Hello and welcome! I’m Kim, the founder and writer behind “Traveling Swansons.” 🌍

Living in Alabama, near the picturesque beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, my journey has taken me far beyond these local shores.

For the past 18 years, I’ve had the pleasure of adventuring through life with my incredible husband, Chris. Together, we’ve raised three amazing kids: Tyler (16), Ava (15), and Ethan (10). We’re proudly known as the “Traveling Swansons.” ✈️

From a young age, I’ve had an insatiable love for exploring new places and meticulously planning our trips. Our family adventures began when Tyler was just a baby, and they’ve taken us from the bustling streets of major cities to the serene landscapes of our nation’s National Parks and even venturing across the Atlantic to my favorite country Italy! 🇮🇹

But, that’s not all, I have a special place in my heart for all things Disney! It’s our home away from home, a place we return to time and time again. There’s just something about the magic of Disney that keeps calling us back! 🏰

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share all the tips, tricks, and resources we’ve gathered from our many journeys. My goal is to help make your family’s travel experiences as seamless and memorable as ours. So, buckle up, and let’s embark on this adventure together! 🌟

Other Interesting Information About Me

So you know I’m a wife, busy mom of 3, blogger, lover of travel, and lover of planning and researching trips.

Here are some other fun, interesting things about me!

  • I’m a Travel Agent! To fulfill my passion for planning trips and helping my family, friends, and readers, I’m an independent travel agent with the award-winning travel agency, Magical Moments Vacations. I specialize in family travel, Disney Destinations, and Italy. 🙋🏻‍♀️

  • I was an online ESL teacher! I taught English online to kids in China for 3.5 years. This was a life-changing job for me. I learned so much from these sweet, smart, amazing kids.

    They opened my eyes to another part of the world that I really did not know much about. I believe teaching them deepened my love for travel and the importance of exploring other cultures.

    I had a trip planned to travel to China to explore and meet some of my students, but the pandemic hit right before we were scheduled to leave. I hope to make it there again soon and check “The Great Wall of China” off my bucket list! 🇨🇳
  • I have a 3-year-old Goldendoodle Daisy! She is super sweet and my little baby! She’s also my little work assistant and is always by my side! 🐶 💕
  • I love to do weight training while listening to music! 🏋🏻

  • Speaking of music, I love music! Just about everything! From pop, rock, and country, to rap. I love it all! I also love going to concerts whenever I get the chance. 🎶
  • I am a lover of coffee and wine! I like my coffee in the morning and wine at night. You might notice quite a few posts about coffee. ☕️ 🍷

Why I Blog

  • I want to inspire families to travel through our adventures and our pictures! I believe travel is the best way to connect as a family and create unforgettable memories!
  • Planning vacations can be very overwhelming. I have a love and talent for planning travel and I want to share all my best tips with you!

Some Places We Have Been!

North America

United States

Arizona
Sedona
Grand Canyon

California
Southern California
-Los Angeles
-Universal Hollywood
Disneyland Resort
-San Diego
-La Jolla
-Laguna Beach
-LEGOLAND California
San Francisco

Florida
Destin
Pensacola
Everglades National Park
Key West
Miami
Orlando
Walt Disney World
Universal Orlando Resort
SeaWorld

Georgia
Atlanta

Hawaii
Maui
Oahu
Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Illinois
Chicago

Louisiana
New Orleans

Montana
Gardiner

Nevada
Las Vegas

New York
New York, New York

North Carolina
Asheville

Tennessee
Chattanooga, Tennesse
Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Nashville

Texas
Houston
San Antonio

Wyoming
Jackson Hole
Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park

Europe

Italy

Rome
Tuscany-Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa
Cinque Terre
Venice
Lake Garda (Riva del Garda, Limone)
Dolomites
Milan

Our Bucket List!

North America
Alaska
Big Sur, California
Washington State
Bryce Canyon National Park
Yosemite National Park
Zion National Park

Central America
Costa Rica

Europe
London, England
Paris, France
Iceland
Italy- Amalfi Coast
Norway
Santorini, Greece

Asia
China (Beijing, Shanghai, Zhangjiajie, Chengdu)
Japan

Why I Love to Travel

One reason I love traveling is to experience the culture of another place.

I think it’s important for my kids to learn the world is wide and there is much more to it than the small town in Alabama where we live. I want them to know and experience other cultures: the people and how they live and the beauty of other places.

“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed, is you.”

-Eric Roth, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (Screenplay)

Where I’ve Been Featured

Here are some, but not all of the places I’ve been featured!

Good Housekeeping – 33 Disney World Tips and Secrets Every Visitor Should Know, According to Experts

Yahoo News– 6 Parents Share Their Budget Secrets for Fighting Inflation

GO Banking Rates– How To Plan a Last-Minute Holiday Vacation With Kids — Without Breaking the Bank

Adventurous Kate – 45 Fabulous Free Things to Do in NYC

Wealth of Geeks – 25 U.S. Destinations To Plan a Vacation to in 2022

Planner at Heart– 10 of the Best Things to Do in Chattanooga with Kids

She Saves She Travels– 21 Best Beaches in Florida for Families You’ll Absolutely Love &
30 Fun Ideas: Best Honeymoon Destinations USA (You’ll Actually Love)

Our Escape Clause– 17 Spectacular Southern USA Road Trip Itinerary Ideas

Tales of a Backpacker– The Cheapest Places to Travel in the United States

To Some Place New– Must See & Famous Landmarks in California: Bucket list

Fox in the Forest – 20 Amazing National Parks for Hiking that Will Inspire You