Midwest vacation: The family travel destinations just a short drive from Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- Can't afford to fly the family somewhere? There are plenty of places to visit right here in the Midwest. Andrea Khan with the Family Backpack joins Real Milwaukee with a bucket list of destinations that are practically in our backyards.

About The Family Backpack (website)

While planning our family vacations over the last decade, I combed through hundreds of family travel blogs and, in the end, wished there was one place – one site – that was easy to search and contained the best of these posts.

And so I created one.

I first ventured out of the country to France in high school and I have been traveling ever since. Now with a husband and three school-aged kids, I have 32 countries and 30-plus states under my belt. I still have a lot of the planet to explore and adventures to experience – and I can’t wait to do so with my family!

I often use the expression with my family – and some of my close friends – “wheels up.” To me, this means to keep moving and growing, whether it’s out the door on a regular Tuesday morning or into the world with the desire to experience something different. This is what I wish for myself, my family and for you.

However, as much as I enjoy planning trips, it can also be an overwhelming and a time-sucking experience. No parent has the time to troll the Internet for 20 hours to research a vacation.

I hope the Family Backpack inspires you to travel with your family, explore new places and head off the beaten path occasionally just to make life more interesting. Whether you drive 45 minutes away from where you live or fly across the world, I would love to hear about it.

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