Family Vacations for Intrepid Travelers

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Taking your kids to off-the-beaten-path destinations is absolutely possible and delivers an opportunity for shared adventure and growth. Discover what separates intrepid family adventures from other types of vacations.



Maryann Jones Thompson – Founder of ROAM Family Travel

ROAM Founder Maryann Jones Thompson brings decades of experience in publishing as a business journalist, ghostwriter, content strategist and market researcher to writing and editing on ROAM. After traveling as a backpacker, businessperson, expat and mom, Thompson knows the best travel advice comes from friends who have been there. That’s why she founded ROAM – to publish REAL travel tales about the good – and not so good – details of family trips.

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About Your Host

Thanks to the generosity of his grandmother, Aaron Schlein traveled to four continents and a dozen countries before he was old enough to vote. Those early trips convinced him that travel is an essential part of life.

More than two decades later, Aaron remains inspired by his grandmother’s generosity. He is committed to honoring her legacy by sharing the gift of travel with his own kids—and by helping other parents do the same.

Aaron is the host of Family Travel Radio—a weekly podcast presented by The Family Travel Association.

Aaron also helps new entrepreneurs use their personal stories to build a network, expand influence, and strengthen relationships.

Aaron lives in Sacramento, California with his wife and two children (who are growing up too fast!)

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