Ashley and I are based out of Charlotte, NC USA
We want to see as much of the world as we can with what time we have on it. The world seems almost endless in what you are able to see in a lifetime. We want to fill our minds with as many memories as possible.
Even before Ashley and I met, we both loved adventures and the outdoors. Colin grew up sailing in Charleston and off the coast of Charleston and Ashley grew up exploring South Carolina. When we met, our love for travel and adventure grew even more.
Colin has been overlanding for over 10 years now. He has attended several Overland Expos, which is where he first met Charles from explmore. Colin created an overlanding group of more than 3000 members from the Carolina’s in the USA. Given that we are constantly surrounded by overlanders, we have learned many many skills and tricks. Ashley is a true detective when it comes to what is available on the internet. When traveling internationally, we almost feel like locals when we get to a new place. This comes from Ashley having researched the places and having a very good understanding of where we are headed and what to expect when we get there.
United States, Mexico, French Polynesia, Great Britain, France, Italy,Iceland, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Vatican City, Czech Republic, Honduras, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Belize, China.
We began traveling to more traditional destinations for Americans such as Europe, Mexico and Canada. After visiting Paris, we decided that we wanted to visit some lesser traveled locations such as China and Iceland. When COVID hit, and we were unable to fly, we decided to travel the United States in our self converted campervan.
Japan, Norway and South America. These have always been bucket list destinations that have been a little pricey to visit. But we feel that the post COVID era will lead to some discount flights and hotels.
Iceland. The natural beauty has been unmatched by anything we have yet to come across!
2005 Sprinter. Made it into a camper van, enough food and water for 2x weeks of living, lifted.
Recovery Boards, 40 gallons of water, Sony Sigma A7II Camera, Drone, iPad with maps
The drive to see as much of the Earth with what time we have on it.
Whenever we visit a shop or cafe, we usually like to have a short conversation with the person working there. We usually ask what their favorite thing is that they offer and what their favorite part of town is. This way we get a locals perspective of what they like about the area and place that we are visiting.
So that you realize that you and your beliefs are small in the global picture. If everyone can get along with everyone else, they would be in a much better place.
To spend as much time as possible exploring. This usually means starting our day around 0700, which is great because a lot of the popular attractions don’t get busy until 0900 or 1000.
Language barriers that have no relation to English. Chinese for example has an entirely different alphabet, so visual translation is very hard as well.
When we visited Italy, it was special for more than just the culture. Colin proposed to Ashley on a little beach on the Amalfi Coast. Later that day, whilst we were at lunch, this little old Italian waitress overheard what had happened earlier that day and in very very broken english, insisted on doing limoncello shots with her to celebrate. :)
Traveling has opened up our mindset and we love learning more about the cultures and world around us.
To be less stubborn and to work with local culture. Just because we are more comfortable doing something one way, the locals do it their way for a reason.
We do try to get out and see what new shops and restaurants are out there. We usually will give any spot a chance regardless of what the ratings are and decide for ourselves if we like it or not.
To use every chance you can get to get out and explore. Whether that means checking out a new restaurant in the city, a state park you’ve never been to, or even flying half way around the world to immerse yourself in a 3000 year old culture.
Life changing adventure doesn't have to be epic. Take every chance you can get. Go to that hiking trail 20 mins away. If you are on a business trip, leave the hotel and go get dinner across town. Even if you take a taxi or uber, you get to meet the people that live there and hear their stories.