Our Story

Hi there!

My name is Sara and I am the Founder of Penguino Travel. I love to explore new places – and this is something I share with my husband Mark and our four children, Asher, Micah, Zeph and Ella. 


When Mark and I met in college, we both dreamed of traveling the world. We had quite a few adventures before our oldest son was born in 2004. We settled into corporate jobs and suburban parenthood – but never quite gave up our wanderlust.

In 2011, we traveled with our three boys – then two, four and six years old – to Uganda to adopt our daughter. Adapting to life with tiny kids in Africa was hard, but it was also transformative. We realized how strong and resilient kids could be. Since then, we have traveled with our children as much as possible! From exploring France to surfing in Morocco to snorkeling in Mexico, we’re just getting started. 

With a small budget and a big family, we’ve learned how to travel like locals. We often rent an apartment, take public transportation and shop for food at local markets. Not only is this more affordable, it’s also more authentic. We’ve discovered how to make travel a life-changing experience for kids – and relaxing for the whole family.

I love to travel, but the inspiration for Penguino Travel was a moment where I wanted to do anything but get on a plane with my kids! 


In 2015, our family was headed to Tulum, Mexico on vacation. I finished everything on my to-do list – cleaning, shopping, packing – with no time to spare. I didn’t even have time to shower before we needed to go to the airport. I sat on the floor of my bathroom in tears, wondering if I should just stay home while my family went to Mexico!

My husband convinced me to get into the car. That night as I sat on the beach and watched the sunset in Tulum, I wondered how I could turn my passion for travel into a business. For many years, I had dreamed of starting a business.  Six months later, I resigned from my job to launch a new venture!

Since then, I’ve talked to 300 moms and dads in 25 countries about their experiences traveling with kids.

What’s the one thing everyone has in common? Parents believe it’s important for kids to travel internationally and connect with people from diverse cultures. They believe travel will shape their kids’ perspective and purpose. They want their kids to grow up with an awareness of people and places around the world. This is especially true for millennial parents!

But family travel is hard – and very few companies are focused on meeting the unique needs of adventurous families!

I launched Penguino Travel to meet these needs - and make it easier for parents to take their kids on life-changing adventures. My dream is to help thousands of families explore the world together. I can't wait to see where you go with Penguino!