Welcome to The Walking Mermaid

The Walking Mermaid is an outdoor family travel blog. It is focused on inspiring other families to disconnect from their daily lives and to reconnect through nature. My blog shares a variety of blog posts and guides to help your family get outdoors and plan your trips safely. I also share gear reviews to help you explore with the best gear and products out there that we personally tested, trust, and love.

Unlike most family travel blogs, I also like to share blogging tips to help other outdoor bloggers get their journey. I highly believe that when we work together we can accomplish many things. I hope that through my tips and resources other bloggers can inspire other families to travel outdoors too.

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Hi there, I'm Jessica!

I am the story teller behind The Walking Mermaid. I am a wife and mother to two beautiful girls. A coffee addict and wine lover. I also have a huge love for the mountains and the the ocean. Through my blog I hope to inspire families to spend more time outdoors. My goal is to create family friendly outdoor travel guides to share with you. This way you can safely explore outdoors with your own family and even visit the places I’ve been to.

I am currently based out of the state of Tennessee. I love to explore through the southeast of the United States. It has a lot to offer but so does our entire country. Our main goal as a family is to travel to all 50 states and even the world if the opportunity presents itself.

Hi there, I'm Jessica!

I am the story teller behind The Walking Mermaid. I am a wife and mother to two beautiful girls. A coffee addict and wine lover. I also have a huge love for the mountains and the the ocean. Through my blog I hope to inspire families to spend more time outdoors. My goal is to create family friendly outdoor travel guides to share with you. This way you can safely explore outdoors with your own family and even visit the places I’ve been to.

I am currently based out of the state of Tennessee. I love to explore through the southeast of the United States. It has a lot to offer but so does our entire country. Our main goal as a family is to travel to all 50 states and even the world if the opportunity presents itself.

Latest on the blog!

photo of the islands at sunrise from the lanikai pillboxes

Guide to Lanikai Pillbox Hike in Oahu, Hawaii

If you are looking for the perfect sunrise hike then Lanikai Pillbox hike is the place to go. This stunning hiking trail is filled with stunning views of Lanikai and Kailua including the picturesque Mokulua Islands. The small town of Lanikai in Oahu, Hawaii is probably by far one of my favorite places on the entire island. The water is a gorgeous turquoise color just like you see in the vacation magazines and it’s so clear. Just absolutely gorgeous. This destination is definitely one that you don’t want to miss if you are visiting the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

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Sunset at Treasure Island beach.

Ultimate Guide to Treasure Island, Florida – A Couple’s Weekend Getaway

Treasure Island is filled with many things to do. It is a perfect couples getaway that is located close to the Tampa Bay and St. Pete area in Central Florida. This little beach vacation destination is such a relaxing spot to unwind, be romantic, and enjoy some local food and drinks. This is probably one of the nicest islands in Florida to visit in this side of the state. In this travel guide you will learn how to plan a beautiful romantic getaway to Treasure Island Florida. 

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Log Cabin Christmas Featuring chrismtas stocking stuffer ideas for campers and hikers

Best Outdoor Stocking Stuffers for Hikers and Campers

The madness of the holidays has arrived. I am here to help you find the best stocking stuffers for hikers, campers, and any outdoor enthusiasts in your life. These items will sure put a smile on your face. In this gift guide you can find so many things to help make their outdoor adventures more fun, safe, cozy, and memorable.

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Latest on the blog!

photo of the islands at sunrise from the lanikai pillboxes

Guide to Lanikai Pillbox Hike in Oahu, Hawaii

If you are looking for the perfect sunrise hike then Lanikai Pillbox hike is the place to go. This stunning hiking trail is filled with stunning views of Lanikai and Kailua including the picturesque Mokulua Islands. The small town of Lanikai in Oahu, Hawaii is probably by far one of my favorite places on the entire island. The water is a gorgeous turquoise color just like you see in the vacation magazines and it’s so clear. Just absolutely gorgeous. This destination is definitely one that you don’t want to miss if you are visiting the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

Read More »
Sunset at Treasure Island beach.

Ultimate Guide to Treasure Island, Florida – A Couple’s Weekend Getaway

Treasure Island is filled with many things to do. It is a perfect couples getaway that is located close to the Tampa Bay and St. Pete area in Central Florida. This little beach vacation destination is such a relaxing spot to unwind, be romantic, and enjoy some local food and drinks. This is probably one of the nicest islands in Florida to visit in this side of the state. In this travel guide you will learn how to plan a beautiful romantic getaway to Treasure Island Florida. 

Read More »
Log Cabin Christmas Featuring chrismtas stocking stuffer ideas for campers and hikers

Best Outdoor Stocking Stuffers for Hikers and Campers

The madness of the holidays has arrived. I am here to help you find the best stocking stuffers for hikers, campers, and any outdoor enthusiasts in your life. These items will sure put a smile on your face. In this gift guide you can find so many things to help make their outdoor adventures more fun, safe, cozy, and memorable.

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Artistic photo of hiking boots by the water surrounded by yellow, red, and orange, autumn leaves.

Exploring Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

Autumn is such a perfect time to go on a trip to Shawnee National Forest. This beautiful national forest in Illinois is perfect for camping and hiking offering some very stunning views and gorgeous hiking trails. In this travel guide I will be going over the best things to do at Shawnee National Forest, the hiking trails we did, best places to visit in the forest, and much more. I will also be including a detailed itinerary and packing tips for this trip.

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This planner includes packing lists, itinerary, camp planning, meal planning, hiking planning, & much more. You will also receive full access to our “Resource Library” created only for our TWM Tribe Members. By subscribing to our email list you will receive a variety of outdoor activities, camping and hiking resources, and much more. 

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Join our Tribe!

Subscribe to our email list and receive this 21 PAGE CAMPING TRIP PLANNER!

This planner includes packing lists, itinerary, camp planning, meal planning, hiking planning, & much more. You will also receive full access to our “Resource Library” created only for our TWM Tribe Members. By subscribing to our email list you will receive a variety of outdoor activities, camping and hiking resources, and much more. 

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