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What to Expect on an Overland Adventure

Simple Discoveries Exploration, Travel

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. It’s a quote by Helen Keller that seems to be a rallying call for those bitten by wanderlust, thirsty for adrenalin, or anyone else seeking a thrilling moment of exploration. When such an adventure calls you to Africa, an overland safari may seem the best way to scratch the itch. No other …

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Fighting Extinction: Matopos Rhino Experience

Simple Discoveries Exploration, Travel

It felt like a scene you might watch on a wildlife documentary. We were stooped over, shuffling through grass and brush, our eyes darting between the powerful creature we were approaching and the tall man in khaki. We were exploring Zimbabwe’s Matopos National Park and working our way closer to a pair of African White Rhinos. A pair of African …

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Exploring Chobe National Park

Simple Discoveries Exploration, Travel

The water lapping the hull of our pontoon boat had the appearance of being peaceful. It’s silky ribbons almost tempting one to swim and escape the scorch of the Botswana sun. But these waters are also home to some of Africa’s most aggressive animals. About halfway into our overland adventure with Acacia Africa and we’re exploring the Chobe River in Chobe National …

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5 Rules for Simpler Travel

Simple Discoveries Travel

I’m typing this post up on a minibus in Laos as we jostle our way north to the town of Vang Vieng with 14 fellow travelers. What amazes me is the amount of stuff people are traveling with. Backpackers boarded with bags half their size, not including their hand luggage which essentially equates to a more normal-sized backpack. Our driver …

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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 …

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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…

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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…