THE LATEST FROM THE EXPLORE ALL 50 PROJECT

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Welcome to Explore All 50!

I created this website with three purposes in mind. First, it’s a travel guide filled with itineraries, tips, and not-to-be-missed places to visit across the United States. It’s also a how-to tool to help you craft educational adventures while creating wonderful experiences of your own. Finally, it is the story of my family, a single mom’s … MORE

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When to Consider a Condo Rental vs. a Hotel

Staying in a condo can be a super alternative to a hotel but it all depends on your type of trip and schedule. If you are exploring in a particular area with numerous excursions that are at a maximum of 2 hours away, a condo rental is definitely something you should look at as an option that can provide a cozy and often economical stay.  My … MORE

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What To Do About Complainers …

I don't know about you, but traveling with my family often feels like I'm traveling with a bunch of food critics, travel reviewers, and nit-picky never satisfied types who have something to say about everything.  I am glad everyone's brain is engaged and they have something to share, but hearing that no one's excited to try something new, or that … MORE

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Reader Profile: The McWhorter Family-Teachers Learning Lessons Out On The Road

It's such a great feeling when you meet someone new who shares your same thoughts and sentiments.  It was almost like listening to myself when I heard parent and schoolteacher Carrie McWhorter tell me about the impact their road trip travels have had on their family. Carrie and her husband and fellow teacher Owen and their kids Avery, 13 and … MORE

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Holiday Travel: Is It Worth The Hassle?

I’ve been pretty successful at putting off traveling during the holidays for the last couple of years much to the dismay of my three children who did not waste a moment in letting me know they were bored out of their skulls. Even with local activities planned it was hard to make the most of their time off, so for the second time I am relenting … MORE

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Got a Close Connection? Here Are My Top 4 Tips To Get You To The Gate On Time

Since we've moved to Orange County, California and fly out of a small regional airport, we're almost always taking connecting flights.  On more than one occasion when our first leg left late we've had to run like mad to get to the other gate to make our connection. We've had quite a few close calls but never actually missed one. My daughter Lilia … MORE

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An Ode to Thanksgiving

My kids and anyone who knows me will tell you, Thanksgiving is my all time favorite holiday.  More than the fabulous foods (which I enjoy not only eating but also cooking) it is the sentiment and theme behind this all American holiday that is near and dear to my heart.  Thanksgiving celebrates the first settlers and the native peoples … MORE

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Wackiest Road Trip Memories-By Lilia, Isaac and Joel Abecassis

No road trip would be complete without something totally off the wall happening that becomes instantly memorable, making us either laugh, cringe, or just shake our heads in disbelief reminiscing about it later on.  We are often asked about our wackiest experiences, so I enlisted my traveling partners, my three kids Lilia, Isaac and Joel to recount … MORE