Travel has been a passion of mine for decades.  Now, as a mother of two little ones, I’m attempting to prove that parents do not have to give up our traveling ways once we have children. Here you will find accounts of my personal travel experiences – with and without my children – as I balance it all: a non-travel related career, a family, and a travel lifestyle.

Oli Bea | Knoxville, TN

Where to eat and drink in Knoxville, Tennessee – with a side of history & music

Along with all the outdoor fun and music experiences I had in Knoxville, Tennessee, I was also treated to some outstanding meals and drinks in delightfully historic places. I covered a lot of gastronomic (and geographic) ground during my short stay, and the following are my recommendations for where to eat and drink in Knoxville, […]

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11 Fun Things to do with Kids in Knoxville, Tennessee

11 fun things to do with kids in Knoxville, Tennessee

Most families I know planning a trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park make arrangements to stay in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There’s nothing wrong with Gatlinburg but did you know that driving to the Smokies, especially from the Midwest, most routes take you through Knoxville, Tennessee? Situated only 45 minutes from the Smokies, you shouldn’t just breeze through Knoxville, but stop […]

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The Curiosity of Privacy - ArtPrize 2015

Favorites from ArtPrize 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan

It’s unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and the public alike. Started as an experiment almost a decade ago, ArtPrize is an art competition that takes place every year in Grand Rapids, Michigan. What makes it so unorthodox, disruptive, and intriguing is that it uses three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids […]

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Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Tips for families attending Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (BRRR) is a celebration of music, history, community, and plain ole good times. The annual 3-day festival takes place in Bristol, which is an unusual town, in that it straddles the state line of Tennessee and Virginia. At any time walking down State Street, you could have one foot in Tennessee […]

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Rome, Italy

Dear Rome, I love you.

I felt compelled to write the following upon learning that this week’s #JAchat topic is Rome. (#JAchat is a weekly Twitter travel chat that I co-host. Read here to learn more.) I’ve heard other travelers compare picking a favorite place in the world, out of all the towns, cities, and countries they’ve visited, to choosing which […]

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