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.