Twippers of the Week: The Smith Family from Our Family Passport!
Current city: Salt Lake City, Utah
Age: There are eight of us ranging from 51 to 4 in age.
Total countries visited: Over 40 countries in 6 continents. Believe it or not, one of those continents is Antarctica. We need to get to Australia asap so we can make it 7!
What makes you interesting: We usually travel all together as a multigenerational family. We fight and argue like most families, but love being together and trying to put experiences together.
What brands do you love: We LOVE Inspirato Travel, The Marriott Group, St. Regis, and of course we use Tripadvisor almost everywhere we go! We also almost always fly Delta because we have a hub right here in Utah.
What motivates you to travel: Being together! Seeing the world, learning, experiencing and growing as individuals and as a family. With each new place we become more aware and realize most people around the world – regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity – just want to be happy and have a successful family. It is very empowering and makes the world feel like a better place!
Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: There are so many! I think that stumbling upon one of the naked parades in Spain when I was little was pretty unique and actually quite hysterical! I can’t remember the purpose but there were thousands of naked people riding bikes through the center of the city (I think it had to do with an environmental law that had just been passed ) and I kept thinking – wouldn’t that hurt, haha?
What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: Where we stay! We like to stay in nice places where everyone can have space. Oh, and good tours of course! While we have no problem prioritizing what we spend our money on, it’s also all about the budget! My awesome dad funds most of the trips so we try and stay in the budget so we don’t stress him out.
What have you learned about yourself during your travels: I have learned that I love people! I love seeing and experiencing how people live and getting to know people from around the world. I also have realized that there is something about being somewhere new with your loved ones and being able to get a break from everyday life and really focus on each other. It’s so refreshing and needed for my well-being.
What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: I love art! The boys (my hubby included) love golf! My littlest brother loves any sort of animal encounter and my sweet baby is all about the treats! Traveling with 8 people, we get a great mix of different experiences and activities.
Next travel destination: We all will be traveling to Thailand soon as an entire group and we can’t wait!!