travel goals.

    • Reply
      Kristie
      June 8, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks! I agree, it’s really fun to hear people’s motivation behind their travel. 🙂

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    Epepa Travel Blog
    June 9, 2018 at 4:48 am

    Very nice interview. When I have children, I will definitely want to encourage them to travel too.

    • Reply
      Kristie
      June 9, 2018 at 6:10 am

      Thanks! It’s fascinating to travel with kids. Seeing what they see…

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    Nives
    June 9, 2018 at 7:07 am

    I love interviews, in that way you can learn about other bloggers. It’s nice to see and hear how others are traveling with kids.

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      Kristie
      June 9, 2018 at 8:01 am

      Thanks! I agree.

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    Alexander Popkov
    June 9, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    It is lovely to see families traveling and making some big travel goals. My friends are stuck at office and home when they have kids.

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      Kristie
      June 9, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      Agreed. If you want to make it happen, you have to prioritize it.

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