2016 Year in review

  What a year 2016 has been! Our lives changed tremendously once we decided to stop making excuses and started making our dreams a reality. We are so grateful for all the people we’ve met, places we’ve been, and the experiences we’ve had in 2016. We can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store!

Best books read in 2016

Best Books I Read in 2016

A little background first: I developed my love of reading from my mother. She used to regularly take my younger sister Kandiss and me to the library, and on nice days she would pull us there in our little red wagon. This weekly trek is how I first developed my curiosity as my mother encouraged my sister and me to get many books on almost…

Planning a Family Vacation

Planning a family vacation to the Caribbean

As we approach both the nine-month mark of traveling and the end of 2016, we’ve become more reflective. Lisa and I have now been on four continents, met many amazing people, added some new favorites to our top food lists, rode beach waves, stood on glaciers, marveled at mountains, trekked through rainforests, lounged on beaches, rode motorbikes through metropolises and countryside, went into the crater…

Waterfalls in Phuket, Thailand

Waterfalls in Phuket, Thailand

If you’ve ever wanted to experience a beautiful river freckled with light, cascading through the lush jungle, you will have a chance to in Phuket, Thailand. While Phuket is known for its beautiful beaches, island hopping, and water sports, it also boasts lovely waterfalls only a short trek inland. It’s true that Phuket doesn’t have waterfalls that remotely compare in size to The Niagara or…

Culture Shock: The Kindness of Kiwis

Dear Kiwis, I’d like to thank you! But, in order for you to understand my gratitude, I first need to give you some context. I grew up in the US, in a home where we never locked our door.  Some, including myself, thought this was odd, but my parents didn’t think it posed any real threat so we learned to accept it.  Although my family…

For Narnia! The Real Reason We Traveled to New Zealand 

As an adult, especially over the past few years, I have been an avid reader.  As a teenager, most of my reading was sports related and consisted of the local sports section and Sports Illustrated. The two books I remember enjoying most as a teenager were the Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis.1 While reading…

Worse things than saying goodbye

Saying goodbye is hard and there’s no way to get around that. When you’ve spent your entire life in an area, the entirety of your family still lives in the area, and you’ve gone to college and built your professional reputation in the area, the level of difficulty of saying goodbye is basically God level1. So why then did I say goodbye to The ROC?2 Because…

Our Departure Story [VIDEO]

As you can see, we are still trying to wrap our heads around this crazy adventure. Since this site aims to chronicle our journey, we thought we’d start from the beginning by introducing ourselves and to share what exactly prompted this life change. For those who know us, we do not have a serious bone in our body. Like any couple, sometimes we’re on the same…