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 »

Podcast Episode #24: Budgeting for Our Year in the Parks, ft. Capitol Reef and Redwood

We have shared many times about our budget for a year of travel (here about our budget, here about flight hacking, and here regarding our thoughts on millennials crowdfunding their vacations) and some of you might know that we set out in August 2015 with the goal of spending just $20,000 for our year — including all… Read more »

San Ignacio: High Adventure in Inland Belize

Last week we shared about our experiences in Caye Caulker, Belize, which covered the first two days of our week in Belize. Today we’re moving on to the next three days in and around the San Ignacio area. Next week, we’ll wrap up by sharing our thoughts on the final two days of our trip,… Read more »

How to Miss the National Parks Less

This post features products from a small business called Sage Hollow Supply Co. They provided products in exchange for a review. All opinions are our own! I love being home. It’s the biggest reason why we knew we weren’t going to live on the road full-time. I love traveling, but I equally love coming home to… Read more »

Podcast Episode #23: Our Top Ten National Park Ranger Programs

In our time visiting the national parks, rangers programs were typically the cherry on top of an already-sweet national park experience. We never went to a park because of a particular program, but we were often blown away by the programs and tours available throughout the NPS. From boat tours to fossil hunts to cave crawling, rangers led… 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 »