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 »

  • Our Celebrity Video and Road-Tripping with Garmin

    Last year we visited all 59 national parks. As redundant as that might sound to you guys, it is still a bit surreal to us. And while we were hiking, kayaking, and driving across the country, we weren’t alone. As we have mentioned throughout the year, we had several brand partners in our corner, cheering us… Read more »

  • What’s Next for the Switchback Kids?

    “There will become a time when you think everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” – Louis L’Amour (thanks Darius for the quote inspiration!) We are “done.” But nowhere near finished. We officially ended our very full year of travel on August 1st. We have showered. We have been sleeping on a bed. We have lounged… Read more »

  • Gateway to the Parks: Part II

    It’s almost torture to be inside this week. The weather here in Missouri is gorgeous and the skies are blue and all I want to do is walk around our new neighborhood in Kirkwood. We’re missing the parks a lot lately. It’s been just about two months since we’ve been home, and we’re feeling the pull… Read more »

  • Gateway to the Parks: Part I

    The important part of visiting any national park is the park itself. But what we soon found out, as we visited one after the other last year, is that the whole experience matters. Local communities surrounding the parks are often supported solely by tourism, and they have caught on to the fact that park visitors… Read more »

  • Trip Report: Canada’s Banff & Jasper National Parks

    Now that we are officially through sharing a video and post about each of the U.S. national parks (although we are nowhere close to done talking about them), we thought it would be fun to share specifics about other past and ongoing adventures. We will never stop talking about the national parks, but there are… Read more »

  • Denali National Park Video: Much more than a mountain

    Kids Note: Denali was National Park #59! It was the end of our yearlong journey. But even though this is our last National Park video from the trip, we have tons more National Parks and travel stuff to share! WE WILL CONTINUE POSTING WEEKLY with new content, pictures, advice, commentary, guides, planning info and even some new adventures to… Read more »

  • Visiting Alaska’s National Parks, Part 3: The Cost

    It is insane to realize that we are one Denali video (look for it next week!) away from sharing a post and video from EVERY NATIONAL PARK. But our mission is far from finished. We set out to share our entire year-long journey, and that includes more than just the parks. There is still planning, preparing, collecting… Read more »

  • GIVEAWAY: Hammock Camping Made Easy with Serac

    My family’s hobby is Lewis and Clark reenactments. Ok, maybe it’s a little strange, but eating around an open fire and camping in a canvas tent was one of the ways I grew up loving the outdoors. As I thought about this post, I realized the ancient tradition of tent camping has been around for… Read more »

  • The Greatest Gamble in the NPS: The Drama of Denali

    Denali National Park is far and above Alaska’s most popular national park. Visitors flock from all over the world, and no one, save for the few Alaskans who trickle in, has an easy route to get there. And as hard as people work to get there, visiting Denali is undoubtedly one of the biggest risks… Read more »

  • One Hundred Years + Our Favorite Panoramas

    The service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations hereinafter specified by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purposes of the said parks, monuments, and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and… Read more »