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 of the house, and the blog has shifted from a personal journal to provide travel inspiration to the (mostly) budget-minded.
While 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 see lots 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 just off Interstate 75 in Kentucky. But that’s not all you’ll find.
We also share historic attractions, unique places to sleep, local, state and national parks and more.
Some of our most popular posts are:
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 permanent 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 or hosting a monthly wine night in her home, 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.
Tonya is 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 which was released in stores on September 15th, 2018.
She calls Mansfield, Ohio home but is seriously considering what life would be like as a snowbird.
You can learn about the other contributors to Travel Inspired Living here.