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Tamela has extensively traveled the U.S. and Canada, delivering her message to Pack Light | Travel Slow | Connect Deep. Her keynotes and workshops include life lessons she has learned through chance encounters on the road.

Holiday Road Trippin’ with ABC Radio

Listen to free tips for a perfect holiday road trip

Did you hear me interviewed on an ABC radio affiliate today? The segment leads with the JFK assassination (53 years ago today) but 13 seconds into the segment, it turns to a couple of my favorite subjects: roadside kitsch and road tripping. The radio production wizards took a simple interview and …

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West Virginia’s Miss Vickie: Let Go, Let God

Miss Vickie's famous Dodge 1950 Ram

My travels have blessed me with countless—countless—chance encounters. From a fry cook walking across America before he goes blind, to a homeless Vietnam veteran, and the people who shared their journeys with cancer with me, I have been blessed, and my character molded by each one of them. Perhaps none so much as Miss …

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Camping For Beginners with Kids: Free Download

This free download makes your first camping trip super easy

If you’ve never gone camping with your family, you need answers to these three questions: WHAT equipment do you need? WHERE should you camp? WHAT can you do with the kids once you get there? My free download: Camping for Beginners” will help. I eased into camping with one of my sons as …

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Safety as a Woman Traveling Solo

Tamela Rich with Kristen Miranda on WBTV talking solo travel and the Appalachian Bon Appetit project

I’ve learned a lot about myself as a woman traveling solo. That’s my #1 reason for recommending it. Traveling solo offers you a chance to follow your instincts, to meet new people, and to get inside your own head. Even after extolling its virtues, people almost always ask, “But aren’t you afraid to …

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Monticello and Slavery: Is this Historical Site Family-Friendly?

This post was updated on April 12, 2016: Monticello has kindly offered two adult and two children’s visitor passes to the winner of my drawing. Monticello will contact the winner and arrange for the visit. Drawing will be 5/27/16. No purchase necessary. Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter. …

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Celebrating Six Years on a Motorcycle

Tamela on her BMW motorcycle on a windy road

Six years ago this month I decided to learn to ride a motorcycle. Since then I’ve traveled 47 states and 5 provinces on my trusty BMW G 650 GS—often solo. They’ve been six of the best years of my life. Here, I share my journey to two wheels and give some advice …

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Visit Death Valley Now, the Desert is Blooming!

Death Valley 2016 in a rare super bloom?

POST UPDATE: With the National Park Service Centennial this year, the Park Service expects record crowds to all our parks, especially during summer vacation season. Death Valley is a park best visited before summer, as I explain in this TV interview. at the top of this post. Death Valley in “super bloom” …

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How to Entertain Kids on a Winter Road Trip

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Headed out on a winter road trip? I can help. In 2015 I made 30+ TV appearances, giving tips on where to go, how to get there, and how to make it kid-friendly. Here are some of my best tips for planning a trip and keeping the kids from whining and …

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Why Visit a West Virginia Coal Mine?

The Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley, WV is worth a stop

We all do it. We drive the same stretch of road time and again, never stopping to see what those “little brown signs” are enticing us to visit along the way. With family in Ohio, I’ve traveled from Charlotte on I-77 through West Virginia at least 50 times. I was always …

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3 Reasons Why Autumn is the Perfect Time to Learn to Ride a Motorcycle

Here I tell Good Day Charlotte why autumn is a great time to learn to ride a motorcycle

If you’ve been thinking “I need to learn how to ride a motorcycle,” autumn is the perfect season to do so. Why? Reason #1: Perfect Weather As I told Good Day Charlotte, the weather is perfect now (at least in the temperate zones like Charlotte, North Carolina). You’ll be able to …

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