15 Tips for a New Zealand Road Trip

Jayleen Guttromson-Johnson Travel

We first visited New Zealand in 2010 while on vacation and only toured a small part of the North Island. The trip left us knowing we had to go back to see the acclaimed South Island. When we first started planning our global journey we thought New Zealand would be the prime place to start out with no language barriers and …


Packing for Around-the-World Travel – Jayleen’s List

Jayleen Guttromson-Johnson Travel

We get a lot of questions as to what we are packing for our around-the-world journey. So we’re featuring a ‘his’ and ‘hers’ rundown of everything we’re fitting into our 40L Osprey Farpoint backpacks and our smaller hand luggage. After reading my and James’ thoughts on how to pack for around-the-world travel, you’ll be …

35 Days until Launch to New Zealand

Jayleen Guttromson-Johnson Travel

Today marks 35 days until we board an Air New Zealand flight heading to Christchurch and begin our ’round the world (RTW) journey! It is a little intimidating to think about with the to-do list still fairly long, but we couldn’t be more excited with our upcoming mission and purpose. In the meantime, we’ve got…


Antarctica: In the Footsteps of Explorers

Jayleen Guttromson-Johnson Exploration, Travel

In early 2009 I had read Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage; a story recounting the perilous 1914 Antarctic expedition of Ernest Shackleton and his crew. The book outlines elements of exploration through true stories of leadership, teamwork, dedication to a mission, and grit. All elements of exploration I tried to exemplify in my daily work. Reading…