Arctic Circle Trail

Greg and I love heavy pack, set up camp, snuggle all night in a cold tent backpacking, but having a roof over our heads in the backcountry is an unbelievable luxury. After we hiked the Laugavegur and Tour du Mont Blanc trails in 2016, I started researching other hut hikes around the world. And by […]

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Greenland

When we were in Iceland last summer I saw ads for Air Iceland Connect with service to multiple destinations in Greenland and I thought “Boy, that sure sounds like a good time.” Then after we had such a great time on our Laugavegur and Tour du Mont Blanc hikes I started searching for other long-distance hut […]

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Tour du Mont Blanc

G.Hammer and I were married August 10, 2013, and spent our honeymoon backpacking through Montana’s Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, then climbing Montana’s highest mountain, Granite Peak. We agreed then we should be in the backcountry for all our anniversaries, too. In 2014 we were backpacking in Glacier National Park and Greg surprised me by packing in his […]

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Laugavegur Trail, Iceland

I don’t know when I first heard about Iceland’s most popular hiking trail, but it had been on my travel wish list for some time. It’s just under 51 miles long, and the FI (Ferðafélag Íslands, or the Iceland Touring Foundation) maintains five huts conveniently located within 7-9 miles of each other along the way. There […]

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Czech Republic

It’s time for the latest installment of: We’ve Got a Week Off Where Should We Go? We debated between hiking in Colorado, volcanoes in Hawaii, and whatever-city-in-Europe-has-the-most-business-class-seats-available. Hello, Prague! Well, hello Amsterdam, then hello Prague.

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Iceland on a Budget!

Hahaha just kidding. Iceland is not a budget destination, so just put that out of your head now. It’s ironic, you can fly on WOW air from the States for $99 each way, but you’ll pay $150/night for a private room at the City Hostel. Groceries and restaurants are half again, if not double, what you’d […]

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Dubai: A Layover

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: If you’re lucky enough to fly Emirates, you’re lucky enough. But even luckier, when flying Emirates in or out of Dubai you stand a solid chance of having a long layover in one of our favorite cities. I’ve been to Dubai three times now, and two of […]

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Seychelles: Anse Georgette

The trick to traveling cheap and sticking to a budget is packing and preparing food you look forward to eating. Like fried eggs and baked beans, am I right? We’ve been traveling with the same energy bars since November, and while one of them would make an entire meal for one of us, who the […]

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Seychelles: La Digue

Alright, forget all that Anse Lazio crap. We heard the most beautiful beach in the world was actually on La Digue, so again, we had to go find out for ourselves. La Digue is the third largest inhabited island in Seychelles and is chock-full of granite. Granite mountains, granite boulders, granite granite granite. We love […]

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Seychelles: Praslin

There’s no bus service from the Victoria terminal to the jetty and it’s about a fifteen minute walk. It was hot and sweaty with our backpacks but worth not paying exorbitant taxi prices. ST, TM. I forgot to bring ginger capsules for seasickness on the ferry to Praslin so I ate a bunch of ginger cookies […]

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