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About Travel Inspired Living
Travel Inspired Living began as The Traveling Praters in 2009 and was never intended to be seen by outside eyes. Living in a 31-foot motorhome with her husband, three homeschooled teenage children, and a rescued pound puppy, the blog began as a hobby and outlet to keep founder, Tonya Prater, sane.
That was almost nine years ago. Tonya’s family survived 18-months as full-time RV’ers, her kids have grown up and mostly moved out, and the blog has shifted from a personal journal to a valuable resource for those seeking travel inspiration, tips, and ideas on:
- Solo, Family, Empty Nest and Multigenerational Travel
- Travel throughout the U.S. with an emphasis on road trips to destinations that are often overlooked
- Cooking in a Hotel Room for those that have food allergies, those who spend a lot of time on the road and get tired of fast food or dining out, or those who want to save on travel expenses
- Unique attractions and places to stay in the U.S.- from castles to teepees to treehouses
- Adventure and the great outdoors- we cover surfing, hang gliding, hiking, hammocking and camping (in an RV, tent or van)
Travel Inspired Living also shares:
- Travel Inspired Recipes, from guacamole to mocktails
- Travel Inspired Decor
Meet Our Writers
Tonya Prater, Founder of TravelInspiredLiving.com
Tonya is a wife, mom to three grown children and several fur babies. A nomad at heart, she dreams of the day she can convert her husband’s 2017 Dodge Promaster Van into a camper, pack up the house and hit the road. When she’s not scouring thrift stores for pieces to add to her milk glass collection, she’s plotting road trips to see the world’s largest and most unique attractions.
Tonya started writing when she homeschooled her three children and served as the newsletter editor for their local homeschool support group, Training Leaders for Christ. When her family wasn’t traveling with her husband’s job, she would also arrange field trips for her family and support group because she believes the best way to learn isn’t from a textbook, but through experiences. Tonya has spoken at her local and state homeschool conferences on the many benefits of educational travel and written for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Family Fun, TravelingMom.com, and CampingTipsforEveryone.com.
In addition to owning this site, Tonya is 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 which was released in stores on September 15th, 2018.
Chelsea Prater, Contributing Writer
Chelsea enjoys spending time with her very active puppy, Nala, taking photos of nature and working out at the gym. She jokes that she needs therapy as a result of her RV days (or maybe she’s not joking). While the RV life may not run through her veins, she does love to travel. Whether she’s serving as a pre-school teacher in Mexico or driving along the California coast in a rented convertible with one of her older brothers, Chelsea lives a life of adventure and seeks out thrills wherever she goes.
You can read about some of Chelsea’s posts here:
Julie DenOuden, Contributing Writer
Whether exploring the hidden gems of her own hometown, discovering what other cities and states have to offer, or experiencing the unique cultures of different countries, Julie really is a girl on the move. Though indulging her wanderlust is one of her many passions, it’s Julie’s roots that make her exceptional. She grew up with her family in southern California and though they now live scattered about the continent, her fierce love and unwavering support keep everyone connected. Julie has big dreams and doesn’t hesitate to chase them, whether that means moving across the country, diving into a new career, or taking on a crazy fitness goal like running every single day for over a year! And while she finds great joy in fulfilling her dreams, she finds even greater joy and satisfaction in helping others to discover and reach for their own big dreams. I would be remiss not to mention her love for cupcakes and Christmas. And a Christmas cupcake? Don’t even start! You can follow Julie’s adventures on GirlOntheMoveBlog.com.
You can read Julie’s posts here:
3 Days in Boston: a Sample Itinerary
The Best Attractions in Orange County for First Time Visitors
Connect with Travel Inspired Living
If you’re a reader with a question or suggestion, we’d love to hear from you! If you are a family-friendly brand, destination, service, or business and would like to partner with Travel Inspired Living, take a peek at our Media Kit and shoot Tonya an email at [email protected] if you’d like to discuss how we can work together.
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