Hello and Welcome!

My name is Marie, and I am thrilled to have you here.  I want to help you plan your perfect trip and be able to experience some incredible places. I truly believe that traveling is something that can be done on a budget and at any stage of life.  

This blog is dedicated to those who want to have incredible outdoor experiences and are limited by time, money, or planning experience.  My travels focus on North, Central, and South America with an emphasis on hiking, National parks, and other outdoor adventures. 

I didn’t take my first trip out of the country until I was 18 and attending college.  I spent two weeks in the Dominican Republic and was blown away by the beauty of what I saw.  For some reason up until that point, the stunning pictures I’d seen of the world’s faraway places just seemed so….distant.  It was on that trip that I started to realize how much there was to experience, and that getting myself there wasn’t actually all that complicated. 

In 2015 I studied abroad in Europe and visited six different countries. It was one awe-inspiring moment after the other. From the grandeur of Notre Dame to the beautiful beaches in Greece, to seeing the sea of red rooftops in Florence and the network of waterways in Venice, I was astounded.  And since then I’ve been hooked.

What You Will Find Here

Itineraries

All of us want to make the very most of our time, especially while traveling.  If we’ve got a limited number of days, we want to make sure we do the best of the best. I’ve got itineraries for all the destinations I’ve visited that not only include the best things to do but in an order that makes sense and saves transportation time.

Logistics Made Easier

Navigating logistics can often be overwhelming, especially when visiting new destinations.  I’ve got you covered!  I really focus on addressing common concerns related to transportation, accommodation, and other logistical aspects of your trips. You’ll find practical advice and recommendations to make your travels smoother and stress-free.

Saving Money

Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean compromising on having amazing experiences. In fact, I think it can often lead to more authentic adventures. I’ll share some money-saving tips that will help you stretch your budget without missing out on the best experiences.

Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean compromising on having amazing experiences. In fact, I think it can often lead to more authentic adventures. I’ll share some money-saving tips that will help you stretch your budget without missing out on the best experiences.

Fun Facts About Me

  • Nursing and Travel: I continue to work as a registered nurse; I worked for 5 years in a local hospital and now do homecare. 
  • My husband works for the Air Force, so we move around frequently.  It’s given us a cool opportunity to experience lots of different places as a local.
  • I’m a huge language-learning enthusiast: Although my blog primarily focuses on travel and outdoor adventures, I LOVE language learning (Spanish in particular).  I passed the ACTFL language proficiency test in January of 2023 with a ‘High Advanced’.  I’ve got a dream of someday living in South America part-time. 

Who Are Kendall and Esther?

Kendall is my husband extraordinaire.  I do all the content-producing and trip-planning for this website, but he features in a lot of our photographs and helps me with editing.  Currently working as an attorney for the Air Force.  We currently live in Washington State. 

Esther is my sister.  She’s come on many of our trips and is the most enthusiastic travel companion I’ve ever met.  She is currently studying speech-language pathology at Utah State University. 

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