Tired of only having ten days off a year, I quit my job as a TV news reporter in 2008. I’ve been traveling ever since. After life-altering trips like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and backpacking through Argentina, I decided to make travel my career. I became a freelance food, travel and lifestyle writer in 2011. I’ve contributed to The New York Times, Afar, Sunset Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Departures, Robb Report, Modern Luxury San Diego and Bon Appétit among others.
I had a baby in 2016 and we’ve kept on traveling. Wylie has been to Argentina, Cuba, France, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Uruguay. Traveling with a baby is more work, but it’s doable and that leads me to the goal of this website. I want to urge families with young children, and anyone really, to keep traveling. Don’t stop because you have kids or your life is too complicated or you’re too tied down.
I also want to encourage readers to think outside the box when it comes to their life choices. My husband and I have chosen a more nomadic lifestyle. We don’t own a house or fancy cars, but this has enabled us to travel the world. We even lived in Paris for two years. Justin kept his job as a San Diego Firefighter and commuted back and forth. It meant plenty of jet lag for him and having a long distance marriage for two years, but we both agree it was worth it. At the end of our time in Paris we got the best news of all, Wylie’s impending arrival. We still spend a lot of time in France.
I hope this website makes you hungry, lets you escape the daily grind for a moment and, most importantly, gives you travel itineraries you can replicate. I don’t want travel to be a fantasy you dream of doing one day, I want to give you the tools and ideas to make it happen.
While, I am interested in family travel these days for obvious reasons, this is not the typical family travel website. My husband and I are not “resort people.” We love cities, wine travel, outdoor adventure, and amazing restaurants. I won’t scare you with a list of the zillion things you need to bring with you when you travel with a child like some other sites do. It sucks to be unprepared, but I firmly believe less is more. Since Wylie’s birth, every restaurant we’ve dined at and hotel we’ve stayed in has been a place we would have chosen if we didn’t have a baby.
Why travelproper? I’ve always loved the word proper. To me it harkens back to a time when people had better manners and a sense of decorum. I like to think of it as doing things the right way so you could say travelproper means traveling the right way. For me this means getting off the beaten tourist track, immersing yourself in a culture when you arrive and splurging smartly. I love great food and nice accommodations and I’m always looking for that gem of a hotel or restaurant that is affordable without sacrificing style or authenticity.
Please use this website as a resource if you’re traveling to Paris or any of the other destinations we’ve covered. On this website you’ll find hotel reviews, city guides and suggested itineraries for our favorite destinations as well as stories about our adventures. Please share your favorite family travel destinations, restaurants and hotels with us so we can put them on our next itinerary.
A few notes about the website;
I write only about places I truly love and would recommend whole heartedly.
Most hotels I feature on the website are affordable (I consider this $250 or less), but I live for incredible hotel stays and so I will write about luxury experiences that I consider “splurge worthy.” This will be mentioned in the story title.
All the pictures on the site have been taken by me or my husband, unless otherwise noted. We have a Canon 6D.
If you’d like to get in touch with me you can follow me on Twitter @caseyhatfield. You can also find me on Instagram @travel_proper and find me on Facebook here. If you have questions about the site, or need a writer, editor or photographer for a project, please email me at email@example.com. If you’d like to see my work take a look at my online portfolio. And check out this interview I did with photographer Carris Bennett Christianson about my path to becoming a food and travel writer and traveling with children here.