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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Creating a Basic Itinerary: The First Step in Crafting The Ultimate Road Trip!

If you've been following us on Facebook and Twitter then you know we are planning an awesome trip to New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania next summer to tick another three states off our list. At the end of next summer we'll have visited 46. Our trips are not only an annual tradition, but over the last 10 years have become legend. So while it … MORE

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What’s The Deal With Those Travel Eraser Credit Cards?

We've all seen those crazy commercials ... Samuel L. Jackson demanding to know "what's in your wallet" or better yet, Jennifer Garner playing musical chairs with airline seats that are impossible to get. I can so relate. I've got several credit cards from various airlines and hotels and it is true-trying to find seats or rooms when you want to … MORE

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Reverence: Showing Respect At Sacred Places

A couple weeks ago I saw a story in the Sunday Los Angeles Times that caught my eye called "A Sting In The Desert" (click here to check it out). It really grabbed my attention because it involved somewhere we'd traveled to. The story involved illegal trade in Native American Artifacts and those who search for them in the sacred grounds … MORE

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Oh The Temptation! The Importance Of Eating Healthy Out On The Road

If you've been reading my posts, you know one of my passions is exploring and learning through foods. If there is something unique to a state (and it lacks a gross factor) we'll give it a try to make a cultural connection wherever we're visiting. We've tried southern fried chicken, biscuits, grits, sopapillas, all kinds of cheese, and a plethora … MORE

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Confessions Of A Road Trip Junkie

My boyfriend Jordan is not a huge fan of travel, in fact on the rare occasions when we travel together he can't wait to get back to the comforts of home. A cozy bed, great water pressure, the creature comforts of your own living environment- of course I miss those things too when I am out on the road, but for me the thrill of new discoveries and … MORE

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Culture through Desserts: A Tasty Way To Explore

Who doesn't love a tasty treat?  Food is a super way to learn about different regions and cultures and it's one of my best ways of keeping everyone interested and engaged in whatever we're exploring.  When I mention tasting or sampling everyone's ears perk up, but it takes on a whole new level when it's something sweet! There's nothing like sugar … MORE

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Back to School Night: Putting Into Perspective What We’ve Learned On The Road

While Lilia my oldest child has settled into college, my two boys Isaac and Joel are still in high school.  Last night I attended Back To School Night and as I sat and listened to each teacher give their spiel about the class I really thought about how much value our road trips have added to my children's education.  Just about every class I … MORE