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As a travel writer, Erica has been inspiring travelers for years with her comedic perspective on living abroad and endless adventures around the globe.
Eager to share the best tips, destinations, and experiences, Erica jumped headfirst into the industry so she could help others access everything this planet has to offer. In addition to being a luxury travel consultant with SmartFlyer, she is the founder of a popular travel website, The Worldwide Webers. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Erica has lived abroad in Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the U.K. These home bases around the world allowed Erica to explore over 100 countries, including 68 with her two globetrotting tots in tow!
Armed with her extensive travel experiences, Erica is an expert in luxury travel, honeymoons, family travel, adventure destinations, safaris, and parenting on the fly. As a travel writer and photographer, her tips and tales have been featured in Travel+Leisure, Business Insider, and Forbes. You can find the Worldwide Webers on Instagram, @theworldwidewebers, and Facebook for daily inspiration with a healthy dose of humor.
Like choosing a favorite child, I could never pick just one (at least not out loud). My relationship with travel began by bungee jumping off the highest bungee in New Zealand, then I’ve continued to test any travel companion with similar adrenaline rushes including paragliding off a mountain in Nepal on my honeymoon and hot air ballooning over the deserts of Namibia. Even the kids had to be tested before entering our travel tribe! From hiking the infamous Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan with a toddler on my back to sending my 2 and 4-year-old down thirteen zip lines in Costa Rica…luckily, they both passed the test with flying colors. Every trip is memorable, whether it be full of adventure or full of beach cocktails, and that’s what makes travel so great. You never have to choose just one type, you can experience them all!
Packing cubes labeled and separated by person makes organization easy while on the road. We treat each person’s cube as their own suitcase making it that much harder for my husband to claim he can’t find each kid’s clothes for the day. We pack medical kits in two forms for all trips, one small one in my carryon with a thermometer, bandaids, and travel-sized fever/headache medications. Then one in our suitcase with rehydration powder, allergy meds, stomach meds, etc. And to keep our hands free to chase children, we minimize our baggage down to 1-2 bags for the whole family and keep the kid gear low. Leave the kitchen sink at home and have your hotel provide a car seat for airport pickup and a crib for the baby so you can travel with as little as possible.
ASK! You never know what’s possible unless you ask for it. From room configurations that suit your family’s needs to preferential seats on an airplane, the hospitality industry wants to make each part of the travel experience perfect and customized to you, so don’t be afraid to ask for things that make your travels easier and more enjoyable.