It’s where you will find yourself.

When we first started our travel site, we were truly lost. We were the classic and cliched travel story – we both lost our jobs within two months of each other and in between those two months, we got married.

We were scared, confused and in love. We had money put away for our honeymoon to Thailand. Wisdom told us to save it, put it away, play it safe – everything else told us to GO. Go anyway. Break the rules. We decided if we went on our trip, we had to make something. We had to create something, something beautiful, a piece of art.

We made our first travel video and we were hooked.

Many countries later, many years later and we’re still chasing it. Once you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, it’s pretty hard to find the cure anywhere else but on the road.

As we’ve matured (ahem), so has our work. Our photographs, writing and videos have all evolved with each trip, each new experience, each old experience that is made new through travel.

Check our mini-guides and photography and essays. Poke through our thoughts and visions and dreams, we don’t mind – that’s what we promised.

Traveling, even just down the block, is a way to experience yourself differently.
“I’ve never met a stranger.”


  • Pretty women

Saying Hello To Pretty Women

For the past year, I've been practicing smiling at people. It's hard, we all know it's hard, but in Chicago it's easier I think. We're pretty smiley at each other most of the [...]

Letting Go By Adding On – A Girl & Her Tattoo

I have four tattoos. One on my toe, it's just a general design, I got that in Indonesia. I have one on my hip, it's the symbol for the zodiac sign Leo, got [...]

Travel John – My Goal As His Wife

I'm not sure when we discovered "Travel John." It must have been right after, or during, our first trip to Thailand. But he's a very specific guy. He's different than Chicago John, no better [...]

Halfway/All In – Our MidLife Solution

Things are changing. After a solid seven years of things being remarkably the same. Now they're changing. It's a "midlife" something for sure, but I don't think it's a crisis. I looked up antonyms [...]

  • Lost and Found India

Lost and Found India Trip on Travel Tales Podcast

Woooooo!!!! I first met Mike many moons ago when I worked at the Improv Comedy Club. I was 22 years old and I loved comedy just about better than anything then. Somehow I managed [...]

Columbus IN – Oz for Architecture Nerds

Columbus IN, where is that? I mean, I went to college in Indiana - Butler University -  a place one might go to school if they are interested in Pharmacy or Dance. Both of [...]


John told me today that it's been three months since Remo died. I was so surprised. That can't be right. Three months? I had to count the months on my hand to make [...]

Whole 30 – One Week Later

Hey! Did you miss me? Have you had visions of me over here, shoving chocolate, bread and cow milk into my mouth? WHOLE30 Reintro Well, it hasn't quite been like that, I did [...]

Whole 30 Day 31

WHOOOOOOOO YYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!! Did it. Suckers! (The photo above is from John's "paleo waffle" that he's been making me. I think I had 3 of them total, but this one was the ultimate!) Whole [...]

Whole 30 Day 29 – I Feel Good! Wait….

Are you bored with this yet? Are you so over my Whole30? Even John, who has been an absolute rock during this whole thing, put his head in his hands yesterday and said [...]

Whole 30 Day 27 – Getdown Letdown

WOOOOOOOOOOOO (the meal in the pic is basically a gumbo with cauliflower rice and it was DELICIOUS) Day 27 I thought for one hot minute last week, that I was feeling good. I [...]

Whole 30 Day 25

FIVE. MORE. DAYS!!! Whole 30 Day 25, feeling good, five more days. I decided that September and October are the BEST time for the Whole30. All of the veggies that are big on [...]


Jaipur Mini Guide

We came to Jaipur the way everyone should come to anything, by smooth, clean, fast-ridin' train. John memorized the route to our hotel via satellite and got us within feet [...]

Mumbai Mini Guide

To maximize our time in India, we needed our last city to contain an international airport. So the choice to end in Bombay/Mumbai seemed obvious. The massive size of the [...]

Koh Chang Mini Guide

, ,

We chose Koh Chang for it's proximity to Bangkok & it's distance AWAY from Phuket. Where We Stayed The story of how we found our home on [...]

Chiang Mai Mini Guide

, ,

We took the night train to Chiang Mai. Oh yes we did. I thought it would be a pleasant experience, that's how I remembered it from years before, but the train [...]

Halong Bay Mini Guide


INJA! As my friend John Alcott would say. Why India? So many people asked and some understood the answer, some didn't. For me, the answer is - it's the [...]

Fes Mini Guide

We arrived in Fes broken and tired. We had come  through the Sahara and shat out the other side in Fes. I was sick, John was tired and our private [...]