Family Travel Goal Story: Margie from DQ Family Travel

June 13, 2018

This interview is with Margie from DQ Family Travel in Miami, Florida. I’m excited to share more about her family’s travel goals. I was also impressed with the detailed plans they have on their blog for how they are going to achieve their goal.

I’m VERY excited to hear they will be exploring the great Midwest this summer!

You can find more family travel goal stories here.


A little bit about Margie: 

I’m Margie… a teacher turned family travel blogger. Since I got married 12 years ago, my husband introduced me to the joys of traveling. With our two kids, we have traveled around the country and our goal is visiting all 50 states before they graduate high school. I started the blog to keep a record of our travels and share with others how we travel so frequently on a budget and any other useful family vacation tips.

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

Our family is currently on a quest to explore all 50 states before the kids graduate high school (they are 10 and 8 now).

Why did your family choose these travel goals?

Proximity and Ease. When the kids were very little we traveled often to beaches and Disney World (we are from Miami, FL). Once they were a little older, we started expanding that travel and then thought it would be fun to visit all 50. We have made it a priority and the kids have learned so much geography and history in the meantime.


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

Honestly, just being able to say “I’ve been to all 50 states”! Also, completing our family travel photo map with our pictures in each state.

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

It definitely has to be our Northeast road trip last summer. We flew into Baltimore and then drove all around the NE, hitting 11 states in 11 days! It was fast paced, but we were able to see so much variety in under 2 weeks. Highlights included: Hershey Park, Niagara Falls, Finger Lakes, Ben n Jerry’s factory, hiking in Acadia, Cape Cod, lighthouse and ocean walks, Boston , NYC and Philadelphia.

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

We are very excited about our summer trip coming up in July. We are flying to Minneapolis, and then driving around 8 states. We are especially looking forward to hiking and taking in the scenery in: Badlands National Park, Custer/Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and Glacier National Park. We will also be white water rafting for the first time!

Tell us more about DQ Family Travel. How did you come up with the name?

I actually started the blog because friends and family continuously kept telling me that they loved our family trips when they saw our pictures on Instagram and wanted our itineraries. I then created a free site as a hosting spot for those trips and decided to work on it more as a way to share our family’s travel experiences and show people how we travel for very little. Our last name is pretty unique – we are de Quesada – yet are always referred to as the DQ family. I figured keep it simple!

Our blog is a resource for any family looking for some ways to save on travel. We also share our past trip itineraries and stories/reviews from places we have visited, hotel and restaurant recommendations, hiking trails, our favorite gear and just all around travel tips to make the most of your vacations.

Where can people find your blog on social media?

People can find me on:

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  • Reply
    Alison Netzer
    June 14, 2018 at 8:39 am

    This is a great interview. Every state in the US has something unique and awesome to offer. I’m impressed with your goal and wish you luck (have to say Hawaii and Alask, although different are my favorites)

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      June 14, 2018 at 9:01 am

      🙂 Agreed. There is so much diversity in the US to see.

  • Reply
    June 14, 2018 at 8:57 am

    It’s fun to learn about other families and their goals related to traveling! My husband and I run a couples travel blog and we enjoy seeing other traveling perspectives. An interview is a great way to capture that!

    • Reply
      June 14, 2018 at 9:00 am

      Thanks Jenni! I agree that I always learn something every time someone tells me about their travel goals. 🙂

  • Reply
    June 14, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I love seeing how other families travel and where they go. Great interview!

    • Reply
      June 14, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks Erin!

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    June 14, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    I love that goal of seeing all 50 states! The 11 states in 11 days sounds like such a thrilling (and exhausting) adventure! But that’s definitely a perk of the states being a lot smaller on the east coast. Great interview!

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      June 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks! I think it’s an ambitious endeavor, too, but in a good way. 🙂

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    June 14, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Visiting the parks are wonderful trips. The 8 states will be awesome.

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      June 14, 2018 at 8:15 pm

      It does sound like an awesome trip!

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    June 14, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    What a fun interview. That is one thing I love about the East Coast – the states are so small that it is easy to hit many of them on one trip!

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      June 14, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      Right! That is our plan when we finally get up to those states. 🙂 For us, getting there is the challenge, as it’s a long drive around the Great Lakes. We’ll get there!

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