Hey, we are so happy you stopped by. Welcome to Our Family Passport! We are Shani, Kam, and Sav, a mom and daughter trio who are obsessed with all things travel. We have been traveling with our whole family for decades from 6-year-old Beckham (Kam’s little one) on up. It is our years of travel trial and error that make us THE family travel experts.

We specialize in making limited family vacation time meaningful, affordable, educational, and fun! Our goal is to strengthen our own family relationships through travel and experiences and of course, help you do the same!  This blog will help you make the most of your time, budget, and resources so you can have epic family experiences! We will show you how to plan memorable experiences at home, abroad, and everywhere in between.

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How's the best way to prepare my kids for travel?

We might be a little biased, but coloring, reading about, and talking about your upcoming trip is one of the BEST ways to get your kids on board! See all of our coloring pages here – Travel Downloads and Printables!

How many people are in your family?

We are a large family! You might see some of our tribe on here at times. To help you, here is the breakdown.

  • Shani – Married to Phil. Mom to Kam, Tanner, Sav and Easton. Grandma to Becks. Mother-in-law to Jason (Kam), Kenna (Tanner), Cole (Sav).
  • Kam – Married to Jason. Mom to Becks. Stepmom to two other cute littles.
  • Sav – Married to Cole.

You can see how we plan trips for all ages and interests here – 10 Tips for Family Trip Planning!

Do you travel full time?

No, we’re an average family living in this crazy world. We all juggle work, school, different family situations, and church responsibilities. We just like to fit in travel wherever we can!

 

 

How do you afford to go to all of these cool places?

We have not “sold it all” and we don’t live on Top Ramen at home so we can travel. We have just made simple adjustments in our lifestyle that have helped us budget for travel! Most of our trips are paid for by budgeting, saving, planning, airline miles and credit card points.

Here are some of our best posts on saving and budgeting for travel.

Tell me about Shani!

A recent empty nester, Shani is a wife to Phil (they’ve been married 31 years!), mom of 4. mother-in-law to 3, and Grandma to her favorite little man Beckham. She loves to visit new places and is the planner of all of our adventures.

Her favorite travel destination is safari in South Africa!

Tell me about Sav!

Sav’s married to her best friend Cole and is a talented harpist and loves all music. Always up for an adventure, she is almost as travel obsessed as her mom. She is spitfire and sunshine through and through. Sav is studying Broadcast Journalism and can not wait to graduate and use her degree for travel! Sav curates our social media feeds. She has got a great eye for things that flow well together!

Her favorite travel destination is Italy!!!

What are your best travel tips for families?

  • Plan and prepare
  • Try to let everyone in the family have a say
  • Accept that there are always going to be ups and downs on trips, don’t expect it to be this glorious experience 100% of the time
  • Be patient with each other
  • Speak your mind if you are really upset about something
  • Make traveling a learning experience

How many countries have you traveled to?

We have been to over 45 countries (and counting!).

Decide where you want to go next with this expert guide – 5 Easy Steps to Decide Where to Travel Next!

What camera do you use and how do you edit your pictures?

Shani takes most of the pictures and Sav edits them. We absolutely love our camera gear. Our favorite cameras are the Sony a7Riii and the Sony a6400.

Our favorite lens is the 24-70mm GM.

Our favorite photo editing apps are Adobe Lightroom and VSCO.

What's on your bucket list?

Egypt

India

Hiking Kilaminjaro

Vietnam

Brazil

… Let’s be honest, we want to go everywhere!

Tell me about Kam!

Kam is married to Jason, is mom to Becks, and is a stepmom to two super cute kids about Beckham’s age. It’s a party, and she loves it! Out of respect to her step kids mom, Kam’s step kids won’t be on the blog.  Kam has a zeal for learning and is finishing her graduate degree in art history and is a university instructor. Kam manages SEO, is a main blog contributor and co-manages social media accounts.

Her favorite travel destination is China!

Tell me about Becks!

Becks is cute, smart and charming! He is little, but has already traveled to over 20 different countries and he loves learning about new languages. Beck’s little world was turned upside down recently and he has handled becoming a step brother like a champ. He is a great brother and friend. We all love this little person!

His favorite travel destination is Bora-Bora!

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