Through travel blogging, I have been able to meet some pretty amazing people from all over the world. On a recent trip to the Finger Lakes, I had the pleasure of traveling with three other wonderful and inspiring women, one of them was Karyn Locke of Sand and Snow. We hit it off right away and I wanted to introduce you all to her.
Karyn is a travel writer and blogger from small town Ohio who was bitten by the travel bug at an early age compliments her military brat background. Happy to call the tri-state area of Ohio/West Virginia/Pennsylvania her home, she adores traveling to large cities, as well as small town U.S.A., and falls in love with each new place she visits. She loves the fact that her family digs road tripping just as much as she does and they plan to conquer America one city at a time. Karyn writes her own lifestyle & travel blog and may be found at Sand and Snow…and everywhere in between! and as Road Trip TravelingMom on TravelingMom.com
What is the first trip you remember?
I think I was three or four years old and it was a family trip through the Canadian Maritimes. We toured a museum in Nova Scotia dedicated to the World’s Largest Man, Angus MacAskill and I remember so vividly the life size statue dedicated to the 7’10” man. Such a random memory!
Based on food alone, which country could you live in forever?
Mexico. Every time I’ve visited I could eat and eat and eat! I love how each dish revolves around common staples, beans and rice, and then it’s dressed up with protein and veggies. They love cooking with chocolate, too, and I get inspiration from both the sweet and savory dishes to create my own dishes at home!
I know it’s hard to narrow down, but what are your three favorite places in the world?
Not hard at all! Walt Disney World, St. Simons Island, Georgia, and my own back yard- Pittsburgh, PA!
Tell us about your most memorable trip.
It was one of my first trips as a travel writer. My family and I traveled to St. Simons Island, Georgia (another reason why it’s on my list of favorites!) and it was like being dropped into another beautiful world. I hadn’t traveled much in the South at that point and the Spanish Moss hanging from the trees, the sand bars and tide pools along the beach, and the locals made such a massive impression on me that I instantly fell in love with the island. Add in all of the Southern-style BBQ joints and I seriously didn’t want to leave.
Who is your favorite person to travel with? Why?
My husband and teen daughter. They’ve got a vicious case of wanderlust and are up for everything! They’re the yin to my yang, especially when it comes to sampling foods from around the world. They’re definitely the adventurous eaters in the family! We get along so well when we travel and the three of us combined are a well-oiled traveling machine!
Are you a light packer or a heavy packer?
I’m a renowned over packer, but I’m getting better at it. I recently traveled on back-to-back press tours for nine days straight and narrowed my needs down to a single suitcase!
Top three items you can’t leave home without:
My portable fan (I need the white noise to sleep!), my make-up kit (you really don’t want to see me sans make-up!), and my iPhone for on-the-spot photography..
What’d your favorite website for booking and planning travel?
My own! I love sharing my best tips on locations I’ve visited and ways to make the most of traveling, whether it’s solo or family travel.
What are your favorite accommodations abroad? Why?
As a gal that loves her creature comforts, the older I get, the more I love luxury accommodations. It’s so easy to pop into the in-house spa for a couple of hours just to relax and unwind or get dressed up and dine at an in-house restaurant.
How do you make friends while traveling?
It’s so easy for me to drum up a conversation with anyone. Just start chatting- especially to the locals. I find they love sharing their best tips and tricks for navigation their hometown! It’s always fun meeting other travel writers on press trips, too. I’m happy to call you a new friend compliments of a recent one in the Finger Lakes region of New York!
One place you’re hoping to visit this year. Why?
New Brunswick, Canada. I haven’t visited since my father retired from the Air Force and, as it’s my birth place, I’d love to go back to see how much the province has grown and changed. It would be a hoot to take my family there as well to show them where I went to elementary school for a while, the beaches that I played on, and the local cuisine. They can try the unusual dishes!
In your home country, what’s a destination that you think people should visit?
My “big city”, Pittsburgh, PA. Everyone is so surprised at just how much there is to do for visitors. We’ve got museums, water sports and activities, and the foodie scene is booming!
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