Amy Whitley

Amy Whitley


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


Hometown: Portola, CA. No, you've never heard of it. It's in the heart of the Sierras, about an hour from Reno, NV and an hour from Tahoe, CA.

About Me: I’m an outdoors and family travel writer making her home in Southern Oregon. An avid traveler, backpacker, skier, and hiker, I write about family and outdoors travel experiences ranging from yurt camping to hut-to-hut skiing to city touring for local and national publications. Passionate about families getting outdoors together, I author the NWKids column in OutdoorsNW Magazine and review gear for Practical Travel Gear, but spend most of my free time trying to keep up with my three boys in the backcountry. I’m currently an editor at Trekaroo, and founder of Pit Stops for Kids.

Do you have a nickname? How did you get it? I’ve never had one. As a kid, I longed for one, but when you try to make them up for yourself, they never stick!

Favorite Spring ’16 Aventura pieces: I fell instantly in love with the Monica fedora, which I pair with the Rory dress in warm weather. I have this dress in two colors, and think I may need a third!

Favorite Blog: National Geographic Travel

Favorite Instagrammer or Pinner: I love following CascadiaExplored, because every day, I get some Pacific Northwest eye candy!

Singing in the car or singing in the shower: In the car, hands down. How better to embarrass my teens?

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: Lately, my oldest son has inspired me greatly. At age 16, he hiked a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, and in summer 2016, he plans to complete the entirety of the Oregon portion at age 17. He loves outdoor adventure so much, he keeps a sleeping bag and backpacking stove in his car at all times. The neighbors probably think he’s homeless!

Favorite Book: If I can only pick one, it has to be Gone with the Wind.

What are you listening to right now? The sound of my chocolate labrador, Sam, begging to come into my outdoor ‘tiny’ office with me.

Favorite movie of all time: Can I be a total goofball and say Happy Gilmore?

Best piece of advice you ever received? 90% of success in life is showing up. Be in the game…whatever the game!

What’s the most amazing experience you’ve had in your life (besides having babies and getting married): Topping the list has to be the sight of Alaskan glaciers calving into the ocean from a seat on a zodiac raft with my kids.

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 love spicy foods, and have been known to put hot sauce and on just about anything and everything.

What does #aventuralife mean to you? How do you live it?: I strive to say 'yes' to adventures (at home and away) instead of 'no'. I get outside daily, whether that means a run around the neighborhood or summiting a peak. I travel multiple times per year, always seeking out new experiences, doing my best to be an advocate of exploring the world (or just your backyard) with kids.

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