About Up Up & Aways


about up up and aways

This is a blog dedicated to all things adventure, which can include travel, kids and my journey as a proud working mom. Often times, I find my inspiration to explore new places through design, blogs and conversations – so this is a place where tips and experiences are going to be shared. I hope it can be helpful to those looking for information and enjoyable for those of us who like to look at pretty pictures.


who am i?

My name is Kari Shimmel. I am a wife, mom, friend, traveler, ad girl and designer. My husband, Doug, and I love to explore new places and will plan adventures that can last for a few hours to a few weeks. Doug is spontaneous, thoughtful and always makes me smile. We have been married for 13 (wonderful) years and along the way I started to make travel guides for our trips (after a “what do you want to do” filled weekend in Toronto). We now use these guides to help us have options for where to eat, stay and what to do wherever we are exploring. It’s my attempt at successful spontaneity. We live in Michigan, right outside of Detroit and we have a miniature dachshund, Cole who often accompanies us on our adventures. Our daughter, Maggie, is a spirited three year old who loves to travel as much as we do.

When I am not traveling, I am a strategist at an ad agency and absolutely love what I do and the people I work with.


contact me

You can send me an email or direct message me at Twitter: @KariShimmel


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