Hi! We're Steve & Jess. A newlywed couple who has decided to chase our dreams of traveling the world while still maintaining "normal lives."

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We get a lot of people always asking us how we are able to travel so much. Most of those questions really stem from a belief that we are full-time travelers, digital nomads, or online teachers just traveling the world together. Even as exciting as that may sound, we have decided not to go down […]

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February 13, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About The Weekend Warrior Lifestyle

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There are many different ways to define a staycation, but most can agree that it is vacationing in your hometown or somewhere nearby. There are no driving long distances, hopping on flights or packing multiple suitcases while still reaping the benefits of a vacation! Sounds pretty amazing, right? Last weekend we got the chance to […]

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February 4, 2019

Ultimate Guide to Planning a Perfect Staycation

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We’ve all been there when we travel to this incredible place and want to capture the beauty of the area with ourselves and loved ones in the frame but not being able to follow through with that plan for a variety of reasons. I am hoping this guide of taking incredible travel photos as a […]

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January 30, 2019

How to Take Incredible Travel Photos as a Couple

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This past weekend we took a mini road trip to Jackson Hole to experience our first winter getaway of 2019! Although Steve does ski a little and I have had a few opportunities to snowboard, I wouldn’t consider ourselves “skiers”. With that said, we wanted to explore what other activities Jackson Hole had besides their […]

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January 17, 2019

Non-Skiers Winter Guide to Jackson Hole

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Steve and I usually travel with just the two of us but this past weekend it was a real treat being able to bring our friends and family on one of our weekend warrior getaways. Not only did we get to spend the weekend surrounded by our loved ones, but passed the time in an […]

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December 13, 2018

Weekend Getaway to Bear Lake, Utah

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Visiting Utah’s National Parks during the winter just may be our new favorite season of the year to go. The lack of crowds and cooler temps make it an appealing time to experience the surreal beauty that Utah has to offer. That was the case for our experience with Bryce Canyon in November. Where to […]

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November 12, 2018

Winter Visit to Bryce Canyon

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It’s that time of year again when hot chocolate, toasty indoor fires, and hot springs become much sought after! We’ve always loved hot springs. In fact, we took a day during our honeymoon to track down a local favorite in Idaho. We also make sure to check the area that we are driving through to […]

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November 1, 2018

Guide to Utah Hot Springs

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Page, Arizona has been on our radar for awhile and we finally got the chance to visit! Unfortunately, we didn’t have much time there- only about 24 hours. So here are our top tips and places to see if you are like us and don’t have too much time to spend. Where to Stay: Page, […]

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November 1, 2018

24 Hours in Page, Arizona

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Last week we traveled to Arizona to explore the ever famous Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon but had a free day that we wanted to spend near Phoenix before our flight took off. After exploring the surrounding area on google maps we stumbled onto Scottsdale, Arizona. It wasn’t long after that that we found Sheraton Desert […]

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October 30, 2018

Relaxing Stay at Sheraton Desert Oasis

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Where to stay: I stayed at the beautiful Moab Flats with Premier Lodging! They have several different options that you can go with to pick the right one for your vacation. Complete with a kitchen, this flat makes longer stays in Moab much more convenient giving you the option to cook your own food without having […]

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October 18, 2018

Arches National Park

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This landscape may seem out of this world, but surprisingly, these rock formations are found in Southern Utah. Goblin Valley State park is home to hundreds of hoodoos (goblins, as the locals say) which are mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles. The valley is beyond beautiful and welcomes hikers, bikers, and explorers. You can spend hours walking through the […]

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October 17, 2018

A Trip to Mars (Goblin Valley)

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After many years spent living in Idaho we finally decided to check out Craters of the Moon. What an incredible experience! We are kicking ourselves that we didn’t check this place out sooner though. As this website describes, “Craters of the Moon is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and […]

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October 16, 2018

Craters of the Moon

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  Moab, Utah is the perfect base camp for all your southern Utah Adventures. It is close to Arches National Park, Canyonlands, Dead Horse State Park, the Colorado River, and many other amazing attractions. Because of all the great parks around the area, Moab is a large tourist destination that has quite a few options […]

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October 6, 2018

Luxury Tents in Moab, Utah

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When we moved to Utah we heard about the amazing National Parks that we had to explore! There was Arches, Zions, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, and what was the last one….? Capitol Reef! It’s so sad that this park doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves because it was absolutely spectacular! In fact, if you’re […]

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October 2, 2018

Fall Visit to Capitol Reef

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Davis County has been called the area’s most popular playground and we would have to agree! Filled with indoor and outdoor amusement parks great for families or date nights it’s no wonder why they have been given this label. Although, what we were most surprised about Davis County was the plethora of outdoor activities (hiking, […]

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October 1, 2018

Adventure is Found in Davis County

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Bloomington Lake  We would have never heard about Bloomington Lake if it wasn’t for a getaway with our friends that took us up to Bear Lake. In the past, we have always just stayed in Garden City but this time we were in St. Charles, Idaho. Before taking a trip, Jess always likes to jump […]

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September 27, 2018

One Of The Most Beautiful Lakes in Southeast Idaho

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Weekend Getaway Twin Falls definitely took us by surprise. It is located in Magic Valley and with a name like that you know it’s got to be good. The fun never stopped while we were visiting and we are extremely glad that we left for a weekend getaway and got to experience this gem in […]

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September 11, 2018

Twin Falls, Idaho

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Weekend in Swan Valley, Idaho Steve was raised in in Idaho Falls, Idaho which is about an hour drive from Swan Valley which allowed him to visit frequently while growing up. When Steve and I first met some of our best dates included taking long scenic drives to explore more of Idaho. In fact, after […]

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September 4, 2018

Swan Valley, Idaho

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Hi ya’ll, Whenever we travel to cities we love to use Uber so we don’t have to worry about tolls, parking, crazy drivers, etc. Uber has always been our go-to provider for incredible service. Click here for a FREE Uber ride We also just recently discovered Turo! Basically an Airbnb but for cars! Click here […]

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August 25, 2018

Travel Resources

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When we found out that we were going to be based in Upstate NY for the summer I never thought that my summer would be filled with chasing waterfalls. I actually didn’t know too much about waterfalls before moving here, just the fact that they were fun to stare at, swim in, and take beautiful […]

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August 9, 2018

Chasing Waterfalls in Upstate NY

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Ithaca is located at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes Region. It is home to Cornell University and Ithaca College and is surrounded by beautiful lakes, hiking, wine trails, and gorges that have cascading waterfalls. ‘Ithaca is Gorges’ is the play on words that is on bumper stickers and t-shirts and […]

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July 10, 2018

Weekend in Ithaca ft. Glamping at Scottland Yard

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We’ve all been there…you’ve been doing really well on your diet and workout plans but then vacation rolls around and everything goes downhill real fast. This guide is going to show you where the best cheap eats are and then where to go to work off all those delicious calories you just consumed disguised by […]

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June 28, 2018

Where To Eat and Sightsee in Niagara Falls

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This article will be a little different from our usual travel tips posts as I will be sharing how to get nice family or couple photos while in DC. This can be somewhat difficult due to the crowds, especially during the weekends or during the peak summer season. However, we were there on a weekend […]

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June 20, 2018

Take Your Own Family Photos in Washington DC

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Once I learned that we were going to be based in Pennsylvania for the summer I immediately started planning our trip to Philadelphia! Philadelphia is a historic city in American history and has a charming downtown vibe in the historical district. If you’re a history buff, money lover (Benjamin Franklin is an important figure for […]

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June 14, 2018

48 Hours in Philadelphia

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Tired of the city life and need to get away for a few days to relax and recharge? Well then do we have the place for you! Tucked into northern Indiana’s beautiful green hills are a few small connecting towns where life is just a little slower. Below are the small towns that make up […]

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June 6, 2018

Long Weekend in Indiana Amish Country

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The Underrated City You Should Visit Omaha Nebraska is not really a town someone thinks of when they are thinking of a weekend get away. Honestly, when I first found out that we would be driving through that town I thought it would be a quick stop to see family and then be on our […]

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May 29, 2018

Omaha, Nebraska

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This Tiny Town in Mexico Stole My Heart Ever heard of Valladolid, Mexico? I sure as heck never had until a few months ago. You see, every year growing up my family went down to Mexico for our yearly vacation. We explored all along the coast line in Quintana Roo because having young kids and […]

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May 14, 2018

Valladolid, Mexico

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How To Find Yourself Essentially ALONE Chichen Itza is one of the seven wonders of the world so it’s no wonder that 1.2 million people visit this site every year. I want to share with you how we (accidentally) stumbled on a rare moment where we were essentially the only ones in the park! We […]

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May 8, 2018

Chichen Itza

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The Ideal Location For a Quintana Roo Trip   I have visited Quintana Roo area every year since I was a little girl and still go back as frequently as I can because of the beach, ocean, the people, culture, and I’m not going to lie… the food! (Quesadillas in Mexico is my go-to food). […]

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April 30, 2018

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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Fifth Water Hot Springs (Diamond Fork Hot Springs) Do I dare say it… this may be my top pick for the best hike and hot springs in Utah 🙊  Let me explain, or better yet, show you why! Don’t get lost! Follow the directions from this website and not the generic google search address. The directions […]

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April 4, 2018

Fifth Water Hot Springs, Utah

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Wanting to start a travel blog or get into travel photography? Or maybe you just want to take awesome pictures while your family is on vacation! Regardless of your reasons, it’s always a good idea to document your travels with photos. Steve and I can spend a good chunk of time flipping through old photos […]

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March 28, 2018

Our Photography Travel Gear

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The coolest vintage bathtubs built into the side of beautiful red rocks that just so happens to be in a cute hippie town? Count us in!   Mystic Hot Springs is located in Monroe, Utah, about a 2.5 hour drive from Salt Lake City, Utah. This quaint town is worth the drive because for only […]

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March 25, 2018

Mystic Hot Springs

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Ah, Venice. So many things to see, like the Piazza San Marco, Saint Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge, etc. The list goes on and on. When we first got there I pulled out my handy app (maps.me) that I had already previously pinpointed those specific sites on to get started! We mapped out the […]

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March 23, 2018

Venice- the BEST piece of advice

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Hi, our names are Steve and Jess and we are travel addicts. WHEW! Got that out of the way. Now that we are acquainted 😉 let me explain how to satisfy wanderlust without having to buy a plane ticket! It’s not always possible for us to be on the road 24/7, we have other goals that we […]

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March 12, 2018

Satisfy wanderlust WITHOUT a plane ticket

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When we first caught the travel bug and starting following other bloggers and travelers we wondered how people were traveling so much! I mean, it seemed like 24/7 they were headed to a new location or trying out a new experiences. We knew we didn’t want to be full-time travelers. We have a lot of […]

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March 2, 2018

How We Travel So Much

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How to get there to Isla Mujeres. In our humble opinion the easiest and most reliable way to go to Isla Mujeres is by using the Ultramar ferry. Steve and I got a round trip ticket for less than $20. There are options of leaving from various docks but the main ones leave from Puerto […]

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February 15, 2018

Isla Mujeres

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Tips on the top four things to do in Tulum! 1. Explore the small city by bike! If you arrive in Tulum using the ADO bus system, they will drop you off right along the main road of Tulum. Along that road there are many bike dealers you can choose from. We got two bikes, […]

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February 9, 2018

Tulum

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Ah Cancun… feels like you’re in an authentic Mexican town, right?! Umm, not so much 😉 I want to share some tips on how you can make this very touristy town feel more like you’ve actually left the U.S. I’ll also share some touristy activities because, shoot, our name is Part Time Tourists isn’t it? […]

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February 2, 2018

Cancun

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The city of love?  If you ask Steve or I the love was not felt right at first 😉 HOWEVER, I hope to give a few tips of how you can make it an enjoyable trip and hopefully help you avoid a few stresses while in Paris! What NOT to do: Don’t think it’s a good idea […]

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January 19, 2018

Paris

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This was one of those cities that completely surprised me. It was our first stop on our extensive Europe tour and I’ll be honest, I was not all that excited about this particular stop. However, that all changed as soon as we landed! First off, the accent! It’s charming. Second, the city is CLASSY. We […]

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January 19, 2018

London