Amanda Williams, Rural TravelingMom

Amanda Williams, Rural TravelingMom

Amanda Williams is a self-proclaimed bird-nerd and mother to two high energy sons under five years old. She has worked as a wildlife biologist, wildland firefighter, and environmental educator, so she has a lot of outdoors experience to share--but those jobs pale in comparison to the adventure of being MOM! You can find her writing as a freelancer or exploring with the family for her own site, Field Guide to Parenting Outside. Amanda and her family aspire to become Global Citizens and consider their house merely a base camp for trip-planning operations. More comfortable in the middle of nowhere than in a big city, most of the year they'll be at large in a loaded down minivan, wandering National Parks and frequenting festivals all over the map.


Restaurant Review: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Tusker House

If you do not have princesses you may not be in line for Be Your Guest or Cinderella’s Table. But you may still be interested in character dining at Walt Disney World. Where should you look? Search no further than Africa – well, the African section of Animal Kingdom, that is. The Tusker House in Harambe is the perfect fit for most families looking for a good character line-up and a great meal! If you’re lucky enough to be visiting solo or as a couple, this is for YOU too! It’s not just about the characters here – Tusker...

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Ketchikan, Alaska’s Best Secret Dining Spot Revealed

Like to cruise? Most boats that run the Pacific coastlines make a docking in Ketchikan, “The Salmon Captiol of the World.” If you don’t like cruising (and most days, I don’t blame you) you can still make it to town, just get on a milk-run flight and puddle hop your way to the island. Many folks once in town will know about the Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s Tour, but if you’re in-the-know like a local (but you don’t have the skiff and crab pots to truly be Alaskan) then the next best option is George Inlet Lodge. While Alaska...

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24 Hours in Sitka, Alaska – Eat, Play, Stay in a Day

Sometimes you find yourself with only a little bit of time to experience a place, whether you have a lengthier layover or maybe a day in port. Whatever the reason for being in town, do not let it slip away just because it’s not the ideal amount of time to fully enjoy the destination! Here is a taste of Sitka, Alaska, that you can enjoy in one day – assuming you aren’t looking for a full itinerary at 2 a.m. on Christmas Eve! It’s possible to see the highlights and still make the next flight or ferry out of...

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Why You Should Visit Disney With AND Without Kids

Not everyone is a fan of the mouse. I know, I know! Hard to believe. What is even more outrageous is that only a year ago, I was rolling my eyes and shaking my head in disbelief (and confusion at all the Disney lingo being tossed around) as my girlfriends talked about planning their respective Disney vacations. But I learned. You should bring your kids to Disney, even if you’re a hater and you think you won’t like it. Here’s why. You know what happened as soon as I succumbed to the Disney fever? Everyone around me was discovering...

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FREE Fun in Duluth, Minnesota

Duluth, Minnesota, was named Outside Magazine’s “Best Town” in recent history and for good reason. Not only does the town have a fresh, vibrant atmosphere, there are a good many things to do that are completely free. Many of the activities that the beloved city offers will have outdoorsy folks rejoicing! If you end up in the northern reaches of Minnesota, make sure to take advantage of all the FREE activities, sights, and attractions that the Zenith City can provide your family! Duluth, Minnesota, is the second largest city on Lake Superior but has activities in spades for those...

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How Your Tires Can Change Your Trip

It’s amazing how an entire trip can be shaped by the shape of your tires. Really. It’s happened to our family more than once. You’d think we’d learn! And, since we’re rural folks who love to travel the remote countryside, when we have car trouble, it’s never a straightforward fix. Here’s an in-depth look at how good tires can frame your family foray in a GOOD way — which leaves more money, time, and energy for you to devote to what really matters — having fun! A Million Miles from Home (and AAA) We learned on more than one...

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Changes Coming to SeaWorld as Society Changes

SeaWorld, no matter your stance on hot-topic issues that have swirled around the parks for the last few years, was the inspiration for the dreams of kids like me, children of the 1980s. I can honestly say that my aspirations of becoming a marine biologist stemmed from Shamu. Now we might attribute those dreams to Finding Nemo and Disney, but for many of us, it was the mighty killer whale show in Orlando, San Diego, or San Antonio that got us started. Changes are on the horizon for the three U.S. based marine life theme parks according to the announcement on the...

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Free Family-friendly Fun in Branson, Missouri!

Known as the “live entertainment capital of the world” unsurprisingly there is PLENTY to see and do in Branson, Missouri. A smallish town, it caters to families in the summer months and snowbirds all winter long. Along with the shows and dining experiences that one simply MUST see and do while in town (which come at a cost) there is a plethora of clean family fun to be had that is completely complimentary! Read on for some of the best ways we found to experience the area for the bargain price of a little bit of your time and interest! Branson,...

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Car Seat Review: Safety 1st Grow and Go™ Air 3-in-1

Every time I heave my mass into a kneeling position, sweating and huffing, in the backseat of my station wagon, perched atop a cushy, brightly colored seat meant for one of my kids, I can’t help but wonder: “isn’t there an easy solution?” I remember insisting that my husband ride in the back seat for the first three months (maybe more) after our first son was born as I chauffeured them around a la Driving Miss Daisy. In the years that have lapsed from those first nerve-wracking days, I’ve tried several seats. One thing is for sure: convertible is king, as with the Safety...

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Parks Canada offers FREE Admission + Our Eight Favorite Parks

It seems folks are finally figuring out that Canada has a lot more to offer than just maple syrup and Tim Hortons (though we love both of those) – a lot more! Canada is huge and part of the allure is the vast, largely unspoiled landscapes that rekindle the WILD in one’s soul. For folks that are energized by this kind of adventure, Parks Canada is speaking to you (and everyone else) when they offer FREE admission in the coming months. Take a minute to make sure you don’t miss out on what’s new regarding the public lands in Canada....

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