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An early morning in the dunes proved to me that you don’t have to travel around the world to find picturesque beauty and adventure. This park is easily as stunning as places we’ve seen abroad and it’s only four hours from home. Hope you have a great weekend guys. Swipe to see the campsite! ⛺️
One of my favorite spots in Colorado! There is nothing that makes me feel better, physically, mentally, or emotionally, than a long soak in hot mineral springs💧Aches and pains just melt away, along with any worries or lingering stress. It always leaves me feeling restored, what’s your favorite way to relax? 🍃
Traveling helps us keep the spark alive ⚡️ We love the quality time we spend and the memories we create together! One of the hardest things about being back home is how little we see of each other because we’re so busy. We hate living for the short weekend. Fortunately we’ll be traveling again soon! Did you know that most Americans only get two weeks off per year and still have the most unused vacation hours? It seems tough to find work/life balance in this country. How many weeks off do you get where you’re from? Have you found a balance? We’re curious...
Great Sand Dunes National Park in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado has the largest dunes in North America. Evidence of human habitation in the area dates back 11,000 years to the Southern Ute Tribe. Colorado’s oldest residents. But scientists believe the dunes themselves to be about 440,000 years old!
Travel tip: Many people come here on a day trip, but to truly experience it you must camp overnight in the dunes! For that you’ll need a permit. The backcountry office is inside the visitor center and it opens daily at 9am. Arrive early! The backcountry permit is free, but it’s first come first serve. Keep in mind that there are only 20 issued per day. Once you get a permit, I’d recommend hiking an hour or two before sunset to catch golden hour. It won’t be as hot by then and you’ll still have time to set up camp before it’s dark ⛺️ Check out our story for a night view!
Hey everyone! Matt here. As most of you know, we’re leaving to travel internationally again in two months! So I want to maximize the time we have left here and explore more of Colorado before we go!
I had a few days off recently so I decided to revisit Great Sand Dunes National Park. Sindhya was too busy working and none of my friends could go midweek! So I did what any true adventurer would, I packed up and went anyway!
The first time in my life I’d ever gone backpacking and camping solo. It was rainy earlier that afternoon so I wasn’t even sure it’d be a good night for star gazing. But I set my alarm for 3am and went to sleep under a sky of clouds.
When I woke up and stepped out of the tent, there it was, a big clear sky with the Milky Way hanging above me!! 🙄
This photo was taken around 5am, shortly before sunrise. I really liked that touch of blue sky.
Sometimes in life you just gotta go for it! If you always wait for others or for perfect weather, you might not ever go. This was a short trip, but it’s something I’ll never forget! The stillness and silence of the desert was priceless. Just me alone out there, feeling insignificant under the cosmos✨
Over the years we all maintain a certain emotional connection to the places we travel to. With any luck we make friends, eat the food, and develop a fondness for the local communities. We visited the beautiful Kerala backwaters last September, so it’s with heavy hearts that we recently heard about the floods occurring there. In case you’re unaware there are at least one million people displaced and over 400 dead. In what has been labeled the worst flood in over a century!
Maybe you’ve been to India too, maybe not? Maybe you have a few dollars to spare or know someone who does? The point is that travel in the digital age makes the world much smaller and perhaps we can use this platform for some good?
Maybe we can use it to actually help change a life! In case you also want to donate to the people of Kerala. THE LINK IS IN OUR BIO! Turns out you can do it directly through your google account. We want to encourage everyone out there to support a cause that you feel passionate about and to consider giving back something to the places you go when needed. Who’s with us on that? Thanks guys! 🙏🏼
Nusa Ceningan and the blue lagoon was one of our favorite places in Indonesia and we imagine this is a place that will change drastically in the next few years. The development is exploding and it’s going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out. Traveling has never been easier, you can go just about anywhere in the world in a day. And while visiting new places is incredible, we also realize that we impact the local environment and communities we visit... and it’s not always positive.
It’s easy to ignore this while we browse through our perfectly curated insta feeds and share only our best shots, but it’s something we have to come to terms with. Do any fellow travelers out there share these concerns? How do you balance the positive and negative aspects of travel? 🤔
LIFE UPDATE: We’re SUPER excited to announce that we’ll be traveling and living abroad again in early November! After a year back in the US of catching up with family, friends, and working to save money again, we’re out. ✌🏻It’s onto Mexico where we’ll eat copious amounts of tacos while we travel around and find a new place to live 🇲🇽🌮 From there we’ll explore more of Latin America. Send us your recommendations if you’ve ever been! Happy Tuesday guys hope you have a great week!!
One of the hardest things about being a traveler is you’re always missing somewhere or someone. Whether it’s the fat cat in your living room, hanging out with your family and best friends, the sun kissing your skin at that one beach that’s now across the world, or that bowl of noodles you had in Asia that you just can’t find where you’re from.
Saying goodbye is rough, but missing people and things is a reminder of their importance, and being away makes you appreciate them more. Can you relate? What do you miss most when you’re at home or abroad?
Just another day in New Orleans. Audubon Park is crazy beautiful! Here I am sitting on an old branch from “The Tree of Life” 💁🏻♀️🌳 Travel tip: Come here before sunset for nice lighting! If you climb up the branches a little ways you can see giraffes inside Audubon Zoo! 🦒
Thanks for all the love on the last post! 💛 We were able to host @everydayavacation for a few days on their US road trip when they came to Colorado recently. Such a chill couple! Patrick took this drone shot of us basking in the sun on a hike we did together 🚁 Have you ever met anyone new off the gram?
The Tree of Life is a large live oak that was likely planted hundreds of years ago (some say 1740) on what was then a sugarcane plantation and is now Audubon Park. It’s a must see if you ever visit New Orleans! I mean c’mon why wouldn’t you visit something called “The Tree of Life”? 🤔
It took visiting twice and some luck for us to get this shot with nice light and no people. It was shortly after a thunderstorm when most people left, but we stayed. And before you say “hey don’t hide under trees in the rain” there is actually a grounding rod on it so that it can withstand a lightning strike!⚡️How cool is that?
Let’s take a stroll through the Garden District neighborhood 🏡 One of the most beautiful and impressive areas of New Orleans! Originally developed between 1832 and 1900, it’s considered one of the best preserved collections of historic mansions in the Southern United States.
Notable residents of more recent years include - John Goodman, Anne Rice, Drew Brees, Trent Reznor, Peyton Manning, Nicholas Cage, Mos Def, and Sandra Bullock. If you ever visit don’t miss riding the old streetcar for only $1.25 🚃 Swipe left to see more! ⬅️
We’re back after a brief hiatus with loads more shots from New Orleans to share with ya’ll! We were absolutely blown away by the lush vegetation and old trees down there 😳 That Louisiana summer heat ain’t no joke though! Zoom in to see Matt’s sweaty shirt 😅 No wonder people drink frozen daiquiris like they’re going out of style! Where are you spending your summer? ☀️
Isn’t it cool that we can inspire one another to travel places? All from our phones on this crazy app (although the algorithm sucks) it’s pretty f*cking amazing! We’ve seen soo many places on instagram, things we never knew existed, we’ve made friends from here to Australia, and many places in between! Hopefully this can inspire empathy as we all realize we’re citizens of the same world 🌍 So here’s to ya guys! We love you and this little community we’re all part of! Cheers🥂
Well we found our dream home in New Orleans! Built along the Mississippi River this “Steamboat House” is a national landmark. It was built in 1905 by a steamboat captain couple Milton and Mary Doullut. Seven years later, Paul, their son, built one of his own, across the street. The Lower Ninth Ward was devastated during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but the Doullut homes survived because the first floors were tiled in ceramic and designed to be “hosed off” after a flood. If you ever visit NOLA, be sure to check these gorgeous homes out! They are located near the levee in the Holy Cross neighborhood and are truly unique architectural masterpieces! 🚢👨✈️👩✈️
Well guys we’re back from New Orleans and it’s safe to say we LOVED it there! If it’s not on your bucket list it really needs to be! 🎭 The friendly people, creole cuisine, elegant decaying architecture, and a rich history that pre-dates America, make it our new favorite city in the US! 🇺🇸 When was the last time you were surprised by how much you enjoyed a new destination?
Did you even go to Bali if you didn’t twirl in front of this gate? 🤔 Only one more week til we leave for New Orleans and bring you guys along! We’ve been bustin’ our ass at work lately so it’s certainly well deserved 🙌🏻 Work. Save. Travel. That’s how we roll!
Tibetan Buddhist monks always pick the most scenic places to put monasteries! This is Diskit Monastery founded in the 14th century. It’s perched on a hill at 3100m (10,380ft) overlooking Nubra Valley an ancient section of the caravan trade route into China.
To reach this you must first drive over snowy Khardung La pass which claims to be the world’s highest motorable road at 5,359m (17,582ft). During the winter this area is completely shut off from the outside world due to heavy snowfall.
Have you ever visited a monastery?
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Excuse us while we kiss the sky! 😘 After five long days we stood on the final ascent of our Markha Valley trek in awe, soaking in the views of snowy Kang Yatze standing at 6,400m (21k ft) ⛰ Love and adventure always brings us to incredible heights, can you remember a time when you were on cloud 9? ☁️
Perak: A traditional headdress worn by women to symbolize the old kingdom in the Himalayan Ladakh region of Asia. It is made from a strap of leather studded with semi-precious stones, such as lapis lazuli and turquoise.
Matt loves taking portraits so we thought we’d share one and tell a little story about these ladies!
As the world continues to modernize these traditions seem to be on the decline, can you remember a time during your travels when you saw people in traditional dress? 🎎
If so, where?
Ever ridden a camel? This was the only time we rode an animal in Asia. We normally don’t participate much in animal tourism (certainly no elephant rides). But this ride was only fifteen minutes, the camels seemed healthy, and weren’t being overloaded.
Many local people depend on animals for their livelihood and we don’t believe everything involving animals to be unethical. But it’s important to use common sense when you do these sorts of things right?
Check out @spanacharity for an organization doing amazing work for animals and for more info on ethical animal tourism!
Download their holiday hooves guide online and consider the positive impact we can make on these kinds of industries✌🏻
The west mosque of the Taj Mahal complex and guest house to the east are empty early in the morning! While everyone is scrambling to shoot the Taj, take a quick detour to visit these first and you’ll likely have them all to yourself! 📷👌🏻
Sindhya spinning the prayer wheels at Kalachakra Temple in Dharamsala. The Buddhist mantras inscribed on them are believed to be put out into the universe when you turn them, earning you merit. Rotation is strictly clockwise! Ever seen any of these wheels on your travels? 😊
These street scenes may not get as much engagement as the shots of us do, but we love them nonetheless.
The beauty of photography is that even a simple moment like a woman buying apples can become a work of art.
We realize that so much of Instagram is personality driven, but we like to switch it up sometimes. Besides do people really just wanna see the same kinda shots over and over again!?
If you read this far what are your thoughts on feed consistency?
Starting off the week with this colorful street scene! We saw this man quietly reading the newspaper at his silk stand in the middle of an insanely chaotic market in Old Delhi. He seemed so peacefully unaware of the madness surrounding him. We love wandering the markets and capturing shots of local life wherever we go! Do you? 📷