Eric Stoen | Family Travel
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Family travel writer World's #4 Travel Influencer - Forbes 2017 #takeyourkidseverywhere Ambassador for Travelocity & AFAR Next: Galapagos 🇪🇨

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Hiking the Via Francigena through Tuscany for five days, we were usually surrounded by forests, vineyards and rolling hills, but we passed through a lot of small Tuscan towns as well. I loved the towns! No tourists, just locals going about daily life. And the Via Francigena is well-marked, even through the towns. I'm sure I've seen the signs before as I've driven around Italy, but had never thought about them. They were important this trip though... With @scape_travel as part of #atws2018. #traveldeeper #gnomads #afarambassador #familytravel #travelpilots #travelunplugged #italymagazine #visittoscana #areyouawake #visittuscany #walkaroundearly #viafrancigena

#wandertowin This past week my Wandering Feet have taken me 100km through Tuscany on the old Via Francigena pilgrimage path. I’ll be posting a lot more photos over the next couple weeks. But first, @Travelocity wants to know where your wandering feet have taken you! And by posting, you can win! ENTER EVERY WEEK FROM AUG 29 TO OCT 24 FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A $500 TRAVEL CREDIT. 1. Each Wednesday, share a photo of your wandering feet on Instagram. 2. Tag @Travelocity in your photo. 3. Use the hashtags #wandertowin and #sweepstakes in your caption, and make sure your profile is public. One entry per person each Wednesday, now through October 24, 2018. The sweepstakes begins at 12:01 am CT on August 29, 2018 and ends at 11:59 pm CT on October 24, 2018. There are 9 entry periods and at the end of each entry period, a winner will be selected to win one of nine $500 travel vouchers. See official rules on @Travelocity’s profile or at https://www.travelocity.com/wandertowin. #sponsored #wanderingfeet #gnomads #takeyourkidseverywhere #familytravel #viafrancigena #visittoscana #atws2018 #travelfeet #footshot

Sunrise in San Gimignano! I headed out from our hotel around 6:50am, saw the clouds forming down below, and walked north to try to find a good spot to stop and photograph. Eventually I ended up in a private driveway and asked the homeowner if it was ok to wait there for the sun to come up. Jealous that they get this view every day! With @scape_travel. #traveldeeper #alwayswakeupearly #italymagazine #sangimignano #takeyourkidseverywhere #gnomads #afarambassador #atws2018 #scapetravel

I’ve always told people not to do day trips to Florence, Rome and Venice. The cities are far more magical early in the morning and after dinner, without masses of day-trippers around. But I hadn’t taken that advice when it came to Italy’s hilltop towns, always visiting in the middle of the day for a few hours. Just one of the reasons I wanted to walk the Via Francigena through Tuscany. We’ve been hiking an average of 20km a day, arriving into towns late in the afternoon and then enjoying evenings and mornings with very few other tourists around. And all of these towns were formed around the Via Francigena. They’re supposed to be arrived at on foot. This is San Gimignano, one of my favorite Tuscan towns, from the top of the tallest tower just before sunset. Always worth the climb! And sunrise was even better. That will be my next post... Note: @scape_travel is amazing. They organized the hike and all activities for us. #italymagazine #takeyourkidseverywhere #gnomads #afarambassador #traveldeeper #sangimignano #visittoscana #toscana #atws2018

A room with a view! My breakfast setup in Florence. @granduomo.firenze has fruit and bread in the apartment when you check in, and then delivers fresh croissants to your door every morning. I ran down one floor to make an espresso. And nope, this isn’t sponsored, and it’s not crafted for Instagram! Really enjoyed staying right next to the Duomo, and it’s only a few minutes’ walk to the train station. Next stop: San Miniato to begin the Via Francigena hike with @scape_travel. #roomwithaview #visitflorence #italymagazine #duomo #takeyourkidseverywhere #familytravel #traveldeeper #afarambassador #travelpilots #gnomads

The view from my room in Florence! I usually stay closer to the Arno, but given that it's October and there are fewer tourists, I thought I'd base myself in the center of the city. Looking out from my 2nd story window, the Cupola of the Duomo is to the left, but the more interesting view is to the right. And sunset light in Tuscany is always perfect! #roomwithaview #visittuscany #visittoscana #visitflorence #italymagazine #travelpilots #gnomads #afarambassador #traveldeeper #takeyourkidseverywhere @granduomo.firenze

One last post from Barbados (for now)! This was the view from my room for the #satwbarbados conference. No complaints! And now for something completely different! For the next week I'm going to be walking 90km of the Via Francigena - the old pilgrimage path from the Canterbury Cathedral in England to the Vatican. I'm on a plane right now to Florence, my favorite city in the world, where I'll spend a day before taking the train to Montecatini to meet up with @scape_travel and begin the hike. Follow along! And if you've ever done a similar walk/hike and have suggestions, let me know! #traveldeeper #afarambassador #gnomads #travelwithkids #travelpilots #caribbean #barbados #takeyourkidseverywhere #hiltonbarbados

Another photo from my morning with horses last week in Barbados. So fun! The guys with the horses said that a lot of people come to watch them on Sundays, but it’s typically just a few people the rest of the week. Highly recommended when you’re in Barbados. Just head to Pebbles Beach around 6am. Wear your swimsuit if you want to join them in the water. #satwbarbados #horses #caribbean #familytravel #gnomads #travelpilots #traveldeeper #afarambassador

The Amazon Rainforest! We had an amazing time on Brazil’s Rio Negro in June, with frequent excursions into the rainforest. Probably my favorite kid trip ever. So I’m doing it again next June and you’re welcome to join us! Details are at babbo.com/br and linked from my profile. There are only 8 cabins on the boat, so if you want to go, commit quickly. We’re starting in Rio, since I’ve never been there, but that part of the trip is optional. You’re welcome to meet us in Manaus. I’ll be giving photography tips throughout the trip, and happy to talk travel writing or anything else. With no internet, there’s plenty of time to talk! And if you missed the post on our June trip, it’s at babbo.com/amazon. It was seriously magical! #takeyourkidseverywhere #gnomads #afarambassador #traveldeeper #travelunplugged #familytravel #amazonas #ourwholevillage #wecreatememories #brazilwithkids #katerre #amazonwithkids

I did a tour around Barbados with @islandsafari246 and snapped this as we were driving up the Caribbean side of the island (the water on the Atlantic side is far rougher). Fun to get away from the Hilton and get a feel for the island. Thank you especially to our guide Ruel. You’re awesome! #respect #satwbarbados #gnomads #afarambassador #traveldeeper #caribbean #barbados #familytravel #takeyourkidseverywhere #visitbarbados

Good morning from Barbados! Now off to get some coffee because it’s #internationalcoffeeday. And because I’m addicted... #satwbarbados #gnomads #afarambassador #traveldeeper #familytravel #travelpilots

Every morning horses in Barbados are brought down to the sea to soak in the salt water, as it relaxes their muscles. So fun to watch the experience (it starts around 5:45am) and get in the water with the horses. One of my favorite mornings ever! And nice that it's not an organized tourist attraction. It's all about the horses. I have a lot more photos from the morning that I love! Will post them all eventually... #satwbarbados #traveldeeper #afarambassador #horsesintheocean #caribbean #travelpilots #gnomads #horses #pebblebeach #familytravel #barbados