Family Travel

Kerry Egan



New Family Travel Insider is up for adventures big and small

Posted 5/14/2013 6:37:00 PM

My name is Kerry Egan, and I'm thrilled to be the new Family Travel Insider.

It's my unbelievably good fortune to travel through South Carolina with my kids and husband and explore all the great places and activities for families in this beautiful state. Plus, I get to share my discoveries with families traveling from far away and families who live right around the corner who are looking to take advantage of every opportunity of being in South Carolina.

My fellow adventurers are my husband, Alex, and my children, Jimmy, 8, and Mary Frances, 6. You might get to spot them in photos, and you'll certainly hear their opinions and reactions to the places we go.

We moved here last summer from a tiny seaside village in Massachusetts. Before that, we lived in a college town in Iowa. In my adulthood (but before children), I've lived in Virginia, New York, Wyoming, Texas and London. As my husband reminded me last summer, in the midst of boxes and the loneliness of the first few days of being in a new place: "You've always said you wanted to live in a dozen different places in your life. You've always said you wanted a life full of big and little adventures."

He was right. I love exploring new places. From living all over, I've learned that every place has breathtaking beauty, quirky places you can barely imagine, and wonderful, loving people.

South Carolina might have the kindest people of all the places I've lived. Within hours of moving in, we had a caramel cake, a bottle of homemade hot-pepper vinegar, and more cookies than my kids could eat.

Exploring a new home with children both changes and adds to the experience. As anyone with children knows, traveling with kids is different than traveling when you only have yourself to take care of.

I remember vividly the day we brought our first child home from the hospital. In a whirl of activity, my husband Alex and I carried the giant car seat and sleeping baby into the house. We let the dogs sniff him, fed him and changed his diaper. We settled him into his new bassinet and unpacked our bags. I think I might have taken a shower. And then we sat down on the couch. We looked at each other, speechless, still in a bit of shock. Alex turned to my mother and asked, "Well, now what do we do?"

She laughed and said: "You just keep living your life."

When you have children, the center of gravity in your life shifts, and yet in some ways, nothing changes. You still go to the beach. You still go hiking. You still travel and go on vacations. And you still go to street fairs and concerts and restaurants.

But the dynamics of your family have shifted and will continue to shift as new little members join your family. As the Family Travel Insider, I'll focus on making sure that travel with children is fun.

I've been writing professionally for more than 10 years. I've written magazine and Internet articles, essays, and a book. I’m working on a second book now. This is my first time writing a travel blog. I'm also a hospice chaplain.

I hope you'll come back and visit this page often as we explore all the great things South Carolina offers to families looking for adventure. If you have favorite places you think people should know about or that you'd like to see us explore, let me know. Everyone with little kids is in this together, and if you've had kids for any length of time, you know we parents need to stick together.