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Sharing family's adventures is part of the fun of having them

Years before we had children, we were travelers. We climbed the steep stairs of the Great Wall of China and we hiked into the bamboo forests of Papua, New Guinea. We rode horseback through the plains of Mongolia and stood at the steps of the Sydney Opera House.

Three boys and nearly 10 years later, we find ourselves living in Lexington. Our biggest adventures nowadays seem to be trips to Fayette Mall, a far cry from those Opera House steps.

Despite busy school days, tennis lessons, church activities and reading time at the library, my husband and I knew we needed to incorporate a bit of travel and adventure back into our lives. Thus, Backseat Traveler, my blog (http://backseattraveler.com), was born.

What started as a way to share our weekend adventures has turned into an online resource for families to plan their own adventures. Each trip we take and every hotel we stay at is chronicled for readers to easily find ideas and suggestions for their own family travel.

We began planning our outings by online research of activities in Kentucky and surrounding states. Our list continued to grow as we collected travel brochures at rest stops and browsed through local travel magazines offering an endless amount of ideas.

Recently we teamed up with Raveable, one of Travel + Leisure's top travel sites for 2009 — at www.raveable.com — to share our travels and hotel reviews.

Backseat Traveler focuses on family travel, although those without kids undoubtedly will find many tips and travel ideas as well. We encourage everyone to share their experiences with us so we can, in turn, share them with our readers.

Backseat Traveler has reignited our passion and excitement for travel and keeps us motivated to explore with our boys.

Mark Twain once said, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

For us, this is a core value. Traveling with our boys, whether to a play at Jenny Wiley State Park or a weekend getaway to Gatlinburg, creates lifelong memories for us and our children.

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