G'DAY WE'RE PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL BLOGGERS CAZ & CRAIG MAKEPEACE

We've built a life around travel for over 25 years, and are here to help you travel more and create better memories.

Caroline & Craig Makepeace, life-long travelers.

We did not ditch the cubicle to travel the world - we never sat in it in the first place.

Travel was, is, and always will be what we create our life around.

We're here to show you how travel can EVOLVE with you, and prove it's possible even with kids.

We've lived in 5 countries, traveled through over 50 countries, and have done it NO MATTER what our life circumstances (that's over 25 years of experiences).

Recent epic adventures include a 12 month USA road trip in an RV, and an 18-month road trip around Australia.

Our home base is now Raleigh, North Carolina. We've traded the full-time travel for shorter trips through the USA, Europe and further afield. While we still travel with our kids, Craig and I take more solo trips now too! 

Allow us to be your travel guides.

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TOP TRAVEL TIPS

Here is where you'll find some of our best travel tips for traveling with kids, saving money for travel, planning your trip, and unbelievable destinations.

GET INSPIRED TO TRAVEL

Just why do we love to travel so much? It's an experience that goes beyond checking things off a list and counting countries.

It's about a deeper connection to ourselves, to others, and to Mother Earth.

When we step outside the boundaries of our comforts we get to know who we truly are and expand our possibilities.

usa DESTINATIONS & EXPERIENCES TO LOVE

We have been exploring the USA in depth for years. Here are a few of our favorites! 

Check out this article if you are having trouble choosing a destination

OUR TRAVEL STORY

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We recorded a series of podcasts, to share how we've made travel work no matter our lifestyle.

From solo travel before we met, to couples travel and a 5 year honeymoon, a period of darkness where EVERYTHING went wrong (but gave birth to this family travel blog, to family travel around Australia and a USA RV trip and successful travel blogging and getting a green card to living a more settled life (but still loads of travel!)

A lifetime commitment to travel involves many sacrifices (all of them worth it!) Here is an insight into our life, the challenges we've overcome, and how we are qualified to be your expert travel guides!

FOLLOW OUR CURRENT ADVENTURES

Travel has been the focus of our life since 1997 - intentionally.

We don't plan on stopping that. We now have a base in Raleigh, NC - after being granted a Green Card for our extraordinary ability in the art of travel blogging.

We will continue to explore more of the US but also intend on traveling further abroad - Europe, South East Asia and Central and South America.

We can't wait to share more of our favorites as we experience them.

Be sure to join our free VIP email community and get lots of freebies plus insider tips.

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Happy Magarita Day?

How do you like them?

For me, made with mezcal and spicy! And I like drinking them anywhere in summer! Preferably near the beach and paired with guacamole.

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Magnificent chateaux in France...I was concerned after spending an entire day at the Palace of Versailles – some would argue the best chateaux in France – I would be ho-hum about these smaller castles in the Loire Valley.

But, no, I was quite impressed by the magnificence of Château de Chambord, which is renowned for its stunning blend of French medieval and Italian Renaissance styles.

This is the largest of the castles in the Loire Valley, it has UNESCO World Heritage Site status, its park is as vast as inner Paris, and is the largest enclosed park in Europe.

You can visit 60 of its 426 rooms! 

With its fairy tale-like turrets, grand facades, and stunning landscapes it’s a photographer’s dream, so leave enough time to capture it from all the angles! 

Much of the design has been attributed to the innovation and imagination of Leonardo da Vinci. The most fascinating of which is the iconic double helix staircase in the center of the castle, which was inspired by nature’s spiraling forms. 

The inside is quite sparse with furnishings and decor which is meant to accurately represent how it was during the time it was occupied by the French Kings. It served as a royal resilience and hunting lodge, notably for King Francois I.

There are many activities to enjoy on the castle’s grounds including renting boats on the lake, riding bikes around the property, or walking along the many trails.

FYI - we have a blog post on how to visit the Loire Valley. Go to: yTravelBlog.com and use the search box.

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🇦🇺 What's your favorite Aussie road trip? Don't worry if you have more than one, Australia is like that!! 🇦🇺

Did you know we road tripped around Australia for 18 months?

We're also Australian, so we have a high expertise on travel in Australia. 

Just go to the Australia Travel tab on ytravelblog.com and you'll see what I mean!! Tips galore - including the best toad trips in Australia.

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Looking for smaller crowds and lesser-known gems in Florida? We discovered these 3 destinations when we explored Natural North Florida in 2020 in partnership with @VISITFLORIDA. [AD]. 

This region lies between Gainesville to the east, Sopchoppy to the west, Cedar Key to the South, and the Florida-Georgia state line. 

We fell for this area’s untamed beauty and adventure and precious family bonding time, without the overwhelm that comes with busy and popular destinations. 

The serene fishing village of CEDAR KEY is like heading back to the days of Old Florida, reminiscent of the Key West you yearned to experience during Hemingway's era. It’s raw and authentic, devoid of glamor or artificial tourist attractions. And about 45 minutes northeast from Cedar Key is Manatee Springs State Park. 

STEINHATCHEE is known for its laid-back atmosphere, natural beauty, and outdoor recreational opportunities. This is a popular destination for those seeking a tranquil escape and a taste of Old Florida charm and one of the best places to go diving for wild scallops. 

LIVE OAK in Suwannee County is shaded by the canopies of ancient oaks, dripping with Spanish moss. It has a small historic downtown center with local shops and restaurants.

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and Campground is 800 acres of outdoor camping fun situated along the banks of the Suwannee River. Not only does it offer primitive and powered camping, it has miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, disc golf course, and canoeing and kayaking on the river and is rated as one of the US’s top outdoor music venues.

And, nearby Madison Blue Springs has been called “the best swimming hole in the US”. 

To explore a different side of Florida, see our blog post for more details on these 3 lesser-known gems. 

Go to: yTravelBlog.com. 

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MUST DO in the Loire Valley of France - canoe beneath the arches of Château de Chenonceau, a fairytale castle straddling the Cher River.

Nestled in the heart of France, the Loire Valley is a treasure trove of stunning châteaus, picturesque landscapes, and delectable wines.

It’s an enchanting and unforgettable experience that allows you to appreciate the château’s beauty from a unique vantage point. It’s one of the best chateaux in the Loire Valley for couples looking for romance!

We rented a 4-person Canadian canoe and opted for the short paddle, which typically takes around 1-2 hours to return (4km) 

We have an in-depth blog post on the Loire Valley and to do this canoe trip. 

Go to: yTravelBlog.com and search "Loire Valley" in the search box.

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