What Are You Here For?
The world is a big and amazing place and we want to help you see and enjoy as much of it as possible. We have used our experiences to compile city guides, best kept secrets, food and places you need to experience to travel like a pro.
Wellness comes in many shapes and sizes. Mental, emotional, spiritual, or physical if any of them are out of order your health can deteriorate, especially while traveling. We want you to be as healthy as possible while exploring the world.
Tips & Tricks
When traveling around the world, you tend to pick up a few tips along the way. Whether it is the cheapest places to travel, hidden places only the locals know, or the best gear to bring on your adventures, we got you covered!
Need help planning your next big trip? Not sure where to go or how to get there? Why not use us! We have years of travel experience and stories under our belts and want to help you have a stress free and fun filled adventure!
We are Aaron and Emily and we are so thrilled that you have taken the time to check out our blog! We both graduated from Illinois State University, Aaron with a degree in Business Administration and Emily with degrees in nutrition, antrhopology, and economics. We met, became best friends, and eventually started dating.
We decided to create a blog to not only document our past, present, and future adventures, but also to help you, the reader, have your own adventure! But not only have an adventure, but also stay healthy while doing it. Together we have lost a combined 100lbs while traveling the world. We believe that living life to the fullest and being healthy CAN be done at the same time.
Through our blog we hope to show you that gaining experiences does not have to mean gaining weight!
Combined weight loss while traveling
Percentage of days we have been traveling in the 3 Years we have been together
Percentage of US States visited together
Percentage of the 329 bucket list items that have been accomplished
The Life Travelers
Hates: Hot weather, waking up early, and people who chew with their mouth open
Hates: People who are mean to service workers, cockroaches, sand, and horror movies
When you live in another country, you expect things to be a little different. The language, the food, the holidays, etc. At the same time, there are things you expect to be similar: parks, some brand name items, etc. We recently discovered that orchestra concerts are not in the category of things that are consistent. However, we also learned that trying as many different activities as you can lead to some amazing stories.
Having a Thanksgiving holiday doesn’t have to stop the workout. We understand and also celebrate cheat meals every now and again but this fun turkey inspired Thanksgiving workout will hopefully have you right back on track! Maybe after a nap…and some more pie…. You can do all of theses exercises in one workout or pick and choose which pieces you like. (If any of these exercises are unknown to you, check here for good explanations!)
Traveling is a lot of “hurry up and wait”. You have to run to make sure you don’t miss you plane, but then you get there and have to wait because of a delay. I don’t know about you but I tend to get pretty bored waiting around for a plane, or sitting on a 15 hour bus ride [travel isn’t all about the glamour :)]. But you have to break a few eggs to make an omelette, right? So to help you out for your next waiting experience, here are some of our best tips to beat the boredom!
So, I am a fairly new runner, I started running about 2 years ago when I decided I was going to make a new lifestyle change and I thought running was a good step. I have definitely had my fair share of challenges but we actually just completed a 8Km race to the top of the tallest mountain in Ukraine! But as someone who calls herself a “wannabe runner” who has a love/hate relationship with running, I have realized that I go through several stages every time I run. (If you have a love/hate relationship with running too, add these to your collection!) Whether you are an experienced runner or just beginning, these stages are the rollercoaster we have all experience while running.
Goverla (or Hoverla) is the tallest mountain in Ukraine at 6,762 feet. The name is from old Hungarian meaning “Snow Mountain” and for about 6 months out of the year, it lives up to that name. Luckily for us, early October is not part of the snow season. We recently raced in the Lifeventure Goverla Race in the Carpathian Mountains; it is an 8 or 16 Km race to the top of Goverla. Being the adventurous spirits we are who are always looking for fun ways to stay in shape, we said “why not?” If you have read our article “How We Lost 100lbs While Traveling” you know that we love to run. Even though we love to run, our muscles are still crying from this one. Nevertheless, we had such a great time that we could not wait to get home to write this blog post!
Surprisingly, one of the cheapest and most under traveled countries in Europe right now is Ukraine. Ukraine has many places to see and it is extremely cheap to travel there. If you want mountains, beaches, AND old cities all in one vacation, Ukraine is definitely the place to experience all of this!
As our loyal readers know, we enjoy working out on the go. And if you are new to our site, make sure to check out our best tips for staying fit while traveling! We recently went on a day trip to the beautiful city of Lviv. Lviv is located in western Ukraine and is known for its historical structures combined with its modern urbanism. We thought that while visiting this beautiful city it was going to be hard to get a workout in but as you know in traveling, flexibility and opportunity is key! Luckily for us, Lviv has some beautiful views (if you are willing to work for them). Here we have created a list of the top three spots for stair workouts with some of the best views in Lviv.
Emotional wellness is making sure your mind and heart are being taken care of as much as you are taking care of your physical body. This, more than any other wellness can lead to very unhealthy lifestyle choices, i.e. weight gain, depression, and loss of enthusiasm for life. Emotional wellness includes increased awareness, expression and acceptance of a wide range of thoughts and feelings in yourself and in others. Emotional wellness also helps you to obtain positive self-esteem, healthy relationships, and mental and emotional resistance to challenges you might face in life.
“Wait I don’t understand. What does spiritual health have to do with you two losing 100 pounds?” I’m glad you asked mysterious creature from the internet void the honest answer is everything. So often we as a society focus on only the physical aspect of getting healthy, workout and eating right. But if you don’t have an overall wellness change then those physical changes are not sustainable. Gaining weight is so much more than just a physical experience, we eat when we are emotional, bored, or in social situations. The more bogged down our soul becomes, the more we consume, and the easier it becomes to find excuses to not workout. This then becomes a cycle that spirals out of control.
In following our travel weight loss series the next step in developing a sustainable weight loss is spiritual wellness. If you haven’t read part one, check it out here.Sometimes your soul is just in a funk. I get it, we start experiencing the existing phenomenon. Where you just got through the motions of life, just existing not really living. This can be a dangerous spiral, the lack of being truly present in one’s life can lead to issues with not only physical wellness but emotional and spiritual. It is easy to become fixated on the negative and on the future instead of working on yourself, in the here and now.