We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristi, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
We have changed our lives during the pandemic as once Mckenna’s school shut down, we had to think about how this would impact her education. Unfortunately, her public school was not prepared to teach the children from computers and the last part of the school year she basically had worksheets and no instruction from her school. We decided as her parents to enroll her in online school and supplement her education with travel, museums, and culture after 2021. That is how Mckennatravelz was born. We hope that we can help inspire other families that aren’t getting what they need out of traditional public schools to look at other ways to help educate their own children. Every time we stop somewhere we always make sure to get a lesson or learn a piece of history on our travels.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We are extremely proud of our work. We have learned how to edit, film, and complete vlogs. Through this we have started a marketing company and help other businesses produce commercials, marketing material, and content through what we have learned. Was it easy? No, but sometimes you just have to dive in, and sink or swim. The best way to learn how to overcome challenges is by doing things and through trial and error you can find what works best. The lessons we have learned along the way is to if nothing else have fun with what we are doing. As long as there is passion involved, and we enjoy what we are doing then it is always worth doing. What we want people to know about our story is if something isn’t working in your life both professionally and/or personally- make the change. You can always go back to what you know, but sometimes the change improves your lives in ways you could never imagine.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is too easy- My favorite spot which you can watch in our Phoenix video on YouTube is the Wrigley’s Mansion. I love historic places and hotels. If you are coming to visit me in Phoenix- I am taking you there first, and most likely giving you the whole tour personally while we grab a drink. Most don’t know that William Wrigley Jr came to Phoenix to purchase the Arizona Biltmore (another spot we will stop at during our tour) during the great depression, and after the purchase he built the Wrigley Mansion for his wife not too far from the Arizona Biltmore resort. We are grabbing brunch on Sunday at the Arizona Biltmore. Both these places are magical and just give a different vibe to Phoenix. Next stops on our itinerary would be Phoenix Art Musuem, First Friday in downtown Phoenix, and the Nash Jazz club in downtown Phoenix. When we are grabbing food, we are definitely stopping in at Pizzeria Bianco.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The shoutout has to go to Mckenna! She has inspired us by her creativity, her passion to learn new things. The fact that she will turn around and tell us a fact about planets and galaxy that we don’t know and site where she read it- keeps us wanting to learn more. As a family we have made it a priority to go out and learn something new every day, and we keep ourselves accountable by documenting this for others to view and see the world with us and Mckenna.