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About Paige Conner Totaro, The Startup Travel Mama

Paige Conner Totaro likes to help make dreams come true, whether helping people start businesses or helping people plan the trip of a lifetime. She made her own dream come true by taking a trip around the world with her husband and twin daughters in 2012 and is always planning the next adventure in travel or business (or both). Paige was a founder of Misra Records and Unquote Travel, a founding board member of the arts organization, Transformer, in Washington, DC; and a longtime board member and director of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. Paige is a fan of Scandinavian design, Ethiopian food, Arab hospitality, Japanese vintage stores, Brazilian music and Thai beaches, but also American craft beer, garage rock and roller derby. Can you see why her travel company is called All Over the Map? Connect with Paige on Instagram at @alloverthemap.

6 Halloween Cocktail Recipes To Die For

There’s something in the air, and we don’t just mean the leaves blowing off the trees. Spirits seem to swirl around us in October. Or maybe it’s the spirits we’re stirring up here, in our roundup of Halloween cocktail recipes. We asked bartenders to tell us about their favorite cocktails for the spookiest time of year. Replicate them if […]

Best Fall Cocktail Recipes in the USA

All over the United States, as summer slips into her fall sweaters and wraps up against the coming chill, bartenders create tasty libations to warm us from the inside. Join us on a tour of the country’s best fall cocktail recipes. Northeastern Fall Cocktail Recipes Autumn’s Ambrosia from Crimson & Rye in New York, New York “Autumn […]

Your First Camping Trip ~ What to Buy and What to Borrow

Camping can seem overwhelming for first timers. You probably don’t even know where to start and what gear you will need. Not to worry! You need not invest hundreds of dollars in equipment. Here’s what to buy and what to borrow for your first camping trip. Buy a sleeping bag You’ll probably want to buy your own sleeping bag. […]

8 Best Business Books for Women

You’ve got great business ideas. And you have the skills to implement them. But do you know where to start and how to get your ideas heard? It’s time to put your business plans into action. Or maybe it’s time to start your own business and be your own boss. This carefully curated list of business books for […]

Are You Ready to Turn Your Hobby into a Business?

So you want to turn your hobby into a business. Maybe you’re seeking a side hustle to supplement your income, or you want to dump your day job in favor of something more fulfilling. Perhaps you’ve been told by friends that you could sell those delicious cookies of yours. Or your husband thinks your should start charging […]

Save Your Holiday Season Sanity with this Simple Trick

Did you ever have a year when you just couldn’t get your act together to buy a Christmas tree, let alone decorate it? The holidays can be overwhelming with so many to-dos to accomplish, and pressure to feel jolly all the while. Before your “ho ho hos” and “fa la las” turn into “no no nos,” try […]

Fluffy Pumpkin Muffins Recipe with a Surprising Ingredient

You’ll never guess the secret ingredient of these impossibly light and fluffy pumpkin muffins…prunes! You might ask, “How could muffins made with whole wheat flour, pumpkin, and PRUNES be fluffy forcryingoutloud?!” Well, you would not be the first to question this. But trust me. You will be amazed and delighted by this fluffy pumpkin muffins recipe! Not a […]

5 Destinations that Feel Like Europe in North America

Do you have the itch to travel to Europe but your bank account doesn’t have enough scratch? Want to go somewhere that feels foreign without taking an overnight flight? You don’t have to leave North America to reach some great locales that will make you feel like you’ve crossed the Atlantic. Instead, travel to these five destinations that feel […]

Yucatan Hacienda Hotels ~ The Ultimate in Luxury and Service

Built by Spanish colonials in the 16th Century, haciendas once served as large plantations in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Today many have been transformed into luxurious Yucatan hacienda hotels and rental homes. At least 30 haciendas remain in the region, including the five incredible Starwood-owned properties: San Jose, Santa Rosa, Puerta Campeche, Uayamon, and Temozon. These hacienda hotels bring the best of […]

Best Free Music Festivals for Families in the USA

You’ve got a blanket spread on the grass, a picnic basket full of treats and maybe, if the venue allows it, a box of wine in the cooler. Your kids are dancing to the sounds coming through the speakers and you can just see the band at the source through the crowd as the sun […]

Planning a College Tour with Your Teen

You know it’s coming. One of these days those little fledglings of yours are going to leave the nest. For many of us, that means they’ll be going to college. And college doesn’t just happen. There are many, many steps along the path to college, and I’m here to help you with one of them: […]