Unique Travel Opportunities with Voluntourism

Travel is a win. Volunteering is a win. Travel+Volunteering is a win+win.   “Voluntourism” a simple equation, but one I feel like too few people take advantage of. So I’m aiming to share my experiences and maybe help you brainstorm the broader possibilities for your next trip.   Over the past 11 years, I’ve taken… Read more »

Podcast Episode #30: BONUS Episode: Our Three-Week Southeast Asia Adventure

If you aren’t following us on Instagram, you may or may not know that we just came home from a dream three-week trip in Southeast Asia. I say dream trip because we have been working on this one for awhile. Since as far back as I have been traveling, I have wanted to visit this area… Read more »

VIDEO: The Perfect Great Lakes National Parks Road Trip

We’ve mentioned before that our trip to all 59 National Parks only lengthened our list of must-see spots around the U.S. The only National Parks in the Great Lakes region are Voyageurs in MN, Isle Royale in MI and Cuyahoga Valley near Cleveland. So we missed a lot of great spots. We decided before our… Read more »

Podcast Episode #29: Luxury in the National Parks, ft. Virgin Islands and Kenai Fjords

Cole and I speaking to luxury in the national parks is almost laughable, but stick with us. In our year on the road visiting all 59 national parks, we averaged about 4.5 days per park, most of that time out of cell service range. We lived out of our car and small backpacking tent, cooking… Read more »

BELIZE VIDEO: So many reasons to explore, so many excursions in Belize

The highest compliment we ever get is when people tell us they were inspired by our blog to take their next trip. Well, we (mostly Elizabeth) follows a few other travel bloggers and one of them inspired us to travel to Belize.   Elizabeth read all about a famous bloggers adventures in Belize and that… Read more »

Podcast Episode #28: Our Top Ten Short Hikes in the National Parks

Hello and welcome to our week of crazy! We have been running around like crazy people this week, tying up loose ends and booking flights and buses for our trip to Southeast Asia this weekend. Amidst the hustle and the eVisas, it was so nice to sit down in my childhood closet and record this… Read more »

Podcast Episode #27: Interview with Alison & Dan of Happy People Hike

If there’s one thing I like, it’s mixing business with pleasure. It’s why my students always got Blow Pops after taking their state tests. And now, it’s why we were more than happy to combine our Michigan road trip with an in-person podcast interview. We’ve worked with Alison & Dan of Happy People Hike from… Read more »

Long-Lost DSLR Pictures from Our Year on the Road

So, it’s funny. We traveled to some of the greatest places in the country last year, and we took only about 100 pictures with our “real” camera. Ninety-nine percent of the time, we were traveling too lightly, or — more often — our MacBook Air was out of disk space to upload any pictures. iPhone… Read more »

Podcast Episode #26: Weighing Your Options at the National Parks, ft. Glacier Bay and Denali National Parks

Alaska brings back so many fond memories for us. Camping along the bluest-of-blues Lake Kontrashibuna in Lake Clark. Walking around on the glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias Not getting eaten by a bear at Katmai. But it also brings back memorie$. You know, remembering how much money we forked over during our month visiting all 8… Read more »

Podcast Episode #25: National Parks Camping 101, ft. Guadalupe Mountains and Badlands

Ahh, national parks camping. We are experts, you guys. Experts. I think we have earned that status after tent-camping our way through all 59 national parks in the country. But I don’t know. I could be wrong. We’re certainly not experts in showering or staying in hotels. ThatsallIcansay. We have written several posts — like this… Read more »

  • MAMMOTH CAVE’S WILD CAVE TOUR – “Extremely Strenuous” not an Exaggeration

    Mammoth Cave in central Kentucky was recently declared the longest cave in the world with a network of over 400 miles of passages. And it’s still growing as explorers map new passageways! Since it was rediscovered by settlers in 1797 and has attracted hundreds of thousands of cavers, thrill-seekers, and tourists over the years. These… Read more »

  • VIDEO: Mammoth Cave National Park

    One of the coolest parts of this trip has been finding amazing sites that nobody talks about. We’ve gotten crazy excited about several — Capitol Reef, Great Basin, and Cuyahoga Valley — that we hadn’t heard of prior to the trip. Last weekend, we got to add Mammoth Cave to that list. Not necessarily that… Read more »


    One thing I love about going to National Parks is that there’s always so much to learn. Whenever Elizabeth and I go to a new park we head straight for the Visitors Center so we can soak in the exhibits, watch the intro video and get an orientation to the park. But sometimes the most… Read more »

  • Do This… Don’t Do That (in the U.S. Virgin Islands)

    We talk about saving money on this blog (and in person… hi family!) a lot. And it may get annoying. Okay, it probably for sure gets annoying. But we keep doing it. We keep doing it because although everyone has different situations, many people cannot even begin to think about traveling without some kind of money-saving… Read more »

  • VIDEO: Virgin Islands National Park (plus underwater footage!)

    Our visit to Virgin Islands National Park was unique in a lot of ways. It was the first park we had to fly to. We left from Fort Lauderdale and Spirit airlines got the transportation honors. Despite (or maybe because of) its cut-rate reputation, I love Spirit and their philosophy of bare fares that allow… Read more »

  • 10 Endangered Species Success Stories of South Florida

    It recently occurred to me that “survival of the fittest” and “natural selection” doesn’t really work these days. It would be no contest. Humans would win. If we aren’t continually mindful of how our quickly growing civilization impacts Mother Nature, hundreds of species pay the price. Of course, human progress (especially during full throttle times… Read more »

  • GATORS, OSPREY & TREEE SNAILS OH MY!: Best places to see Everglades wildlife

    Retirees aren’t the only ones who flock to Florida. During the 2 weeks we spent exploring the southern Florida National Parks of Dry Tortugas, Biscayne and Everglades, we spotted way more wildlife than we’d seen in all the other parks combined. In Everglades alone we saw alligators, crocodiles, anoles (lizards), tree frogs, tree snails, turtles,… Read more »

  • VIDEO: Everglades National Park

    For a girl who’s afraid of unpredictable wild animals, exploring the depths of the Everglades National Park–with its thousands of alligators–was not too exciting a prospect. Especially when my husband thinks wading around and kayaking with them is a good idea.

  • BISCAYNE: Foiled by transportation, inspired by volunteering

    I had a tough time coming to terms with our visit to Biscayne National Park. Biscayne is classified as a marine park and 95% of its area is under water. All the best areas of interest are 7 miles off the coast on a slender chain of keys that are the start of the Florida Keys…. Read more »

  • VIDEO: Biscayne National Park

    If all our other videos have been too long and boring, stick around! This one’s pretty short 😉 Biscayne National Park was a bit of a challenge to us when we planned to visit. We put it off because we didn’t exactly know how to handle the logistics. You see, there are no official concession… Read more »