Military Spouse Blogger Shares Top Trips and Tips for Traveling Europe with Kids – Military Travel
A foreign land. Three young children. A rollercoaster pandemic.
After nearly two years in Germany, Air Force wife Jessica Lynn could list many reasons to stay close to home. Again, she remains determined to explore new places — while encouraging others OCONUS families must do the same safely.
“It can be so scary moving to a new place,” she said.“but take the bandage off your comfort zone and see what you can see.
Based in Geilenkirchen, Germany, Since June 2020, Jessica Lynn has always been on the lookout for the next adventure with her husband, a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, and three children (5, 7 and 9 years old). Due to the current hassles of air travel, most of their getaways have been road trips to neighboring Austria, the Netherlands and picturesque German villages.
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Highlights so far include Wernigerode, Germany, where their family visited Rapunzel’s tower, and Normandy, France, where they spent four days exploring the infamous landing site of American troops in World War II.
For Jessica Lynn, writing about travel is nothing new. In college, she started her first blog while study abroad in england.
“It was right a way to keep in touch with friends and family,” she said.
the the blog’s focus shifted once she began dating her then-boyfriend, now husband, Kenny, WHO was already in the Air Force. Knowing very little about the military, Jessica Lynn began writing about their long-distance relationship from a new perspective. These diary-style entries attracted readers outside his personal network.
“I started gaining followers, which was such a new concept back when you were writing just to write,” she said.
A few years later, she left a beloved magazine job in New Mexico to get married and move to Georgia
— the first of all six duty stations with Kenny, including Italy and Germany.
Today Jessica Lynn shares articles on family destinations, captivating coils of their adventures and PCS tips for the military families with thousands of followers on Pinterest and Instagram.
“I really like connecting through my words and helping other military spouses and girlfriends“, she says. “I moved to new bases, already knowing people there because they read my posts. It’s gratifying to hear that something I wrote helped someone or had a impact.”
When Jessica Lynn isn’t blogging or traveling, you can find her cooking or researching the next destination on her family travel slate, which for 2022 includes Paris, the Northern Lights, the Canary Islands, Spain, Portugal and a Baltic cruise. She hopes to visit 10 new countries this year and plans to blog highlights and photos of every adventure — plus hard-earned tips for taking the kids.