About Us

Family selfie we took when we got to the airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, April 20, 2017.
Long-awaited arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica, on April 20, 2017

There are 3 of us – the baby, the husband, and myself.

We live in Austin, Texas in a house that’s probably too big for us but we love it anyway.

Our house isn’t filled with stuff, we just like having a lot of space.  We didn’t always have a big house, and once we had it, we weren’t always sure we’d keep it.

It took a month-long trip to Costa Rica for us to realize just how much our house had become our home. It was also on this trip that I recognized that I should write. Growing up, I always saw myself as a writer. I have found reasons to not write in recent years but I know that when I am writing, I am more my true self. (Please read here to find out why I started a family travel blog.)

The Beginning of Our Travel Life

My husband and I on a party barge in Austin, Texas, on the day we met.
This is my husband and I, on the day we met, May 14, 2011. We met on a Party Barge on Lake Travis, in Austin, Texas. I was in Austin for the weekend, specifically for this party.

My husband and I have been traveling ever since we started dating.  We were in different cities when we met, so from Day 1, some travel was mandatory. (okay, Houston to Austin isn’t too far, but it’s something!)  We took our first trip together when we’d known each other for 3 months and it’s been a constant element in our relationship ever since then.

Traveling Meets Minimalism

We are economical travelers. We try to spend as little as possible. The less we spend on a trip, the more trips we can take! Our plan is to be more minimalist and travel more.

However, we don’t camp,* and we do have a few non-negotiable items when it comes to traveling.

Traveling is one of our core family values, and it serves as motivation to work as hard as we do.  We are always looking for ways to maximize our money and travel more.

We have a lengthy list of places to visit, adventures to take and lessons to learn.

Snowboards and Coronas at Ski Apache in Ruidoso, New Mexico.
Our snowboards and Coronas. The good stuff.

We are curious.

Our family values experience over things.

We base our entire year off of the snowboarding season.

Current Loves

Snowboarding is our favorite thing to do and the rest of the year is only time between snowboarding seasons.  We see this period as a good time to discover beaches and anticipate future travel.

I love to run.  I love to wake up early and run.

I also love to read and I just started knitting.

What makes us think someone might want to hear what WE have to say about family travel?

Actually, we have no clue what we are doing.  In the parenting department, or the traveling department. Nevertheless, despite not having a clue, we have a little travel experience, and we’ve been traveling with her since she was a newborn.  We have a lot more trips to take and a lot more to learn.  Hopefully, our experiences translate into information that others find helpful.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and check us out!  If you have any questions for us, please leave them in the comments section.  See you around!

xo

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*never say never.  We camped when we did Coachella in 2012 and I’m sure we’ll camp again when the season is right.

My husband and I in our tent at Coachella in 2012.
This is us, camping. Coachella, April 2012.

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