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Welcome to another installment of my travel blogger interview series! Today, I’m happy to introduce you to Corritta from It’s a Family Thing.
My name is Corritta and I am one-third of It’s a Family Thing. We are a two-mom family from San Diego that travels the world full-time with our son. Our blog helps families travel more affordably, smart, and fun.
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How long have you been blogging for? Why’d you decide to start a travel blog?
We have been blogging for a little over a year. We decided to start our travel blog to represent a small population that is oftentimes ignored. Traveling as women of color is difficult, but being two moms is even more “unique”. We wanted to show that anyone can travel.
We want kids who are different and who maybe aren’t accepted where they are to know they can do anything. We want to show that no matter where you come from, how much money you have, or what people think your dreams are possible, especially people in the LGBTQ community who are scared to come out to the world.
Do you have any tips for new travel bloggers/aspiring travel bloggers?
My best tip for new bloggers is to be open to being a constant student. You should be willing to learn from everyone and everything. Everyone has a different way of doing things, but you may be able to find something that someone else is doing and tweak it to work for you.
What’s one thing you wish you knew before you started traveling?
I wish I knew how affordable it could be. I didn’t see many people traveling that looked like me so I believed it was unattainable. Once I finally started really looking into it, I realized travel is a lot more affordable than people think.
Why do you love to travel?
I love to travel because I am a huge history buff. I love learning new things about countries, religions, and cultures. I am a very open-minded person, so I just like to learn. My wife is interested in languages and likes to try to learn a few phrases everywhere we go.
We want our son to be exposed to everything different countries have to offer. Our goal is to teach him that life is not about the material things you have but about the lives, you touch.
What’s your best and worst travel experience?
Out worst travel experience was in Beijing with our baby. Taxi drivers refused to pick us up, restaurants refused to service us, and stores would not allow us inside all because we are black. We heard some of them laughing and saying no you black, which was very insulting and hurtful because we were just trying to enjoy our vacation.
Do you prefer solo travel or traveling with other people? Why?
I am beyond the days of solo travel since I have a family. I wish I would have traveled more when I was single, it definitely would be a lot cheaper. I’d be staying in hostels instead of Airbnb’s, but you have to do what you have to do for the little one.
What’s your favorite place you’ve ever been to? Why?
This may seem clique, but my favorite place so far has been Oahu. It is paradise and the people are so nice. The food is amazing, hikes are phenomenal, water is warm, and there are turtles. Who wouldn’t love Oahu? There is something magical about the islands of Hawaii.
What’s your biggest travel tip?
Our biggest travel tip is to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. Travel is all about the unexpected, which for a control freak and planner is scary. I like to be in control and my wife loves to plan. When you travel there are so many unknowns, you have to take things as they come. Some of our best memories were unplanned and completely unexpected.
Is there one specific thing you like to do, see, or buy in every place that you visit?
Since we are full-time travelers we do not like to collect a lot of souvenirs. We only have so much space in our suitcases. I do like to collect currency though. The currency around the world is beautiful, so I keep a bill from every place we travel to.
Is there one particular food that you’ve tried while traveling that you loved? What food was it and why do you love it so much?
This is one of the few things my wife and I agree with in terms of favorites. The best thing we’ve eaten while traveling was curry in Thailand. We toured an elephant sanctuary outside of Bangkok and lunch was provided. The vegetarian curry was the best thing we have ever eaten. It was the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and a little spicy. I am pretty sure I have 5 plates of just potatoes.
Plane or train? We prefer the train. It is a lot easier for our son to walk and have the space to be a kid.
Hotel or hostel? I would love to stay in a hostel, but with a one-year-old, we spend most of our time in a hotel.
City or nature? I used to be about the city, but now I love nature. Our son has turned us into nature-buffs because he loves rocks, leaves, sticks, and bugs.
Popular site or off the beaten path? We prefer off the beaten path. It is a lot more fun when you have space to run and explore.
Suitcase or backpack? Backpack, but when you travel with a baby you tend to have a lot of suitcases. We traveled carry-on only a few times, but we are forced to have suitcases to make space for diapers, wipes, and snacks.
Fast travel or slow travel? We prefer slow travel. Some days we hang out in the Airbnb or hotel and do nothing all day. When you travel with kids there are a lot of breaks and rest. Everything revolves around his naptime. The fun vacation quickly turns into a nightmare if he doesn’t get to sleep.
Professional camera or iPhone photography? Android photography, if you can call the pictures we take photography. They seem to be clumsy photos with a few good shots.
Warm or cold weather? Warm!!!! We grew up in Northeast Ohio where the windchill can have the temperature below 0 a lot of the winter. I had to shovel show almost every day and I refuse to do it again. If I never see know again in my life I’d be okay.
All photos used throughout this post are courtesy of Corritta.