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 »

  • 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 »

  • Katmai National Park: Living With Bears

    Walking through Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park is like walking through a reverse zoo. People are quarantined and shuffled around and blocked off to allow the iconic brown bears to go about their business in their own home. The compact community of Brooks Camp consists of a National Park Visitor Center, a lodge with… Read more »

  • Katmai National Park Video: the most iconic NPS photo op

    When you talk about iconic photo ops in the NPS, I think Katmai National Park wins hands down. Chances are if you read our blog there’s a good chance you’ve seen pictures or video from Katmai National Park – maybe without even realizing it. This classic shot is a bear at the edge of a waterfall chomping down… Read more »

  • All Alone in Lake Clark (Video)

    All of the national parks in Alaska are relatively remote, quiet, and free from swarming crowds. But there was one park that redefined those adjectives. Lake Clark National Park was our sixth Alaskan park. At that point, we had traveled by ferry, large airplane, bush plane, shuttle bus, car, tour boat, and of course, by… Read more »

  • 6 reasons to visit Alaska’s most underrated National Park

    Dubbing Lake Clark Alaska’s most underrated National Park is very debatable. Elizabeth argued for Wrangell-St. Elias. But I say for the ratio of awareness to park beauty and opportunities, it’s hard to beat the lesser known, inaccessible 6 million acres of undeveloped 4 million acres of rugged mountain and lake wilderness that is Lake Clark… Read more »

  • Orcas, Calving Glaciers, and Icefields: Kenai Fjords National Park Video

    When we were planning our visit to Alaska, we knew that the wildlife would probably be more abundant than down here in the lower 48. I pictured bears popping out from behind cars in Anchorage, caribou blanketing the meadows, and bald eagles swarming like pigeons. I wasn’t that far off, actually. The eagles ARE like… Read more »

  • Kenai Fjords National Park by Water, by Land

    If you are following us elsewhere (like Instagram or Facebook), you know that we have officially finished our trip and have cozied up in my smallish hometown of Washington, Missouri. (Corncob pipe capitol of the world, thankyouverymuch) We are planning to continue to share pictures, videos, and perspectives on our trip for a long time,… Read more »