Travel Squad, Author at Travel Squad Podcast

We’re bringing you another full list of iconic national parks without hiking to see and enjoy. We love an “easy day” of 12 mile hikes to reach peak summit views as much as the next person, but sometimes you want to relax and sightseeing in America’s most beautiful natural preserves, and get that too! Some […]

November 22, 2022

Best National Parks for Sightseeing

If you’re as fascinated with wildlife as we are, then you will love a Uganda vacation! We took a trip with Gate1 Travel to Uganda and were pleasantly surprised with how much wildlife we saw throughout the entire trip! We booked this trip for the main highlight: Gorilla trekking in Uganda in the thicket of […]

November 8, 2022

1 Week Uganda Vacation with Gorilla Trekking!

We’re  getting you ready for the holiday season with the best gifts for travelers of all kinds. Whether you’re shopping for someone with an upcoming trip and want to get them something to use on their trip, or you’re buying for someone that loves travel and wants to bring those memories into their everyday life […]

October 25, 2022

The Best Gifts for Travelers

Have you ever wondered how to move to a new city? Perhaps you fell in love with the place while traveling and could see yourself living there and then couldn’t stop thinking about it? It’s happened to Kim! After visiting Austin for a weekend trip she was sold on making Austin, TX her new home. […]

October 11, 2022

How to Move to a New City You Fell in Love With While Traveling

In this episode we share the best things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains including hikes, scenic viewpoints, and experiences in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. We went to Gatlinburg on two different occasions: Mid-fall to see the fall foliage and get cozy mountain vibes, and in spring to see the lush green foliage. […]

September 27, 2022

Best Things to Do in Great Smoky Mountains and Nearby Cities

In South Carolina, nestled in the floodplain forests you will find Congaree National Park with its trails, wildlife, and unique ecosystem that thrives on Hurricanes and the southern humidity it’s known for. What can you do at Congaree National Park?  There’s a lot to do here! Congaree National Park things to do include walking trails, […]

September 20, 2022

Congaree National Park Trails, Wildlife, and Why You Should Visit

In May 2022 we took a trip to Charleston, SC for an epic trip to explore the U.S. South, see the old Southern architecture, eat amazing southern food, and explore a part of the U.S. we had not yet been to. Charleston was the 2nd stop on our trip (the first was Savannah and you […]

September 13, 2022

Things to Do on a Trip to Charleston, SC

If you’ve been curious about the spookiest city in America, take this episode as your sign to take a trip to Savannah, GA.  We absolutely loved this city and were pleasantly surprised by how fun it is! You don’t need a lot of time in this town to really see it all. It’s rather small […]

September 6, 2022

Things to See and Do on a Trip to Savannah

We’re bringing you an inside scoop on how to move to another country, and what it’s like to own businesses and property in other countries. We interviewed Kathleen Piddicord and Leif Simon of Live and Invest Overseas in a jam packed hour of travel and expat life inspiration.  The pair met on a guided tour […]

August 30, 2022

How to Move to Another Country, Interview with Expat Business Experts at Live and Invest Overseas

We did the 4-day Machu Picchu hike on the Inca Trail and it was amazing!. The four day, three night hike through the Andes was an excursion through ruins and a truly memorable experience unlike anything else. We tell stories from hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, give tips if your are planning to […]

August 23, 2022

Everything to Know About the Machu Picchu Hike

We’re answering your questions and diving deep into one of our favorite topics: Guided tours! We have done several prix fixe vacations using guided tour companies like Gate1 Travel, Alpaca Expeditions, and Viking River Cruises. We are BIG fans of guided tours! A listener messaged us asking to do an episode on guided tours – […]

August 16, 2022

What are Guided Tours? And Why You’ll Love Them!

Episode 148 is taking you to some of the most special places on earth and some of the most sought after tourist attractions around the globe. These UNESCO World Heritage sites are all amazing. This list takes you to Latin American, Asia, Africa, and Europe to see some of the most amazing historical and beautiful […]

August 2, 2022

UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Must Visit

We are giving all our best tips for group whether you are traveling with a group of friends, family, or strangers on a guided tour. At the Travel Squad, we have a lot of experience traveling as a group and have seen the best and worst of it. Why is there always a fight when […]

July 20, 2022

Group Travel Tips to Get Along & Make Amazing Memories

We’re taking you on a Big Sur road trip from San Diego up the Hwy 1 through the best things to see in Big Sur. What is Big Sur? A coastal stretch of Hwy 1 in California with iconic rugged edge of the cliff views of the crashing ocean and waterfalls below. It’s a gorgeous […]

July 19, 2022

Big Sur Road Trip from San Diego – Must Sees and Dos

We take you through another Gate1 trip, this time along the Adriatic Coast. We provide tips for exploring this part of Europe, currency exchange while visiting multiple countries, national parks, freakouts, and packing for varying weather throughout the tour. We cover A LOT of ground on this 10 day tour through the Adriatic Coast. You […]

July 12, 2022

Touring the Adriatic Coast in 10 Days

We’re taking you skiing in Breckenridge on a quick weekend trip to enjoy the snow and crisp mountain air. We took this trip in March which is one of the snowiest seasons making it the perfect time to go skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado. We are not expert skiers! In fact, this was the very first […]

July 5, 2022

How to Go Skiing in Breckenridge (for First Timers)

We have taken a lot of road trips over the years and have great tips for how to plan a  road trip, including how to save money on a road trip (especially with high gas prices!), how to maximize time so you can see all the attractions and sights along the way, and keep yourself […]

June 28, 2022

How to Plan a Road Trip & Make it an Epic Adventure

In this episode we take you to 10 different towns within driving distance of San Francisco. We have broken this episode in two parts. The first takes you to 6 destinations for some of the best day trips from San Francisco, all within less than 2.5 hours drive of the city. For those looking for […]

June 21, 2022

Top 10 Weekend and Day Trips from San Francisco

In this episode we’re sharing the very best things to do in Venice, Italy! One of the #1 things to do in Venice is to eat all the amazing Italy food, get lost in the alleys, bridges, and waterways, and take in some of the historic UNESCO World Heritage beauties that make up this waterworld […]

June 14, 2022

Things To Do in Venice, Italy

Episode 140 is taking you inside the good, the great, the bad and ugly of bathrooms around the world. You know we can’t do an episode without talking about the bathroom experience so we dedicated a whole episode to it. Just try to listen without laughing! We take it country by country telling stories from […]

June 7, 2022

Bathrooms Around the World

Cruise vacations are SO much fun! We live for a good 3-7 day cruise on an ocean liner or on an amazing river cruise.  We answer all of your top questions in this episode including, “how much are cruises?” and “which vacation to go on a cruise?” We have had some really fun times on […]

May 31, 2022

How to Have the Best Cruise Vacations 101

The Travel Squad is taking you to all nine of California’s amazing national parks! Each park offers something so different – the hottest place in the world, the tallest trees in the world, the largest trees by volume in the world, islands, forests, deserts, and so much more! It’s hard to say which are the […]

May 24, 2022

The Ultimate National Parks in California List

We’re convincing you that the best time to visit Zion National Park is NOW! It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting Zion in the summer or Zion in the winter, the park has amazing sights and things to do in both seasons! You should visit Zion National Park during both seasons! This is one of America’s […]

May 17, 2022

The Best Time to Visit Zion National Park is NOW!

The Travel Squad Podcast is taking you on our Tulum vacation where we spent a full week exploring the best cenotes in Tulum, walking ancient Mayan ruins in Tulum, eating endless tacos, lounging on the beach, and exploring nearby Bacalar. On this trip to Tulum Mexico we explored four different cenotes and three different ruin […]

May 10, 2022

Tulum Vacation: The Best Cenotes, Ruins, and Things to Do

A roundup of the 10 best places to visit in Summer if you want to escape the heat and humidity! When you hear the best summer destinations oftentimes you think of beaches, sunshine, and sweat. Not in this episode! Sometimes our definition of the best summer vacation destinations includes places like Glacier National Park which […]

Yellowstone Morning Glory

May 3, 2022

The 10 Best Places to Visit in Summer

We’re covering all the fun things to do in Austin! We keep it weird as we travel to Austin Texas with stories and adventures from two separate trips to the capitol of the lone star state. There are so many things to do in Austin that you’ll want to visit again and again! From great […]

Barton Creek in Austin Texas

April 26, 2022

Things to Do in Austin While Vacationing

In this episode we’re taking you on a trip to two of Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks – Arches and Canyonlands National Park. These two parks are close enough to see both on the same weekend trip.  If you want to visit Arches and Canyonlands in one day that is certainly possible, but it’s better […]

April 19, 2022

Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Weekend Trip

We’re sharing stories from our trips of some of the worst travel etiquette and giving you tips on being a better traveler. From the worst B-O on a 14-hour flight to obnoxious travel buddies, to loud people in the hotel hallways. In this episode we are re-living and laughing about it all plus giving you […]

April 5, 2022

Hilarious and Horrible Travel Etiquette

We are having ourselves some Guanajuato travel in this episode! Guanajuato is an artsy, colorful town in Mexico. There are so many fun things to do in Guanajuato Mexico that make for the perfect weekend getaway. Not to mention all the things to see in Guanajuato! Just walking around and looking at the color, decor, […]

April 1, 2022

The Best Things to do in Guanajuato

Spring is one of the best seasons to travel in because weather is warming up, tourism is low with most places being in a shoulder season meaning prices are usually cheaper than peak season! We do a lot of travel in May every year and have some great recommendations for the best places to visit […]

March 29, 2022

13 Places to Visit in Spring

This episode is dedicated to the best beaches in San Diego! With over 70 miles of gorgeous coastline, San Diego brings unique personality and draw to each of its beaches. No two are alike and all are worth a visit. We have the best beaches in San Diego for families – yes some are better […]

March 22, 2022

Best Beaches San Diego

Friend twosomes and couples traveling together is one of the best ways to explore a new place. With our partner in crime and a full itinerary a weekend trip or longer international getaway can be so much fun! But as with any kind of group, there can be issues! In this episode we talk about […]

March 15, 2022

Couple Vacation Ideas & Tips to Have a Good Time

This one is for the non-hikers out there with 11 easy national parks to visit – no hiking required! America’s national parks have so much natural beauty to take in, and much of it you can see and enjoy without trekking miles uphill to the summit. These national parks can be enjoyed to the fullest […]

March 8, 2022

Easy National Parks to Visit – No Hiking Required!

We’re bringing you a whole episode dedicated to what to do in London. We visited for the first time on a three-day trip and packaged as much as we could into this trip to London as possible. From afternoon tea and ancient encounters, to English pubs and royal sightings – London was amazing! We’re giving […]

March 1, 2022

What to Do in London, England

This episode is part two of our Grand Teon and Yellowstone National Parks week long trip. We spent three days in Yellowstone National Park. In America’s first and most iconic national park we give you all the details on Yellowstone’s unique geological landscape. From beautiful colorful thermal pools, to magnificent geyers, to abundant wildlife, Yellowstone […]

February 22, 2022

What to See in Yellowstone National Park

We’re giving you five epic road trip ideas to take in different parts of the United States. We have long cross country road trips, coastal road trips, and even some of the iconic road trips you see in movies – like the Hwy 1 in California. We love a good road trip at the Travel […]

February 15, 2022

5 Awesome Road Trip Ideas to Take

In this episode we are visiting Grand Teton National Park and all of the amazing sights here! We give you all the details on hiking trails, and where to stay and eat in Jackson, Wyoming plus tons of laughs and stories from our few days there. Hikes and Sights to See in Grand Teton National […]

February 8, 2022

Visiting Grand Teton and Sharing the Best Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

Come with us as we travel to Maui for a beach vacation to the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii. We spent a long weekend here, and as always, jam packed it without enough beach time and outdoor adventures to satisfy any travelers wish list.  If you’re thinking about taking a Maui vacation we have recommendations […]

February 2, 2022

Maui Travel Tips & Recommendations

We’re bringing you the best places to visit in California to see everything the state has to offer. From beaches to deserts to mountains, and from northern California to southern California – this is the ultimate list of beautiful and unique places to visit in California. This list even brings you to three national parks! […]

January 18, 2022

10 Amazing Places to Visit in California

We are sharing how to plan a trip and save money along each step of the way, so you can do more within your budget! We give you our best trip planning tips and money saving hacks, and we have a lot of them! We take you step-by-step through our process for researching, booking, and […]

January 1, 2022

How to Plan a Trip & Save Money While You Do It

Reflecting on our travel stories from 2021 and giving a sneak peek at a few plans we have for travel in 2022. Despite the craziness with travel we managed to visit two  2 countries, 15 states, and 8 national parks. Countries: Mexico, Ecuador States: Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, Colorado, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Utah, Nevada, […]

December 28, 2021

Travel Stories from 2021

In this episode we break down the best national parks to visit by month so you have plans for every season this year!  We explored these national parks during these months and found it to be the perfect time of year for each one. To determine the best national park to visit during each month […]

December 26, 2021

Best National Parks to Visit by Month

In this episode we take you on a romantic honeymoon cruise along the Danube River. The second longest river in Europe, this cruise passes through Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Krems, Salzburg, and Passau. We did this cruise in December during the European Christmas markets season and had so much fun seeing the Christmas decorations, snacks and […]

December 14, 2021

Danube Winter Cruise Experience & European Itinerary

We travel several times a month either on road trips, international vacations, or quick weekend getaways in a nearby state. We’ve learned a few ways to get more bank for your buck and optimize your time there so we’re sharing our best travel hacks. If you want travel life hacks that will ultimately make it […]

December 7, 2021

Travel Hacks from Frequent Travelers

We’re giving you the top 10 winter vacation destinations if you want to be a snow bunny and enjoy crispy temperatures or if you want to escape the cold and travel somewhere warmer during winter months. The best winter vacations can be warm or cold depending on what you like and what kind of vacation […]

November 30, 2021

Best Winter Vacations to Escape or Enjoy the Cold

We’re taking you to the spicy city of Miami with the hottest things to do in Miami Florida. If you are taking a vacation in Miami you’ll be spending plenty of time in the ocean and on the beach, but there are so many things to do in Miami that don’t involve those warm Caribbean […]

November 23, 2021

The Hottest Things to Do in Miami

We aired this episode on Kim’s birthday so we’re celebrating with an episode dedicated to birthday trip ideas! We share some of the best trips we’ve taken for our birthdays and recommend birthday vacation destinations for your next birthday trip. From hiking to partying to everything in between, these are the memories we’ve made on […]

November 16, 2021

Birthday Trip Ideas & Our Best Memories

We’re bringing you 13 of the best brunch in San Diego, CA. Our hometown knows how to do brunch right and every weekend you can find a ton of great places to have brunch in San Diego in every neighborhood. With so many unique neighborhoods and so much good food it can be hard to […]

November 9, 2021

The Best Brunch in San Diego

We’re  sharing our 8-day guided trip to Ecuador with Gate1 Travel! Postponed due to COVID, we finally made the trip to Ecuador and it was more than amazing! If you’re considering an Ecuador vacation all we can say is do it!! We did not go to the Galapagos Islands on this trip, but Ecuador has […]

November 2, 2021

Ecuador

This one is dedicated to our top travel tips to make you a better traveler. We are self-proclaimed ‘expert’ travelers and are giving you our best travel tips, hacks, and advice for better travel planning, booking to save money, packing tips, and little things you can do to be a better traveler and make your […]

October 19, 2021

Top Travel Tips to Help You Be a Better Traveler

We interviewed Lindsay Woychick, an American living in Spain as an expat, on all things Spain to know about traveling to Spain and what it’s like for an American expat in Spain! The Travel Squad has not yet been to Spain so we ask all the hard hitting questions in this episode about what to […]

October 12, 2021

An American Living in Spain Ft. Lindsay W

We’re taking you to each of the big 5 national parks in Utah to explore the best hikes and sights in each of these unique natural wonders. How many national parks are in Utah? Five! And this episodes goes into each one. We’ve been to all 5 on different trips and love each one for […]

October 5, 2021

The Big 5 National Parks in Utah

We’re taking you on a fall trip to New England to see beautiful fall colored trees and do fun fall activities. We used Boston as our home base and stayed at a great hotel there. If you’ve never seen Boston in the fall, then what are you waiting for? It’s ana amazing time to be […]

September 28, 2021

Fall Trip to New England – Fall Foliage & Spooky Things

We’re taking you to 11 amazing day trips from Las Vegas. All of these places are within 20 minute to four hours driving distance from Las Vegas so you can get out of Sin City for a while or stay a night and make for some fun weekend trips from Las Vegas too. You will […]

September 21, 2021

11 Cool Day Trips from Las Vegas

This is a fun interview with travel business owners Alex and Elise, creators of the young professionals small group travel company: Here and Now Travel on how to start a travel business you love. Alex and Elise had a vision to create a travel company specifically for young, working adults who wanted to travel and […]

September 14, 2021

How to Start a Travel Business FT. Here and Now Travel

Taking you just south of the Southern U.S. border to the best places to visit in Baja California, Mexico. These five cool places are just a few minutes drive from San Diego making it super easy to visit by land. We live in San Diego and love exploring Baja California, from Tijuana to the most […]

September 7, 2021

5 Best Places to Visit in Baja California

We have a special East Coast road trip to celebrate our 100th podcast episode! We used Williamsburg, Virginia as our hub to explore and went to several East Coast road trip stops on this week trip including Virginia, Washington D.C., Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and Ocean City, Maryland.  This action packed week includes amusement parks, food […]

August 31, 2021

East Coast Road Trip – Virginia, DC, Delaware & Maryland

In this episode we cover the latest headlines in international travel news and share a few of the best deals to save on your next trip. In this episode we talk about Canada reopening to Americans and the world, NYC requiring vaccinations for all indoor activity, COVID tests still required to fly back into the […]

August 24, 2021

International Travel News Update

We’re celebrating our two year podcast anniversary by giving you all of our very best travel recommendations, tips, and hacks to save money, plan better, see and do all the cool stuff and ultimately travel much more often!  In this episode we each recommend our top choice for international destinations, places to visit in the […]

August 17, 2021

Our Best Travel Recommendations

In this episode we share our experience hiking Rainbow Mountain Peru and give our best tips for hiking at high elevation.  This was such a fun interview the Travel Squad did on the Ashley P Travels Podcast. In this fun episode we share stories from hiking at extremely high altitudes in Peru and the adventures […]

August 3, 2021

Hiking Rainbow Mountain Peru at Extremely High Elevation

This is our ultimate list of the best hiking gear you need if you love hiking as much as we do! We’ve linked our top hiking gear recommendations from Amazon in each category and explain why you need it and how it helps on the trail. From backpacks to headlamps to socks and buffs to […]

July 27, 2021

Hiking Products

This is a fun one! We’re exploring Shenandoah National Park and New River Gorge National Park – the newest national park in the United States. Since they are so close you can couple these two into a weekend trip and see the best of both without taking any PTO! This east coast adventure features wild […]

July 20, 2021

Things to Do in Shenandoah National Park & New River Gorge White Water Rafting

This is an amazing interview with two people we’ve been dying to talk to – Erika and Shane, the father/daughter brains behind Travel Stamps. We are obsessed with this national parks travel stamps book, we collect them at every national park we go to so this was a dream come true episode. We go into […]

July 13, 2021

Travel Stamps Interview on How The Idea Became a Business

This one is a weekender in true Travel Squad style. We fly to Nashville for a honky tonk good time on Broadway, southern food, and a day trip to the amazing Mammoth Caves National Park for some large cave exploration on Mammoth cave tours. Highlights of Mammoth Cave National Park & Nashville- Episode Transcript 3 […]

July 6, 2021

Mammoth Caves & Nashville

This one is for the aspiring traveling families out there. In this episode we interview special guests Mandi and Garrett from Connected Family Travel on their best family travel tips. We talk all about travel hacking to use points and deals to afford family travel, tips for traveling with kids, insight on traveling internationally as […]

June 29, 2021

Family Travel Tips ft. Mandi & Garrett of Connected Family Travel

We’re excited to celebrate the reopening of California! Today we’re bringing you the top headlines in California travel and tempting you to come visit with travel deals you won’t be able to resist. As San Diego locals we’re sharing exactly what it’s like in this vacation destination now that restrictions have been lifted and tourists […]

June 22, 2021

California News/Deals

We’re taking you on a quick weekend trip to Capitol Reef National Park in Utah for some awesome Capitol Reef hikes – one of which is at sunrise and is absolutely worth it!  In this episode we tell you what to do in Capitol Reef National Park for a two-day visit. We give you the […]

June 15, 2021

Capitol Reef Hikes & What to Do in the National Park

This guest interview features another San Diego local and expert on the hiking scene and how to start backpacking. Hiking with Britt joins the squad to share her favorite trails around San Diego, hiking advice including trail etiquette, how to start hiking and backpacking, tips for new backpackers, and how she got involved with a […]

June 8, 2021

How to Start Backpacking ft. Hiking with Britt

Travel to the US Virgin Islands, particularly St John island from St Thomas to continue your US Virgin Islands vacation with a trip to the national park. We travel to St John in this part two continuation from our trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands. St John is famous for having the US Virgin islands […]

May 11, 2021

Travel to UV Virgin Islands to See the Best of St John and USVI National Park

Diving into how travel affects mental health positively in various aspects of development and quality of life. In this episode we are announcing some major Travel Squad Podcast news! We’re changing the format of our podcast to include traveler and travel business owner interviews and bring you more deals and news in travel. We also […]

May 4, 2021

How Travel Affects Mental Health Positively

We’re going to the Caribbean with a week long St. Thomas vacation! St Thomas is beautifully located in the U.S. Virgin Islands and is one of the most beautiful islands in the “United States” In this two-part episode we explore Magens Bay Beach, Sapphire Beach, Coki Beach, and Lindquist Beach on St. Thomas. We also […]

April 27, 2021

Relaxing and Fun Week St Thomas Vacation

We went on our first weekend road trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks over Easter weekend. We drove 5 hours from San Diego and did one park on each day of this April weekend. We share the best things to see in Sequoia National Parks, and adjacent Kings Canyon National Parks.  There are […]

April 20, 2021

Weekend Hiking Trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

We’re bringing you the 11 best solo travel for women tips from the expert herself. Zeina spent her early 20s traveling through Europe and living in Lebanon and is bringing you stories from her adventures, solo female travel safety tips, advice on how to make friends while traveling solo, and answer all your questions on […]

April 13, 2021

Solo Travel Tips, Safety Advice, and Stories

We are here to settle the debate one and for all: Is it better to stay in an Airbnb, a hotel, a hostel, or a timeshare? There are so many options and it depends on the place, who you’re going with, what you’ll be doing, and what you budget. If you’re comparing Airbnb vs hotel […]

April 6, 2021

Airbnb vs Hotel vs Timeshare vs Hostel – Pros & Cons of Each

We go south of the border to Valle De Guadalupe wineries in Baja California, Mexico. Valle de Guadalupe is known as Mexico’s wine region and produces some of the best wines in the world. We explore the rural atmosphere in this episode, tell you where to stay in Valle de Guadalupe, how to get to […]

March 30, 2021

Valle de Guadalupe Wineries & Weekend Trips

Ashley from Ashley P Travels, guest interviews on the podcast today answering your questions on “what is it like to work on a cruise ship?” Ashley spent several years working on a cruise ship and in this episode she reveals what it’s really like to live a travel life and work on a cruise ship, […]

March 16, 2021

What is it Like to Work on a Cruise Ship? Ashley P Travels Reveals All

We’re going tropical with our ten favorite places in the Caribbean and why we have so much love for Caribbean island vacations. Whether it’s a cruise or you’re going to the Caribbean for a staycation getaway, the islands bring so much different personality. We’ve been to some of the best places to visit in the […]

March 2, 2021

10 Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean & Why We Love Them So Much

Taking you on an energetic weekender in Sedona, Arizona to some of the best hikes in Sedona and best places to visit in Sedona. This majestic mountain town is known for its energy vortexes, gorgeous red rocks, and spiritual and healing vibes. This desert mountain town gets cold in the winter, hot in the summer, […]

February 23, 2021

Weekend Trip to Visit Sedona to Do the Best Hikes

We’re talking about the less glamorous sides of travel – things like travel scams, mishaps, and when things don’t go exactly as planned. Whether it’s being cheap and missing out on once in a lifetime experiences or your phone getting stolen and it threatens the mood of your whole trip, we have to remember to […]

February 9, 2021

Travel Scams, Mishaps, and Mistakes to Avoid

We’re getting romantic with 11 places to visit in the U.S. and worldwide that give off major love vibes. This episode comes just in time for Valentine’s Day. Each place on the list brings its own lovely atmosphere, charming views, and intimate settings that makes for a perfect couples getaway. Whether you’re celebrating the holiday, […]

February 2, 2021

Romantic Places to Visit in the U.S. and Worldwide

Olympic National Park Hikes & Mt Rainier National Park Hikes in 4 Days We’re taking you up to the Pacific Northwest of the United States to two amazing national parks that you can experience  in one trip. Mt. Rainier and Olympic National Park are four hours driving apart, but are so different.  Mt. Rainier National […]

January 26, 2021

Mount Rainier & Olympic

We’re taking you on another Pacific Northwest trip to explore two amazing national parks for some of the best hikes in North Cascades and Glacier National Parks. Both parks offer amazing mountain views, gorgeous green scenery, and great hiking trails. You can experience both parks in just a few days, we’re giving you the highlights […]

January 26, 2021

Best Hikes in North Cascades & Glacier National Parks

We’re diving into some of the best travel credit cards with rewards for travel so you can use points and save your dollars and ultimately (like we always say) travel more often! In this episode we break down the best credit cards for travel looking at the travel perks each card offers including points for […]

January 12, 2021

Travel Credit Cards

We’re taking you to the iconic mountain town of Lake Tahoe and sharing the best things to do in Lake Tahoe and the places you have to visit year round.  Lake Tahoe sits on the border of California and Nevada, with parts of the town in both states. Tahoe is a winter sports lovers dream, […]

January 5, 2021

Best Things to Do in Lake Tahoe in Summer and Winter

Inspiring a year of global travel with our best international destination recommendation for every month of the year. We give you the best place to visit outside of the U.S. for each month of the year including the weather you can expect, sights to see, things to do, and the reason that month is the […]

January 4, 2021

The Best International Travel Destinations for Every Month

This one is all about the trips we took in 2019 and a sneak peak of the trips we already have planned for 2020. Amongst the Travel Squad in 2019, we went on 21 adventures, visited 10 countries and 10 states in the US. The episode talks about how long each of the trips were, […]

December 31, 2020

2019 Travel Recap

Wrapping up a crazy year of travel and looking ahead to better travel days to come. Despite a pandemic we visited three countries, 11 states and 11 national parks and hit some major accomplishments on the podcast thanks to YOU, our listeners. In the second annual “year in travel” wrap up, we recount the trips […]

December 29, 2020

2020 Travels, We Did More Than You Might Think

We’re going international with a trip Zeina took with her best friend, Nicole to do some of the best things to do in Belize.  You may remember Nicole from the Mexican wedding episode or any of the name drops throughout our episodes.  Nicole joins as our guest on this episode to talk about their best […]

December 22, 2020

Best Things to Do in Belize on a 5-Day Best Friend Trip

We’re bringing you a whole episode dedicated to how to stay healthy while traveling. This year we have talked more about health and traveling – or not traveling – than ever before  and we want to keep you doing both! We’re bringing you our best tips to stay healthy while traveling including what to pack […]

December 15, 2020

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

We’re encouraging you to explore your own backyard with the best day trips from San Diego. We’re sharing 10 amazing places within driving distance of San Diego for a quick day trip out of town to explore Southern California and Baja California, Mexico. These fun day trips from San Diego are within just a few […]

December 8, 2020

10 Best Day Trips from San Diego

We’re taking you to Arizona on a two-day road trip from Saguaro National Park to Petrified Forest National Park. These are two amazing desert parks that don’t require a lot of hiking, but each have a unique layout with one-of-a-kind sights to take in. You can expect to hear about the interesting petrified wood logs-turned […]

December 1, 2020

2 Day Road Trip from Saguaro National Park to Petrified Forest National Park

We have a special Austin influencer guest interview with Amanda from Exploring Amanda. She is an Austin, Texas local with some great insider’s recommendations on what to see, eat, and do in Austin. Amanda is truly bringing us a locals guide to Austin whether you’ve been a million times or it’s your first time in […]

November 17, 2020

Interview with Austin Influencer, Exploring Amanda

We’re going way back to our roots in Northern California to bring you the best fun things to do in Sacramento if you’re here for a conference or a visit!  We spent years doing stuff around our state capitol, so we’re giving all the highlights of Sacramento including things to do in Downtown and Midtown […]

November 10, 2020

Things to Do in Sacramento

We’re going international with a trip to the tropical Palawan island in the Philippines. This gorgeous Pacific island has turquoise clear waters, impressive sea stacks, amazing food, and tons of island adventures, and it’s a very affordable place to visit! There are so many things to do in Palawan and we’ve been several times so […]

October 13, 2020

The Best Places to Visit and Things to Do in Palawan Island Philippines

This one is sharing the 10 best national parks we LOVE and know you’ll love to! In this episode we also announce the launch of our new trip itineraries! If you love nature, hiking, and traveling in the U.S. then this episode is for you! We have been to sooooo many national parks and have […]

October 6, 2020

10 Best National Parks You’ll Love

This one is all about this city’s favorite food: San Diego tacos! With San Diego being on the border with Mexico you know it’s going to have an abundance of amazing tacos. When visiting America’s finest city home hungry and try as many of these 13 best tacos in San Diego. The very best tacos […]

September 29, 2020

The Best Tacos in San Diego

This is a fun episode of the top 20 travel questions we have been asked, giving you our very best travel advice! We’re giving our tips and secrets for saving money on travel, advice for traveling smarter and better, and giving travel advice we’ve learned over the years of traveling. Plus a few funny stories […]

September 15, 2020

20 Travel Tips and Our Best Travel Advice

We’re telling you what to see in Francisco whether it’s your first time or you’re looking for more fun things to do. This iconic American city has so much history, personality, and fun stuff to do. We grew up visiting “the city” and have made a lot of great memories here and have lots to […]

September 1, 2020

What to See in San Francisco

We’re busting the myth that a vacation has to throw off your diet and showing you how to eat healthy while traveling. Yes, you want to try the local cuisine, and indulge a little, but if you’re trying to stick to certain health and diet goals, let the travel tips in this episode prove to […]

August 25, 2020

How to Eat Healthy While Traveling

We share our favorite travel products that make travel easier and more fun. These are travel products we use on the road on the go that make our lives so much easier while on the go! Airplane Foot Hammock – https://amzn.to/315RNBm Inflatable Neck Pillow – https://amzn.to/3h7jWNV  Everlasting Comfort Travel Pillow – https://amzn.to/2Q0B0Jl  6-Piece Packing Cube […]

August 18, 2020

Our Favorite Travel Products

We took a three day Hawaii Big Island vacation right before quarantine hit and the world shut down. Three days is not a lot of time, but if you know the squad, you know we packed in full days of sightseeing, eating local foods, and vacationing in each of those three days of Big Island […]

August 11, 2020

Big Island Hawaii

This one is going to make you hungry! We’re talking all about the best middle eastern food! Isn’t one of the best things about travel, trying all the amazing new foods of that culture? Middle Eastern food does NOT disappoint when it comes to amazing food and cultural traditions that surround food and drink. Eating […]

August 4, 2020

The Best Middle Eastern Food You Have to Try When Visiting

In this two-part episode we take you with us to the best places to visit in Japan on a two week trip in winter. The squad, plus or minus a few others, spent 14 days traveling through Japan, eating ramen and sushi, sightseeing, and enjoying all the attractions this amazing country has to offer.  We […]

July 28, 2020

Best Places to Visit in Japan

We’re sharing 13 amazing San Diego hikes with the iconic trails and viewpoints America’s Finest City is known for. On this list we have the most popular trails like Potato Chip Rock and Devil’s Punch Bowl and we give lesser known hikes in San Diego that are equally as amazing with less foot traffic. With […]

July 14, 2020

13 of the Best Hikes in San Diego

There are so many benefits of travel on your happiness, growth, gratefulness, quality of life, and creativity. In this episode we talk about all the ways travel has enriched our lives, made us happier, and brought so much joy into our lives. We share experiences that have made us appreciate other cultures, benefited our mental […]

April 21, 2020

The Life Changing Benefits of Travel 

We are taking you with us on a 3 day weekend getaway to Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Located in New Mexico and Texas, these two parks are only an hour apart, although they are in different states, which makes it easy to experience both of them on a weekend trip. Carlsbad Caverns […]

April 14, 2020

Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains

We’re taking you to the pacific northwest of the USA to the beautiful mountains of Idaho with the best things to do in Boise, the surrounding mountains, and nearby natural hot springs! In this episode we explore Boise, dip into two different amazing natural hot springs in Idaho, see wildlife and amazing views, and enjoy […]

April 7, 2020

Things To Do in Boise

This one is a rager! We’re going all the way to the iconic Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan, Thailand. The monthly all-nighter is full of neon clothes, body paint, fire dancers, buckets of booze, and partying! We’re giving all the tips to do it right We have the Chelseas on the podcast to talk […]

March 31, 2020

Ultimate Guide to the Full Moon Party Thailand

We’re sharing our best advice and recommendations for getting in a workout and staying fit while traveling! This episode gives you our tips and tricks for getting in steps and working up a sweat while on a trip. From the airport to the temple, we show you the world is your gym and that travel […]

March 24, 2020

Tips for Being Active & Staying Fit While Traveling

We’re going to Sin City and enticing you to visit Las Vegas for a weekend of fun! Las Vegas is an adult’s playground and can give you a different experience each time you visit depending on where you stay and what you want to get into. With so many things to do in Las Vegas […]

March 17, 2020

Enticing You to Visit Las Vegas with the Best Things to Do

We tell you how to pack for a trip the smart way, from fitting it all in to packing faster and easier where you can find everything easily. We share our tips for packing a carry on including folding techniques, what to put in your carry on, how to fit alcohol souveniers in your carry […]

March 10, 2020

Our Top Packing Tips for Travel

We’re going on a weekend trip to visit Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, a place with gorgeous orange and red colors, rock formations like hoodoos and archways. We loved Bryce Canyon and you will too! We’re sharing the best hikes in Bryce Canyon for those that love longer hikes and those that are looking […]

March 3, 2020

The Best Hikes in Bryce Canyon

We’re taking you to the opulent city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates! As always we are giving some tips for navigating the city, what you can expect from norms and cultural differences, the low down on the bathroom situation, and the inside scoop and all the best things to do in Dubai on […]

February 25, 2020

Things to Do in Dubai in 2 Days

We took a squad trip to visit Lebanon, see the family, and tour this small, but mighty country. We go to ancient Roman ruins, blizzard mountains, have espresso on the Mediterranean sea, and eat SO much delicious Lebanese food. We actually did a whole episode on middle eastern food, you can listen to it here. […]

February 18, 2020

Visit Lebanon and Fall in Love With This Amazing Place

This Palm Desert girls trip includes a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park and a second day doing the Mecca Hills Painted Canyon Ladder Canyon Hike. This hidden gem cannot be missed and we have the details for how to get there and what to expect on this very unique trail. Palm Desert, California […]

February 11, 2020

Girls Trip Ideas: Palm Springs Girls Trip

We’re giving all our best travel tips and advice to that first time traveler. We’re taking everything we learned throughout our extensive local and international travel experiences and sharing all the things we wish we knew when we started traveling. The top tips for first time international travelers and debunking the common excuses people give […]

February 4, 2020

Tips for the First Time Traveler

We’re taking a mountain weekend trip and bringing you the best things to do in Big Bear Lake, CA. Big Bear is a cute small Southern California mountain town known for its winter recreational sports, water activities on the lake, and hiking trails. The town is a three-hour drive from San Diego and the Travel […]

January 28, 2020

Things to Do in Big Bear on a Weekend Trip

Our 14-day African adventure was packed with sightseeing, African foods, safaris, nature, animals, and so much more! This was another epic adventure with Gate1 Travel. We talk bathrooms when there is a drought, ordering food in South Africa, the amazing natural scenery, and how moving it is to see rhinos, hippopotamus, lions, and more African […]

January 21, 2020

Two Week South Africa Trip 

This one is all about New York City travel! We’re taking a trip to The Big Apple also known as the The City that never sleeps, New York City!  NYC is a global tourist destination with more things to see and do than you could possibly fit into one, two, or even three or more […]

January 20, 2020

New York City Travel Stories & Tips

This is a HOT episode because we’re exploring the hottest place in the world and bringing you the best things to do in Death Valley National Park. The travel squad goes on a 48-Hour weekend trip to Death Valley National Park from San Diego. We provide tips for visiting Death Valley National Park and things […]

December 24, 2019

Things to Do in Death Valley National Park

This one is a hoot! We go to Hot Springs National Park Arkansas for an overnight adventure soaking in hot springs, enjoying nature, and enjoying our friends’ company! This weekend adventure flew us into Dallas with a road trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas. The only place in the country where the town, and everything in […]

December 17, 2019

Iconic Visit to Hot Springs National Park Arkansas

This one is all about Mexican wedding traditions and the craziness that is Mexican weddings! As a squad we’ve been to one wild wedding in Mexico, and Kim has been to two other even crazier wedding weekends in Mexico. We live to tell the tales, recount the drinks (not water), the dancing, the Mexican wedding […]

December 10, 2019

Mexican Wedding Traditions & Things to Know Before You Go

We’re sharing the top things to do in San Diego to get the full SD experience. From the north county to just north of the Mexican border, there is SO much to do in America’s Finest City we had trouble narrowing it down to just 13.  If you are a newcomer to San Diego – […]

December 3, 2019

Top Things to Do in San Diego Right Now

This one is all about Chi-town! The windy city has deep historical roots in American history and it’s all over the architecture and personality of this iconic metropolis. We took a quick weekend trip to  Chicago and visited two other states and a national park while on this trip! You know we can’t take a […]

November 19, 2019

The Best Things to See and Do on a Chicago Trip

We travel through Peru and in this episode, we’re exploring the cultural city of Cusco. There are so many things to do in Cusco Peru that we did everything on our list and more! It’s small enough to be walkable, but big enough that you can walk  and walk and walk and climb stairs and […]

November 5, 2019

3 Days of Things to Do in Cusco

We spent three days in Denver on a July weekend to celebrate Jamal’s birthday. There were so many fun things to do in Denver! You just have to know you’re not going to stay in Denver proper to do all of them. Denver for purposes of this episode consist of many of the surrounding nature […]

October 29, 2019

How to Spend 3 Days in Denver

We’re sharing how to survive a long haul flight, long haul flight essentials to pack, what to wear on a long-haul flight, and general long haul flight tips to make it just a little more comfortable. We’ve had travel days lasting over 35 hours to get to some destinations and many flights that went 8-18 […]

October 15, 2019

Long Haul Flight Essentials

We spent one amazing  day at Shanghai Disneyland and we could not be more obsessed! It truly is the happiest place on earth and this park is our favorite of all the Disney Parks in the world! We have been to all – except for Hong Kong – and this one still reigns supreme! This […]

October 8, 2019

Tips and Stories to Inspire You to Visit Shanghai Disneyland

WE attempted to brave the worst storm in California in 20 years to take a Hwy 1 road trip through Big Sur, but a major mudslide that took out part of the highway prevented us from seeing it all. We recount the mudslide that put a wrench in our plans, but how we recovered for […]

October 1, 2019

The [Almost] Iconic Hwy 1 Road Trip

We share our ‘how we met stories’ and give you a more in depth look at where each of us came from, our journey to becoming travel obsessed, and how we became a travel squad! We also give you advice on how to start traveling because as you can see from this episode, we weren’t […]

September 17, 2019

Our ‘How We Met Stories’ + Tips for How to Start Traveling

3 days, 4 states, and so much later on this American Southwest road trip. In episode #8 we tell stories from our three day road trip through Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and California and give you tips on how to see it all when you take this trip for yourself. We cover: Road tripping Winter hiking […]

September 10, 2019

American Southwest Road Trip

Cuba is a wild place with friendly people, classic cars everywhere, and tons of drinks! We share our Cuba travel guide for Americans looking to visit and curious on the best things to do in Cuba and the best places to see in Cuba. This beautiful, cultural country should be on everyone’s bucket list. In […]

September 3, 2019

Cuba Travel Guide for an American

In this episode we’re giving you all our “secrets” for how we take trips every month, and how YOU can travel more often too.  We share how we schedule travel around work and other life priorities and the tips and hacks we use to travel for free to travel cheaper so we can afford to […]

August 15, 2019

How to Travel More Often

In episode #3 we’re traveling to China and sharing all our tips and experiences so you can too! We took a 10-day guided tour with Gate1 Travel to China visiting three vacation spots in China: Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai China is such an interesting place! In this episode we talk about what you need to […]

August 15, 2019

Why You Should Travel to China

Aloha! In this episode we share our Kauai travel stories from a week trip to this beautiful island. Kauai is absolutely gorgeous from hiking in the Grand Canyon of the Pacific to sailing the sunset seas along the Napali Coast, there are so many things to do and see in Kauai. We stayed in the […]

August 15, 2019

Kauai Travel for First Time Visitors

Bienvendidos! In our very first podcast episode on travel to Mexico City we reveal how we came up with the idea to start a travel podcast – while we squished in the back of a tiny cab in Mexico City at 1 AM. Since this is where it all started, we’re kicking off this travel […]

Xochimilco in Mexico City

August 15, 2019

Mexico City Travel