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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.
A little bit about me.
I’m a wife, mom to three grown children and several fur babies. 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.
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, CampingTipsforEveryone.com 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) and the revision of 100 Things to do in Cleveland Before You Die.
I call Mansfield, Ohio home but I’m seriously considering what life would be like as a snowbird.
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.
That was ten years ago!
My family survived 18-months as full-time RVers, my kids have grown up and moved out of the house, and the blog has shifted from a personal journal to provide travel inspiration to people around the world.
You’ll find a wide range of posts here on Travel Inspired Living, but a general theme is road trips within the U.S. and things to do on 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. But that’s not all you’ll find.
I also share historic attractions, unique places to sleep, local, state and national parks and more.
Some of the most popular posts on TIL are:
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