Sarah Ricks, World TravelingMom

Sarah Ricks, World TravelingMom

Sarah loves discovering what’s unique about a place, its history, food, architecture and culture. She explores Philadelphia when she isn't traveling for fun or for work as a law professor. Both her college-age kids have been enthusiastic travelers since they were tiny. Follow her as Very Hungry Traveller on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter. Recent: Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, France, South Africa, Croatia, London, Korea, New York, California.


Bucket List Adventure: 11 Essential Chile Travel Tips

Is Chile on your bucket list? World TravelingMom Sarah Ricks has Chile travel advice to help you plan your trip. And skip her mistakes. She explored Chile’s capital city, wine region, lake district, and mountain ranges in Patagonia. Now she’s returned with Chile travel tips. From what to see and do, to what not to do, here are her Chile travel tips. 11 Essential Chile Travel Tips 1. Visit the mountains of Patagonia 2. Consider a tour company 3. See wildlife in Patagonia 4. Try delicious food 5. Visit wine country 6. Pack for all 4 seasons 7. Don’t...

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Essential Patagonia Packing List | Bucket List Adventure

Let’s be honest, packing for travel can be challenging. And even if you’re usually chill about packing, it takes planning to pack for a bucket list adventure in the mountains of Patagonia, Chile. Even in the summer, a Patagonia packing list has to cover all four seasons. Summer weather in Patagonia, Chile can range from warm to windy cold to rainy – sometimes all in the same day. World TravelingMom is back from exploring Chile’s mountains and glacial lakes with an essential Patagonia packing list. My husband and I just returned from a week in Patagonia, Chile. This was a bucket list adventure to see the gorgeous mountains, glaciers, and glacial lakes and waterfalls of Patagonia. Thank goodness the tour company we traveled with, Classic Journeys, sent us packing suggestions. Because they prepared us with a Patagonia packing list, we had everything we needed to enjoy the wilderness. Patagonia Packing List – Expect All 4 Seasons Even though January is winter in the U.S., seasons are reversed in South America. So January in Patagonia, Chile is summer. But that’s just the beginning of weather weirdness. Weather in Patagonia can change by the hour, depending on cloud cover or frequent rain. Plus, weather changes with altitude and wind speed. And when we were hiking, my husband and I quickly heated up. Sometimes on a single day in Patagonia, Chile we...

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7 Tips for Family Hiking in the Desert

Deserts can be stunningly beautiful. After recent visits to Joshua Tree National Park in California, archeological sites in Israel, and Sedona in Arizona, World Traveling Mom offers these 7 tips for desert hiking with family — and be sure take note of the packing list suggestions within those tips! 7 Tips for Desert Hiking with Family 1. Drink water. 2. Packing for desert hiking – light clothing layers. 3. Bring sunglasses. 4. Wear comfy shoes 5. Don’t run out of gas. 6. Pack and wear sunblock. 7. Bring and wear a hat Things happen, and you don’t want those...

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11 Tips for a First Family Trip to Israel

Israel is a tiny country. But Israel offers wildly varying experiences. From history, desert hiking, archeological ruins of Roman amphitheaters, art galleries, great food, museums, synagogues, mosques, and churches, and meeting locals, Israel offers it. World Traveling Mom Sarah Ricks helps you plan your family’s unique experience with tips for a family trip to Israel. Including recommendations of a guide, travel agent, scheduling, and packing for winter. Tips for a Family Trip to Israel 1. Experience many cultures. 2. Be sure to schedule enough time in Israel. 3. Israeli food is a highlight. 4. Bring clothes for ever-changing winter...

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5 Memorable Things to Do With Family in Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Israel is a holy place for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, with ancient and medieval ruins, and unique historical sites. But it’s also a living city of over a million. World Traveling Mom returned from a first visit with the scoop on memorable things to do with family in Jerusalem, Israel. 5 Wonderful Things to Do with Family in Jerusalem My husband and two college-aged children just returned from our first family visit to Jerusalem, Israel. In our 10-day visit, we were amazed by the wide variety of things to do, see, and eat. In fact, we can’t wait...

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How to See Salzburg in a Day

Yes, you can see the highlights of Salzburg in a day. If you only have one day in Salzburg, Austria, WorldTraveling Mom offers her tips on how to appreciate this beautiful Austrian city straddling a river. Before my husband and I visited Salzburg, we re-watched The Sound of Music. Even though we’d seen it a gazillion times, it was fun to watch as a preview of the beautiful places we would see in one day in Salzburg, Austria. That’s because the movie was filmed in Salzburg. Mirabell Gardens in One Day in Salzburg Schloss Mirabell is an elegant 17th...

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7 Best Things to Do in Graz, Austria

Have you heard of Graz? This beautiful, walkable city is the second largest in Austria.  There are so many reasons to visit Graz, an overlooked city in Austria with lots of things to do. Graz belongs on the tourist radar, and see why with these 7 best things to do in Graz, Austria. While overshadowed by its near neighbors, Vienna and Ljubljana, Graz is less expensive, and its friendly people welcome visitors. Things to do in Graz, Austria 1. Schlossberg hill 2. Graz coffee culture 3. Eggenberg Palace 4. Outdoor cafes 5. The Opera House 6. Architecture 7. The...

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6 Things to Do Near Dupont Circle, Washington DC

On a recent visit to Washington D.C. with her college-age daughter, World Traveling Mom didn’t want to hassle with parking a car. So she chose to stay in Dupont Circle, a neighborhood with plenty to enjoy in walking distance. Things to do near Dupont Circle include tons of restaurants, cafes, and shops. Plus, it is a short walk to Washington D.C. museums. Things to do Near Dupont Circle – Where to Stay Dupont Circle has lots of overnight options. But since I love one-of-a-kind boutique hotels, I picked a Washington D.C. treasure, The Tabard Inn. Originally, the Inn was...

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9 Most Romantic Things to Do in Vienna, Austria

Among romantic things to do in Vienna are visiting its world class art museums, explore its gorgeous architecture, and share pastries while sipping coffee in luxurious cafes, says World Traveling Mom Sarah Ricks. A Vienna date idea is to tour an opulently furnished royal palace, pull up a chair with locals to enjoy a performance at the elegant Opera House – and other romantic things to do in Vienna. Vienna, Austria is an elegant confection of a city. After four visits to Vienna last summer, one with our daughter and three with just my husband and myself, I’ve whittled...

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Best Pizza in Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Philadelphia is having a pizza moment. Excellent pizza spots are popping up all over Philadelphia and its far flung neighborhoods. World TravelingMom Sarah Ricks tells you where to find the best pizza in Philadelphia. Philly welcomed waves of Italian immigrants in the 1900’s, so this city has deep pizza roots. Pizzerias today still offer classics like pepperoni and sausage. But today you can top your pizza with fig, caramelized onion, goat cheese, arugula – and more. I love classic Neapolitan thin crust pizza. And Philly’s got it, in neighborhoods all over the city. Here are some places for the...

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