Welcome to our first ever round-up of the best posts from our family travel Pathfinders. This month we venture to Sri Lanka, glide through the skies in the USA, meet quokkas on Rottnest Island and take the family skiing in Slovenia. And lest we forget the practicalities of life on the road with kids, there’s also an informative post on home-schooling.

Two-week Sri Lanka itinerary for kids – Dominique Cornell

Sri Lanka is a popular destination for adventurous family travellers, so it’s not hard to find blogs full of useful advice about travelling there, but we like how Dominique has woven this piece around the contentious issue of how much children remember when they travel at a young age. It reminds us why travelling with our kids is so important.

Easy Planet Travel are helping other families to travel the world by making family travel simple. Follow their blog at easyplanettravel.com

Travel guide: Rottnest Island, Western Australia – Christine Knight

Meeting animals in the wild is surely one of the (many!) reasons to explore the world with your children – and the chance to coo over some super-cute quokkas is a great excuse to read this practical piece on a trip to one of the furthest corners of Western Australia.

Christine blogs about her home cities of New York and Sydney and any travels in between. Follow her blog at christineknight.me

Homeschooling on the road 101: how we teach our kids while travelling – Caz Makepeace

In this thorough and detailed post Caz talks you through the options for educating your children while you travel and describes what she does and why. We particularly like the examples she provides of the lessons her girls have learnt from their travels, as opposed to in a classroom. A must-read for anyone contemplating a longer trip with their school-age children.

By their own admission, ytravelblog are serial travel addicts committed to helping others realise their travel dreams. Follow their blog at ytravelblog.com

A week of pure winter joy: skiing in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia – Nichola West

It couldn’t be a January round-up without a wintry blog post from the Northern Hemisphere. Not only does Nichola take you off the beaten track with her account of a family ski trip in Slovenia, she also ensures you have proper cold weather envy with her photos of mulled wine, warming stews, sledge rides and snowmen.

Globalmouse and her family search out the unusual wherever they go. Follow her blog at globalmousetravels.com

Gliding through the sky in the soaring capital of America – Tamara Gruber

It’s not often you read about a mother-daughter bonding trip which involves gliding in New York. We admire the way Tamara faced her own fears to set a good example to her daughter – however, the main reason we like this post is that Tamara also asked her daughter Hannah to contribute: it’s always refreshing to hear what the children featured in these amazing experiences think.

Tamara likes to blend a bit of education, cultural exploration, adventure and good food into every trip. Follow her blog at we3travel.com

Find out what else the Lonely Planet Pathfinders are up to (or sign up yourself!) by checking out the Travel Bloggers: your stories forum on Thorn Tree.

Lonely Planet Kids newsletter