I've always been obsessed with travel, and so is my husband Matt, a photographer who shoots alot of travel. When our daughter Clara (now eight) was born, some friends tried to tell us we'd never travel again, but we were determined to prove them wrong. When she was a toddler, I became the travel and lifestyle editor of Cookie Magazine, and we travelled as a family for the magazine, near and far, high and low, for five years. I want to share our experiences here, because I think travel is so important, even if it's just exploring in your own neighborhood. I know traveling is a commitment--leaving your comfort zone, wondering if it's even going to be worth the hassle and expense. We all need ideas on where to go, the best way to get there, and what to do once you're there. Usually these ideas are best when they come from a friend, someone you trust, who has done it already. I hope you'll find some inspiration here.