Sam & Dylan – The Lifestyle Travelers

I always wanted to start a travel blog, but I could never find the right time. I always found some excuse as to why I couldn’t – the timing wasn’t right, I didn’t have the right equipment, etc.

As it turns out… I’ve been traveling my whole life. I had the experience, and I knew that traveling is truly the thing that fulfills my soul. What more did I need!?

I’m Sam, one of the two so-called lifestyle travelers. Dylan is my partner, and we started dating during the pandemic (even though we have known each other since first grade)! And even though the whole world shut down, that didn’t stop us from exploring together.

We spent our first three months together in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. That is where we were born and raised, so it felt natural to explore local hidden gems together.

When August 2020 rolled around, we decided to move to DC so I could pursue my master’s degree. Between working and my schooling, we were always finding new places to go to escape the tiny confines of our apartment.

I guess one cross-country move wasn’t enough for us. When graduation was approaching, we started to discuss what we wanted our future to look like. We wanted to be close to nature, have freedom in our work lives, and continue our dream to travel the world. Therefore, the idea of moving to Arizona was born.

After spending two years in Arizona and earning money from my travel blog, we decided to go big and book a one-way ticket to Ecuador. Because when your dreams call, you better answer the phone! In October of 2024, Dylan and I will transition from the 9-5 work life to becoming digital nomads who travel full-time.

Where We’ve Lived & Traveled Together

The entirety of our relationship has been exploring different parts of the world together. After three months of dating, we drove sixteen hours away to start our lives on the opposite side of the country, and we haven’t slowed down since. Here are all the places we’ve explored!

  • Minnesota (North Saint Paul, White Bear Lake, Forest Lake, Duluth)
  • Salamanca, Spain (Sam studied abroad here in 2018!)
  • Tucson, Arizona (From 2022 – 2024)
  • Washington DC (From 2020 – 2022)
  • West Yellowstone, Montana (Dylan partially grew up here!)
  • Canada (Toronto)
  • Costa Rica (La Fortuna, Guanacaste)
  • Greece (Athens, Mykonos)
  • Ireland (Dublin, Galway, Doolin)
  • Italy (Rome, Venice)
  • Mexico (Puerto Peñasco, Puerto Vallarta)
  • Portugal (Porto)
  • Puerto Rico (San Juan)
  • Spain (Madrid, Valladolid, Segovia, Galicia, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Logroño, Pamplona, Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Toledo)

Why We’re Here

It’s safe to say that the past four years together have been packed with adventure, and we thought that writing about our experiences would be the perfect outlet. We are so excited to share everything we’ve learned along the way, including…

  • The hiking gear that we recommend and love!
  • The best ways to save money (through travel apps, rewards & more!)
  • Itineraries that make your travel planning much easier!
  • Fun road trip routes you can take with your loved ones
  • The best places to stay and tours to take in your next travel destination
  • The top things to do & places to see in the destination you’re exploring!

Travel for us is more than a hobby. It’s something that we have prioritized in our lives. We are true believers that different environments bring out different sides of us, and therefore, travel is a perfect way to get to know ourselves.

Whether sitting on a plane or hiking a trail, you’ll catch glimpses of yourself you hadn’t seen before. What’s better than an examined life?

Follow Our Adventures via YouTube!

If you’re looking for more than informational travel content from us, check out our YouTube channel! Our videos provide a glimpse into our personalities as we share some of our funniest stories via our vlogs!

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Where We’ve Been Featured

In addition to including travel, lodging, hiking, and gear tips on our blog, we’ve been featured in other articles, too! Here are some of the places you can see we’ve been featured or have collaborated:

  • Authority Magazine – Why & How Traveling Can Help Us Become Better Human Beings
  • FMCA Adventure – Choosing Your Perfect RV
  • Build Remote – 36 Challenges of Working Remotely
  • Periodic Adventures – Best 35 Attractions and Places to Visit Near Tucson, Arizona
  • Adventuring Dreamers – 15 of the Best Peak Hikes Near Tucson, Arizona
  • The Homebody Tourist – Refreshing Lakes near Tucson, AZ

Brands We Work With & Believe In

As outdoor and travel enthusiasts, we know how stressful it can be to find the best product, service, or app on the market. Here are some places you can find some of our most recommended travel and outdoor resources:

Shop Our Favorite Products & Services Here

Women’s Packing Essentials for a European Backpacking Trip

14 Best Hiking Boots & Shoes For Beginners

Our Favorite Carry-On Luggage

The Best Luxury Travel Clothing

All in all, it’s our goal to make the travel lifestyle a little bit easier for all of you 🙂 That’s the scoop! See you next time!

– Sam & Dylan