Hello! My name is Jill Coody Smits, and I am a freelance writer based in Austin. I haven’t crossed enough borders to call myself a world traveler, but I’ve been lucky enough to see some beautiful and enlightening places, and won the lottery when I met my husband in a New Zealand youth hostel in 1994. Here we are in a blurry photo a few days after we met:

After a good deal of back and forth travel, and far too much angsting over our four-year long-distance relationship, we got married in 2000. Here we are at our wedding in Vreeland, Holland:

We’re a little older now, and have a daughter to boot. We still love to travel, though, and are doing our best to give Stella the travel bug, so we can one day live vicariously through her adventures. Here she is a several ago, exploring near Tulum, Mexico:

And here we all are, on a 2011 trip to Paris.

Of course, not all of our travels take us outside the U.S., and many of them don’t even take us out of the state. But you don’t have to travel far to have a great family vacation, you just have to pack up some stuff and your sense of humor and go somewhere. Anywhere. That’s all there is to it.

Thanks very much for traveling to my blog. If you’re interested in reading some of my more official work, check out these recent clips on Social Climbers and Overachievers from Psychology Today magazine, or visit me at blueseedcommunications.com.

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  1. Hi, Jill, what a great blog. When I read about your blog on Melissa Wilson’s Facebook, it brought back memories of you at TMA. I am not in Vancouver, British Columbia – another place you might consider exploring someday. What a wild and naturally beautiful place this is. Best of luck in your travels!

    • Thanks, Connie! Yes-I have good memories of TMA, and have some great friends from there. Lucky you, living in a beautiful place like Vancouver! I’ve been as far as Cascades National Park and the San Juan Islands, but never there. However, based on knowledge gleaned from several episodes of International House Hunters, it seems like an idyllic place to live. 😉

      Thanks so much for checking out my blog, and for commenting.

  2. Hi, thinking of going to Tulum with our 2 year old… deciding between all inclusive Dreams Tulum or a very cool Air bnb that is 90 feet away from Las Ranitas Eco lodge with access to their beach… Now I’m all nervous about my little guy getting sick! Maybe being able to cook part of the time is a good thing?

    • Hello, and thanks so much for your comment. I’m very sorry for the late reply! We actually stayed at Dreams, and enjoyed the ease of the all-inclusive, especially since our trip was really just a long weekend with little time for renting a car, buying groceries, etc. I honestly don’t know what made us sick, so can’t point the finger at the food. In hindsight, and now that our daughter is older, I think we’d go for the Airbnb…Las Ranitas looks amazing! You’ll have fun no matter what, though, so enjoy your trip whatever you decide! Thank you, again, for reading and engaging.

  3. I enjoyed your piece on tradition. We are also lovers of CB (we are up here right now) and I was searching for a Facebook group or something linking together all the Texans who consider the butte their home away from home. I would enjoy visiting about our CB connection. Their are many ways we can support CB without imposing Texas upon its charm. There are many Texans already doing so but it would be interesting to afford them the possibility of a more concerted effort.

    • Hi Troy. Thank you for commenting! I’m a little jealous that you’re in Crested Butte right now as I enjoy it most in the summer. I would be happy to chat with you anytime and hear what you have in mind. We try to be good guests when we visit, but I’m sure the influx from the south is double edged for many.

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