I am a traveler. Where did it come from? Probably has a lot to do with growing up in the military and being exposed through my father’s deployments. He brought back pictures of a Masaai chief and his colorfully clothed wives, jewelry from Egypt, dolls from Turkey and scarves from Jordan. And of course, we always had CNN going round the clock in the house, constantly listening in for news of danger and if he was in its path. At 14, we flew “hops” to Europe to visit my sister and her family in northern Italy. This trip had a monumental influence on my life. I loved culture and history and Europe brought it to life. After my first semester in college at the ripe age of 18, I came home for Christmas and told my Dad I wanted to go to Europe. I had saved up my money from working at a newspaper job in high school so he couldn’t really say no. And I was off!

Kensington Gardens at Kensington Palace, London, UK

Every experience is what you make it. I wish I had known so much more than I do now. This is my attempt to help other travelers have a more knowledgeable and enjoyable experience. I blog about a variety of spots, as local as Florida beaches and springs to tramps in New Zealand. I am a culturally conscious explorer, outdoorsy woman and a food lover! So if you like adventure (not extreme experiences), are a respectful traveler, wanting to learn something from your trip, and are always scoping out some awesome good grub, then you are at the right place.

Anhinga Trail , the Everglades National Park, Florida

Final note. I once had a boss explain to me that people always say they are going to travel once they retire. Then they retire and they are physically limited on what they can do and where they can go. I smiled at this. I am thankful that my spirit overcame practicality. Whatever your age and situation, I am hear to tell you it can work. Whether its a day trip to a nearby town to visit antique shops or a whale watching tour with your little one, it can be done. Most of my trips include my personal sidekick, my child. So if you are also looking at how to incorporate your kids in your travel plans, than look no further.

Clearwater Beach, Florida

Thank you for reading and happy travels!

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