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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.


Heber Valley, Utah

How to Combat Nature Deficit Disorder in Heber Valley, Utah

Did you know there’s such a thing as Nature Deficit Disorder? While not a medical condition, it is a very real problem that is plaguing modern families. Children especially are not developing meaningful relationships with nature and the environment. It is leading to behavioral problems and indifference, and its main cause is distraction presented by […]

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Live music in a Dublin pub | Enjoying the Music of Ireland

Enjoying the Music of Ireland

If you listen very closely you can hear the music of Ireland as it caresses the verdant hills and joins the crystalline rivers. At times it’s a slow, romantic bit plucked from a harp, at others it’s a lively jig from a silver whistle or a tempest following the pounding beat of a bodhrán. Whether […]

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The Guesthouse Hotel Chicago

The Guesthouse Hotel: Boutique accommodations in Chicago for families

Since I have lived in Chicago my entire life and know the city quite well, I’m often asked for my suggestions on where to go, where to eat, and where to stay in the city. My standard answer is, “If you want to experience REAL Chicago, you need to get into the neighborhoods.” One neighborhood […]

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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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