WHY WANDER?

It’s what I do.

I spend my days as a homeschooling mom and travel expert either planning travel or traveling with my family.  I’m a wanderer.

My musings range from days at Disney World to national and state parks with beach and museum days in between.

I’m Portia. My family includes my husband of (almost) 25 years and our five children.  But mostly, you’ll find photos of where we wander and our youngest 2 adventurers, Parker & Piper.

We travel family style, often looking for the best deals while also finding adventure for free.  We go exploring on nature walks through parks, preserves, trails, and conservation areas wherever we happen to be.

Family. Travel. Photography.

7 Things We Do To Make Travel Easier

We go with the flow. We travel when the travel price is right.  I look for what’s on sale and then see if I can make it work, starting with flight price alerts and budget airlines.
I book hotels in advance as soon as I have the flight details arranged, if it’s booked too late, prices usually increase as the date gets closer but that’s not set in stone either.
We use our loyalty programs and rewards, religiously. ***That means freebies!***
We drive to most things under 6 hours in travel time and walk as much as possible once we arrive.
I look for attractions starting with lowest price, hopefully free first. Then, I carefully plan the “can’t miss” splurges.
Memberships – they make it easy to visit more for free wherever you go.
Always carry baby wipes and sunglasses, I don’t know how you’re living without those 2 things.

I have been planning travel for family and friends for almost 20 years, it started when I was a reservationist in 2000 at a small dotcom company no longer in existence today.  As an adult, I have dabbled in a few careers including helpdesk, ESL teacher, and real estate sales.  Travel has always been a passion of mine and I’ve always routinely come back to it.

I was dreaming of places to go long before I could ever even afford a postcard of them.  I am especially passionate about family travel and enjoying new experiences with those you love.  For that reason, I focus on affordable travel and making the impossible become a reality.  There is no finer moment than the one when you’re standing in a place you thought you’d only ever see in pictures.  It’s even more beautiful when you get to share that moment with others.

My specialties are cruising the Caribbean and Disney World.  Locally, I enjoy all parts of Florida and can point you to lots of Florida’s treasures.

Portia O’Laughlin

Florida Seller of Travel Ref. No. ST15578
Travel Leaders Network
Travel Leaders Network

Travel Leaders Network

Southwest Vacations
Southwest Vacations

Southwest Vacations

Certified Orlando Expert
Certified Orlando Expert

Certified Orlando Expert

Goway
Goway

Goway

Funjet Vacations
Funjet Vacations

Funjet Vacations

Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale

Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Cruise Lines

Where We've Been

Where are we going?
  • Everywhere else
  • Sooner or Later

Thanks for wandering with us…