Podcast Episode #21: Flexibility in the Parks, ft. Canyonlands & Congaree

In travel and in life, flexibility is usually the key. We had planned and mapped and reserved as much as possible before taking off on our year-long trip around the country, but of course we experienced many times where we had to switch gears on the fly. Today, we’re sharing experiences from two amazing national… Read more »

Podcast Episode #20: Battling Travel Fatigue, ft. Kings Canyon & Theodore Roosevelt

It’s no exaggeration that our trip to all 59 national parks was a dream. But it’s also no exaggeration that the trip was hard at times. Amazing, yes, but also hard. With any kind of travel, extended or short-term, travel fatigue can set in when you least expect it. Since we were traveling almost non-stop… Read more »

Mixing business with adventure in Eastern Uganda

** This post is a bit different from our usual content, but I wanted to share this amazing visit I just had to Uganda. Now that we’re not traveling 24/7 and returned to “normal life” in St. Louis, it’s more important than ever for us to realize adventure (and the lessons it offers) comes in… Read more »

St. Louis Getaway Weekend in Shawnee National Forest

We are now fully settled back into real life here in St. Louis. Even though our lives were very different — dirtier, more exposed to the elements, more awe-inspiring — six months ago, we snapped back into reality in almost no time. Cole and I love living in St. Louis, primarily because almost all of… Read more »

Podcast #19: Recap & Preview

Good morning, lovely readers! Hope your view today is as gorgeous as mine was yesterday morning when I recorded this podcast: snowy & still.  This morning, as you read this, we are probably already on our way to BELIZE! So excited to break away from the wintery midwest weather to the beach for some snorkeling,… Read more »

Podcast Episode #18: Weather Woes, ft. Great Smoky Mountains and Grand Teton

Despite what our Instagram may look like, our trip was not all sunshine & rainbows. We traveled for a full year, so we saw all of the extremes: pouring rain, snow, desert heat, tent-destroying winds, and, yes, lots of sunshine & rainbows. Today on the podcast, we’re sharing two of our park experiences that were very… Read more »

17 Experiences to Have in 2017

For awhile now, Cole and I have been dabbling in the experientialist lifestyle. I read a book during our trip that completely shifted my thinking about the stuff in our lives, and ever since have been singing to the tune of simplify, minimize, and focus on experiences.  We’re not doing a perfect job, by any means…. Read more »

Podcast Episode #17: Our Top Ten National Park Animal Encounters

You GUYS! This is probably the most fun podcast episode Cole and I have created. It was so hard to narrow down our top animal experiences during our year in the parks, but we managed to break it down to just 10… plus some honorable mentions… plus some “still on our list” candidates. Does this… Read more »

You Are Now Free to Move About the Midwest: Flying with Air Choice One

*This post is in no way sponsored by Air Choice One. We wish it was :)* Raise your hand if you feel personally victimized when you discover a new travel hack or an amazing deal that no one ever told you about before. Hello! Today (well, two weeks ago by now) I am sitting in… Read more »

Switchbacks Ep. 16: Interview w/ gap year cowboys on a shoestring budget

In the 59 national parks we visited last year, we met a lot of fellow visitors. (Except in North Cascades, where we literally ran into Z.E.R.O people on any hiking trail.) Among all the unique people with interesting stories we met during our trip, 59 of those people made it onto our “People of the… Read more »

  • How to Travel Lightly + What I Brought to Argentina

    Argentiiiiiina! Our dream of visiting this country — specifically Patagonia — came true, thanks entirely to our whirlwind experience on The Price is Right last spring. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, read this & this). We returned home a month ago and have missed it ever since. Read our posts about… Read more »

  • Amazing Affordable AirBNB (+ Free $35 Travel Credit!)

    If you know anything about AirBNB, it should come at no surprise that Cole and I love using it. If you don’t know anything about AirBNB, go ahead and start falling in love with it now. AirBNB provides hundreds of thousands of lodging options around the world, ranging in price and uniqueness and amenities. People… Read more »

  • Our Next Adventure… Belize!

    We teased it on our Instagram last Friday, and now we officially get to announce our next adventure. It’s another international trip, and again we’re traveling to Latin America for some active adventure. Although there are many other destinations on our wish list, Belize is the perfect choice for us. Why Belize? What is there to… Read more »

  • 3 Under-the-Radar Midwest Weekend Getaways {A Roundup!}

    Wasn’t it just Christmas? Or at least New Year’s Eve? With a busy school schedule and the routine of working normal hours again, the holidays just keep on catching us off guard around here. Valentine’s Day is probably one of our least favorite. I honestly can’t remember if we’ve ever gotten each other actual presents… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #15: Size Matters, ft. Death Valley & Wrangell-St. Elias

    Welp, happy Tuesday guys! I’m hoping my day at school today is better than yesterday, because certain third graders did not get the memo to be tired and cooperative on post-Super Bowl Day. They seemed to think it was okay to act like it was actually a Friday. Why? Anyway, we’re back today with another episode… Read more »

  • Two Day Trips from Buenos Aires

    During our one-week stopover in Buenos Aires, before heading to Patagonia, we wanted to maximize our time in this vibrant — and huge — South American capitol. We like visiting big cities occasionally, but we much prefer the quieter, less bustling, more outdoorsy vibe of the outskirts. While planning our week in Buenos Aires, we knew… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #14: To the Overlook, and Beyond! (Ft. Petrified Forest and Bryce Canyon)

    If you are a tour-bus traveler, and prefer to see the world from a variety of gorgeous national park overlooks – warning, this podcast is not for you! Just kidding. This podcast is for everyone! We think all kind of travel is good travel. Like we said, there’s no wrong way to visit a national… Read more »

  • Surprise Switchbacks Episode #13: How to Find (and Be!) an Amazing Travel Partner

    We have been so neglectful lately! Ever since we got home from Argentina last week, Cole has basically been on an airplane, bus, or in an Uber. It’s interview week, you guys! Until the dust settles and things go back to some semblance of a routine, things will be a little crazy. SO tonight, I… Read more »

  • One Week in Bariloche: Our Itinerary

    After spending one week running all over Buenos Aires — visiting museums, historic neighborhoods, and monuments — Cole and I were more than ready to get some fresh air in the mountains of northern Patagonia. We flew from Buenos Aires to Bariloche through the Aeroparque Jorge Newbury Airport (different than their international airport where we… Read more »

  • Year of Disarray

    It’s January 24th… perfect day to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions, right? Cole has never really been into setting resolutions for the new year, but I love the cyclical nature of starting fresh each January. I know that change can obviously happen throughout the rest of the year, but I do love using this… Read more »