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 »

  • 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 »

  • One Week in Buenos Aires: Our Itinerary

    Hola, amigos! Cole and I just finished up our two-week trip to Argentina — like, we’re actually still in the airport — and are just itching to share all the details. We spent one week in Buenos Aires and one week redeeming our Price is Right prize in Bariloche (northern Patagonia region). We spent a lot of time… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #12: The (Park) Road Less Traveled, ft. Big Bend & Kobuk Valley National Parks

    Wellllll, we’re off! Just about off, at least. We’re literally sitting in the airport in St. Louis, scrambling to upload our podcast in the ridiculously stingy 20 minutes of free wifi that this place offers. So here goes nothing! This week’s episode is about two very lonely parks. They’re relatively unpopular (at least for normal… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #11: Our Top Ten Easy-Access Campsites

    Hi everyone! Hope you are all in a semi-comatose cookie-laden state of relaxation like we are this week. With Cole being in school and me being back on a teacher’s schedule, this week in between Christmas and New Year’s is especially lazy. We’re spending a lot of time with family and friends, catching up on… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #10: Interview with Darius Nabors of #59in59

    One of the absolute best parts of our year-long trip was connecting with other national park travelers along the way. Before we started our trip, we connected in Kansas City with Don and Shelly Hafner of 59NationalParks fame. They became mentors of sorts, since they completed their all-59 trek just before we started ours. (If… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #9: Parks that Live in the Shadows, ft. Pinnacles and Biscayne

    While on our trip, we often came across parks that we felt were extremely under-hyped. We. LOVE. These. Parks. We love the underdog. Love the pleasant surprise. Love the feeling of standing somewhere a million people haven’t already Instagrammed.

  • Switchbacks Episode #8: National Parks in Motion, ft. Glacier & Hawai’i Volcanoes

    Well, it’s better late than never! Yes, we know it’s Wednesday. Night. Like 11 p.m. We have tried to get our new podcast episode out by Tuesday each week, but this week we have an excuse. We are so sick! Cole brought home something gross from his flight back from NYC last weekend, and since… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #7: National Parks: Are They For Everyone? Ft. Dry Tortugas and Lake Clark National Parks

    It’s the first real holiday since Cole and I have been home, and we are big-time taking advantage of living close to people we love again. Last night, we hosted a Friendsgiving with my best friends from high school, tomorrow morning we leave to spend a few days with Cole’s family, Saturday will be with… Read more »

  • Switchbacks Episode #6: Our Top Ten Day Hikes

    How are we already 6 weeks into this podcast thang? We still don’t really know what we’re doing, but we’re glad to hear that at least a few people are listening! A big reason why we wanted to record weekly podcasts is similar to why we started our blog in the first place: to not… Read more »