Enjoy Life’s Journey Every Day with Travel Mamas At Home – Introducing Our New Bloggers!

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Travel Mamas recently expanded to include stories not only about travel, but also about making the most of life’s every day journey via our lifestyle segment, Travel Mamas At Home. We’ve added two fabulous writers to our team to bring you stories about home life, entertainment, food, drinks, health, beauty, fashion, technology and, of course, traveling the world. Get to know the new Travel Mamas At Home bloggers with this fun Q&A!

Enjoy life's journey every day! Get to know the Travel Mamas At Home Bloggers

Bryan Richards, The Hungry Travel Daddy

What is your favorite thing about being a parent?

Baby giggles and snuggles. Can he stay this age forever?

What is the best gift you ever gave or received?

Before we embarked on the journey of parenthood, my wife and I decided to forgo Christmas gifts and instead spent the money on an African safari. I think we may have spent more on the trip than those gifts would have cost, but it was so worth it.

What was your favorite toy as a child?

Matchbox cars! I would play with them on the floor for hours and hours. They were my favorite because I could play with them on the garage floor while my Dad was restoring real cars.

What is your favorite drink and why?

Craft beer. I’ve been drinking since it craft breweries were called microbreweries. (I may not have been 21 yet either…) Yes, I was the weirdo who would bring “good beer” to fraternity parties. I loved the artistry of it over wine.

What is your favorite beauty product and why?

I own 15 plain black t-shirts. You’re going to see a lot of photos of me in them. They make Hungry Travel Daddy falsely look like Skinny Travel Daddy.

More about The Hungry Travel Daddy

Bryan Richards began his blog, The Wandering Gourmand, to document his culinary adventures with his wife around the world (and around the kitchen). During the first eight years of their marriage, they followed their taste buds across five continents, 20 countries, and 71 cities and drank plenty of beer along the way. Then Deacon was born, and they’re learning how to incorporate their son into their culinary adventures. Currently, Bryan balances his role as stay-at-home dad to a toddler with his novel writing and freelance gigs covering craft beer, food, and travel. Follow his adventures on Twitter and SnapChat.

The Travel Daddy Bryan Richards and his son

The Travel Daddy Bryan Richards and his son (Photo credit: Bryan Richards)

Shobha George, The Expat Travel Mama 

What’s your favorite thing about being a parent?

Constant entertainment in the form of children’s antics. There’s never a dull moment in our home!

What’s your favorite TV show?

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

What’s your favorite food?

New York pizza. I can live on the stuff. In fact, in law school I pretty much did.

What’s your favorite tech gadget?

I love my iPhone. I resisted for so long and now I wonder at all the years I wasted without receiving every email on time and photographing everything I ate. Will I ever get those years back? Sadly, no.

Where’s your dream destination?

I would love to do a road trip through New Zealand. Ever since I saw Lord of The Rings, I’ve been smitten with the landscape.

More about The Expat Travel Mama

Shobha lives in London, England with her husband, two children (boy/girl twins, aged 10) and dog. Although she grew up in New York, she has spent most of her adult life as an expat in Asia and Europe, which has been a great help in feeding her travel addiction. She and her family enjoy nice hotels, good food and other creature comforts. She is the author of the Just Go Places blog. You can follow her adventures on Instagram or on Facebook.

The Expat Travel Mama Shobha George with her husband and two kids ~ Get to Know the Travel Mamas At Home Bloggers

The Expat Travel Mama Shobha George with her husband and two kids (Photo credit: Just Go Places)

Paige Conner Totaro, The Startup Travel Mama

What is your favorite thing about being a parent?

My favorite thing about being a parent, aside from the hugs and love, is watching my kids become independent. I could not be prouder than when I see them advocating for themselves.

What is your favorite movie?

One of my favorite movies is an old one called A Little Romance, starring Diane Lane as a brainy teenager who finds a soul mate in Paris, with Sir Laurence Oliver as a sort of matchmaker/angel who facilitates a romantic escapade in Venice. It made me fall in love with France and Italy long before I ever saw them in person.

What was your favorite toy as a child?

Probably my shortwave radio. I loved picking up staticky broadcasts from around the world.

What is your favorite beauty product?

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. It’s the only eyeliner I can apply perfectly and won’t smudge all over by the end of the day.

What is your dream destination?

My favorite destinations usually involve beaches and clear blue water and very little else – like Koh Jum, Thailand; Vieques, Puerto Rico; the beaches near Cartagena, Colombia. I’m dying to get to the Cook Islands someday!

More about The Startup Travel Mama

Paige 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 and Pinterest.

The Startup Travel Mama Paige Connor Totaro enjoying the street art in Melbourne, Australia ~ Get to Know the Travel Mamas At Home Bloggers

The Startup Travel Mama Paige Conner Totaro enjoying the street art in Melbourne, Australia (Photo credit: Paige Conner Totaro)

Read more about our new Travel Mamas At Home bloggers and the rest of the Travel Mamas Team now!

Do you have any questions for the new Travel Mamas At Home bloggers? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: The top photo was purchased from Canva.com. This story originally went live in May 2016 and was updated in August 2016 to reflect changes to our team of contributors.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. Paige Conner Totaro says:

    I am so excited to be a Travel Mama! Can’t wait to get some stories up for you!

  2. Welcome to the team everyone!

  3. Jessie Voigts says:

    What great new additions! Can’t wait to read.

  4. Lyla Gleason, The Globetrotting Travel Mama says:

    So excited to expand our great team. Welcome aboard everyone!!

  5. So proud to be a part of this great group of ladies and writers! Onwards and upwards Travel Mamas!

  6. Welcome new mamas! Looking forward to hearing their perspective!

  7. Looks like a great team!

  8. Bryan, will black t-shirts really make me look skinnier? I’m going to buy 20 today…and a case of craft beer! Shobha, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is an awesome show…I like you already! Paige, a lawyer blogger with dreams of traveling…you and I have a lot in common! Welcome new Travel bloggers…I’m looking forward to reading all your posts!

  9. Deb Grossfield says:

    These are terrific additions to your blog. I look forward to reading!

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