Our interview with Justin from inacents.com
Justin is the creator of InACents.com, a family travel blog, and CPFoodBlog.com, a personal resource site on Cedar Point food and dining reviews, news & information. If you are a parent and you have ever wondered how to save money on family travel or where you can find your favorite theme park food, Justin is waiting for you to join them.
Our Interview with Justin:
Why did you start traveling?
Growing up, I saw that my grandparents traveled quite extensively, and my parents took us on trips all the time growing up. So as soon as I could start pulling in a full time paycheck, I made it a goal to travel and visit friends as much as possible. Today, being married with three young boys, we make it an effort to travel as much as possible to instill in our kids the experience and interactions with other people.
What is the most important during your travels?
Traveling with a family has a different dynamic than when you are single. The most important thing for me is that they are with us, and that I can enjoy those moments as a parent before they get to the age where they do not want to hang out with mom and dad any longer.
We also often travel with extended family, so they can enjoy the experience.
What is the most important experience that you had during your travels?
I cherish little moments I get to spend with each of our sons on the road. Such as dancing in a street party at Disney with my oldest son on my shoulders with a stilt walker. Come to think of it, many of my favorite moments are of things that happened with my kids on my shoulders.
What is the most beautiful place that you have been to?
Back in 2012, we spent several weeks in Hawaii, and while I had been there before, it was the first time for my wife, kids, and in-laws. It was such a rewarding and growing experience on so many levels.
What do you avoid when you travel?
Traveling with a group of people, I try to be keenly aware of my surroundings, and do my best to avoid getting into any peculiar situations from a safety perspective. It can be difficult to not look like a tourist when you are carrying around multiple kids, a stroller, and camera equipment, so the key is to try and fit in as much as possible.
We also try and avoid surprises in our travel arrangements. For example, there are ways to purchase really discounted tickets to Disney. However, I would rather purchase tickets from a legitimate source. The last thing I want is to show up at the gate, and they tell me the tickets are not valid, and then I have to worry about purchasing new tickets at full price while my kid screams because he can not get in to see Mickey.
What is your biggest travel dream?
Our family has a big desire to rent a mobile home for an extended period of time and travel around the country at a leisurely pace. Right now we also tend to stick with domestic U.S. travel, but eventually would like to start branching out to other countries.
What are you favorite travelers? What blogs do you read?
Our family tries to take advantage of mile and point programs as much as we can to cut the cost of our travel. So we tend to follow a large collection of sites, as well as deal sites to keep an eye out on some terrific deals.