Welcome! My name is Kim.

Founder and writer of “Traveling Swansons.”

I’ve been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband Chris. We have 3 kids; Tyler-15, Ava-13, and Ethan-9. We are the “Traveling Swansons.”

I have a passion for traveling and planning trips!

We have been traveling with our kids since our oldest was a baby. I love traveling all over. From the energy of the big cities to the peaceful, beautiful National Parks to the happiest place on earth “Disney.” I love to see and do it all.

I am excited to share my tips and resources from all of our travels to help you plan your family’s trips.

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 have recently become an independent travel agent with the award-winning travel agency, Magical Moments Vacations.

  • 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 2-year-old Goldendoodle Daisy! She is super sweet, but also VERY hyper and crazy! You probably won’t ever see her traveling with us because she hates car rides.
  • I am a regular gym-goer! I have been working out at a CrossFit gym that I love for the past few years. I love working out and throwing around weights while listening to some loud 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, Arizona
Grand Canyon

California
Los Angeles, California
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California

Florida
Destin, Florida
Everglades National Park
Key West, Florida
Miami, Florida
Orlando, Florida (Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld)

Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia

Illinois
Chicago, Illinois

Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana

Montana
Gardiner, Montana

New York
New York, New York

Tennessee
Chattanooga, Tennesse
Gatlinburg, Tennessee (The Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
Nashville, Tennessee

Texas
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

Wyoming
Jackson Hole, Wyoming (Grand Teton National Park)
Yellowstone National Park

Europe

Italy

Rome
Tuscany-Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa
Cinque Terre
Venice
Lake Garda
Dolomites

Our Bucket List!

North America
Alaska
Hawaii
Big Sur, California
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

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 Rate– 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