We have not posted a whole lot on our blog these past few months. We have been poorly behaved bloggers. Things in America have kept us busy and stressed. Politics and policy became more important than fun and cultural enrichment. Travel, for us, took a backseat.
The 2016 holiday gift giving season is upon us! We’ve been busy little bees setting up our new Ramblin’ HQ in San Antonio, TX. With that in mind we’ve decided to shake things up and do something a little different this year! We’ve got two sections of our Gift Guide for the Travel Lover this year! One for great gifts that your travel loving friends and family will enjoy while exploring the world, and the other for lovely travel inspired gifts for the travelers’ home! Enjoy!
Winter might not seem like the ideal time to go on a hike, however beautiful views and isolated trails are some great perks of winter hiking.
The winter season is known for cold conditions, therefore it is crucial that you prepare properly for a winter hike. Depending on your location, winter conditions can vary from mild temperatures to snow and ice. No matter where you are, always check the weather to know what to expect. If you are in an area that is very snowy, a winter hike will most definitely require snowshoes for easy travel in deep snow.
Celebrating four years of being nomadic this month seems so surreal to me. For those of you that don’t know, or haven’t read our manifesto, Kenin and I both came from a retail work background and left our jobs after breaking down and nearly divorcing. We were working crazy hours and making great money, but we hardly ever saw each other. To make matters worse, when we did get time together, we spent it being exhausted and cranky. Neither of us ever planned on having a life full of money and status, but we worked hard and climbed that corporate ladder like there was a fire chasing us upward.
Eventually we found that we were utterly miserable and at a breaking point, so we made the choice to just walk away from it all. We embarked on a 30-day road trip to save our marriage and our sanity and we just couldn’t bring ourselves to go back to the back-breaking retail world and the consumerism that peddled it. Our marriage was more important to the both of us than the amount of money in our bank account. It became time for a major change.
We’ve been through quite a bit of ups and downs in our lives, and that’s still the most shining example of us “Dufresning it”.
When Kenin refers to getting out of any sticky situation in life he likes to refer to it as “Andy Dufresning” it. This is a reference to the main character, Andy Dufresne, from the Shawshank Redemption. When he escaped from Shawshank prison, Andy swam through a river of shit and came out “clean” on the other end, hence the coining of one of our favorite terms, “Defresning It”.
While there are many packing tricks and hacks for getting as much as you can into on bag, they often leave you with quite the mess when it comes to unpacking at your destination. This can be especially true of your smaller items like, socks, undies, and accessories. Origami Unicorn, the team behind the TUO ( travel undergarment organizer), recognized this and came up with a purpose built solution that not only helps you save space, but actually keeps everything supremely organized! Plus, how cute is that logo!?!