Welcome to A Travel Trove! I will be your tour guide.

After a particularly exhausting trip to the Bahamas with my two small children and my parents, I started thinking, wouldn’t it be great to have a website to go for all of your travel needs?  It would be a  site that got you through the stress of travel by preparing you for almost anything.  There would be advice on the best weekender bag, weather reports for your specific getaway, and articles on exotic destinations. This site would include hotel and restaurant recommendations and top attractions in the area. You could find kid friendly activities, tips on learning the local language and where the best shopping is! The more I thought about it, the more excited I became about the possibilities! And with that, A Travel Trove was born.

I Was a Born Traveler

My childhood was spent in a small, quiet town in Pennsylvania. My parents worked tirelessly to make ends meet and to give me a good life. My mother’s side of the family lived in the south, mainly Louisiana and Texas. They thought was important for me to know my grandparents and extended family but couldn’t afford an annual trip for the three of us, so they sent me. They stayed home and worked while I flew, unaccompanied at 6 years old (and for years after), to see my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. These summer weeks in small town Louisiana and later Houston, TX, were idyllic. I spent 12 hour days with my cousins swimming in my grandparents’ pool, eating junk food, playing games, and laughing. We walked to the snowball stand daily and my hair turned green from all the chlorine. Without my parents, I felt a sense of independence that not many children my age felt.  These hot and sultery summers made such an impact on me that I recently brought my own children. A lot of my family still lives in the area and they somehow recreated my childhood summers down to the last detail. My children fell in love, just as I did. These trips were the first sparks of my travel obsession.

A few years later, when I was 11, my uncle took a job opportunity in London and moved his entire family. My parents knew it was an opportunity I could not miss, so sent me on my first international solo trip. When I got on that Virgin Atlantic flight the flight attendant handed me a complimentary sleeping mask, a set of ear plugs, slippers and headphones. I knew that this was no ordinary flight down south. Delta was looking pretty shabby!  From the moment I stepped off that plane, I was in awe of the sights and smells of London, the fast paced life and the people. I loved exploring castles, dungeons and bath houses. The excitement of learning about different cultures, riding the underground and eating local fare was almost more than I could handle. I fell in love with accents and foreign languages. I needed more. I was becoming a travel junkie.

Since then, I have been to many places, from California to Greece, the Bahamas to Cincinnati, Salem to Switzerland. There are still countless destinations I have yet to explore and I would love to take you along for the ride.

Let Me Help You Take the Stress Out of Travel

It sure seems like there is a lot of drama that leads up to a nice, relaxing vacation. Whether you are dealing with a mile long security line, wading through customs, entertaining kids in the back seat of a VW Bug during a 12-hour car trip, choosing a play list that EVERYONE is happy with, packing too much, packing too little, will it rain, will it snow, will you need sunscreen, or tips on travelers insurance, A Travel Trove will ease your burden.  I want to help you navigate these obstacles and get to your destination not only in one piece, but maybe, just maybe, even slightly relaxed and refreshed.

Why go to multiple sites, researching for hours on end, just to be more confused than you were when you started? At A Travel Trove, you will find everything you need to plan the perfect getaway. There will be budget friendly options as well as more luxurious choices. All of my advice is simple and concise, freeing you to enjoy the trip of a lifetime with little to no added stress.

Bon Voyage,

Gin 
www.atraveltrove.com

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