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S10:E4 – Arizona is beautiful, but it might not be the best place to bring your Airstream during the summer, as we found out the minute we arrived to Lake Powell. Airstreams are basically a tin can, soaking up heat in the sun, and this part of the world doesn’t offer much in the way of tree coverage. But the views of Horseshoe Bend were spectacular…
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S10:E3 – Everything about Zion National Park is extreme, which is right up Hilarie’s alley. But the Angel’s Landing hike was on another level. Every step was heart-stopping. Worth repeating? Not sure. Then there’s a canyon valley trail called The Narrows, where hundreds of people hike with their feet submerged in the cold water of a river. And it b…
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S10:E2 – Monsoon season? Not ideal for hiking. But Bryce Canyon National Park has a lot to offer year-round, and Jamin and Hilarie didn’t miss a beat. From Sunrise Point to Queen’s Trail, Tower Bridge and Inspiration Point, they saw the beauty of the Utah canyon’s orange hoodoos from top to bottom. They also finally figured out who Ruby is; If you’…
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S10:E1 –Jamin and Hilarie start this new “National Park Spree” season off with a bang! In this episode, they discuss the hardest road they would haul their Airstream down in all of Gap Year, California’s Highway 120. Once they finally arrived at their RV park, they were faced with pirates – or at least, a reality show full of them. With that much e…
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S9:E12 – Big Sur has some big views. But when you’re hauling an extra-wide Airstream, it takes some effort to get there. We braved the hairpin curves of the Pacific Coast Highway to make our way to the Big Sur Campground & Cabins. Amidst the classic Bixby Bridge and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, it was the perfect location for us. Tune in to hea…
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S9:E11 – We took a break from the wilderness and decided to take Maggie, our golden doodle, to explore a different kind of National Park: the Golden Gate Bridge and Presidio of San Francisco. We couldn’t pass up a chance to see the Palace of Fine Arts and grab some grub at Pier 39. Before exploring more of the city, Maggie got to lay her eyes on Se…
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S9:E10 – There’s one thing you definitely need when visiting the Redwood National & State Parks: a vehicle. Ironically, our Ford F250 was giving out on us right when we arrived. Meanwhile, Hilarie has a mini-meltdown caused by their ongoing lack of connection to the outside world. Fortunately, we were able to get it fixed, despite being in the midd…
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S9:E9 – When we checked into Mazama Campground at Crater Lake National Park, we were caught off guard when we realized that our RV site didn’t have hookups…at all. How could we have forgotten?! Fortunately, we had a heck of a cliffside view – perhaps the best location in all of Crater Lake. In addition to the stark beauty of the lake, we enjoyed a …
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https://youtu.be/wLq3DfC0gV4 S9:E8 – With beautiful waterfalls and steep landscape, the Columbia River Gorge serves as the border between Washington and Oregon. Right outside Portland, it’s also home to Ainsworth State Park. That’s where we RV-ed for a few nights and decided to cycle down the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway. But it didn’t go …
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S9:E7 – There’s a lot to see in Olympic National Park – three ecosystems (rainforest, ocean and mountains) that cover the span of 1 million square miles. Each year, the park’s Hoh Rainforest gets more than 12’ of rain, which ensures the photogenic Sol Duc Falls continues to thrive. Then there’s Rialto Beach, one magnificent piece of the 73 miles of…
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S9:E6 – Get ready to laugh. Or at the very least, listen to us laugh! In this episode, we recap our time in Seattle, Washington – including visiting the Space Needle, Pike Place Market and the Lake Pleasant RV Park.For more context, check out the video that accompanies this podcast (S9:E6 RV newbies meet Seattle… and their favorite RV park yet!) on…
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S9:E5 – There was one thing we knew we didn’t want to do in Vancouver. As luck would have it, it’s the FIRST thing we did. Ugh. Come with us as we live and learn the RV lifestyle in Vancouver, including our first experience with Harvest Hosts. Also, who knew that Canada could be so hot during the summer?!For more context, check out the video that a…
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S9:E4 – It was our first time crossing the USA/Canada border, and as full-time RVers, we had our whole house in tow. But the gorgeous blue waters of Lake Louise were beckoning, and we couldn’t wait to see one of North America’s most scenic highways, Icefields Parkway. Come with us to Banff and Jasper National Parks. For more context, check out the …
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S9:E3 – We jumped into full-time RV life, and it didn’t take long for us to have our first bear encounter. Glacier National Park is known for its gorgeous glacier lakes – and for one fateful night of two separate grizzly bear attacks that changed the national park system forever. It’s also where we came across a black bear and a grizzly bear – both…
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S9:E2 – When we kicked off our season of full-time RV-ing, we were far from experts. But we were motivated to see America’s gorgeous lineup of national parks, starting with the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Come along and learn national parks (and RV life) with the two of us and our Goldendoodle, Maggie.To get a full picture of what happene…
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S9:E1 - While we were in Europe for three months, everything we owned was in an RV in America. And we had no idea the trouble we’d come home to…This podcast episode (S9:E1 A Rough Start to RV Life) is available on YouTube and wherever you listen to podcasts. It's part of our "Adapting to RV Life" season. Send us your feedback and thoughts via email…
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S8:E6 - In this episode, we’re spilling on the logistical details behind our time in the UK and Europe. We’ll divulge a look at the expenses behind this three-month adventure and a look at why it was worth every penny. We’ll also interview another European travel lover, Katie Portanova of TrulyItaly.tours and the Florence and Me podcast.00:02:55 – …
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Sometimes, things just don’t work out. In this episode, we’re talking about the worst of the worst experiences from three months in Europe and the United Kingdom. We usually try to see the upside, but today, we’re dishin’ on our least favorite cities, accommodations, foods, and transportation scenarios.This podcast episode (S8:E5 Worst of the Worst…
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When you're planning a trip to a foreign country, you might start asking yourself, “What should I eat?” That’s a great question, and today, we’ve got answers. Check out some of our favorite food, dessert and drink options in Europe and the United Kingdom.01:12 Top 5 Worst Meals07:35 Top 5 Best Meals13:26 Tips for Ordering in a Foreign Country15:31 …
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Everyone’s going to Europe. But what are they DOING there? Come with us, as we retrace (1) our favorite activities, (2) best running routes and (3) our biggest regrets after traveling the United Kingdom and Europe for three months.01:49 Top 5 paid activities16:59 Top 5 FREE activities32:22 Top 5 running paths40:42 Top 5 things we WISH we'd done (Ou…
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One of the best – or worst – feelings is arriving to your accommodation after a long travel day in a foreign country. Join us as we debate where to stay in Europe.02:00 Pros and cons of staying in a home (AirBnB / VRBO)13:19 Pros and cons of staying in a hotel18:08 Pros and cons of staying in a hostel27:59 Our favorite accommodations in Europe 34:3…
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Looking for tips and tricks for getting around Europe? This episode is for you! Learn from our own personal experiences of traveling by train, bus, automobile and ferry.00:01:55 Tips and Tricks for Traveling by Train 00:03:23 Eurail Passes00:07:33 Be Flexible00:08:13 Know the Local Holidays00:08:30 Lessons Learned in Lyon00:09:55 Know the Train Res…
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Dover is just a quick train ride from London – and well worth the trip. We knew we’d love to White Cliffs, the castle and the views of the English Channel and the French coastline. But we were surprised by what we found on the walls of a local pub…Watch our video of Dover to get the full experience: https://youtu.be/0iBqoOhurjQ.You can stay in the …
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The lively island of Mykonos is a popular destination for travelers – and for good reason. It has easy access to the city of Mykonos, so cruise ships arrive daily during the summer months. And with its outdoor club vibes, this island is well-known for endless beach parties. But that's not what surprised us...Jump around in the conversation:10:24 Li…
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Season 7 – Gap Year: Mediterranean EuropeEpisode 16To get to the popular Greek island of Santorini, travelers are faced with language barriers, transportation challenges, and steep price tags. But it’s worth all the effort! The island’s naturally beauty is far deeper than the photos show. But we hadn’t planned on staying overnight…Watch our video o…
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Season 7 – Gap Year: Mediterranean EuropeEpisode 15The Greek islands are a huge draw for international visitors. But “island hopping” is not as easy as it sounds. Tune in to this episode to hear about our experiences in Paros, where humble little fishing villages make for relaxing days on the beach. Paros might not be the first island on your list,…
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Season 7 – Gap Year: Mediterranean EuropeEpisode 14 (Podcast Audio)Athens was full of surprises for us. We stumbled across Areopagus “Mars” Hill on our morning run up to the Acropolis. Thriving by night, we were shocked at the number of modern restaurants that turned our heads – all sitting within eyesight of Europe’s oldest standing buildings. Fro…
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Season 7 – Gap Year: Mediterranean EuropeEpisode 13On this trip to Rome, we’re on a mission to get the full scoop on the Colosseum and the Roman Forums. Tune in to get the some of the most interesting details about the lives of gladiators and civilians during the historic games held in the Colosseum. Watch our video highlights from Rome: https://yo…
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Season 7 – Gap Year: Mediterranean EuropeEpisode 12There’s a gorgeous stretch of coastline in Southern Italy called the Amalfi Coast. Entering through the city of Sorrento, we’ll hop a boat and take you to incredible places like the cities of Positano and Amalfi, the island of Capri, the Blue Grotto sea cave and a picturesque swimming cove called B…
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Season 7 – Gap Year: Mediterranean EuropeEpisode 11 After scoring five-star pizza and a hilarious AirBnB tour in Naples, we quickly made our way to Pompeii, the ancient city buried by the ash of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. In this incredible discovery, archeologists found everything from fast food restaurants and raised crosswalks. Watch our Naples/Po…
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Season 7 – Gap Year: Mediterranean EuropeEpisode 10 If you’re planning a trip to Italy, chances are, you are seriously considering some time in Florence. And for good reason. The city center consists of an incredible Duomo di Firenze, the David statue by Michelangelo, Piazza Della Signoria and Italy’s most visited museum, The Uffizi Gallery. Not in…
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Season 7 – Gap Year: Mediterranean EuropeEpisode 9Looking for a less conventional way to see Venice? Instead of a traditional gondola ride, we decided to book a private lesson to learn to row Venetian style. While it wasn’t as relaxing as being escorted around by a singing gondolier, it definitely gave us a new level of respect for these talented o…
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Season 7 – Gap Year: Mediterranean EuropeEpisode 8Imagine floating along on a gorgeous lake, surrounded my lush rolling hills and luxurious Italian villas. Sounds great right? It is. But let’s be honest, every good thing has its limits. We spend five hours ferrying across Lake Como (from Como to Bellagio), and it was a little more than we bargained…
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Season 7 – Gap Year: Mediterranean Europe(Episode 7)How far would you travel for an epic lunch? We went all the way to Milan, just to get Papa Francesco’s famous pasta – a meal that we had anticipated for THREE YEARS.Rewind to 2019, we had just landed in Milan and were working up an appetite for our first authentic Italian dinner as a couple. We’d …
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Season 7 – Gap Year: Mediterranean EuropeEpisode 6Cinque Terre is picture perfect, like something you’d see on a postcard or in a puzzle. In fact, we literally put together a puzzle of Cinque Terre as we dreamed up our gap year adventures in a tiny apartment in Dallas. And now, we’re pinching ourselves.Come with us INSIDE the puzzle, as we visit th…
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What’s it like to visit a millionaire’s playground when you’re not a millionaire? We’ll tell you in this episode of Travel FOMO. Monte Carlo is the ol’ stompin’ grounds for James Bond and American actress-turned-royal Grace Kelly. But even if you’re not 007, you can still enjoy this gorgeous cliffside city. Perched on and around a cliff on the Fren…
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Season 7 – Gap Year: Mediterranean EuropeEpisode 4You’ve probably heard of the Cannes Film Festival, but did you know about its scandalous past? In this episode, we’re going full celebrity mode, digging into the history behind the international film festival, which is known for defending a filmmakers’ freedom of expression.But there’s more to Canne…
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Season 7 – Gap Year: Mediterranean EuropeEpisode 3 (Podcast Audio)Ever wonder what life would be like inside of a Dr. Suess book? Come with us to find out! During this trip to Barcelona, we’re focusing on Antonio Gaudi’s incredible work. The famous architect is known for inspiring the monstrous, unfinished church called La Sagrada Familia. He was a…
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Season 7 – Gap Year: Mediterranean EuropeEpisode 2What’s the oldest AirBnB you’ve ever stayed in? Our place in the Fisherman’s District of Valencia was nearly 100 years old and fully refurbished to its original glory. In this episode of Travel FOMO, we’ll share the specifics, bring you to the beach and take you through Europe’s largest fresh market…
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Season 7 – Gap Year: Mediterranean EuropeEpisode 1Border cities are the best! San Sebastian-Donista sits on the border of northern Spain and southwest France, an area known as Basque country. As such, it’s home to its own language (Basque), foods (like pintxos), culture and weather. Like many Spanish cities, San Sebastian is sunny during the day an…
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Season 6 – Gap Year: Central EuropeEpisode 14Are you intimidated by the idea of a wine tour in France? Bordeaux may be home to some of the world’s finest wines, but it’s not too elite for the average traveler to enjoy. In this episode, Jamin and Hilarie take their gap year travels to Bordeaux, where they learn all about Bordeaux wines in the tiny U…
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Season 6 – Gap Year: Central EuropeEpisode 12Unbeknownst to them, Jamin and Hilarie scheduled themselves to be in Zermatt, Switzerland right in the middle of the village’s shoulder season. Restaurants? Closed. Snow skiing? Not ideal. Hiking? Limited. Fortunately, there was still plenty to do. They traded in the planned Five Lakes Hike for a hike to…
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Season 6 – Gap Year: Central EuropeEpisode 13Lyon is home to more than 20 Michelin star restaurants and holds the title of “The Gastronomic Capital of the World.” While there, Jamin and Hilarie taste Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse and dine at La Commune, a creative culinary incubator.Of course, there’s more to this city than food. For instance, the…
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Season 6 – Gap Year: Central EuropeEpisode 11Gap Year just keeps getting better. In this episode of Travel FOMO, Jamin and Hilarie make their way to Interlaken, Switzerland – a gorgeous, sporty city between two lakes. In addition to an epic like up to Harder Kulm, the couple made their way to Lauterbrunnen Valley, where they paraglided near the “To…
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Season 6 – Gap Year: Central EuropeEpisode 10 (Podcast audio)“We’re closed.” It happens sometimes, and it happened to us a lot in Innsbruck, Austria. It rained a lot, and Hilarie fell down getting out of the shower. 😂 But you can’t keep good travelers down. Fortunately, the beautiful countryside made up for the unlucky scenario…and the shopping…and…
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Season 6 – Gap Year: Central EuropeEpisode 9With only 750 official residents, the Austrian town of Hallstatt is reeling from the 10,000 visitors it receives each day. The beloved lakeside town resides in the Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut region, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for being the inspiration for the village in the animat…
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Merry Christmas! Jamin and Hilarie are making their way home for the holidays. They’ll be enjoying time with family and taking a short break from the podcast and YouTube channel for a couple weeks. But stay tuned, because there are a lot more adventures ahead. In 2023, you’ll hear more about their gap year travels, which takes them through more of …
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Season 6 – Gap Year: Central EuropeEpisode 8 Jamin leaned over the edge of the stone wall and looked into the moat. Two bears were playfully running around the small pond below. This has been Cesky Krumlov’s story for hundreds of years.Tune in to this episode, to hear Jamin and Hilarie react to the picture-perfect Bohemian village of Cesky Krumlov.…
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Season 6 – Gap Year: Central EuropeEpisode 6 Munich may be known for its Oktoberfest, but Jamin and Hilarie accidentally came across a completely different festival while they were there. In this podcast episode, you’ll hear their thoughts on the Bavarian capital’s rich culture, marked by the trendy use of traditional attire like dirndls and lederh…
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