How we got here

Jess and Steve studied abroad together in Shanghai and Hong Kong, and they traveled more and more with each passing year. After their first baby they were determined to keep traveling, but found many people didn’t think it was possible.

When people discovered they were going or coming back from here and there with their baby they were met with varying reactions from admiration to judgement to surprise, but mostly people were interested and curious.

They had several friends and acquaintances asking them for tips to travel with a baby, and thus the idea of FAMILEE Travel came about.

Family + Lee = Familee

Why we're here

Weโ€™re redefining family travel, inspiring and helping parents travel with young kids. We want to show parents any destination can be family-friendly and you can bring your baby along. FAMILEE Travel focuses on representing the growing group of mixed, multiracial, multicultural families in the travel space.

It’s important to us to show our kids the world and guide them to be global citizens. We want them to see, hear, taste, smell and experience cultures from all over the world, and gain an understanding and appreciation for life beyond their home. Ideally they will realize early on that not all people look like, talk like or act like them and that’s perfectly okay; it’s actually a wonderful, beautiful thing.

โ€œTravel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.โ€ - Mark Twain

Read more about why we travel with our babies here.

All about the Lee family

Jess and Steve are college sweethearts. We call Southern California home now, but we’ve lived in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusettes, New Jersey, Texas, (temporarily) Illinois, and Washington.

We like to go on adventures just down the road, all the way across the world and everywhere in between.

We’re a mixed, multiracial, multicultural family, seriously our kids are probably some of the most mixed kids you’ve ever met.

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Hi there =D I’m Jess, you will almost always see me smiling or laughing, especially while traveling. I grew up in Connecticut. I’ve always been fascinated by all things global, culture, language and travel. I participated in my college’s Global Citizenship Program and got to go to South Africa my freshman year. This trip and program further fueled my travel passion and it hasn’t dwindeled yet. I studied Chinese, Spanish, and Asian cultures in college, and got my Masters in Global Marketing Communications & Advertising. I’m a chocoholic and an extreme introvert.

My favorite travel experiences to date are: Wahiba Sands desert in Oman; salsa dancing in Havana, Cuba; marveling at Machu Picchu and a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey.

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Hey! I’m Steve, and I’m nocturnal. I grew up in New York and traveled to Taiwan often to visit family. Travel didn’t really excite me until study abroad. My degree is in Industrial Engineering but I’m a designer and love what I do. I keep up with movies and pop culture, and like to snowboard. Mushrooms = death traps, I love street food and am extremely extroverted.

My favorite travel experiences to date are: eating wet hamburgers in Istanbul; wandering the canals of Amsterdam; having Kobe beef in Kobe, Japan; and going back to medieval times in Tallinn, Estonia.

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Ni hao! I’m 4 years old and love planes, rockets and cars. People are always talking about my dimples. For a preschooler I’m really patient and like to concentrate on building really cool creations. I like to play hide and seek and don’t like missing out on anything. I often ask mom and dad when we’re going to the airport next and if we can sleep in a hotel.

My favorite travel experiences to date are: searching for Mickey at the Colosseum, eating up all the kawaii compliments in Japan, riding lots of trains in Italy and playing with my best friend in Hawaii.

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HI! I’m 2 years old and like saying hi to anyone and everyone I see. Currently I’m obsessed with trains and dinosaurs. Climbing and swinging from everything I can fascinates me but seems to scare mom and all passerbyers. I visited 6 continents before I was 8 months old.

My favorite travel experiences to date are: taking naps on a lounger outside in Fiji, riding the ski lift at Tahoe, taking a nap while riding a camel in Egypt and burying in the sand in Hawaii.

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