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: Spain, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Chile, Israel, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, France, Croatia, London, Korea, New York, California.


Cool Things to do in Memphis with Kids –  Music, Food & Fun  

Grab your family and head to Memphis, Tennessee, says World TravelingMom. For food, music, fun and educational things to do in Memphis with kids, check out these ideas. And better drop a few pounds before you arrive in Memphis. Because the food is delicious. If you stay downtown, you can walk to the great music and history museums, Beale Street, and restaurants. Cool Things to do in Memphis with Kids 1. National Civil Rights Museum 2. Visit Memphis kids’ museums 3. Hike the Bridge 4. Music museums 5. Walk it Off in Shelby Farms Park 6. Things to do in...

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Romantic Fun in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

If you’ve visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you know that nearby Gatlinburg, Tennessee is chock-a-block with family fun. But is there romantic fun in Gatlinburg? Yes, turns out there’s plenty! World TravelingMom and her husband just returned with tips for Gatlinburg activities for couples. Like sipping moonshine, listening to authentic bluegrass, ziplining, taking in the mountain views, and more. Romantic Fun in Gatlinburg, Tennessee 1. Mountain Views in Gatlinburg. 2. Ziplining is the most romantic adventure in Gatlinburg! 3. Cheers to Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. 4. Rocking to a Bluegrass band. 5. Hiking Trails. 6. Great Smoky National...

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4 Reasons South Africa Belongs on Your Bucket List

World TravelingMom visited South Africa to see lions, elephants, zebra, and rhinos in the wild on safari. She and her family loved the stunning physical beauty of Cape Town’s mountains, beaches, and sea views. And also South Africa’s version of the Grand Canyon and wine tasting at South Africa’s beautiful vineyards. Plus, South Africa’s tragic racial history is emotionally challenging but inspiring. Can these four reasons put South Africa on the bucket list? 4 Reasons South Africa Belongs on Your Bucket List Adventure 1. South Africa Safari 2. Natural beauty puts South Africa on the bucket list 3. Wine...

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South Africa’s Inspiring Apartheid History Museums

South African museums tell the tragic and ultimately uplifting story of apartheid history in South Africa. Before Nelson Mandela became President of South Africa, he served 27 years in prison. The apartheid government of South Africa imprisoned political leaders who opposed segregating races. In South Africa, World TravelingMom learned the fascinating story of how South Africans overturned the apartheid government and elected Mandela President, from several excellent history museums. My husband and I visited South Africa for its stunning natural beauty and to see elephants, giraffes, and lions on safari. But we also visited South Africa to learn its...

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Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Philadelphia 2018

Spring cherry blossoms are beautiful. But if you do not want to deal with the crowds in Washington DC, check out cherry blossoms in Philadelphia instead. In April, consider visiting Philly to celebrate sakura, the arrival of cherry blossoms, in a more low key way. World Traveling Mom recommends where to see cherry blossoms in Philadelphia. Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Philadelphia Celebrating the arrival of cherry blossoms is a traditional Japanese way to appreciate the beauty of life. In fact, this tradition has a name, Sakura. And Philly is lucky to have hundreds of cherry trees. The...

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Philadelphia in a Weekend – An Insider’s Getaway Guide

Have you thought of Philadelphia in a weekend? Philly is an affordable cultural and historic gem hidden in plain sight between its two flashier neighbors, New York and Washington DC. World TravelingMom explores the globe, but lives in Philadelphia, a city that’s become a foodie destination. And Philadelphia is an easy weekend trip from anywhere in the mid-Atlantic. An insider’s getaway guide to what to do and where to stay for Philadelphia in a weekend. Philadelphia in a Weekend 1. Fine Art 2. Fun Art 3. Street Food 4. Best skyline views 5. American History 6. Philadelphia parks 7....

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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. Traveling Mom uses affiliate links that may pay us if you purchase through them....

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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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