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See the World- Why I Travel with my Kids

I am not good at a lot of things. I have the penmanship of an eight year old boy and can’t ice a cake. Don’t open any of my cupboards, and certainly not my linen closet (never did figure out how to fold that fitted sheet). I am not just being hard on myself listing my shortcomings, I’m just stating one of my truths.  Every person has certain talents they can share, ones that are a reflection of how we were raised and our collection of life experiences. My talents just happen to revolve around being outside and exploring with my kids. Thankfully I have become increasingly more content with that. My mother showed me the world early, showed me that so much can be discovered by being brave and having a sense of adventure.  And now there is nothing I like more then sharing the world with my own children. Everything has become more beautiful and everything has become just that much better. And through all those trips (our five year old has been on 37 airplanes and we’ve lived to tell the tale) I have learned how to make adventuring easy and how to keep the long travel days fun.  I have also learned that exploring Alberta can be just as much fun as exploring new countries. There is something special about travelling to a place you’ve never been, no matter how close it is to home.

We travel with our kids because we want to them to experience new places and see new things.

To understand there is so much beyond our street, their school and our lovely bubble.
To remove them from their schedule and to teach them to be flexible with life.
To not be afraid of what is different to them, whether it be food or experience .
To have courage to try a new language, even if they can’t say the words perfectly.
To understand we are all different but inside we are so similar.
To see how much there truly is out there and have the curiosity to take it all in.
To teach them to become explorers at their core.
To give them the chance to be brave.

There are so many adventures to be had. So much to learn.

So I’ve decided to share a part of our lives with you and share our tricks, tips and favourite places. I can’t be a perfect pinterest mom, but I can share my ideas and experiences with the hopes that you can give your children a lifetime of exploring.

Thank you for following along with us.


Violet,  the chief explorer and feisty-pants extraordinaire.  A 6am pyjama adventure in one of our favourite places in the world. (August 2014 in Jasper)   


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  • June 24, 2015 - 2:16 pm

    Justine - This is so real AND so wonderful Kelsy! Thank you so much for sharing!! I look forward to following along these adventures through your beautiful kids and your amazingly talented lens.ReplyCancel

    • July 10, 2015 - 9:40 pm

      Kelsy - Thanks Justine! That’s exactly my goal- real and wonderful. Thanks for being here and helping me so much with everything over here! xoxoReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2015 - 5:03 am

    carla - kelsy! this is perfect. i can’t wait for using all your tips to come and being continually inspired!!!ReplyCancel

    • July 10, 2015 - 9:40 pm

      Kelsy - Thanks Carla!!! Love you!!ReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2015 - 2:03 pm

    Stephscade - Love it! I want to practice continually steping out of my comfor zone too, and this blog will be a great source of inspiration for me. Way to go!ReplyCancel

    • July 10, 2015 - 9:39 pm

      Kelsy - You already step out of that zone so often! You are doing amazing Mama!! (ps. love travelling with you)ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2015 - 9:05 am

    Sharon - what a wonderful blog Kelsy!! I enjoyed reading it and seeing all the beautiful photos of your girls. I don’t have young children to travel with, but I do have a husband and I’m sure the same tips will apply ReplyCancel

    • July 10, 2015 - 9:39 pm

      Kelsy - Hahahah!!! Thanks Sharon xoxoReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2015 - 5:04 pm

    Lauren - I’m SO excited for this!! You are a travel inspiration and I can’t wait to hear your stories and tips!!ReplyCancel

    • July 10, 2015 - 9:39 pm

      Kelsy - Thank you so much Lauren! I’m continually inspired by you and your life and business. I should be getting tips from you!ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2015 - 8:37 pm

    KarlaMuzyka - I am not entirely sure why I am crying as I read this… I think it is just because I can feel your passion and the love that you have for life and sharing it with your girls. I am so inspired by you! If I am blessed with the amazing honour of mothering in this life, I know that I will consult you for your wisdom… I can not wait to travel along with you and your amazing family! This is so so awesome!!ReplyCancel

    • July 10, 2015 - 9:38 pm

      Kelsy - Awww thank you Karla! xoxoxoReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2015 - 4:38 pm

    Sherrie - I am so excited to see more of your adventures!! I love your perspective and share your thoughts of exploring and teaching our kids on exploring and adventuring. xoReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2015 - 9:34 am

    Sara - Stumbled upon this blog via Blake and I absolutely love it, especially now that I have a wee one! Looking forward to following along!ReplyCancel

    • July 21, 2015 - 12:57 am

      Kelsy - Thanks for being here Sarah! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment 🙂ReplyCancel

  • July 21, 2015 - 9:05 pm

    Roxanne - Incredible! Photos, and outlook. 🙂 Would love to be brave enough to step outside the box like you, especially with your international exploration. I’m an over thinker, especially when it comes to my own perception of the safety of my kids. Seeing others do it, makes it seem possible, as well as makes me long for the adventure of sharing such amazing experiences with my own crew. Thanks for sharing! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • July 24, 2015 - 5:01 am

      Kelsy - Thanks for being here Roxanne! I hope to have some good intention travel advice and ideas in coming months, hopefully a little inspiration too 🙂ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2015 - 7:40 pm

    Kayls - Sooo happy you started this little gem, your insta feed is so inspirational I can’t wait to hear all your tips and tricks!!ReplyCancel

    • July 24, 2015 - 10:20 pm

      Kelsy - Thank you so much! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a message!ReplyCancel

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