Amy Whitley

Amy Whitley


"I strive to say 'yes' to adventures (at home and away) instead of 'no'."


Hometown: Portola, CA…if you haven’t heard of it, it’s because it’s a tiny town of 2000 in the Sierra Nevada, by Tahoe, CA.

About Me: I am a family travel and adventure travel writer based in Southern Oregon. When I’m not trying to keep up with my three boys and husband on skis and on the hiking trails, I’m traveling and writing. I write regularly for US News Travel, Huffington Post, iExplore, Outdoors NW magazine, and Southern Oregon magazine. My family travel website, Pit Stops for Kids, explores road trips, camping, outdoor adventure, and world travel with kids.

Do you have a nickname? How did you get it? Since I have a short first name, I’ve never really had a nickname and always wanted one as a kid. Maybe that’s why I gave all my kids longer, more formal names…now they each have nicknames!

Favorite Spring ’17 Aventura pieces you are looking forward to trying: I am super excited to try the newly-imagined Poet tank (one of my absolute favorite pieces from last year) and the capri skort!

Favorite Blog: National Geographic Travel

Favorite Instagrammer or Pinner: I have to give a shout-out to my 17-year-old son, who started an Instagram called Adventure.Awoken, inspired by his love of the outdoors and desire to share that love with his peers. Check it out if you have a moment!

Singing in the car or singing in the shower: Car...especially on road trips!

Best Vacation Spot: How to choose? A 'tried and true' favorite of our family is Central Oregon, where year round, we can find wonderful hiking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing amid the Sisters peaks.

Person that inspires you: My husband Charlie. He works incredibly hard and always has a vision for the future.

Favorite Book: Walden by Thoreau

What are you listening to right now? The quiet of the house as I work in the early hours.

Favorite movie of all time: Impossible to decide! First movie that comes to mind: Gone with the Wind.

Best piece of advice you ever received? My parents told me that 90% of success in life is showing up. I’ve found this to be very true…hard work and accepting challenge is a huge part of meeting my goals.

What’s the most amazing experience you’ve had in your life (besides having babies and getting married): Another tough one! Some of my most amazing experiences have been on travels with my family or work. The moments that stick out most are: watching the Eiffel Tower twinkle with my family after setting a two-year goal of visiting Europe, seeing Machu Picchu for the first time, and summiting my first 14K peak.

What’s the one thing you’re afraid of? I'm not a fan of heights. Not very original, I know.

Funny tidbit not everyone knows about you…but will now! I can’t stand watermelon!

What does #aventuralife mean to you? How do you live it?: #Aventuralife means being bold, stepping outside my comfort zone, and as I said above, showing up to the party. It means being part of my own adventure, not just dreaming about it or looking at it from the outside.