Two Kids and a Map: 500 Posts Later

This post marks the 500th post on Two Kids and a Map.

500 posts!

That is almost 4 years of writing.

For the past week or so, I have been trying to think of something profound to write about in my 500th post.  I thought about waxing poetic about how travel has changed me and my family.   I thought about sharing how keeping up this site has helped me prioritize my life and spending habits.  It has enabled us to do things we might not have done otherwise and has opened up some great opportunities for me.  I am proud to share how we travel on a budget because, let’s face it, just about everyone is on a budget these days.

This is the 500th post and I felt it should be something special.   As I paged through the posts, it was great remembering each travel moment I wrote about.  Some of the writing I am so proud of…other posts remind me of how far I have come since I started sharing my words on the Internet.  After all that, I decided that I was going to be a little selfish and I am going to share some of my favorite posts from the past three and a half years of blogging.

Bear with me…it was hard to choose!  It has been a long road!

I am a Southern Transplant – In which I admit to the entire world and myself that I am a California girl turned southern belle who accepts her CA/southern accent, love for men who wear their baseball hats properly turned to the front, and sweet tea.

Traveling with Kids – Travel Mishaps and Disasters – I can’t believe I wrote this post almost two years ago.  It is time to fess up about some of the disastrous moments we have had since then!

The Prettiest Place I Know – We made a trip up to Ashland, TN to visit a dear family member who was very ill.  I cried the entire time I wrote this post about arriving at one of my husband’s favorite childhood spots and rereading it still brings tears to my eyes.

Clean Beaches on the Gulf Coast – I don’t typically get controversial around here.  I don’t voice my political opinion and I realize that everyone has a different experience.  I may have loved something you hated and vice versa.  I try to always find the good in something but when I wrote this post about the BP oil spill washing up on our beautiful sands, my heart was heavy.

Photo Opportunities – This was a Photo Friday in which I share my family’s love for photo cutouts!

The Power of the Grocery Store – In all of our traveling, we have discovered that a stop at a grocery store or market can teach us a lot about a city.  It is also a great place to pick up souvenirs.

Photo Session in a Hotel Room – No…not that kind of photo session! We found that a hotel room with big bright windows and a beautiful headboard was the perfect setting for a family photo shoot.

Zermatt, Switzerland and the Matterhorn: Living out #4 of my Bucket List – I have been fascinated with the Matterhorn since teaching Banner in the Sky to a group of 7th graders.  After several years of reading everything I could about it, I finally got to see the Matterhorn for myself.

Traveling Mom, Traveling Daughter – I look back on my childhood and share how my mother influenced me and my love for travel, all things road trip, and getting lost along the way.

New Orleans As Seen Through My 6 Year Old’s Eyes – The last time we were in New Orleans, I turned the camera over to my son.  He caught some great pictures and took my favorite picture of myself.

A Visit to Haunama Bay 21 Years Apart – I get to revisit one of my favorite memories from living in Hawaii (even though I wasn’t a big fan of swimming with the fishies back then or now!).

A Quiet Moment at Manoa Falls – My husband and I wandered on a hike in the middle of a rainforest and for the most part, we were completely alone.

Priceline – Our Experience – It had been years since I tried Priceline.  We got a great hotel room at an even better rate and I share how it happened.

Trip Expenses – 5 Day Road Trip to Asheville, North Carolina – I kept a running tally of every dime we spent on our trip int his hugely popular post.  I have been meaning to do this again, but just haven’t gotten around to it.  I am going to add posts like this to my calendar.


  1. 1

    Congratulations on your 500th post!! Now I need to read some of these posts that I missed the first time around! 🙂

  2. 2

    What a perfect way to celebrate the big 5-0-0! I’ve loved your blog from the moment I discovered it and always look forward to seeing a new post pop up in my feeder. Cheers to another 500!

  3. 3

    Yay! Congrats! See you next month!

  4. 4

    Great job on your achievement! It is amazing when you think about it that there is actually that much stuff to talk about (and that people want to read about). Good luck in the future!

  5. 5

    Congratulations on 500 posts worth of great reading. Looking forward to being able to congratulate you on #1000.

  6. 6

    Congratulation!! It’s a HUGE milestone especially in blogging. It has been great following along your journey and hope for many years and posts to come. 🙂

  7. 7

    btw, love the poop/vomit story!!! so funny 🙂

  8. 8

    Thanks so much everyone! I appreciate you coming along for the ride with me!