Tamara Parkhurst is a staff writer for The Royal Tour. Scroll down for an index of all her articles.

Who are you and where do you live?

Hi everyone! My name is Tamara. I live in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona.

What is your favorite place you’ve been? Why?

I have not traveled to many places, and it is difficult for me to choose a favorite. Every place has its own unique qualities, after all, that is probably why I traveled there to begin with. I love Israel, deep in my heart. It is like a part of me, and has so much beauty, history, and character. There is something new to see or learn with every step and while Israelis can be, well, “stiff-necked”, their propensity for kindness towards strangers is amazing. I loved living there and I am always longing to go back.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Since I have not traveled too much, there are several places I would like to visit. For now, I would like to keep it kind of local and visit some of the US National Parks that I have yet to see (which is probably most of them). I know there are many parks within driving distance from Phoenix, plus I love exploring a new place and learning about it through living an active life.

What is one thing you’d never travel without?

I never travel without my family! It’s more fun to travel with family than alone…at least for me.

A Quick Family Trip to Sedona