Hi there! I’m Lisa Goodmurphy – Founder and Editor of Gone with the Family!
We’re here to provide you with travel inspiration, destination information and tips to help simplify your family travels. We write about road trips, city breaks, national parks, cruises, theme parks and more – all from the perspective of families that are exploring the world one trip at a time.
We have you covered when you’re not travelling as well with book recommendations, virtual travel and other activities that will fuel your wanderlust while you’re at home.
Contact me at: [email protected]
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I launched Gone With The Family in March of 2011 to share our travel experiences with families planning similar vacations and we’ll soon be celebrating our 10th anniversary as a valuable resource in family travel.
My children have grown up over that decade so, although our focus is still family travel, we have broadened our coverage to grown-up travel as well including mother-daughter getaways, multi-generational travel, solo travel and couples getaways.
I grew up in a rural part of Northern Ontario and did not travel at all as a child. I was a voracious reader though and my books transported me to faraway times and places and ignited a desire to visit all the places that I dreamed about.
I got my first taste of real travel after finishing university and the bug took hold. I practiced law in Toronto, Canada for about 4 years after graduation until my oldest daughter was born and I left the workforce to stay home with her. We now live in the beautiful community of Oakville about a 30 minute drive from downtown Toronto.
I have two daughters, Katie who is now 24 and Emma who is 17. Both of them had boarded a plane for the first time before they were 4 months old and had experienced a long road trip to visit far-flung family at an even younger age. Starting them early ensured that they caught the travel bug as well and they are now both avid travellers as well!
Travel, particularly family travel, is my passion. I believe that travel is one of the most educational experiences a child can have and I have always delighted in travelling with my children and seeing the world through their eyes.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored and I believe that parents can travel with their children just about anywhere provided that they realize that planning needs to be done with the children in mind and that the pace of the trip will have to accommodate the smallest members of the family.
We have travelled as much as possible with our kids over the years – hitting the road whenever they had school holidays. We have traveled with the kids in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and in Europe, have been on several cruises with them and have plenty of Disney experience as well.
In addition to my website, I was a contributing writer at Travel Mamas, as The Spunky Travel Mama from 2012-2015 and was the Destination Guroo – Eastern Canada for family travel review website Trekaroo from September 2013 following their expansion into Canada until November 2014. In 2014, I was elected and served a one year term as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA).
I have written freelance and guest articles on a number of websites including: TuGo Blog, SamKip; Discover Cruises; the Ontario Travel Blog and Family Travel Magazine. I have also been featured and quoted on a number of others including: Walking On Travels; More Kids Than Suitcases; Mo Travels; MSNBC Travel; Wandering Educators; Lonely Planet; Mother of All Trips; Family Vacation Critic and Fodors. A full list is available here.
2015 – Flip Key Award Winner – Top Toronto-Based Bloggers
2015 – Named to the 2015 list of Top 20 Family Travel Bloggers by Holiday Lettings from Trip Advisor
2014 – Voted #2 on the USA Today/10 Best list of Top 10 Family Travel bloggers
2014 – Named to Red Tricycle’s list of Top 30 Family Travel Bloggers
2013 – Named to Flight Network’s list The Top 100 Canadian Travel Blogs
2011 – Voted one of the Top 25 Travel Blogs by Parents on Circle of Moms
It is my policy to disclose any and all material relationships. From time to time I may review a book or product that I think may be of interest to readers. A review of any product or service will always disclose the source of the item.
When I have visited a hotel or attraction as a member of the media then any article or social media post that I write will clearly indicate that I was visiting as a guest. When compensation has been received for a post then that will be disclosed as well.
Gone with the Family is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
I am also an affiliate of a number of other companies including, but not limited to, CityPass, Indigo.ca, Get Your Guide, Little Passports, Auto Europe Car Rentals, TripAdvisor, Ripley’s Aquarium Toronto, and Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. When you click on advertisements or links within posts and make a purchase then I receive compensation from that company at no additional cost to you.
Thanks for visiting Gone with the Family! If you would like to chat about family travel then please contact me at [email protected]