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About Me

I’m Terri. I love to travel and in 2014 my family accomplished our goal of visiting all 50 states before our kids left for college. Now I want to help other families who are working toward the same goal. I started Travel 50 States with Kids as a travel blog. Now I’m also a travel agent. Not only can you use my site to get ideas about which places to visit in each state, you can connect with me if you’d like me to help plan a trip for you.

How we got started on this journey

When I was pregnant with my youngest child, I decided to retire from my engineering job to stay home with my kids. Obviously, we had to cut back our expenses, including our travel budget. My husband and I decided that we could still travel, but that we’d have to drive to most of our destinations instead of flying. Fortunately, we live in Ohio and most of the country is within a two-day drive. Our first really big driving trip was to Walt Disney World in Florida in October 2005. In order to get there and back, we drove through six states. That’s when the idea hit me—we could turn lemons into lemonade.  As long as we were going to be driving anyway, why not make a goal of visiting all 50 states before our kids grew up? The entire family loved the idea. I put together a spreadsheet to keep track of who had been where and planned out future trips.

I love to travel near and far. When my kids were younger, we stuck a little closer to home. A friend and I decided to become hometown tourists and deliberately explore our city, Cincinnati. After a few years, we wrote a bestselling book about it. It’s called Adventures Around Cincinnati:  A Parent’s Guide to Unique and Memorable Places to Explore with your Kids. I love to encourage parents in the Cincinnati area to explore with their kids. We speak to groups all over the city and I do freelance writing for the local and state tourism organizations and other outlets. We also have the itch for foreign travel, although we can’t afford to do it often. I have a sister who moved to Sweden and several years ago we visited her and spent a month exploring Scandinavia. My generous in-laws have also taken us on a couple Caribbean cruises with them.

It’s not just the actual traveling I love. I love planning my next trip. I often come home from the library or bookstore with stacks of travel books. Anticipation is half the fun! And I love reliving the experience looking back at pictures. My kids do too. In fact, they bug me about how behind I am on my scrapbooking. I love telling people about the places we’ve been and encouraging them to travel with their kids. One of the best parts of my job as an author and speaker is when my readers tell me about the places they’ve been and the memories they’ve made with their kids. The travel bug is truly contagious!

About 50 States with Kids

Do you love exploring exciting new destinations with your family? Do you keep track of how many states your kids have been to? Are you looking for kid-tested travel advice from one parent to another? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then keep reading, because this blog is for you!

Many parents would love to be able to take their kids abroad but lack the financial resources to do so. Others just like the convenience of traveling in an English-speaking country. Whether it’s personal preferences or the economy that restricts your travel to destinations closer to home, the USA is filled with fascinating places that will offer years and years of memorable family vacations.

Whether your idea of a vacation is trapping lobsters, mining for diamonds, hiking on a glacier, or relaxing on a sugar-white sand beach, you will find many exciting opportunities that are probably within a couple of days’ drive of your home. I love finding attractions that are unique to their state or region. I saw travel as an essential part of my kids’ education, but kids are kids, and we included plenty of fun in our trips too.

Would you like to see how you can visit all 50 states too?  Subscribe via email and you’ll receive a free copy of my e-book, How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips.  It contains maps and itineraries for all 12 trips.

About the Pictures in the Header

Are you curious about where I took the photos in my header up at the top?  I thought you might be, so I wrote a post about each one.  Starting at the top row, left to right, here they are:

Alaska – Hiking on a Glacier

Montana – Glacier National Park’s Hidden Lake Trail

North Dakota – Sunflowers

Wisconsin – Wind Point Lighthouse

Vermont – Billings Farm & Museum

Maine – Acadia National Park

And the bottom row:

Wyoming – Grand Teton National Park

South Dakota – Prairie Dogs

Michigan – Beaches

Texas – Kemah Boardwalk

Alabama – Seashells by the Seashore

Rhode Island – Fort Adams State Park