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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.


5 spring break destinations for families in the Midwest

5 Family Spring Break Destinations in the Midwest

With the holidays behind us, it’s time to start thinking about travel plans for the next school recess — spring break! It’s tempting, especially for us Midwesterners, to plan escapes to warmer climes. But there is a wealth of history, fun, and diversity right here in Middle America — for locals and visitors alike. To […]

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Philadelphia City Hall

3 Philadelphia architectural sites not to be missed

On November 6, 2015, the city of Philadelphia was awarded the distinction of being the first World Heritage City in the United States. Democracy was born in Philadelphia and it’s where the Declaration of Independence was signed – two important enough reasons to justify adding Philadelphia to the list of World Heritage Cities, right alongside critical cultural centers like Rome […]

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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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