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Cortney Fries (pronounced "freeze") is an award-winning Chicago-based writer, marketer, wife and mom to a sports-obsessed boy and creative little girl. Her love of travel started boating in Michigan with her grandfather. Today, Cortney enjoys nothing more than hearing her kids talk about their adventures. Cortney has overnighted in an ice hotel, biked a volcano and stayed in a treehouse. Her goal is to show her kids all 50 states and several different countries before they graduate high school. Cortney is thrilled to try new things and highly recommends taking those leaps that make you just a slight bit nervous. Follow her on Instagram at @cortneyfries.