About Us

Hi there! We're Gretchen and Justin. We've been traveling around the world together for over a decade, exploring unique destinations, cultures and adventures....but then in 2017 we had to take a quick break to start our family. Two kids later and we haven't slowed down. It is our goal to show our kids the world that and have them collect passport stamps instead of PS5 games!

How it all began

Gretchen

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Justin

On a whim, and desperate for international travel, I got my first passport at 27 and headed off with a couple of friends for a ten-day trip across Dublin, Amsterdam and Brussels, and Bruges. After that I was hooked – I dreamed of moving to Europe, finding a job, and spending my weekends jumping on a train and exploring.  

However, only weeks before that trip a certain girl had stolen my heart and soon enough we were making plans to travel the world together. Every year we would spend weeks/months planning trips and we have learned a lot along the way. 

Our travel style, philosophy, and patience with one another have also evolved with the arrival of each new child. We still intend to see the world – we know it will be harder now – but the rewards that come with your kids’ smiles are more than worth it. 

 

Our Travel Philosophy

We are not full-time travelers, road warriors, or Instagram influencers. We are just two people who love to travel and are learning to do it better as our family expands so that we can pass that desire to see the world onto them. To that end, we consider ourselves simply travelers who are passionate about finding ways to vacation better so that we can stress less and travel more. We hope that through our tips & experiences you are able to learn so that you and your family have a little easier time on your next trip. We believe that if you travel S.I.M.P.L.Y. you’ll definitely be planning that next trip with the family in no time. 

Thanks for coming along for the ride with us!

Travel has made us better people. It allows us to appreciate all the wonderful things we have
every day that we otherwise would take for granted.

Kids are not an excuse to not travel but rather a reason to travel. We are still learning to
manage expectations but we know that if we stress less we will definitely travel more!

- Gretchen and Justin