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Tonya Prater is the founder of Travel Inspired Living.

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Hi! I’m Tonya, the founder of Travel Inspired Living.

I believe travel doesn’t need to be difficult, expensive, or take you across the globe to be memorable and I’m on a mission to inspire you to get out and explore the world around you, and what better place to start than right where you are?

A little bit about me.

I’m a wife, mom to three grown children, mom-in-law and grandma to a brand new baby girl.

I love history, architecture and got so caught up with the cast of Downton Abbey that I cried when my favorite character died and haven’t been able to watch since.

A nomad at heart,  I learned early in life what an adventure it can be to seek out spots that are off-the-beaten-path and to appreciate and patronize local mom & pop restaurants and stores.

I dream of the day I can convert my husband’s 2017 Dodge Promaster Van into a permanent camper, pack up the house and hit the road.

When I’m not scouring thrift stores for pieces to add to my milk glass collection or hosting a monthly wine night in my home, I’m plotting road trips to see the world’s largest and most unique attractions or seeking out the best glamping spots with my husband.

UFO in Pennyslyvania

I started writing when I was homeschooling my three children and served as the newsletter editor for my local homeschool support group, Training Leaders for Christ.

When my family wasn’t traveling with my husband’s job, I would arrange field trips for my family and support group. I believe the best way to learn isn’t from a textbook but through experiences.

I’ve spoken at my local and state homeschool conferences on the many benefits of educational travel and written for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Family Fun Magazine, local travel guides, and other popular websites through the years.

I’m also the co-author of Secret Cleveland: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure (this is an affiliate link), revision of 100 Things to do in Cleveland Before You Die and the Roadside Attractions Adult Coloring Book.

I call Mansfield, Ohio home but I’m seriously considering what life would be like as a snowbird.

I’d Love to Connect!

Do you represent a product, company, or destination that would be a good fit for my audience? I am open to collaborations. My media kit is available upon request. Send me an email at so we can chat.

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About Travel Inspired Living

When Travel Inspired Living began as The Traveling Praters in 2009,  it was never intended to be seen by outside eyes. Living in a 31-foot motorhome with my husband, three homeschooled teens, and a rescued pound puppy, the blog began as a hobby and outlet to keep me, Tonya Prater, sane.We spent over a year living in our 31-foot motorhome.

That was ten years ago!

My family survived 18-months as full-time RVers! My kids claim that was the worst experience ever but if you ask me, I think it fueled their wanderlust. They all love to travel.

The kids have grown up and moved out of the house.

My oldest son got married last year and my husband and I gained a daughter-in-law. They just welcomed their first baby into their nest and I’ve wholeheartedly embraced the name “Grandma”.

My middle son serves our country in the Armed Forces and is preparing for his fourth deployment. We’re grateful to have him home with us for the time being.

My daughter bought her first house and is perfecting her decorating skills.

Through all this, my blog has shifted from a personal journal to a valuable resource that provides travel inspiration to those who long to explore all that the United States has to offer.

You’ll find a wide range of posts here on Travel Inspired Living,  with an emphasis on things to do in Ohio and have a hugely active Facebook Group focused solely on Ohio but that’s not all I write about.

The Giant Coffee Pot is located along Old Route 30 in Bedford, Pennsylvania.

A recurring theme is road trips within the U.S. and things to do on those road trips.

You’ll find a ton of posts on roadside attractions– from the Coffee Pot shaped building on the Historic Lincoln Highway to the Blue Whale of Catoosa found on Route 66 to the lesser-known Horse Cemetery located minutes from  Interstate 75 in Kentucky.

I also share historic attractions, unique places to sleep, local, state and national parks and more.

Enjoy a romantic unplugged treehouse getaway in the Silver Bullet.

Some of the most popular posts on TIL are:

50 Quirky Things to See in Ohio You Won’t Find Anywhere Else 

Glamping in Ohio: Checking Out the Mohicans Treehouse Village

15+ Fun Stops to Make on a Road Trip to Branson Protection Status
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