Terri Marshall, Globetrotting TravelingGrandmom

Terri left her life in the South after her kids grew up, to move to New York City and start a new career as a travel writer. She is happiest when she’s globetrotting and loves bringing stories of her adventures to her readers. She is the mom of two amazing adults, and the proud Grandmom of three beautiful little ones – who believe she lives in the airport. You can learn more about Terri and her work at Tripping With Terri.

Texas Road Trip to Cadillac Ranch, Where Cars Become Art

Americans have been taking road trips across this big beautiful land from east to west and back again for centuries. It all started with the pioneers. Of course, those hearty souls did it without actual roads. Fortunately, our highway system (and vehicles) have come a long way since those horse-drawn wagons with wooden wheels. Our Globetrotting Grandmom drove a sporty Ford Mustang on this Texas road trip. And she saw the iconic Cadillac Ranch, a one-of-a-kind roadside attraction. Funky roadside attractions? Yes, please! Roadside attractions have always fascinated me. Maybe it stems from all the road trips I took...

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Why You Should Add McAllen, Texas to Your Travel Plans

As home to the World Birding Center’s headquarters, McAllen, Texas, has always been a favorite of avid bird watchers. But this Rio Grande Valley gem has much more to offer. Consider the city’s rich history as a border city with Mexico, a thriving arts community and an incredibly delicious culinary scene. Our Globetrotting Grandmom shares her favorite McAllen, Texas highlights. McAllen, Texas is a place of surprising discoveries Located just five miles from the US-Mexico border, McAllen, Texas, has always been well-known in bird watching circles. It’s also home to the National Butterfly Center, with over 200 species of butterflies, including...

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What You Need to Know When Planning an African Safari

Experiencing an African safari is a bucket list adventure. But planning your first safari can be overwhelming. What company should you choose? What’s the best month to go?  What should you pack? And what African country should you focus on? There’s a lot to consider for this bucket list trip. Our Globetrotting TravelingGrandmom recently planned a spectacular safari experience in Tanzania for a group of eight. She has all the tips for planning a safari that will take your breath away! Feeling the Call of the Wild?  Everyone has a bucket list of some type—even if it’s not written...

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Why You Should Visit Chicago Southland

Travel outside Chicago just a few miles to the south/southwest, and you’ll discover the unique suburban landscape known as Chicago Southland. From train-themed attractions for rail fans, to outdoor art showcasing the area’s history, to a national monument, there are plenty of things to do in Chicago Southland. Whether you explore on a day trip from Chicago or stay overnight, it’s a destination worth discovering. Our Globetrotting Grandmom spent some time in these unique communities. Here are some of her discoveries. Discover All the Things to do in Chicago Southland I’ve visited the Windy City many times—it’s one of...

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5 Tips For Tackling New York City With Kids

Tackling New York City with kids can be a challenge. There’s so much to see and do and it’s tempting to load up the itinerary until everyone’s feet hurt and the little ones start to whine. Our Globetrotting Grandmom lives in New York City and loves it when her grandkids come to visit. She’s learned how to make each New York City visit special and whine free. She’s sharing her tips for tackling New York City with kids. Things are different when Grandmom lives in New York City When my grandkids go over the river and through the woods...

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7 Must-See Things to Do in New Mexico on a Southwest Road Trip

New Mexico is an enchanted land with miles of open space. The terrain ranges from desert to mountainous…all of it beautiful. New Mexico is the only state that is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Chaco Canyon, Taos Pueblo and Carlsbad Caverns. It’s also a state with an unexpected Spanish history and influence. Combine that with national monuments, alien sightings and plenty of green chiles and our Globetrotting Grandmom says you’ll have an epic southwest road trip. I love a good road trip and New Mexico delivers New Mexico, the “land of enchantment,” has a little bit of...

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Unusual New Year’s Eve Traditions Around The World

As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, millions of eyes across the USA and around the world will be focused on Times Square, waiting for the sparkling Waterford Crystal ball to drop to kick off the New Year. Fireworks, kisses and champagne will be part of the celebration, too. But the crystal ball in Times Square isn’t the only way to celebrate the New Year. Our Globetrotting Traveling Grandmom has found some unusual New Year’s Eve traditions around the world. A New Year’s Coming and It’s Time to Celebrate Before I moved to New York, experiencing New...

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Bonjour Paris! A Beginner’s Guide to the City of Lights

Despite having traveled to five continents and 30 or so countries, until recently our Globetrotting TravelingGrandmom had never visited Paris. With plane tickets in hand, she began to explore all the “not to be missed sights” in one of the world’s greatest cities. The possibilities were endless—and overwhelming. With so much art, history, luxury, food and iconic sights to explore, where would she begin? She shares with us her tips for first time visitors—tips that made her visit to Paris magical. Finally, a trip to Paris! Paris is a city of unsurpassed luxury, treasured art, fascinating history, scrumptious cuisine...

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Jimmy Stewart’s Hometown Celebrates Its Wonderful Life

The small town of Indiana, Pennsylvania might not be well-known to everyone. But it has a claim to fame. This is Jimmy Stewart’s hometown. And when you’re the hometown of the star of the classic holiday movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, you’re bound to celebrate Christmas like no other place in the country! From Victorian homes dressed up for the holidays to the Historic Indiana Theater showing holiday classics to a hometown parade, this town celebrates – and  our Globetrotting Traveling Grandmom joined the celebration. Celebrating the Hometown Hero Located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains just one...

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7 Reasons to Celebrate Christmas In Texas

When you think of iconic Christmas destinations, Texas doesn’t always come to mind. But maybe it should. Turns out Christmas in Texas can be one of the best holiday experiences for you and your family. Our Globetrotting Grandmom discovered this when she experienced Christmas in Grapevine, Texas—the Christmas capital of Texas. Who knew? It turns out Grapevine has more than 1,400 holiday experiences for you to enjoy—and that is cause for celebration. Grapevine, Texas: Showing the world how Christmas is done! Centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Grapevine is a worthy destination in any season. But when the Christmas...

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