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Hello! We’re Michael and Therese, and we share a deep love for travel adventures big and small, as well as each other. Our deep curiosity and passion for immersive travel, discovering distant places, meeting new people, and learning about other cultures has taken us to all seven continents, 48 countries (and counting) and all 50 states in the United States. Our content is always informative, sometimes humorous, and filled with award-winning photography. Take a peek inside and we promise you’ll find travel tips, photographs, and destination stories that will inspire your own travel dreams and adventures.

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A guide to the best women’s travel pants with pockets

A guide to the best women’s travel pants with pockets

Women’s pants with pockets are mandatory for travel. Who wants to always carry a purse or pack? Unfortunately, great women’s travel pants with pockets aren’t easy to find – I know because I’ve tried dozens of brands in my ongoing quest for the best travel pants. Here are some of my current favorite brands.

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A guide to the best women’s travel pants with pockets

A guide to the best women’s travel pants with pockets

Women’s pants with pockets are mandatory for travel. Who wants to always carry a purse or pack? Unfortunately, great women’s travel pants with pockets aren’t easy to find – I know because I’ve tried dozens of brands in my ongoing quest for the best travel pants. Here are some of my current favorite brands.

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Stollen 1930: gin tasting inside a 600-year-old Austrian cave

Stollen 1930: gin tasting inside a 600-year-old Austrian cave

Stollen 1930 in Kufstein, Austria, boasts one of the largest collections of gins in the world, deep inside an historic cave carved into the rocks beneath the fortress walls. It’s a remarkable place to visit, even for those who don’t love or even like gin.

Foodies rejoice on a Maine Windjammer cruise with J. & E. Riggin

Foodies rejoice on a Maine Windjammer cruise with J. & E. Riggin

An historic schooner, secret coves, a lobster bake and sweeping ocean views make a Maine windjammer cruise special. Oh, but the food! Thrill your tastebuds on the J. & E. Riggin, with its focus on local, homemade fare – and get an exclusive J. & E. Riggin recipe.

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Stollen 1930: gin tasting inside a 600-year-old Austrian cave

Stollen 1930: gin tasting inside a 600-year-old Austrian cave

Stollen 1930 in Kufstein, Austria, boasts one of the largest collections of gins in the world, deep inside an historic cave carved into the rocks beneath the fortress walls. It’s a remarkable place to visit, even for those who don’t love or even like gin.

Foodies rejoice on a Maine Windjammer cruise with J. & E. Riggin

Foodies rejoice on a Maine Windjammer cruise with J. & E. Riggin

An historic schooner, secret coves, a lobster bake and sweeping ocean views make a Maine windjammer cruise special. Oh, but the food! Thrill your tastebuds on the J. & E. Riggin, with its focus on local, homemade fare – and get an exclusive J. & E. Riggin recipe.

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Travel Journals

Make travel important – transformative travel is life-changing

Make travel important – transformative travel is life-changing

It is too easy to get stuck in a grind, in a life that sucks you into a day-to-day routine that leads to being unfit and unhealthy. But, if you make travel important, travel can be your lifesaver, leading you to a fresh start or exposing you to a mind-opening experience that affects you deeply and changes your life forever. Transformative travel is life-changing.

Travel Journals

New Korean War Memorial Wall of Remembrance in D.C. is personal

New Korean War Memorial Wall of Remembrance in D.C. is personal

A Wall of Remembrance was added in July 2022 at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Therese was there to honor the memory of her uncle Capt. Ara Mooradian, USAF, MIA, at the family ceremony prior to the public dedication. She took that moment to explore her own relationship to her uncle and his memory.

Make travel important – transformative travel is life-changing

Make travel important – transformative travel is life-changing

It is too easy to get stuck in a grind, in a life that sucks you into a day-to-day routine that leads to being unfit and unhealthy. But, if you make travel important, travel can be your lifesaver, leading you to a fresh start or exposing you to a mind-opening experience that affects you deeply and changes your life forever. Transformative travel is life-changing.

Solo road trip: How I fell in love with solo car travel

Solo road trip: How I fell in love with solo car travel

When the world came to a grinding halt in March 2020, the days began to melt one into the other. Until I discovered the joy of a solo road trip. This is the story of solo car travel as transformative travel and how it opened my mind and soul.

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