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Hi there, we're Jess and Rod! In 2018 we decided that we wanted to travel more together, so we sold our house (and most of our stuff) and left on a full-time travel adventure with our two kids (ages 2 and 5 at the time). Since then, we've visited more than 50 countries while working as content creators. In this podcast we share stories of our favorite destinations, tips for traveling with kids, and how you can work with travel brands like we do. So come listen in or find us on Instagram @the ...
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Over the years, we've had great experiences with all-inclusive resorts like Sandals, Excellence, Iberostar and Sanctuary. On this episode we cover the pros and cons of staying at all-inclusive resorts either for family vacation or couples retreat! Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode64…
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We lived in Colorado Springs for over 6 years and loved the mix of outdoors activities and indoor fun. In this episode we cover our favorite things to do in Colorado Springs, so check it out if you're thinking of visiting this amazing city! Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode63The Jetsetting Family által
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New York City has been on our family bucket list for ages, and we finally had the opportunity to visit this summer! We were overwhelmed by the amount of things we could do (in a good way), so check out this episode for our guide to NYC with kids. Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode62…
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We recently moved from the US to Mexico, and wow have we learned a lot (and made a lot of mistakes)! In this episode we cover all the logistics associated with a move abroad - from transportation, to immigration, school, and bringing a pet along. Check it out! Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode61…
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This year we joined a travel club called THIRDHOME, and it's been a big game changer for how we plan and go on trips! Check out this episode to learn more about what THIRDHOME is, how we use it, and recommendations we have if you're thinking about it. Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode60…
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After a few days in Washington D.C., we fell in love with the city's rich history, massive variety through all the different museums and monuments, and relatively calm vibe. Check out this episode to get our thoughts on what the top things to do with kids in Washington D.C. are! Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode59…
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In late July we were honored to be a part of the Royal Caribbean President's Cruise 2023. So... what in the world is a President's Cruise? Tune in to learn more about it and see if it's something that you should be putting on your bucket list! Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode58…
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We started our summer trip this year at the wonderful island of Martha's Vineyard. In this episode we talk about our favorite family activities, tips for getting to the island, restaurant recommendations, and more. If you're on the fence about visiting this calm, yet beautiful place, then listen in! Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/e…
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After a brief hiatus, we're back! We had a whirlwind of a summer trip in June, which in total took us through 12 states along the East Coast. Check out this episode to learn where we went, and what we've learned about summer travel this year! Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode56The Jetsetting Family által
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The band AJR sang, "100 bad days make 100 good stories. 100 good stories make us interesting at... podcasts?" 😂 Although we love to cover the positive aspects of travel, sometimes a bad travel story is too juicy to pass up. Here are some stories of our travel mishaps and incidents, and the lessons we learned from them! Show notes: https://www.theje…
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This week we're reflecting on our 5-year journey as travel content creators. We recap how we started, and what we would do differently if we had to start all over today. Check out this episode if you've ever thought about becoming a content creator, especially in the travel space! Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode54…
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Over the past few years we've been leveraging credit card signup bonuses to travel for free. Check out this episode to get the basics on how to do it, and tips on how to make the most of it so you can travel for free on an upcoming trip! Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode53The Jetsetting Family által
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Today we're talking more about the journey! Specifically, what is the best way to get to a travel destination? Let's dive deep on whether it's better to fly or drive to places based on a few factors: flexibility, budget, destination, and time. Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode52…
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"Should I sail on a Disney cruise or Royal Caribbean?" That's a question we often hear, so we're dedicating the episode to answer that! We've been on both cruises and each of them have different strengths/weaknesses, so check it out if you're planning on sailing sometime soon! Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode51…
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This week we celebrate our 50th podcast episode by looking back on our 5-year journey to location independence. We cover what it means to us, the things that we've learned from it, and how we approach decisions with this guiding principle in mind. We hope you enjoy and looking forward to another 50 episodes! Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfam…
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This week we're bringing some travel inspo your way! With summer travel just around the corner, we look back on some of our favorite destinations that we've visited. We break down our 12 recommendations, both domestic and international into beaches, mountains, and cities to visit. Enjoy! Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode48…
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The Cancun area has an amazing assortment of eco-archaeological amusement parks, mostly from the Xcaret group. In this episode we cover some of our favorite parks, why they're different from most theme parks in the US, and how you can have an incredible day visiting them! Here is the time where we discuss each of these parks: Xcaret (3:48) Xel-Ha (…
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Over the past 3 years, we've fallen in love with magical 30A on the Florida panhandle. Listen in to get our favorite areas of 30A and the things you can do there to have an incredible family vacation! Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode46The Jetsetting Family által
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New Mexico is very near and dear to our hearts, because we lived there for years, have family there, and is where we met. But is it a good family travel destination? Check out this episode to find out the best things to do in New Mexico! Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode45The Jetsetting Family által
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On this podcast episode we go in depth on the Ireland countryside road trip that we took in September 2019. Check it out to get our thoughts on driving an RV, the different towns that we visited, and what our top recommendations are! Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode44The Jetsetting Family által
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We know it's only February, but it's never too early to plan summer travels! Check out this episode to get our 10 tips to help you have fun, smooth, and affordable summer adventures. Also, check out our show notes below for even more resources on how to save money booking travel! Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode43…
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When planning a trip, do you pick to stay at a short term rental like an Airbnb or do you opt for a hotel? In this episode we put our debate skills to the test as each one of us chooses a position and tries to find the perfect argument! Who's going to win out?? Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode42…
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There's been a lot of interesting trends kicking off 2023... Now that we're stepping away from the shadow of the pandemic, the travel industry is seeing record growth. How are things like AI and transformational adventures going to shape the way that we travel? Listen to this episode to find out! Show notes/transcript: https://www.thejetsettingfami…
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We've been asked for a while now to feature our kids on the podcast, so it's time for their takeover! The kids had a blast answering questions submitted by listeners, so tune in to get their thoughts on travel, highlights, lowlights, and whether they'd want to travel full-time again. Thanks to the Instagram community for sending questions over and …
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In this episode we share 10 of our top tips and strategies for making the most out of your Disney World vacation! Let's talk Genie+, Individual Lightning Lane, park reservations, ride stacking, and more! Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/10-tips-for-visiting-disney-world/The Jetsetting Family által
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In 2018 we started a global adventure traveling full-time with our young kids. We visited more than 40 countries, worked with dozens of brands on content campaigns, and made incredible memories. Now that we're in a home base, we're looking back at the pros and cons of full-time travel to see if this lifestyle is something that would be right for yo…
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We were fortunate to visit Iceland in August of 2022 for a couples road trip. This weeklong trip was absolutely magical! Tune in to hear our favorite experiences from this trip and where this trip lands on our list of favorites (hint: it's pretty high up there). Show notes: https://www.thejetsettingfamily.com/episode36…
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Weeeeee're baaaaaaaaack! We've done a whole lot of stuff since our last episode in 2019. In this episode, we go over what we've been up to and what our wish list of travel destinations for 2023 is. Also, we have big plans for 2023 with regards to The Jetsetting Family. We'll be putting out new content consistently across our podcast blog, and socia…
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It's been a while since our last episode, but it's time for a big announcement from us! Check out this episode to hear what we're up to and what's next for this podcast. Also, now that it's holiday travel season, we give 5 tips to help make your holiday travel plans as smooth as they can be for such a hectic time!…
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On our Season 2 Finale, we are excited to share all of the activities we did, as well as the towns, beaches, and other landscapes we explored in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. We spent 7 weeks in the country and loved the breathtaking landscapes as well as the friendly and welcoming people. Tune in to hear our thoughts on on the towns of Tama…
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Over the past year of our full-time family travel adventure, we've learned A LOT on what it takes to plan affordable trips for the whole family. Tune in to hear all about how we select which flights we're going to take, whether we prefer Airbnbs or hotels, and some best practices for finding good phone plans and transportation options. If you're pl…
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We receive a lot of questions about tips for traveling on airplanes with kids, so we wanted to dedicate this episode to the entire process of traveling from one place to another. We even introduce a mystery guest on this episode that can shed some insight as to how difficult traveling with kids can be! Tune in to listen our top tips and strategies …
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Throughout our adventures, we have found that our most memorable experiences have been those in which we have been deeply immersed in a country's culture. In this episode, we are excited to chat with Patty Monahan, the Founder of Our Whole Village, an organization dedicated to helping families find culturally rich travel experiences all over the wo…
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We had the opportunity to spend about 10 days in the Sacred Valley of Peru. From Cusco, to Ollantaytambo, to Machu Picchu, there are so many fun, cultural and educational activities for the whole family. Listen in to hear our thoughts on Machu Picchu, as well as the things we learned that will hopefully make your future visit to the Lost City of th…
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In this episode, we are excited to provide a recap of our two week adventure in Patagonia. Tune in to find out how to get to this beautiful region of the world, what a 2 week itinerary looks like, and our tips and recommendations if you're visiting with kids.If you're interested in following along on our adventures, make sure you check us out on In…
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This week we are honored to have Eric Stoen, also known as Travel Babbo, on the show! Eric is an award-winning family travel writer and has visited more than 90 countries. Tune in to hear about how Eric transitioned from a career in healthcare to one in journalism, how he managed to make a living out of it (sooner than he expected), and what kind o…
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After a brief hiatus, we're back! In this episode, we're excited to share our experiences in the Quintana Roo and Yucatan Peninsula region of Mexico. We set up a home base in Playa del Carmen for 6 weeks, and got to explore the city as well as surrounding areas like Tulum, Cozumel, and Isla Holbox. Tune in to listen to our thoughts on the seaweed i…
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Mexico is a country that's near and dear to our hearts, and we had the opportunity to spend three months there this year. In Part 1 of this series, we are talking about our adventures in Guadalajara and Mexico City, which are Mexico's two largest cities. Listen in to find out our favorite places, food, and activities with kids and each of these bea…
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We've been on the road for about 11 months now, and in this episode we are happy to feature answers to your questions! Thank you to all of our listeners that submitted questions. If you're interested to find out how we plan our destinations, what our budget is like, how we manage working and traveling at the same time, and more, then this is the ep…
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In this episode I am excited to speak with Ryan and Jenna Woods (@evelynexplores), who have a fascinating story to share! They are entrepreneurs whom sold their stuff and are currently on a mission to visit all 50 US states in less than 5 months. Tune in to find out what drove them to travel, where they have been, and how they're adjusting to RV li…
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You might as well call us the Cruising Family, since over the past few months we've had an absolute blast on two Royal Caribbean cruises! We've learned a lot along the way and wanted to share 10 tips for making your next cruise an unforgettable one.If you're interested in following along on our adventures, make sure you check us out on Instagram or…
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Have you ever seen one of those viral "dream travel job" competitions, where a company will pay you to travel places and take pictures and video at each location? Well, Leanne Melody (@lionmelody) has won one of those competitions, and has leveraged her success to create amazing content to share with her audience through her social media channels (…
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The one question we are asked the most during our travels is how we are able to work and collaborate with brands like Royal Caribbean, Hilton, Grand Hyatt, Google, and more. We are dedicating this episode to answering that question and giving you the 4 keys to making those collaborations happen! Throughout the past 9 months we've been able to save …
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One of the big narratives of full-time family travel is that it provides so many positive experiences for children. However, it's hard to really get a grasp on the kind of effect that it has on children. So this week, we're excited to speak with Andy Steves, a travel professional, author, and entrepreneur who grew up traveling with his father, Rick…
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Welcome to The Jetsetting Family Travel Podcast Season 2! In this episode, we are excited to give you an update on what we've been up to since Season 1 ended. Tune in to listen to our thoughts on our road trip across Australia, what it was like to cancel tickets to a destination we've been dreaming about, and what we ended up doing instead. We also…
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We can't believe that we've been traveling full-time for the past 5 months! On this Season 1 finale, we are excited to present to you the top 10 things we've learned about family travel. After 10 countries, 30+ cities, 20+ flights, and countless memories, we've learned so much about traveling with kids and wanted to share that with all of you! Alth…
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We recently completed our adventures through Southeast Asia and wanted to share our favorite experiences, meals, and activities! After visiting 7 countries (19 cities) in about 4 months, we have loved the culture and cuisine in the region and are happy to share as much as we can before we continue our journey. You won't believe what Santi's "favori…
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This week we are excited to share our stories from Cambodia. From an awe-inspiring sunrise in Angkor Wat, to the beauty of the Mekong River and its riverside villages, to learning about the tragic history of the country through the Khmer Rouge period, Cambodia made a major impact on us. It's crazy to believe that we almost didn't visit the country,…
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