Childhood Family Travel Memories: Kim from Oh My! Omaha

August 18, 2018

This week’s childhood family travel memories interview is with Kim from Oh My! Omaha. Her stories of road tripping around the US have clearly impacted her family’s travel experiences today.

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A bit about Kim:

I’m a wife and mother who’s always planning the next trip. I love the outdoors, trying new foods, and I’m an off-and-on runner. I’m the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at a children’s museum, and keep myself busy writing for the blog and other print publication. I’ve published one book.


What kind of travel experiences did your family do growing up? 

Most of our trips were long road trips, at least, the most memorable ones were. We’d pack into the conversion van, bring VHS tapes for the VCR and a book or two, and that would entertain us until we reached our first stop. My parents would plan stops for landmarks (my dad) and shopping (my mom).

How has your family travel experiences growing up affected where or how you travel now?

I absolutely love planning long road trips. There’s a thrill for me finding a unique restaurant to visit or a hidden gem of an attraction that’s along our route. Of course, doing these long road trips also makes me self-aware that I’m impatient and if there’s an affordable way to fly to my destination, I’ll consider that first.


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How has your family travel experiences growing up influenced your or your family’s travel goals today?

My family traveled a lot when I was young, and I still love having a few trips in the works. If I haven’t been out of town for a few weeks, I get a little anxious. I plan just a day trip out of Omaha just to satisfy the travel bug.

What travel habits did your family have that you still do? What do you do differently?

We used to stop at whatever landmark or attraction a city was known for, and I still do love finding the touristy things along the route. If we stopped at a national park or beautiful vista, it would only be briefly for a picture and then we’d move on. I love natural beauty, so as I plan trips now, I leave us more time to get outside and enjoy it.

What are childhood travel memories stand out the most for you?

I remember our longest road trips. Not so much every stop, but I remember how endless the drive from Omaha to Quebec was. We drove it in the winter, stopping at Notre Dame and Lake Placid. My parents probably intended to do something at each stop but it was so cold, we took pictures and then hopped back in the van.

Have you revisited as an adult any places that you first visited as a child? How was the experience different for you as an adult?

Yes, several places in the Midwest! We used to canoe every year down the Niobrara from the time I was about 8 until I was 25. It took another 10 years to go back, this time, with my kids. Nothing much had changed – the long drive out to Valentine, Neb., felt the same, the bus to the canoe launch was the same, the scenery was the same. We drove on from Valentine to another familiar old family road trip destination – Mount Rushmore. We stopped to a lot more things than I ever got to do as a kid on that trip! More outdoor time, that’s for sure.

If you have children, what do you tell them about your family travels growing up were different than now? What do they think is most interesting about the differences?

I suppose I joke about not having iPhones and iPads back in the old days. Technology helps for long road trips or flights. My kids are still a little young, so we haven’t discussed the differences too much yet.

What would you tell people who are parents right now about how your experience of childhood travel (or lack of experience) has impacted your life?

Traveling as a child has been an integral part who I became. I think some people feel like you have to have these grand adventures abroad in order to have a life-changing experience, but that’s not true. All the little trips we took, along with the big ones we on, showed me there’s so much to see in the world, and it starts right in our backyard. I wouldn’t trade that early experience for anything.

Tell us more about your blog. Where can people find it, and how can they follow it on social media?

I’ve been writing Oh My! Omaha for more than five years, a blog that explores Omaha and beyond. It’s geared toward parents looking for things to do with and without their kids. My travels are primarily Midwestern, with quite a bit of coastal adventures in the mix. You can follow me at @ohmyomaha on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


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    August 26, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Wow. That’s so lovely. I’m pretty sure, my little one would have loads of fun here! Loved the idea. We too make of o=point of taking my son everywhere we go. Builds a lot of memories!

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    August 26, 2018 at 10:04 am

    I wish I took my road trips with my family when growing up. I think that so cool to revisit places as an adult, what a great interview 🙂

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      August 26, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      Thanks. Yes, road trips are a great way to travel, but I know they aren’t a common in some parts of the world.

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    August 26, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I remember road trips as a kid and had so much fun being able to stop anywhere. Road trips are great for kids – it’s a mini adventure! I love road trips – it’s being able to find those hidden spots and attractions.

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      August 26, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      I love road trips, too! It’s what we did as a kid, and we still do a lot of them with our family.

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    Priya Florence Shah
    August 26, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Some of my fondest childhood memories are of travelling with my family, either to our ancestral towns or to beaches nearby where we’d go with a huge bunch of people. Somehow going there as an adult wasn’t the same, but it didn’t detract from the magic of my memories.

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      August 26, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      I agree. I have amazing memories of exploring with my family!

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    Renata -
    August 27, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    It’s so nice going on trips when the kids are small(er). It creates great memories and bonding. I did a lot of travelling since my daughter was a toddler – we even lived a couple of times in Central American countries – and it did her so good. Of course, it’s not important if you travel far or just go on a day trip to the woods around the corner: It’s the togetherness that counts – for a long time!

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      August 27, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      I completely agree!

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    August 28, 2018 at 5:33 am

    We had similar trips when I was a child! Although, being British meant our road trips were ALOT shorter haha

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    Amanda Dunn
    August 28, 2018 at 10:42 am

    I was always envious of my friends whose families took road trips. They seem to have so much fun and make so many memories. I wish i could have afforded the time off when my kids were home. It would have been a lot of fun.

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      August 28, 2018 at 10:49 am

      I know. It’s hard to prioritize travel, but so worth it if you can. 🙂

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    Becca Talbot
    August 29, 2018 at 6:33 am

    I love the concept of this travel post series – I have so many childhood memories about travels (in the UK mostly) and just life in general, that I often weave into my own blog posts. We never took any road trips like Kim’s though sadly 🙁 x

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      August 29, 2018 at 6:46 am

      Thanks! Travel really influenced my adult travel experience, and now my experience traveling with my family. I know road trips are a more common thing here in the US than in other places in the world.

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