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Meet some of our trekaroo contributing authors, intrepid travelers, and adventuresome parents.  Yes.  You CAN travel with kids, we do!

LiLing PangLiLing Pang (194)

LiLing Pang is Co-founder and CEO of Trekaroo . She is a mom to two boys and a girl (13, 11, and 3) currently traveling through Central America. Together with her husband, Brennan Pang, they hatched the idea of Trekaroo one summer day along the California coast while searching for the best kid-friendly tide pool near La Jolla with their curious 2.5 year old.

Brennan PangBrennan Pang (18)

Brennan Pang is Co-founder of Trekaroo. He is a father to 2 boys and a girl and loves exploring and adventure travel. He is currently slow traveling through Central America with his family.

Sharlene EarnshawSharlene Earnshaw (339)

Sharlene Earnshaw is Trekaroo’s Editor in Chief. She lives in sunny Orange County, CA, with her husband and 10-year-old son and daughter (twins!). She is a self-proclaimed National Park junkie and has the goal of visiting each and every one with her kids. When she isn't traveling to places like Norway, Peru, Disney World, and Hawaii with her family, she enjoys hiking, beach days, obsessively rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, and planning her brood's next trip.

Katie BodellKatie Bodell (168)

Katie Bodell is Trekaroo’s Blog Editor, a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. She loves the Bible, learning & research, musical theater, indy music, artsy films, languages, and diverse cultural encounters. Her husband is thankful that google can now answer all of her perpetual random questions.

Find her on Twitter.

Heather ErquiagaHeather Erquiaga (41)

Heather Erquiaga is Trekaroo’s Assistant Blog Editor. She can usually be found on Southern California’s trails with her husband and two boys. Her family is on a mission to earn as many Jr. Ranger Badges as possible. In winter, chances are she’s obsessively checking the weather for a chance of snow while curled up with a good book. Follow her travels on Instagram.

Tina BuellTina Buell (73)

Tina Buell is Trekaroo's Social Media and Marketing Manager. She is the mom of a little ray of son-shine.

Amy WhitleyAmy Whitley (96)

Amy Whitley is a travel writer and editor at Trekaroo. She is the founder of family travel website Pit Stops for Kids, the mom of three boys, and an outdoor adventure writer for OutdoorsNW Magazine.

Ann AndersonAnn Anderson (33)

Ann Anderson is Trekaroo’s Utah Guroo, and Mom of 3 little explorers. Her family loves road trips, National Parks, and any place off the beaten path. She lives for three day weekends where her family can be found in their packed SUV on another great adventure.

Janel MurrayJanel Murray (17)

Janel Murray is Trekaroo's Assistant Blog Editor and video go-to-gal. Her passion for travel and capturing it on film, pushes her to try and do new things along with her two children. Janel is game for most anything, but if it truly is a game, she will try to win it. Read more about her adventures at her personal blog

Keryn MeansKeryn Means (5)

Keryn Means is a freelance writer and founder of, a site that gives hope to today’s modern parent who doesn’t want to stop their lives; they simply bring their kids along for the ride.You can find Keryn dragging her two boys around Seattle most days and across the globe several times a year.
Find her on Google+.

Li-Er HansonLi-Er Hanson (6)

Li-Er does business development for Trekaroo. Having been shaped by significant travel experiences growing up in Singapore with an adventurous father, inspires her to take her own 3 on the road. She particularly loves being camping and being in nature now that she lives in the Pacific Northwest but loves all the culture and buzz that cities offer.

Sarah KuoSarah Kuo (6)

Sarah Kuo is Trekaroo's assistant blog editor, a classically trained pianist, and an aspiring fiction writer. She is a born and bred Northeasterner, but recently transplanted to the United States of Texas with her loyal Yankees-fan husband and their three rambunctious kids. She loves exploring new places and writing about the journey she takes in life's grand adventure.

Michelle McCoyMichelle McCoy (196)

Michelle McCoy is Trekaroo’s Lead Guroo. She and her husband love traveling to National Parks and going camping, but when life with 4 young kids keeps them home - especially now with a high schooler - they find their fun in traveling to the local beaches in Orange County, CA and hiking in the wilderness areas nearby.

Kristine DworkinKristine Dworkin (42)

Kristine Dworkin is Trekaroo’s Northern California Destination Guroo and mom to a gifted girl athlete and a special needs charmer. Like almost everything in her house, traveling is a competitive sport (I'm getting on the plane, I'm getting on the plane first!). With a triathlete, a soccer star, and a baseball player in the house what else could one expect? Since her active family obviously doesn't do sitting still very well, they're always out exploring the world.

Carrie YuCarrie Yu (40)

Carrie Yu is Trekaroo’s Washington/Oregon Destination Guroo. She’s also a mom to two kids, ages 6 and 8, and a blogger writing at

Cheryl EugenioCheryl Eugenio (31)

Cheryl Eugenio is Trekaroo's Midwest Guroo, When she’s not busy running after her two young boys and girl, blogging at O the Places We Go, and planning their family’s next adventure, she’s enjoying the suburbanite life in her wee ‘lil suburb outside of Chicago.

Michelle BrennanMichelle Brennan (53)

Michelle Brennan is Trekaroo’s New England Destination Guroo. She and her husband are Yankee born and raised and are loving life as they raise their 3 children in New England. They love to learn through travel and head out on excursions whenever possible.The suitcases are always packed....literally!!!!

Amanda WilliamsAmanda Williams (43)

Amanda Williams is a Midwest Guroo and our resident Gear Guroo. She is the proud mama of two boys (5 and 1) and writes about her outdoorsy, rural adventures Field Guide to Parenting Outside. She and her husband love to travel, near or far, by boat, plane, foot or car (and of course with the boys in tow!) If they aren't on an outdoor excursion someplace, they are busy reading up on where they will go next! Natural resources professionals by training, the children of this pair are obligate outdoorsmen and you'll find the family frequenting the nation's public lands often!

Sharon RigneySharon Rigney (29)

Sharon Rigney (aka msrigs) is a Trekaroo Destination Guroo and a Bucks County, Pennsylvania-based writer and mother to a daughter and two sons, ages 10-16. She and her family welcome the opportunity to travel and try new things, sometimes close to home and sometimes just a little out of their comfort zone just to shake things up. Her kids are so used to her reviewer's eye, that their first question when something notable happens on vacation is usually "so are you going to write about that"?

Marisa LangfordMarisa Langford (26)

Marisa Langford is Trekaroo's Destination Guroo for the state of Florida and the author of Tampa Mama & Fit Kids Playground, websites dedicated to helping families push away the screen through family travel and fun, healthy travel tips. She is a busy Mom to 4 young kids and loves living in Tampa where the weather is always beautiful and a vacation is only 30 minutes away. On a constant search for adventures with kids, she can be found out and about with her husband and 4 kids in tow, enjoying family time together.

Karyn LockeKaryn Locke (26)

Karyn Locke is Trekaroo's Social Media Guroo and Mid-America Guroo. A former military brat who caught the travel bug at a very early age, Karyn loves road tripping with her husband and teen daughter and writing about her travels from small town Ohio at Sand and Snow...and everywhere in between!

Melissa MooreMelissa Moore (39)

Melissa Moore is Trekaroo's Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia Guroo and mom to two energetic young children who wake up at the crack of dawn asking, "Where are we going today?" Being a Coast Guard wife gives her a new "hometown” to explore and a cross country road-trip to plan every few years. Recently, she left her native California behind and now has the privilege of introducing her kids to all the history that the Nation's Capital has to offer.

Jennifer ParkersonJennifer Parkerson (5)

Jennifer Parkerson is a Trekaroo Guroo located in sunny Florida. She, her husband and two boys, enjoy playing outdoors exploring new places and making new friends! Being a homeschooling mom, she considers travel a perfect extension of her children's education.

Find her on Google+

Nicole Dodson-SandsNicole Dodson-Sands (0)

Nicole Dodson-Sands is a Trekaroo Superoo located in Albuquerque, NM. As a child in a military family she traveled and moved quite often setting the standard for adventure but the desire for stability. She settled in New Mexico 21 years ago where she now resides with her Colorado born husband and their 5 children. They love to travel, explore new things, and get those kids out of the house. Each trip is used as an opportunity to start planning the next one.

Tiffany VaughnTiffany Vaughn (18)

Tiffany Vaughn is the one of the Destination Guroos for the 4-Corner States, specifically Utah and Arizona. She is also an avid explorer of local and remote destinations. She and her five kids enjoy tagging along with Dad on business trips to find new adventures. She believes that there are always new experiences to discover, even in your home town.

Elizabeth BickfordElizabeth Bickford (16)

Elizabeth Bickford is a mother of two little girls aged 6 and 4. They take pleasure in living in beautiful Southern California. As a family they enjoy traveling and taking time to explore as a family. They enjoy sharing their discoveries and providing insights on places to go and activities to try. Find her at My SoCal Travels

Jordyn CoffinJordyn Coffin (8)

Jordyn Coffin is a full-time mom, homeschooler and blogger. She has been married for 17 years and has six adventurous kids (five girls and one boy) that love to travel and explore almost as much as she does. In her “spare time” she blogs about travel, recipes and life with six kids on her blog Almost Supermom

Jen ReyneriJen Reyneri (2)

Jen Reyneri is our Educational Travel Guroo, and exists to boldly excite, ignite, and inspire others in their journeys, on and off the road. Busy homeschooling mom of two daring boys, she is a popular speaker and she her husband Luis lead a local stewardship ministry, hitting the road or the air whenever possible. Jen is the founder of, a faith and family travel community, helping families find creative and educational ways to travel on a budget. She inspires others to GO! Jen is passionate about poetry and training up the next generation of leaders.

Tarlie HarrisTarlie Harris (5)

Tarlie Harris is a homeschooling mom of two awesome travelling companions, with a husband who does his best to be supportive of her travel addiction. She is always planning their next trip - aiming to make books, movies, history and art come alive - and writing about the last one. She currently lives in Austin, TX and loves to soak up all the sun, hiking, swimming and live music it can throw her way. She was raised in the deep south and spent a decade in New York City so both of those places will always claim a piece of her heart as well.