TRAVEL INSPIRATION

How can you make travel your lifestyle no matter your circumstances, bank balance or life stage?

You're in the right place. We've done that for over 23 years now.

I've turned up to 3 countries with very little money to my name - only oodles of determination, courage, and flexibility.

I quickly learned that I am powerful and resourceful and when my back is against the wall, I can turn lemons into lemonade quickly.

That attitude. and resulting actions - meaning doing things that made me feel uncomfortable - led me to strange jobs in strange places (lived in 5 countries) and incredible adventures through over 50 countries.

We made sure this lifestyle would not end once we had kids.

For 13 years now we've made family travel a priority with the last 7 years full time with our two daughters.

We KNOW how to make travel a reality.

If I'm not traveling I feel like I'm trying to drink water out of a straw with holes in it.

It just doesn't work.

On this page, you'll find lots of travel inspiration - why we all love it so much, the challenges we have to overcome to make it happen, and simple tips to stay connected to the dream and make it happen.

We truly believe if we could do it, you can top! We're happy to be your guide.

THE BENEFITS OF TRAVEL

Travel is the most amazing wrapped present - the inside is the transformation of you.

I travel because it makes my life so much better in many many ways.

And because it makes me life rich and full with many wonderful memories of cherished moments around the world with cherished people in beautiful settings.

Here are a few of the benefits travel can give you.

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8 benefits of travel to a happy, fulfulled life

Travel is not easy. With all the dreaming, planning, saving, and then taking the giant leap towards something that is out of your comfort zone and filled with endless potential problems, it’s a massive drain […]

Feel Austria. Those gorgeous mountain views

10 ways travel helps you to uncover who you truly are

Ever thought of traveling to find yourself? I prefer to say travel helps you to uncover who you truly are. Here are 10 ways it opens up that self-discovery

Hill Inlet - Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia

4 Ways Family Travel Benefits Kids

When I was pregnant with my first daughter, Kalyra, I felt as if those around me were celebrating something other than the life growing inside me. “So that’s the end of the travels, hey? You […]

Boynton Canyon Sedona best place to visit in Arizona

55 Lessons Learned from a Life of Travel

Travel, is it just about checking places off your list and taking your I was here photo, or is it about something more? For me, for the past 15 years, travel has been a story […]

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26 ways travel taught me to suck it up

Travel can present you with many challenges which force you to suck it up. It’s character building and only makes you stronger. See for yourself how I sucked it up

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The Benefits of Travel: Opening up your Mind to New Opinions

I’m currently sitting at my favorite cafe, Soul Cake, and I am not eavesdropping, but the boisterous ladies opposite me are making it difficult for me to not hear what they are saying. Their conversation […]

Let me tell you how you inspired me when I was struggling. It was last year and everything was going down and they were beyond my control and I was like,

"Seriously, what's happening? What did I do to deserve these?

And then I run into your blog. The articles you shared triggered something inside my heart that was burning for a long time but I was automatically ignoring it somehow.

Everyday I was reading your articles and finally decided to take action ...8 months later I came to Shanghai where I didn't know anyone. I launched my website and social media channels. I did a 3 week backpacking trip to Thailand.. I am meeting new people everyday, learning Chinese and Kung Fu, doing weekend get away trips regularly and I get to see a different part of the world which is an eye opening experience.

You guys are doing a great job. I am so happy to have found your blog and hope to meet you one day in person.

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WHAT IS YOUR TRAVEL STYLE?

Click the image to see the articles we have on that particular style of travel.

OUR JOURNEY

After years of searching for ways to create our own business so we could continue to travel and have control over our choices, we eventually discovered travel blogging and knew we had found the ONE.

For 10 years our travel blog has helped us maintain our free and flexible travel lifestyle.

You can find our travel blogging tips and stories here.

Here are a few posts that share our story from solo and couples travel to family travel bloggers.

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Life after full time travel – the ups and downs of settling into Raleigh, North Carolina

Any change of direction brings a period of adjustment. That change comes holding hands with chaos as you tackle a list of endless tasks and a mile of roadblocks. I didn’t think setting back into […]

You’ve Got Time + The End of a 22 Year Nomadic Lifestyle

Our 1 year USA road trip is over and we’re back in Raleigh! There are a number of reasons why we suddenly turned left towards North Carolina as we drove out of Jackson Hole (an […]

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How (Extraordinary) Travel Blogging Got Us A Green Card in the USA

How travel blogging gave us a US Green Card. It’s incredible to think that our travel blog passion gave us the ultime dream. The right to live in the US permanently.

I want to know your Secret

“What is your secret? How do you get to do all these amazing things?” I was asked this question recently when I announced on our Facebook page I was flying to Dubai as a guest […]

The Reality of Us As Travellers, Then and Now

After writing my recent review of our Air Asia flight to Bangkok, I thought about how we often view a situation as a result of our life circumstances or past experiences. “You and I do […]

31 Things We Have Never Told You

That’s Caz in the picture above, riding the mechanical bull at City Limits Saloon Bar in Raleigh, North Carolina. She loves to do shit like that! But unless you’ve grown up with her, travelled with […]

OUR 23 YEAR TRAVEL LIFESTYLE IN PODCAST

We shared our travel lifestyle story across 5 podcast episodes.

We broke it down into 5 segments:

  • Solo Travel
  • 5 year Honeymoon
  • Dark times + Birth of travel blog
  • Family Travel
  • The last few years in the US

Don't forget to subscribe to our channel and share us with your friends

EP 22: Homeschooling Roadschooling Tips from an Experienced Expert (that’s me!)

Yes that’s me! 15 years teaching in 5 countries, 22 years global travel (best education), 7 years homeschooling while traveling full time with an online business.

YTP EP05: Our 12 Month American Road Trip And Why We Returned To Raleigh

We get a green card, return to Raleigh and continue to travel as a family taking shorter road trips and vacations and our extended 12 month RV road trip across America.

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YTB 04: Family Travel + Australian Road Trip

Welcome to the family travel stage of our lives. In this episode, we’ll share how we incorporated international travel very early in our children’s lives and then made domestic travel a focus.

YTP 03: Dark Times & The Birth of y Travel Blog

What about when things go terribly wrong and you can’t travel? What do you do when you make decisions that negatively impact your life? How do you recover and give birth to something better?

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YTP 02: Our 5 Year Working Honeymoon in Thailand, Ireland, and the USA

Our adventures on our five year honeymoon traveling through South East Asia, the UK, Southern Africa, and the USA! Plus, we share about living and working in Bangkok, Dublin, Broome, WA and Raleigh, NC

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YTP 01: Our Travel Story (Solo Travel & Working Holidays)

In this episode we share our travel story from before we met and how we made travel a priority living our individual lives. We look at solo travel to Europe and Africa and the working holiday experience in London and Dublin

HOW TO CREATE THE DREAM

It's not easy to create your dream life but it is doable and valuable.

I'm a firm believer that creating a dream is more about the journey than the destination.

The journey is where you learn your strengths, assets, gain clarity on what you really want, find ways to serve and connect with incredible people.

You never arrive, so enjoy the process of trying to!

Here are a few tips to help.

10 Principles to Create Awesome Travel Experiences (Every Time!)

I sat down to write a travel manifesto and struggled. Not struggled for something to say, but struggled with too many things to say. Sometimes too much sage advice can overwhelm and paralyze. I decided […]

Best National Parks in the United States

27 easy ways to live sustainably in 2020 (and why you should)

It’s time to make a tiny sacrifice and live sustainably with the planet. Since she gives us everything we need to survive, it seems so stupid to actually say those words. Humans have come to […]

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How to Follow Your heart

I never realized I felt like a visitor in my own country until recently relocating to Raleigh. Now that I’m here and experiencing the feelings that I am, I know that was what that unsettled […]

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How to achieve your goals and change your life (for good)

Are you tired of making resolutions and setting goals that don’t work? Here’s how to achieve your goals and change your life for good. Take back the power

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Just start strong

The Olympic Games are in full throttle and creating many magical moments. I’m watching friends on Snapchat having a fantastic time in Rio and I’m reminded of the wonderful buzz that surrounds an Olympic event. […]

Adventure Cove Waterpark - one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids!

9 ways to unplug from the chaos and plug back in to life

It’s early morning; I’m sitting on my balcony and all hear is the chirping of the birds. I breathe a deep sigh of relief and connectedness. An image of me sitting in the middle of […]

14 ways to improve your life and create your dreams

14 Powerful Ways to Improve Your Life

Are you looking for ways to improve your life? These simple yet powerful ways will help you achieve your goals, improve your mindset, attract more wealth and become a confident creator of any dream.

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Why Frustration is Your Most Powerful Ally

A reader recently wrote to tell me of her frustration: “I’m already 24 but not living the life I dream of, and instead I just do the 8am to 4pm working life like most people. […]

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How Do You Know What Bliss to Follow?…My 8 Step Plan

You’ve heard it a million times – follow your bliss and you’ll live an amazing life. We preach it all the time on this blog. Posts such as What lifestyle are you working for and […]

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13 Travel Quotes for Inspiration and Connection

We’ve maintained a travel lifestyle for 22 years now! Travel quotes help up stay inspired to our travel dreams and connected to why travel is important. As we like to say, “it’s all about the […]

MORE TRAVEL INSPIRATION

OVERCOMING CHALLENGES

Yep. Your travels will be filled with challenges.

Don't worry, we have you covered.

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How To Stay Calm During Turbulent Times

“These here are crazy times” The lyrics and tune from the song, Onion Skin from Aussie band, Boom Crash Opera runs through my mind multiple times a day. These here are crazy timesTry keeping heart […]

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9 Reasons You Won’t Consider Family Travel (how to overcome them!)

Yep. There are a lot of reasons you won’t consider family travel.  I understand all of them and how they make you believe it’s just not the right time for you now and you’ll all enjoy […]

How Travel Can Change Your Life – from anxiety to confidence

How travel can change your life! Inspiring story of how Lauren changed her life from one of anxiety and fear, to one of adventure and confidence through travel

Sunset at Kaanapali Beach in Maui, Hawaii

How to Overcome the Travel Blues

No not Sunday blues or Monday blues. We’ve all felt slightly depressed when another week of the daily groundhog arrives. We spend those hours of dread dreaming of a life hitchhiking from Mediterranean sunset to […]

14 Things that have gone wrong on our Australia road trip

You know I sometimes struggle to write posts like this. It really takes a lot of effort for me to think of the bad things that have happened on my travels around Australia. It’s not […]

Waianapanapa (black sand beach) on the Road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii

My Secret Jet Lag Cure + 9 More Helpful Tips to recover from a flight

Don’t let jet lag ruin the first few days of your trip (or your return home) My secret jet lag cure (+9 other helpful tips) will help you overcome jet lag!

Cemetery Beach in the Grand Caymans

6 Challenging Sacrifices of a Life of Travel (Know Before You Go)

Want to live a life of travel? Be sure to understand these six sacrifices that come with long term travel. Accept them and make a plan for them so you can survive a nomadic travel.

FEATURED VIDEO: 10 Principles to Amazing Travel

We take you the principles of our travel manifesto and how to create an amazing travel experience every time!

FEATURED VIDEO: 3 Principles to create your dream life

A motivating and empowering keynote to inspire you to create your dream life and understand the three principles that must be followed to do that ... effortlessly and with joy!

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 - form below - for deeper connection and lots of freebies.

And connect with us on social for live udpates!

4 POWERFUL WAYS TO TRAVEL MORE 

Want to know how we've made a lifetime of travel for 22 years? This is how we make it work and have incredible memories to always share around the campfire.  Pop your name and email to join our community for insider tips and updates!

ALL TRAVEL INSPIRATION ARTICLES

10 Principles to Create Awesome Travel Experiences (Every Time!)

I sat down to write a travel manifesto and struggled. Not struggled for something to say, but struggled with too many things to say. Sometimes too much sage advice can overwhelm and paralyze. I decided […]

ytravel blog raleigh

How To Stay Calm During Turbulent Times

“These here are crazy times” The lyrics and tune from the song, Onion Skin from Aussie band, Boom Crash Opera runs through my mind multiple times a day. These here are crazy timesTry keeping heart […]

Death Valley National Park California

Why We’ll Still Talk About Travel

I recently prepared a TEDex style talk on travel as a portal for change. I’m still waiting to deliver it, as I’m sure you’ve guessed the conference was postponed and due to go virtual. In […]

The Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park is one of the best places to visit in Australia. Click to read more about this beautiful region to visit in South Australia.

Self-Isolation Survival Reading

Don’t worry folks – you will survive self-isolation. Take it from us – we work from home and homeschool the girls. We’re self isolating daily. Parents and couples are plunging into shock as they realize […]

Best National Parks in the United States

27 easy ways to live sustainably in 2020 (and why you should)

It’s time to make a tiny sacrifice and live sustainably with the planet. Since she gives us everything we need to survive, it seems so stupid to actually say those words. Humans have come to […]

life after travel

Life after full time travel – the ups and downs of settling into Raleigh, North Carolina

Any change of direction brings a period of adjustment. That change comes holding hands with chaos as you tackle a list of endless tasks and a mile of roadblocks. I didn’t think setting back into […]

Where we are headed 2020 – travel, life and business plans

So much to write about since our return to Raleigh (and last year’s travels) but it will all come soon enough. Settling back into normal life has been particularly challenging for the past few months. […]

Why we returned to Raleigh + What’s next?

First thing I want to say is we are NOT stopping traveling, nor are we stopping this travel blog. So you are perfectly safe to keep following along, as travel will ALWAYS be part of […]

You’ve Got Time + The End of a 22 Year Nomadic Lifestyle

Our 1 year USA road trip is over and we’re back in Raleigh! There are a number of reasons why we suddenly turned left towards North Carolina as we drove out of Jackson Hole (an […]

Monument Valley, Utah

8 benefits of travel to a happy, fulfulled life

Travel is not easy. With all the dreaming, planning, saving, and then taking the giant leap towards something that is out of your comfort zone and filled with endless potential problems, it’s a massive drain […]

4 Powerful Ways to Travel More & Create Better Memories

Want to know how we've made a lifetime of travel for 22 years?

This is what gives us incredible memories to share around the campfire. Join our community for insider tips and updates!

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