Chicago Travel and Adventure Show

A few weeks ago, we attended the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show at The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  Having never been to a travel show, we really didn’t know what to expect and were pleasantly surprised by the enormous amount of diverse exhibits featuring incredible destinations we have yet to explore in the world.  The sheer size and energy inside the arena was exhilarating!

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Brooke’s Top Ten Tips and Advice for Teens Who Want To Travel The World

Hi! It’s Brooke.

Just yesterday, a friend of mine said, “Brooke, you’re so lucky you get to travel so much.” While I am very grateful I have family that shares my passion, I really want to encourage teens who may not have family members that travel a lot, no matter the reasons.

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The Alchemist-A Novel to Inspire Wanderlust and Self-Discovery


Paul Coelho is definitely my favorite author with regards to travel and self-discovery.  He is the most translated author of all time. The Alchemist, which has sold over 65 million copies worldwide, plain and simply changed my life. Why I chose to wait to read this until now, I pondered briefly, but choosing to read this book during the most difficult point in my life made sense as it spoke to me on the most existential level. I will literally carry this book with me everywhere I go, for I know I will reread passages often.  I don’t think there is a human emotion this book did not evoke within my heart and soul. Read more