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    do we live in a small world? | love across borders
    September 2, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    […] I initially met Max, I was in awe of his world travels of which he spoke and his thoughts on exploration. Despite winning a Geography Bee in middle school, I had never heard of some of these locations. […]

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    PaigeBrown
    September 4, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    What a beautiful post! I hope you have the time of your life discovering the answers to your questions! Cheers!

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    Jean Sadler
    November 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    If money was no object, what would you be doing? I would be doing organic farming and building homes through Habitat for Humanity.

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    do we live in a small world? |
    December 21, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    […] I initially met Max, I was in awe of his world travels of which he spoke and his thoughts on exploration. Despite winning a Geography Bee in middle school, I had never heard of some of these locations. […]

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    1world2feet
    February 8, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Great photos!

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    10 things i love about spanish cuisine
    February 9, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    […] had the luxury of eating in some of the world’s finest restaurants. Astrid y Gaston in Lima, Maido in Lima, La Colombe in Cape Town, the list goes on. When dining at these restaurants, you know you […]

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    new years celebrations in spain
    February 16, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    […] we sat down in our seats and I began crying. So happy. Max began crying because he hates flying but it is a necessary […]

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    new years celebrations in spain
    February 16, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    […] hours to get us. We drove through beautiful Spanish countryside to get to his house and saw so many olive trees along the […]

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    castillo de castellar de la frontera
    February 19, 2016 at 1:01 am

    […] The hike to the Castillo de Castellar was a beautiful one. The day was great, opting outside was ideal, and the company was even better. We did it on New Years Day, which was necessary because of the evening we had the night before. […]

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    castillo de castellar de la frontera
    February 19, 2016 at 1:01 am

    […] and best friends, I would have thought they were insane. Remember, 3 years ago- before Maxwell- I did not even have my passport. So much has changed with this wonderful man in my […]

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    málaga, spain
    February 22, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    […] were not expecting much, but the food was fantastic. As we found in Spain, everywhere appreciates quality food and the standard is just plain higher than it is in […]

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    granada, spain
    February 24, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    […] you can probably see by now, Maxwell’s main goal for the trip to Spain was to eat a lot of high quality food. In Granada, tapas are popular and that was the purpose of the afternoon. We shaped our exploration […]

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    tk1208
    March 9, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Hope you get to go back to Madrid later. I’ll follow in case you do 🙂 Great blog!

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      The Passport Pair
      March 11, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you! We hope to get back soon because the little taste we got was fantastic 🙂

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    where have all the adventurers gone? – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    […] country that was born out of Manifest Destiny respects a new lifestyle. Go to college. Check. Get a white-collar desk job. Check. Get married. Check. Have kids. Grow old. Die. We aren’t saying that there is anything […]

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    where have all the adventurers gone? – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    […] that this world has to offer. From the desolate deserts of Namibia to the snow capped peaks of the Andes, we will stop at nothing to soak in every experience, to find our purpose, and to make a real […]

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    do we live in a small world? – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    […] myself ever being present in these places. International travel had never been in the cards for me. Money has always been a constraint and my logistical side could not bear to spend money on something as […]

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    do we live in a small world? – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    […] been a constraint and my logistical side could not bear to spend money on something as frivolous as travel when there were more functional […]

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    do we live in a small world? – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    […] the Social Work field, I have worked with individuals that have never left the city in which they were born. They could […]

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    prioritizing (real) life – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    […] Life is too short to be apathetic. Be passionate about something- anything. You won’t remember how much money you made, but you will remember the feelings and experiences you had. […]

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    la mar cebichería – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    […] style. (To learn more about Japanese & Peruvian fusion, read our experience at Maido) The classic was bursting with the traditional citrus and red onion flavor. The mixto, a more […]

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    flying – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    […] If you have already overcome your fear of flying, learn the best way to book flights! […]

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    paying for travel – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    […] Once you have picked the best travel card for you, stretch your rewards by finding the best flights! […]

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    maido – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    […] Our trip to Peru was for our honeymoon. That being said, we decided to thoroughly taste the cuisine of Lima. Our goal was to visit a few of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Maido was rated as #44. It is a Japanese and Peruvian fusion restaurant which we learned is an amazing combination. This combination was also featured in dishes at La Mar. […]

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    maido – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    […] at this point, our breathing was labored,(a foreshadowing for the impending Inca Trail) we decided we had to have dessert anyway. Peru (and the Amazon jungle in general) is known for […]

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    gibraltar – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    […] main activity of the day was to go on a 2-3 hour hike in the caves under the Rock of Gibraltar. There will be a separate post on this topic because… it deserves it’s […]

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    10 things i love about spanish cuisine – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    […] and the calamares fritos (fried baby calamari). For another great seafood destination, read about La Mar in Lima, […]

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    10 things i love about spanish cuisine – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    […] FREE tapas that we had were also some of the best food I’ve eaten. Did I mention free? Granada still very much abides by Tapas culture, and for less than $6 I had 4 beers and 4 tapas. Amazing. […]

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    hiking the caves in gibraltar – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    […] we were first approached about hiking in the St. Michaels Cave under the Rock of Gibraltar– it was a no brainer to say yes. It was described as a walk underground with a big lake that […]

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    hiking the caves in gibraltar – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    […] As we continued to get a tiny bit further into the caves, Maxwell and I realized we were 100% claustrophobic. Maybe this explains a little bit of Max’s fear of flying… […]

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    new years celebrations in spain – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    […] There were 4 of us traveling together the whole way there. A small flight would get us to Chicago and there we would connect to a flight to Madrid. […]

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    castillo de castellar de la frontera – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    […] It was a moderate hike that had paths that were both dirt and stone paved. It gave me flashbacks to the Inca Trail… […]

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    málaga, spain – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    […] settled on a small tapas restaurant that did not look like anything special. It was compact and seemed too busy for the one waitress on […]

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    madrid, spain – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    […] I did almost no exploring. We went to dinner during the evening and had to go home right afterward. Dinner was delicious per usual even though we did not go anywhere special. Luckily our group mates were able to meet up with other […]

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    tangier, morocco – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    […] shop as we make our way up the massive hill to our Riad (the Arabic version of a hostel/hotel), La Tangerina, at the peak of the […]

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    tangier, morocco – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    […] Dining in Tangier is highly enjoyable, and I recommend seeking out the places where locals and tourists alike eat. The food is very reasonably priced, and always quality. Lamb or chicken tagine, as well as harissa soup (don’t forget to add the lemon!) are absolute musts. We even found a pizza place, putting its own unique Arabic twist on pizza, where $3 bought a huge and exceptional pie. Check out our post on our favorite restaurant, Restaurant Populaire Saveur de Poisson. […]

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    tangier, morocco – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    […] Overall, Tangier is a fun, vibrant city, complete with the ancient feel of the Medina, although we highly recommend exploring the city surrounds, as the countryside is equally beautiful. The short trip to Hercules Grotto is well worth it, and make sure to indulge your tourist side with a camel ride on the beach. […]

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    restaurant populaire saveur de poisson – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    […] Poisson, you eat what they bring you, when they bring it, and its whatever is fresh at the famous Tangier seafood market that day. The restaurant is small, dark, and decorated with local art, various […]

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    camels in morocco – The Passport Pair
    June 4, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    […] was on our side that day. On the outskirts of Tangier, we found our spot. The four of us that wanted to ride camels were able to ride them all at the […]

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    Alpaca Expeditions: A Peruvian Trekking Company – The Passport Pair
    June 15, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    […] through the gate to enter the Inca Trail took 25 minutes or so, but Eddie had everything organized and he was well prepared. We hiked […]

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    Alpaca Expeditions: A Peruvian Trekking Company – The Passport Pair
    June 15, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    […] both struggled with altitude sickness and Eddie was great. He gave me oxygen 3 times and was prepared to deal with […]

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    Alpaca Expeditions: A Peruvian Trekking Company – The Passport Pair
    June 15, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    […] At Machu Picchu, the guide gives a 2 hour guided tour. This was informative and necessary- otherwise Machu Picchu would have been too overwhelming and large to see the landmarks. […]

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    Niños Hotel: Cusco, Peru – The Passport Pair
    June 17, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    […] Peru trip was fast and furious with most of our time spent on the Inca Trail. That being said, we had to find cheap and easily accessible accommodations for our time on either […]

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    Niños Hotel: Cusco, Peru – The Passport Pair
    June 17, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    […] 4 locations. 3 of those locations will be lumped together in a later post but the Niños Hotel in Cusco deserved its […]

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    Lima, Peru – The Passport Pair
    June 26, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    […] our plans to hike the Inca Trail, visit Cusco and Machu Picchu, we thought that we would easily hit our quota for history on our […]

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    Lima, Peru – The Passport Pair
    June 26, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    […] our plans to hike the Inca Trail, visit Cusco and Machu Picchu, we thought that we would easily hit our quota for history on our Peru trip. Peru […]

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    Lima, Peru – The Passport Pair
    June 26, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    […] our plans to hike the Inca Trail, visit Cusco and Machu Picchu, we thought that we would easily hit our quota for history on our Peru trip. Peru has another claim […]

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    Lima, Peru – The Passport Pair
    June 26, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    […] became clear that you simply couldn’t go wrong anywhere in Lima, but be sure to check out La Mar and Maido. My one regret about our time in Peru was that we never once got to taste the famed […]

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    Lima, Peru – The Passport Pair
    June 26, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    […] clear that you simply couldn’t go wrong anywhere in Lima, but be sure to check out La Mar and Maido. My one regret about our time in Peru was that we never once got to taste the famed Antichuchería, […]

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    Lima, Peru – The Passport Pair
    June 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

    […] our plans to hike the Inca Trail, visit Cusco and Machu Picchu, we thought that we would easily hit our quota for history on our […]

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    Lima, Peru – The Passport Pair
    June 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

    […] our plans to hike the Inca Trail, visit Cusco and Machu Picchu, we thought that we would easily hit our quota for history on our Peru trip. […]

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    Lima, Peru – The Passport Pair
    June 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

    […] our plans to hike the Inca Trail, visit Cusco and Machu Picchu, we thought that we would easily hit our quota for history on our Peru trip. Peru has another claim […]

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    Lima, Peru – The Passport Pair
    June 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

    […] became clear that you simply couldn’t go wrong anywhere in Lima, but be sure to check out La Mar and Maido. My one regret about our time in Peru was that we never once got to taste the famed […]

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    Lima, Peru – The Passport Pair
    June 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

    […] that you simply couldn’t go wrong anywhere in Lima, but be sure to check out La Mar and Maido. My one regret about our time in Peru was that we never once got to taste the famed Antichuchería, […]

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    Astrid y Gastón – The Passport Pair
    June 30, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    […] y Gaston is a restaurant that is also on the Top 50 Restaurants in the World list also located in Lima. Because we had such great time at Maido the week prior, we were hoping that this experience would […]

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    Astrid y Gastón – The Passport Pair
    June 30, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    […] on the Top 50 Restaurants in the World list also located in Lima. Because we had such great time at Maido the week prior, we were hoping that this experience would be […]

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    Astrid y Gastón – The Passport Pair
    June 30, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    […] in and they asked for a reservation we were excited! Because we had just gotten back from the Inca Trail, we looked a little sunburnt, tired, and covered in mosquito bites. Our dress is appropriate for […]

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    Astrid y Gastón – The Passport Pair
    June 30, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    […] this restaurant. Maido was outstanding food with phenomenal service without feeling pretentious. La Mar was one of the best seafood meals I have ever had that gave us experience and tons of laughter. […]

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    alpaca expeditions
    July 12, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    This is Bonnie from alpaca. I can promise you we have never removed a review from TripAdvisor and have no power to remove one. We have also fought to have day tours removed from our listing but it’s forced upon us by TripAdvisor. They don’t allow any multi day tour companies on their site and this is a negative to us as we specialize in multi day tours. I am sorry you couldn’t get your review on the company not heard because your voice and opinion matter. And we also take responsibility for the mistakes that happened on your trip home. You have a right to be mad and the driver has left the company and all guides know this is not allowed. But we are an honest company who of course has made mistakes but we do not lie and definitely do not fake or control our reviews. That would be unbelievably misleading and not our intention. Plus we work really hard to get our reputation and good marks and it’s something we are proud of.

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      The Passport Pair
      July 18, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      Hi Bonnie, thank you for the response! Sorry for the confusion, we know that it was not Alpaca Expeditions that removed the review, but rather Trip Advisor because we mis-classified it as a multi-day trip. Despite the debacle of trying to get back to Cusco, we still loved our trek on the Inca Trail, would recommend Alpaca Expeditions to anyone, and thought that our guide, Eddie, went above and beyond the call of duty.

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      Juan
      March 5, 2018 at 6:06 am

      HI Alpaca Expeditions, can you please explain why the customers is expected to tip more money than what is explained in the beginning at the briefing meeting? ive been doing research online and it seem that is the one big complaint about AE .Has this issue been fixed?. Thank you

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    Kate
    July 17, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I am looking at this company for a tour. Your comments about tipping and trip advisor removing your reviews are especially interesting. I am already annoyed about the 5.5% transaction fee! Good to know what to expect.

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      The Passport Pair
      July 18, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Hi Kate, although we definitely recommend Alpaca Expeditions over the other tour companies we saw, there were definitely some hiccups along the way! By far the most organized tour company, and our guide Eddie was great!

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    River Ventures: Wildlife Tour Company – The Passport Pair
    July 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    […] do and are passionate about the wildlife. This was refreshing to me because all too often people do not like what they do for work and it is evident. Plus, because I love manatees so much, I want the people that work with them […]

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    Anna Maria Island, Florida – The Passport Pair
    August 3, 2016 at 10:41 am

    […] it has been our main vacation spot ever since. Most memories from childhood were made here or in Disney World.  In recent years, whenever I am there my grandparents are also there. I cannot verbalize how […]

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    Anna Maria Island Food: A Review – The Passport Pair
    August 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    […] surprise culinary treat, our trip to Crystal River to swim with Manatees  successfully delivered on the culinary front as well. One doesn’t typically associate mall […]

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    lizzusev
    August 5, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    So glad you did this! Looks amazing!

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    specificnorthwest
    August 7, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Immensely helpful! I plan on saving this for later trips!! Thank you!

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    Cell Phones Abroad – The Passport Pair
    August 8, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    […] to travel! Every airport I’ve ever been to has countless cell carrier kiosks within steps of exiting the plane. Pick one, and go to them saying you’re visiting and need a SIM card. They’ll […]

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    Tahquamenon Falls – The Passport Pair
    August 13, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    […] route to Pictured Rocks, we stopped at Tahquamenon Falls. Similar to Pictured Rocks, I had never been before but Maxwell […]

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    Pictured Rocks – The Passport Pair
    August 13, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    […] this meant it was different than anything we had experienced together. We stopped along the way at Taquamenon Falls which was another great Upper Peninsula […]

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    Anna Maria Island, Florida – The Passport Pair
    August 13, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    […] Because I have been there so many times, I have my favorite restaurants to eat at and activities to do while I am there. I was excited this year to finally show Maxwell part of who I am! He loved it, which made my heart full. He especially loved the food- no surprise- so here is his review of the food. […]

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    Anna Maria Island Food: A Review – The Passport Pair
    August 13, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    […] Anna Maria Island, Florida is your typical Gulf Coast island, similar to any that you may find along the stretch of Florida coast from Marco to Tampa. Some of these slivers of land are rowdier than others, some cater to an older population, but all have one commonality: seafood. […]

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    DisneyWorld: 6 Tips to get through Magic Kingdom – The Passport Pair
    August 13, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    […] been more times than I can count. Whenever we went on vacation, it was always to Disney World or Anna Maria Island. I could go on forever about how magical Disney is and how I have a Princess complex… but I […]

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    Swimming with Manatees – The Passport Pair
    August 13, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    […] over a decade now, I have been obsessed with them. Whenever I am in Florida visiting my grandparents– I need to see them. I run the Save the Manatee 5k every year, have an obnoxious amount of […]

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    Swimming with Manatees – The Passport Pair
    August 13, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    […] went through River Ventures in Crystal River and they were fantastic. We couldn’t recommend them […]

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    River Ventures: Wildlife Tour Company – The Passport Pair
    August 13, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    […] Our experience with the manatees is one that will never be forgotten and River Ventures made that possible. If you find yourself in Florida ever, I could not recommend them enough! […]

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    Lima, Peru – The Passport Pair
    August 13, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    […] the most frustrating (or entertaining in hindsight) part of our time in Lima was trying to get a sim card for our unlocked cell phone. We knew that Uber was in Lima, so we planned to use it to get around, but we had no idea that […]

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    Camping Gear Guide – The Passport Pair
    August 14, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    […] also have individual mummy style bags from North Face as well. We needed these on the Inca Trail because of the cold temperatures at elevation and their compact size. Both fit into our backpacking […]

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    Petoskey, Michigan – The Passport Pair
    August 16, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    […] matter where our adventures take us, traveling the world, hiking the Inca Trail, or road tripping Africa, I will always default back to Petoskey as a safe “home” in my […]

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    Outdoor Adventure Accessories – The Passport Pair
    August 21, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    […] They are the most comfortable shoe we have ever owned. These were the shoes we wore hiking the Caves of Gibraltar and they did not lead us […]

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    Camping Gear Guide – The Passport Pair
    August 22, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    […] (Our accessories and Meal Preparation) […]

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    Camping: Meal Preparation – The Passport Pair
    August 28, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    […] I was late to the camping game, I have excelled at camping meal preparation. Max has an affinity for going out to eat, but I […]

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    Long Distance Relationships: How to guide – The Passport Pair
    August 31, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    […] living in South Africa, he used his passport to get into the next bar our group went to. Because I had never traveled, I thought he was the coolest. When asked why he was using his  passport, he said that lived in […]

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    Long Distance Relationships: How to guide – The Passport Pair
    August 31, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    […] awhile, but then were able to take time to date in person. It didn’t take long for Maxwell to propose and for me to eagerly […]

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    Long Distance Relationships: How to guide – The Passport Pair
    August 31, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    […] years after our long distance, we get to live in Cape Town with each other. Truly a dream come […]

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    My First International Trip – The Passport Pair
    September 2, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    […] our impending move quickly approaching, my first trip to visit Maxwell in South Africa is ever […]

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    My First International Trip – The Passport Pair
    September 2, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    […] the trip was about an hour before I landed in Cape Town. Meeting this perfect boy after 5 months of pixelated Skyping means I had to look impossibly fresh after this flight. I went into the tiny airplane bathroom and […]

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    My First International Trip – The Passport Pair
    September 2, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    […] It felt as though no distance ever happened and it was just another date night with the love of my life. It was strange to see his South African apartment from the inside rather than just the screen. During our time apart, we waited to say that we loved each other because it was more authentic to do it in person. Needless to say, we said ‘”I love you” for the first time and the rest is history❤ […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 1 – The Passport Pair
    September 6, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    […] this night, I have gotten much more comfortable with camping and camping meal preparation. As described in our camping meal preparation post, this meal consisted […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 1 – The Passport Pair
    September 6, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    […] I have gotten much more comfortable with camping and camping meal preparation. As described in our camping meal preparation post, this meal consisted of burnt borewors and a heated can of beans. Ew. I would never eat this now, […]

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    la tangerina – The Passport Pair
    September 7, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    […] trip to Morocco was mostly unplanned by us and planned by Christian. The hostel/Riad that he chose is one that his […]

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    la tangerina – The Passport Pair
    September 7, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    […] the boys put away a lot of beers and our tab was more than we thought. The service was great and my Hammam was done right there in the building. It was a comfortable space that made our stay in Tangier even […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 2 – The Passport Pair
    September 9, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    […] day began early after my first night of camping…ever. We packed snacks for breakfast and ate along the way to Fish River Canyon. It was about […]

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    African Road Trip Day 3 – The Passport Pair
    September 14, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    […] To get to the desired walking path of the crest, it was a hike. […]

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    African Road Trip Day 3 – The Passport Pair
    September 14, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    […] I did not take risks. I am not an adrenaline junky nor did I like being out of my comfort zone. At this moment in our relationship, I still wanted Maxwell to think I was “cool” and “adventurous”. But this […]

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    African Road Trip Day 3 – The Passport Pair
    September 14, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    […] *It should be noted that we were only a third of the way to the peak. And panic attacks like this continue through our travels […]

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    African Road Trip Day 3 – The Passport Pair
    September 14, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    […] It will be the comeback story 3 years in the making. […]

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    African Road Trip Day 3 – The Passport Pair
    September 14, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    […] Eventually we left the Sossusvlei dunes when it got too hot. It was forecasted to be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit / 40 degrees Celsius so we thought it best to get out of these. No surprise, we had a long day of driving ahead of us. […]

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    African Road Trip Day 3 – The Passport Pair
    September 14, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    […] backpacker for the night was near the ocean in someone’s backyard. I was somewhat weirded out at first […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 4 – The Passport Pair
    September 16, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    […] sleeping well at a great backpacker, we got up early and headed off for another day. Today was the day I was most excited about. Our […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 4 – The Passport Pair
    September 16, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    […] surprise, but we had a bit of a drive. Once we drove out of the coastal oasis of Swakopmund, it was back to empty barren desert with the […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 4 – The Passport Pair
    September 16, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    […] One big motivation to moving back to South Africa is the peace that you see here on Maxwell. His soul thrives in nature and Southern Africa is completely wild. Maxwell did a lot of self growth in his time here in 2013 and I am wholeheartedly excited for the growth that we will do together the next few years. […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 4 – The Passport Pair
    September 16, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    […] big motivation to moving back to South Africa is the peace that you see here on Maxwell. His soul thrives in nature and Southern Africa is completely wild. Maxwell did a lot of self growth in his time here in 2013 […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 4 – The Passport Pair
    September 16, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    […] hour so we set up camp. By this time, Maxwell was “figuring out dinner” which meant I set up the tent alone. This actually meant he was photographing and filming me doing it rather than preparing for a […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 4 – The Passport Pair
    September 16, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    […] We were excited about this campsite because we had planned to be in Etosha National Park for two nights rather than the first three nights of the trip being in different locations. […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 4 – The Passport Pair
    September 16, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    […] view of the African sunset while cooking dinner. These baked potatoes took 4 hours to cook, but with scenery and company like this- time does not […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 5 – The Passport Pair
    September 22, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    […] woke up early in Etosha National Park in Namibia because a day of animals was waiting for us. Because the watering hole was so […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 6 – The Passport Pair
    September 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    […] coming off a terrible night of sleeping, we had a lot of driving to do. Of course, we woke up with a flat tire. It must have been a slow […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 6 – The Passport Pair
    September 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    […] should be noted that during our time at Etosha National Park, we did not see any elephants. I was upset because those were my #1 animal to see on the trip. […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 6 – The Passport Pair
    September 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    […] were shown to our campsite and had to immediately set up our tent because of impending rain. By this time in the road trip we were experts so it was up in no time […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 6 – The Passport Pair
    September 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    […] were shown to our campsite and had to immediately set up our tent because of impending rain. By this time in the road trip we were experts so it was up in no time flat. We decided to take a late afternoon nap, between our […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 6 – The Passport Pair
    September 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    […] got onions, butternut squash, potatoes, and other random vegetables to cook over the fire at our site. With all of the wood and kindling wet- it took awhile for the fire to get going. As pictured […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 6 – The Passport Pair
    September 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    […] We decided to take a shower that night which  proved to be more difficult than I hoped. The bathrooms were essentially tiki huts on stilts. It was an open shower which meant everything got wet when you turned it on. A giant gecko greeted me as I turned on the lights. As I turned on the water, it was freezing. I yelled to Maxwell that something was wrong. It turns out that the hot water was heated by wood burning. We had to start a fire under a giant vat of water to have hot water to shower with. This was an experience for me… […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 7 – The Passport Pair
    October 7, 2016 at 11:58 am

    […] a relaxing and rugged evening, we woke up rested and ready for the day. The eccentric backpacker we were staying at had a […]

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    Susan
    October 9, 2016 at 2:18 am

    very cool! I am looking forward to following your posts, safe travels..from Washington State

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    About Creativity
    October 9, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Thanks for keeping it real. I lookforward to your emails.

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    About Creativity
    October 9, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Thanks!

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    African Roadtrip: Day 8 – The Passport Pair
    October 17, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    […] awoke groggy because of the constant barrage of noise from the hippo pod. I thought that Maxwell was having some serious sinus issues in the night, but alas, it was not him […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 8 – The Passport Pair
    October 17, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    […] is a network of walkways that give an indication that this terrain is different from what we have been seeing so far. The mist from the falls created a micro ecosystem of […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 8 – The Passport Pair
    October 17, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    […] so far. The mist from the falls created a micro ecosystem of rainforest. It was so humid, we had to wear our raincoats and of course our hair reacted […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 8 – The Passport Pair
    October 17, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    […] driving along in Botswana, we encountered more elephants than you could begin to imagine. This problem was in contrast to that of Namibia. We found where the elephants are- Botswana. Roughly every 15 minutes we had to stop to let a herd […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 8 – The Passport Pair
    October 17, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    […] long day made our tent, that was getting dirtier by the day, feel like a 5 star […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 9 & 10 – The Passport Pair
    October 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    […] sanctuary, I wanted/needed a little more luxury. As stated earlier in this travel series, this was my first time camping/roadtripping/doing anything adventurous. Now that we had seen animals, natural wonders, and finally gotten to Victoria Falls– it was […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 9 & 10 – The Passport Pair
    October 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    […] this travel series, this was my first time camping/roadtripping/doing anything adventurous. Now that we had seen animals, natural wonders, and finally gotten to Victoria Falls– it was […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 9 & 10 – The Passport Pair
    October 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    […] was my first time camping/roadtripping/doing anything adventurous. Now that we had seen animals, natural wonders, and finally gotten to Victoria Falls– it was […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 9 & 10 – The Passport Pair
    October 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    […] anything adventurous. Now that we had seen animals, natural wonders, and finally gotten to Victoria Falls– it was […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 9 & 10 – The Passport Pair
    October 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    […] than $10 USD. This was the first time in 9 days that I was able to take a shower without having to walk to a tent in flip flops while my feet were getting dirty […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 9 & 10 – The Passport Pair
    October 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    […] picture below holds a lot of emotion for me. We had run out of peanut butter sandwich making supplies so we had to get fast food. If you know Maxwell and I at all, you know that we are anti-fast food […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 9 & 10 – The Passport Pair
    October 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    […] we were planning this roadtrip, I remember Maxwell being hesitant about doing it. Victoria Falls is VERY far from Cape Town and […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 9 & 10 – The Passport Pair
    October 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    […] there were situations that could have gone differently and really ruined our time. We believed that this road trip would happen and work out so we committed to […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 9 & 10 – The Passport Pair
    October 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    […] Also, it may have been mentioned before but this was really our first extended time together. We met in the summer of 2013 when Maxwell was living in Cape Town and we had three weeks in person to meet, date, and commit to being in a long distance relationship. We spent more time in 2013 in Africa together than the USA.  […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 9 & 10 – The Passport Pair
    October 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    […] This trip solidified our relationship and showed that the essential communication skills were there which lead to a great foundation. Once I committed to going to Africa 5 months later, our relationship was a no brainer and this roadtrip was a major part of that. This is why we moved back to Cape Town when presented the opportunity❤ […]

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    The Journey – The Passport Pair
    October 27, 2016 at 9:20 am

    […] months of planning and years of dreaming, we were finally headed back to Cape Town, South Africa. This time, we were […]

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    The Journey – The Passport Pair
    October 27, 2016 at 9:20 am

    […] After months of planning and years of dreaming, we were finally headed back to Cape Town, South Africa. This time, we were traveling to Cape Town as a married couple. […]

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    The Journey – The Passport Pair
    October 27, 2016 at 9:20 am

    […] started our arduous trek on Tuesday, October 11th around 1:30pm and arrived in Cape Town on Friday, October 14th around […]

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    The Journey – The Passport Pair
    October 27, 2016 at 9:20 am

    […] We lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which does have an airport, but it continues to be absurdly expensive to fly out of. Chicago is only a 3-hour drive so we opted for that. Our 4 checked bags, 2 carry-ons, and 2 personal items stuffed in a rental car and we were off! (This gave us flashbacks to our terrible drive to Chicago on our Spain trip!) […]

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    The Journey – The Passport Pair
    October 27, 2016 at 9:20 am

    […] of it. 13.5 hours was the longest flight I had ever been on and I felt every hour of it. Because of Max’s flight anxiety, I sacrifice sleep so he can lay down over the entire row. I watched movie after movie and now I […]

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    How to Deal with Long Flights – The Passport Pair
    November 1, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    […] don’t pretend to be an expert at long flights – as you may know, I am terrified of flying. Whether it’s a 25 min jaunt from Grand Rapids to Chicago or the 16.5-hour marathon from […]

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    How to Deal with Long Flights – The Passport Pair
    November 1, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    […] go to airplane outfit is as […]

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    How to Deal with Long Flights – The Passport Pair
    November 1, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    […] out a system that seems to work 70-80% of the time. First of all, we pick our seats as soon as we book our flights. I prefer the back of the plane, but not the very back. Somewhere within 4 rows of an exit, but […]

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    Cape Town, South Africa – The Passport Pair
    November 4, 2016 at 9:52 am

    […] forward to a cold Tuesday in January of 2013, and I’ve just received my student visa. I left for Cape Town two days […]

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    Cape Town, South Africa – The Passport Pair
    November 4, 2016 at 9:52 am

    […] spare you the details of my education and adventures, those are for another time. The bottom line is that within a year of living in Cape Town, I made […]

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    Cape Town, South Africa – The Passport Pair
    November 4, 2016 at 9:53 am

    […] time. The bottom line is that within a year of living in Cape Town, I made some lifelong friends, met the woman that would become my wife, and set my life down a trajectory that I am still fulfilling as I write this. In addition to its […]

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    Cape Town, South Africa – The Passport Pair
    November 4, 2016 at 9:53 am

    […] our love story. I grew not only as an individual, but our love also grew. From the day my now wife (who visited me in Cape Town in December, 2013) and I returned to the U.S. from Cape Town, we have been doing everything in our power to figure […]

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    Cape Town, South Africa – The Passport Pair
    November 4, 2016 at 9:53 am

    […] If there is anything I took away from this beautiful city in 2013, its that of hope. Like many places, maybe more than some, Cape Town is not without its issues. Much of the population lives on a dollar a day, and within the small city limits you’ll find the highest income inequality. The resounding sense of hope that I see transcending that, however, is what has brought us back. I learned about myself in this city. I’m hoping that both Leeann and I will continue to learn, to grow, and to continue down the path towards a meaningful existence that we promised to each other in our weddi… […]

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    Hike: Table Mountain-Skeleton Gorge Route – The Passport Pair
    November 5, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    […] have committed to taking advantage of Cape Town’s beautiful hiking trails. This was our first hike since being back in town. I had not previously […]

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    Hike: Table Mountain-Skeleton Gorge Route – The Passport Pair
    November 5, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    […] committed to taking advantage of Cape Town’s beautiful hiking trails. This was our first hike since being back in town. I had not previously done the Skeleton Gorge Route, but it is Maxwell’s […]

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    Hike: Table Mountain-Skeleton Gorge Route – The Passport Pair
    November 5, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    […] Cape Town is amazing. […]

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    Walker Bay Adventures: Sea Kayaking – The Passport Pair
    November 15, 2016 at 10:02 am

    […] our time doing long distance in our relationship, Max went sea kayaking in Hermanus, South Africa for the first time. I was […]

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    Walker Bay Adventures: Sea Kayaking – The Passport Pair
    November 15, 2016 at 10:02 am

    […] our time doing long distance in our relationship, Max went sea kayaking in Hermanus, South Africa for the first time. I was immediately jealous because of my love for animals, so it was one of the […]

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    Walker Bay Adventures: Sea Kayaking – The Passport Pair
    November 15, 2016 at 10:02 am

    […] sea kayaking in Hermanus, South Africa for the first time. I was immediately jealous because of my love for animals, so it was one of the first adventures we had on our to-do list when we moved […]

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    Walker Bay Adventures: Sea Kayaking – The Passport Pair
    November 15, 2016 at 10:02 am

    […] During our time doing long distance in our relationship, Max went sea kayaking in Hermanus, South Africa for the first time. I was immediately jealous because of my love for animals, so it was one of the first adventures we had on our to-do list when we moved back! […]

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    Walker Bay Adventures: Sea Kayaking – The Passport Pair
    November 15, 2016 at 10:02 am

    […] often get intimidated by adventure travel activities (and sometimes have a complete meltdown), but Walker Bay did so much to make us comfortable. The staff was friendly and welcoming as if […]

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    Hike: Lion’s Head Mountain – The Passport Pair
    November 17, 2016 at 11:11 am

    […] Cape Town has a pretty epic skyline. It is not a skyline of tall man made buildings, but a line of distinct mountains. Table Mountain is the famous, flat centrepiece. To the left, there is Devil’s Peak (don’t let the name fool you, it is amazing). And to the right, there is Lion’s Head, which is significantly lower than the previous two peaks. […]

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    Hike: Lion’s Head Mountain – The Passport Pair
    November 17, 2016 at 11:11 am

    […] epic skyline. It is not a skyline of tall man made buildings, but a line of distinct mountains. Table Mountain is the famous, flat centrepiece. To the left, there is Devil’s Peak (don’t let the name […]

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    Hike: Lion’s Head Mountain – The Passport Pair
    November 17, 2016 at 11:11 am

    […] on the way up. Then I realise on the way down that my legs are more used than I originally thought. (Inca Trail flashbacks!)Though my body is more fatigued, the way down goes faster; 45 minutes to 1 hour. This makes the […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    November 23, 2016 at 5:50 am

    […] A practical and real couple that loves to travel. We are not one of the travel blogs that has been able to drop everything and travel full time. We both have jobs and have shaped our life around the desire to travel. Despite being bogged down by students loans (in America) we are not sacrificing a standard of living by living in Cape Town, South Africa. We both admit that our Instagram and blog photos are not the most glamorous, but that is because we take pictures of us that are mostly unposed and in the moment. We don’t set up photoshoots and get stylised because we are not super glamorous people in real life. We want to show that if we have hiked a mountain- we probably look like we have hiked a mountain! […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    November 23, 2016 at 5:50 am

    […] being bogged down by students loans (in America) we are not sacrificing a standard of living by living in Cape Town, South Africa. We both admit that our Instagram and blog photos are not the most glamorous, but that is because […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    November 23, 2016 at 5:50 am

    […] A practical and real couple that loves to travel. We are not one of the travel blogs that has been able to drop everything and travel full time. We both have jobs and have shaped our life around the desire to travel. Despite being bogged down by students loans (in America) we are not sacrificing a standard of living by living in Cape Town, South Africa. We both admit that our Instagram and blog photos are not the most glamorous, but that is because we take pictures of us that are mostly unposed and in the moment. We don’t set up photoshoots and get stylised because we are not super glamorous people in real life. We want to show that if we have hiked a mountain- we probably look like we have hiked a mountain! […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    November 23, 2016 at 5:50 am

    […] the deck at a random backpacker in Shamvura, Namibia. This deck was overlooking the Okavango River and onto Angola. This was a place of peace and holds […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    November 23, 2016 at 5:50 am

    […] Second, Pyramid Point in northern Michigan, USA. You are on a sand dune/cliff that overlooks Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands. This place is so unbelievably beautiful and one would never think to find that place in Michigan. Northern Michigan is also special to us because that is where we got engaged! […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    November 23, 2016 at 5:50 am

    […] the map feature in Skyscanner.com is a great way to find the cheapest flight into the general region to where you would like to go. Though we do not book our flights through […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    November 23, 2016 at 5:50 am

    […] just like with any relationship, communication is key. If one part of the couple is frustrated, tired, or confused in any way that needs to be discussed. […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    November 23, 2016 at 5:50 am

    […] Inca Trail in Peru. Though it was one of most rigorous things we have ever done (mostly because of the altitude and altitude sickness), it was the most rewarding. Ending the hike at Machu Picchu was something that we will never […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    November 23, 2016 at 5:50 am

    […] because of the altitude and altitude sickness), it was the most rewarding. Ending the hike at Machu Picchu was something that we will never forget. Moreover, it was our honeymoon trip which made it all the […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    November 23, 2016 at 5:50 am

    […] more special. We don’t think that we would have appreciated the history and the gravity of Machu Picchu without seeing everything along the trail. To fully get the experience, one needs to hike the Inca […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    November 23, 2016 at 5:50 am

    […] Hands down, the Inca Trail in Peru. Though it was one of most rigorous things we have ever done (mostly because of the altitude and altitude sickness), it was the most rewarding. Ending the hike at Machu Picchu was something that we will never forget. Moreover, it was our honeymoon trip which made it all the more special. We don’t think that we would have appreciated the history and the gravity of Machu Picchu without seeing everything along the trail. To fully get the experience, one needs to hike the Inca Trail. […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    November 23, 2016 at 5:50 am

    […] are lucky in that even though we moved, we still have a home base in Cape Town, South Africa. That move was hard because we left our friends and family back in Michigan (America), but we knew this was the right […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    November 23, 2016 at 5:50 am

    […] Botswana, as we were driving down the main highway, we saw a lone African Wild Dog running alongside the road. We slowed to his pace and went along with him on his run for at least 5 […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    November 23, 2016 at 5:50 am

    […] Max’s #1 priority for travel is seeking good food, this is a hard question to answer. We can’t narrow it down […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    November 23, 2016 at 5:50 am

    […] can’t narrow it down to one dish, so we will narrow it down to one meal. In Tangier, Morocco, Saveur de Poisson was a humble establishment that served the meal that will never be forgotten. There was a prix fixe […]

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    Wendy from WenAbroad
    November 23, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks so much for your kind words and the nomination!! Love your website as well!

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    The Married Wanderers
    November 24, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Ah wow !!! We absolutely loved this post!!! You have done and seen the most amazing things :)!! We cant wait to keep following the adventure!

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    Pelin
    January 10, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Hi!
    Your site is really great with all the detailed information. I just would like to know, what kind of visa did you apply for to stay in South Africa? How does the visa system work there? Thanks in advance for some information.

    Regards

    Pelin

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      The Passport Pair
      January 30, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Hi Pelin,

      Unfortunately the visa situation can be quite complicated in South Africa. We are doing some volunteer work here, so we were able to secure visas through our NGO. Work Permits are nearly impossible to attain, but Student Visas and Volunteer Visas are quite a bit easier. If you have any volunteer experience, or know that your skills could benefit some local organizations, start sending some emails!

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    Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park – The Passport Pair
    January 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    […] our friend, Cari, decided she was coming to South Africa to visit us, we agreed that a road trip was a necessity during her time here. After much research, Kgalagadi […]

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    Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park – The Passport Pair
    January 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    […] About 12 hours north of Cape Town made it relatively accessible to us versus driving all the way to Etosha National Park in Namibia. Our road trip ended only being 4 days because Cari was on a strict time […]

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    Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park – The Passport Pair
    January 11, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    […] months again? No. The heat was WAY too much and completely changed our view of deserts. In Namibia, deserts cooled way down at night, but the Kalahari stayed almost the same temperature as it is during the day. If we had decided to […]

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    amyleexo
    January 19, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Hey Leeann! I loved reading your posts about your experience on the Inca Trail! I’m actually heading there to do the same hike the beginning of April. I was just wondering if you did any sort of training before you went? And how heavy your pack was? If you can’t tell I’m quite freaked out by the whole thing (especially altitude!). Thanks so much!
    amylee

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      The Passport Pair
      January 19, 2017 at 12:18 am

      Hi Amylee,

      I’m so glad you liked it! To be honest, the hike was quite grueling, but with appropriate preparation and giving yourself enough time to acclimate to the altitude you should be fine.

      Our biggest mistake was only spending 12 hours at altitude prior to starting the hike. I would recommend at least 2 days in Cusco before you begin.

      Hit the stair stepper at the gym and do some cardio as well. That will help a lot.

      My pack was about 10 lbs, but because of the constant stairs up and downhill, it made it seem much heavier.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

      ~Leeann
      The Passport Pair

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    Storytime: 12 Chaotic Hours – The Passport Pair
    January 23, 2017 at 10:03 am

    […] mentioned in our previous post on Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, there were some great animal interactions and some events that added to the […]

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    Storytime: 12 Chaotic Hours – The Passport Pair
    January 23, 2017 at 10:03 am

    […] sunset game drive was in order and then it was time for dinner. As Max put on the FIRE to cook our dinner, Cari and I hear a soft buzzing. I’m terrified that it is more mosquitos to reek havoc on my […]

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    Storytime: 12 Chaotic Hours – The Passport Pair
    January 23, 2017 at 10:03 am

    […] In Peru, I got a ton of mosquito bites and my legs swelled terribly. My calf got to the size of my thigh then so Max was worried about swelling this time as well. Max turned on the headlamp and simultaneously a Camel Spider scurried down Max’s leg and up the side of the tent. Max HATES spiders or bugs. I jump up with my recently removed hiking pants and try to squish this pest. Unfortunately we are sleeping on sleeping air pads so any attempt I make at squishing it is all in vein. […]

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    Storytime: 12 Chaotic Hours – The Passport Pair
    January 23, 2017 at 10:03 am

    […] with my recently removed hiking pants and try to squish this pest. Unfortunately we are sleeping on sleeping air pads so any attempt I make at squishing it is all in […]

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    Namibia – The Passport Pair
    January 26, 2017 at 8:30 am

    […] was but a blip on my radar. I knew next to nothing of the country, other than it was due north of Cape Town, was known for its sand dunes, and Anthony Bourdain ate ostrich eggs there once. I didn’t […]

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    Namibia – The Passport Pair
    January 26, 2017 at 8:30 am

    […] major detour to avoid some construction, a terribly pot-hole filled road, and finally entering the Kalahari of northern South Africa. We passed through some wonderfully rural towns such as Kuruman, and […]

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    Namibia – The Passport Pair
    January 26, 2017 at 8:30 am

    […] could tell you all day about everything that Fish River Canyon, and the other sites we visited, have to offer, but instead I’ll stick to the more […]

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    Namibia – The Passport Pair
    January 26, 2017 at 8:30 am

    […] next day, fresh and a car full of petrol, we embarked yet again towards the dunes of Sesriem. Again paving our own way and ever somewhat lost, we stumbled upon the quaint town of Maltahöhe, […]

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    Namibia – The Passport Pair
    January 26, 2017 at 8:30 am

    […] our trip culminated in game driving through Etosha and my first sightings of African animals in the wild, my first road trip through Namibia […]

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    Namibia – The Passport Pair
    January 26, 2017 at 8:30 am

    […] ahead, if anything, was a completely freeing experience. I enjoyed my time so much in Namibia that I even brought Leeann (who was just my girlfriend at the time) there as soon as she came to […]

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    Cusco, Peru – The Passport Pair
    January 26, 2017 at 10:48 am

    […] rejuvenated, we set off (and down, foreshadowing of things to come, our hotel was of course near the top of Cusco) to explore the ancient city. It seems as if every […]

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    Cusco, Peru – The Passport Pair
    January 26, 2017 at 10:48 am

    […] now been to Spain, you could have easily told me that we were in Granada or Malaga and I surely would have believed you. The evidence of Spanish influence (or conquest […]

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    Cusco, Peru – The Passport Pair
    January 26, 2017 at 10:48 am

    […] now been to Spain, you could have easily told me that we were in Granada or Malaga and I surely would have believed you. The evidence of Spanish influence (or conquest rather) […]

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    Where have all the adventurers gone? – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 6:32 am

    […] The peace of staying home and doing the responsible thing won out over wanderlust. The old adage “the grass is always greener on the other side” successfully […]

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    Where have all the adventurers gone? – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 6:32 am

    […] Please join us on our adventure. I myself have never seen the allure of working for someone other than myself for a company that produces consumables. I’ve now found an amazing person to share my life with that understands my insatiable wanderlust. Or at least she tries to and supports me as best she can. […]

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    Where have all the adventurers gone? – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 6:32 am

    […] through a lens, as we explore everything that this world has to offer. From the desolate deserts of Namibia to the snow capped peaks of the Andes, we will stop at nothing to soak in every experience, to find […]

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    If they can do it, so can we – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 6:40 am

    […] Why do I keep hearing stories about people that seemingly drop everything they’re doing to live their dream life? […]

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    If they can do it, so can we – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 6:40 am

    […] London to Johannesburg (why does every great African story adventure start with “drove overland to JoBurg?“) By the time they made it to their destination, they had but 2 Rand between the six of […]

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    If they can do it, so can we – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 6:40 am

    […] beginning to notice a trend. It’s not the money that is the issue. It’s the fear that it invokes. Money is surrounded by myriad what-if’s. The money issue always works itself out in these […]

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    If they can do it, so can we – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 6:40 am

    […] you will. But we certainly aren’t going to be able to check any of them off through inaction. We will take that leap of faith and know that we will face both success and failure, but ultimately […]

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    Do we live in a small world? – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 6:43 am

    […] When I initially met Max, I was in awe of his world travels of which he spoke and his thoughts on exploration. Despite winning a Geography Bee in middle school, I had never heard of some of these locations. His stories all sounded foreign (pun intended) to me. I absorbed everything he said and could envision the places he described so well. […]

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    Do we live in a small world? – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 6:43 am

    […] I initially met Max, I was in awe of his world travels of which he spoke and his thoughts on exploration. Despite winning a Geography Bee in middle school, I had never heard of some of these locations. […]

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    Do we live in a small world? – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 6:44 am

    […] Yes, resources- whether that be time or money- is a deterrent for people. But then I would argue, what about the people who do not have ample resources available yet make travel and exploration happen regardless? […]

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    A wonderful story – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 6:50 am

    […] friend Christian just shared this story with me, which he in turn heard from a lawyer in South Africa. Regardless of […]

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    A wonderful story – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 6:51 am

    […] IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions!” “Millions – then what?” The American said, “Then you would retire.  Move to a small coastal fishing village where […]

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    Prioritizing (real) life – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 6:55 am

    […] Am I going to be better off? Yes. […]

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    Prioritizing (real) life – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 6:55 am

    […] I am recently married. A (new) marriage takes a lot of work. Because there was little work/life balance, I ended up taking it out on the person I love the most. Working late took precious time away from our time together. […]

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    Prioritizing (real) life – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 6:55 am

    […] Between sleeping and working, a couple does not see much of each other during the week. Additionally, my husband takes classes in the evenings 2 nights a week. A marriage should not consist of seeing each other for 20 minutes, while eating dinner at 9:30pm to only go to bed by 10:00pm in order to do it all over again the next morning. […]

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    La Mar Cebichería – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:03 am

    […] Lima is also known for it’s street food. La Mar has a street food section on their menu, so we wanted to try that. Anticucho Octopus and a Seafood Tamal were our choices. […]

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    Flying – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:07 am

    […] this year. Travel presents me with quite the quandry – I am terrified of flying. Despite my wanderlusting tendencies and inability to sit in one place, the act of getting from point A to point B presents […]

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    Flying – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:07 am

    […] wrong with overland/sea travel? So relaxed. So…close to the ground. People love to console me with facts about […]

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    Flying – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:08 am

    […] it’s quite the contrary. The more I fly, the more terrified I become. A recent flight in Peru found me shaking in the fetal position (again the control thing. Flying over nice flat land […]

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    Flying – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:08 am

    […] practical solution. The world is really big. I can already feel the anxiety building. Touchdown in Madrid could not come soon […]

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    Booking flights – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:15 am

    […] biggest obstacle many people face when it comes to travel is finding and booking affordable flights. Flights are […]

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    Booking flights – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:15 am

    […] than anything else: creativity and flexibility. So you live in Grand Rapids and want to go to Madrid, Dec. 3 – Dec. 10? Chances are, visiting a travel agency website and typing in those exact […]

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    Booking flights – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:15 am

    […] another flight, and many other options. We recently had a great find with this feature, where a flight to Cape Town (from Michigan) was essentially free. We are already going to London and Scotland next June for […]

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    Booking flights – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:15 am

    […] free. We are already going to London and Scotland next June for around 10 days, with plans to go to Cape Town later in the summer as well. Rather than flying to London and back, only to fly to Cape Town a few […]

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    Booking flights – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:15 am

    […] seats, and check in to the flight when the time comes. I typically download the airline app to my phone as well, as you never know if you will be by a computer when the time to check in comes. I also […]

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    Booking flights – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:15 am

    […] will cover this in more depth in an upcoming post, but in general, the airline rewards credit cards that are non specific to any one airline tend to […]

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    Paying for travel – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:19 am

    […] of there already generous rewards structure. Lucky for us, we had a series of very large expenses (our wedding!). Rather than paying for these with the check book, we decided to make these large dollar amount […]

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    Paying for travel – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:19 am

    […] for other expenses (1.25 miles for every dollar spent!). It was also nice on our recent trip to Peru to not see a percentage added to every […]

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    Maido – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:22 am

    […] trip to Peru was for our honeymoon. That being said, we decided to thoroughly taste the cuisine of Lima. Our goal was to visit a few of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Maido was rated as #44. It […]

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    Gibraltar – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:30 am

    […] who may not know, Gibraltar is a small British overseas territory located on the southern tip of Spain. It has a population of about 38,000 people and boasts a rich history. (I highly recommend reading […]

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    Gibraltar – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:30 am

    […] wanted to see the tip of Gibraltar because on a clear day, one is able to see Morocco! The weather was touch and go, unfortunately, and we got stuck in gale force winds along with rain. […]

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    10 things I love about Spanish cuisine – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:35 am

    […] dish you’ve ever eaten is probably touched in some way by French culinary innovation. Enter: Spain. This often overlooked culinary destination is entering the spotlight. According to Anthony […]

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    10 things I love about Spanish cuisine – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:35 am

    […] and I have had the luxury of eating in some of the world’s finest restaurants. Astrid y Gaston in Lima, Maido in Lima, La Colombe in Cape Town, the list goes on. When dining at these […]

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    10 things I love about Spanish cuisine – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:35 am

    […] I have had the luxury of eating in some of the world’s finest restaurants. Astrid y Gaston in Lima, Maido in Lima, La Colombe in Cape Town, the list goes on. When dining at these restaurants, […]

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    10 things I love about Spanish cuisine – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:35 am

    […] some of the world’s finest restaurants. Astrid y Gaston in Lima, Maido in Lima, La Colombe in Cape Town, the list goes on. When dining at these restaurants, you know you are about to eat great food. The […]

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    10 things I love about Spanish cuisine – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 7:35 am

    […] did a lot of driving in Spain, from Madrid to Sotogrande in the south, then back up to Malaga and Granada. Everywhere we went, the landscape was covered in Olive trees. Olives are a staple in […]

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    Hiking the caves in Gibraltar – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 8:34 am

    […] there was an earthquake in Spain and Gibraltar 3 weeks after we climbed through these caves. […]

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    Granada, Spain – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 9:47 am

    […] of the day, I realized I wanted more Granada. The feel of the city, the importance that is put on relaxation/relationships, and the food all made this an amazing destination to visit. As I previously stated, I could spend […]

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    La Alhambra – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 10:38 am

    […] was only present half the time that we were in La Alhambra. Some of the detailing reminded me of Morocco, which makes geographical […]

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    Madrid, Spain – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    […] to go to the Plaza Mayor! Its the central square and it was still decorated with lights from the New Years celebration. It was a huge space that I could barely imagine being filled with people, but on all major […]

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    La Tangerina – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    […] when visiting Morocco, La Tangerina. Because of our experiences at different hostels/camp sites in Southern Africa, we had no idea what to expect from one in […]

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    Inca Trail: Day 1 – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    […] The Inca Trail. The road to the famous Machu Picchu. […]

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    Inca Trail: Day 1 – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    […] Inca Trail is highly regulated so you have to go through a trekking company- we chose Alpaca Expeditions. There will be a separate post on […]

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    Inca Trail: Day 1 – The Passport Pair
    January 30, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    […] service picking us up at 4:30am. We were exhausted due to the altitude both the previous day in Cusco and getting ready in the morning. Not a fantastic sign when you are winded by packing a […]

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    Inca Trail: Day 2 – The Passport Pair
    January 31, 2017 at 4:01 am

    […] As we woke up on Day 2, I lay there in my mummy sleeping bag tightly zipped to ask myself the question, “How on earth did I get to this point in my life?” […]

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    Inca Trail: Day 2 – The Passport Pair
    January 31, 2017 at 4:01 am

    […] was the boost to morale that we (mostly I) needed. And The Emperor’s New Groove is a secret Disney guilty pleasure of mine so I was overcome with joy for some […]

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    Inca Trail: Day 3 – The Passport Pair
    January 31, 2017 at 4:03 am

    […] hike on Day 3 was supposed to be much less rigorous than Day 2. It was a much shorter day as well with us finishing up around 2:00pm rather than 8:30pm the day […]

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    Inca Trail: Day 3 – The Passport Pair
    January 31, 2017 at 4:17 am

    […] call because it was an even earlier wake up call 2:45am. Day 4 was the final short stretch until Machu Picchu. I felt like a child on Christmas- I could not sleep because I was too […]

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    Inca Trail: Day 4 – The Passport Pair
    January 31, 2017 at 4:27 am

    […] Today was the day. A bucket list item being crossed off. Knowing that we would see and experience Machu Picchu. […]

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    Cusco, Peru – The Passport Pair
    January 31, 2017 at 9:49 am

    […] only a quick 55 minute flight from Lima, Cusco could have been 10,000 miles away and 500 years back in time to conquistador Spain. […]

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    Cusco, Peru – The Passport Pair
    January 31, 2017 at 9:49 am

    […] this ancient language of the Incas) brought us to our wonderful little hostel on Calle Fierro. Niños Hotel is perched atop a hill on a nondescript side street with nothing but a small wooden sign […]

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    Cusco, Peru – The Passport Pair
    January 31, 2017 at 9:49 am

    […] making it challenging to identify land marks. The only consistent thing was our labored breathing, as we were clearly not prepared for this jump to altitude. Although quite cool, we also didn’t realize the intensity of the sun, so sunscreen is a must […]

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    Cusco, Peru – The Passport Pair
    January 31, 2017 at 9:49 am

    […] sickness is no fun. There’s no shortage of great food to be had, although not nearly as much seafood as Lima had to offer. The heartier fare of the mountains is much needed when trekking ever […]

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    Alpaca Expeditions: A Peruvian Trekking Company – The Passport Pair
    January 31, 2017 at 9:57 am

    […] website. A deposit had to be made online (through PayPal) and the rest of the fee could be paid in Cusco the day before the trek began. Alpaca Expeditions would send email updates throughout the months […]

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    Alpaca Expeditions: A Peruvian Trekking Company – The Passport Pair
    January 31, 2017 at 9:57 am

    […] Expeditions was to pick us up at 4:30am the next morning from our hostel, Niños Hotel. We were picked up on time and then we set off to a 2 hour ride from Cusco to the beginning of the […]

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    Niños Hotel: Cusco, Peru – The Passport Pair
    January 31, 2017 at 10:31 am

    […] arrived early for check in because our flight was so early from Lima. Struggling to manage at altitude for the first time, we hobbled our way into the hostel. They […]

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    River Ventures: Wildlife Tour Company – The Passport Pair
    January 31, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    […] company, so we chose the most highly rated one! River Ventures, located in Crystal River Florida, (within a 3 hour drive of my grandparents) lived up to their hype and made the day […]

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    DisneyWorld: 6 Tips to get through Magic Kingdom – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 6:26 am

    […] and I truly try to go off the beaten path when it comes to traveling. So it may come as a surprise that we visited Disney World, specifically […]

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    Anna Maria Island, Florida – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 6:38 am

    […] great but would be just another beautiful location without them. This beautiful location is also in Manatee county, which I thoroughly appreciate […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 1 – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 6:38 am

    […] had been in Cape Town for 2 nights/1 day and we set off our 10 day road trip. Our main goal was to get to Victoria Falls […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 1 – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 6:38 am

    […] a significant amount of time to our day. Our destination for this day was Fish River Canyon in Namibia. We were staying at a campsite just outside the Canyon, which was about nine hours of […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 1 – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 6:39 am

    […] in Cape Town for 2 nights/1 day and we set off our 10 day road trip. Our main goal was to get to Victoria Falls and to see animals along the way. We had no idea what we were in for, but we went whole heartedly […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 2 – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 6:51 am

    […] we arrived at our campsite in time. There was a restaurant on site that we quickly got a table at. While drinking Namibian […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 2 – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 6:51 am

    […] Time for sleep- the dunes were waiting for us in the morning. […]

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    Cell Phones Abroad – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 7:00 am

    […] of our travel adventures are an attempt to disconnect and fully immerse ourselves within that location. We fully subscribe to the belief that in order to get a true feel of a place, […]

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    Cell Phones Abroad – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 7:01 am

    […] the very least, I like having a cell phone simply for Uber. Uber has expanded worldwide, and it’s great to have that constant wherever we go, knowing that no matter what we will […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 3 – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 7:02 am

    […] like my first night, my second night in a tent ever was equally anxiety producing. During the night I heard something sniffing around the tent. As […]

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    Pictured Rocks – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 8:06 am

    […] had previously been there with his family during childhood. It was a far excursion in comparison to our normal trips around Michigan, but this meant it was different than anything we had experienced together. We […]

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    Pictured Rocks – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 8:06 am

    […] No running water or electricity to the campsite lead to us becoming creative and resourceful when cooking meals.  (especially when we forgot a lighter for the fire. Hey, flint and […]

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    Pictured Rocks – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 8:06 am

    […] Our campsite for the extended weekend was a hidden gem. We stayed at the Munising Tourist Park Campground and just by the name, I did not have high hopes. Maxwell surprised me and chose the “rustic” campsite option which turned out to be magnificent. Though a walk from where our car was at, we were right on the shores of Lake Superior. No running water or electricity to the campsite lead to us becoming creative and resourceful when cooking meals.  (especially when we forgot a lighter for the fire. Hey, flint and steel!) […]

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    Tahquamenon Falls – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 10:43 am

    […] we had just purchased our Chacos and were able to wear them in the water without fear of slipping or stepping on undesirable […]

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    Tahquamenon Falls – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 10:43 am

    […] am known for going out on the edge of cliffs, walking on narrow paths, or looking too closely at  gorges– this place was no different. Stand in a waterfall? […]

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    Tahquamenon Falls – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 10:43 am

    […] am known for going out on the edge of cliffs, walking on narrow paths, or looking too closely at  gorges– this place was no different. Stand in a waterfall? […]

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    Camping Gear Guide – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 10:54 am

    […] hope this camping gear guide helps with your future camping purchases! Read  our post on  camping meal preparation and our outdoor […]

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    Petoskey, Michigan – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 11:24 am

    […] I’ve grown I have come to appreciate Petoskey even more for its gorgeous scenery, nestled on Little Traverse Bay, and its fantastic […]

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    Petoskey, Michigan – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 11:24 am

    […] matter where our adventures take us, traveling the world, hiking the Inca Trail, or road tripping Africa, I will always default back to Petoskey as a safe […]

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    Petoskey, Michigan – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 11:24 am

    […] matter where our adventures take us, traveling the world, hiking the Inca Trail, or road tripping Africa, I will always default back to Petoskey as a safe “home” in my […]

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    Tunnel of Trees – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 11:29 am

    […] Tunnel of Trees is a famous scenic drive along the Lake Michigan coast from Harbor Springs to Cross Village. The narrow, winding one-lane road lines the coast, steep cliffs to the lake to the West and […]

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    Tunnel of Trees – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 11:29 am

    […] the first few miles of the Tunnel of Trees roadway from Harbor Springs is Tunnel Vision Vineyard, Brewery, and Farm (they call it Pond Hill Farm). We happened upon Tunnel Vision purely by mistake, […]

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    Tunnel of Trees – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 11:29 am

    […] as on one trip down the road we noticed a discreet sign that read “wine tasting.” Not ones to ever pass up a vineyard, we of course had to stop, but we certainly weren’t prepared for what we […]

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    Outdoor Adventure Accessories – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 11:46 am

    […] some of the same clothes and accessories. We believe in quality over quantity when it comes to outdoor gear. In this post, we are going to outline our […]

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    Outdoor Adventure Accessories – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 11:46 am

    […] has Keen boots. To be honest, the model has worn off because they are so… loved. But they have a low boot cut rather than going up over the ankle. This is based on […]

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    Outdoor Adventure Accessories – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 11:46 am

    […] has a pair of Saucony Peregrine trail shoes. These are recommended for trails and outdoors only. The treads are pretty aggressive and walking on concrete for long periods of time, it starts to […]

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    Outdoor Adventure Accessories – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 11:46 am

    […] both have Chacos and couldn’t love them more. These are the most durable and supportive sandal ever created. the straps are adjustable to your feet so it feels that every […]

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    Outdoor Adventure Accessories – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 11:46 am

    […] raincoat is a Patagonia and it has been everywhere! Much like the Keen boots listed above- to say this coat is well loved is an understatement! Wearing the puffy down coat under the raincoat is a great combination as […]

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    Michigan Wine Country – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 11:59 am

    […] state, or a state in the north that really tries to be like the south. When I ventured ‘up north’ (a relative term for anything north of Grand Rapids), I discovered Michigan Wine […]

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    Michigan Wine Country – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 11:59 am

    […] Countless trips have been made to this region with the Leelanau Peninsula being our favorite area. Here are our 5 favourite vineyards! […]

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    Michigan Wine Country – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    […] Michigan is not known for its great weather but for some reason this area is commonly an oasis. We have been there in various months, seasons, and times, and somehow it always is beautiful. There are a few key spots that make you question if you are in the Midwest or if you are in South Africa/France/Italy/Chile. […]

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    Michigan Wine Country – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    […] Northern Michigan might not be famous to people outside of Michigan, but this place is deeply special to us as a couple. As Maxwell described in Petoskey, it is where our relationship went from just a relationship to a lifelong commitment. […]

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    5 Favorite Michigan Vineyards – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    […] Michigan Wine Country is home to many great vineyards and wineries, ranging from tiny, low key producers that do not distribute, to relatively huge national distributors. The wine scene in northern Michigan, specifically the Traverse City area, is exploding as of late, and it is one of our favorite quick getaways from home. […]

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    5 Favorite Michigan Vineyards – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    […] vineyards and wineries, ranging from tiny, low key producers that do not distribute, to relatively huge national distributors. The wine scene in northern Michigan, specifically the Traverse City area, is exploding as of late, […]

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    5 Favorite Michigan Vineyards – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    […] should also be mentioned that Tunnel Vision Brewery is an amazing stop in the Northern Michigan […]

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    Camping: Meal Preparation – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    […] of my first memories of our African road trip was cooking our first meal over the fire. It was my first time camping and I had no idea what […]

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    Camping: Meal Preparation – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    […] fun with cooking while camping! Hopefully it all turns out but if it doesn’t, its okay to get take out nearby […]

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    Life Announcement! – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    […] officially can now announce that we are moving to Cape Town, South Africa in […]

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    Life Announcement! – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    […] Maxwell lived in Cape Town in 2013 and when Leeann visited in December 2013, love bloomed in that beautiful place. […]

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    Life Announcement! – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    […] lived in Cape Town in 2013 and when Leeann visited in December 2013, love bloomed in that beautiful […]

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    Life Announcement! – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    […] come along on our journey and watch as we succeed, fail, learn, and love all the […]

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    Life Announcement! – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    […] So come along on our journey and watch as we succeed, fail, learn, and love all the way. […]

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    Long Distance Relationships: How to guide – The Passport Pair
    February 1, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    […] years after our long distance, we get to live in Cape Town with each other. Truly a dream come […]

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    My First International Trip – The Passport Pair
    February 2, 2017 at 8:53 am

    […] travel), to meet a boy I had known in person for 2 weeks, 3 weeks together, my first time camping, 10 day road trip (camping only), and all over the holiday season/Christmas. Not sure what my parents were thinking […]

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    My First International Trip – The Passport Pair
    February 2, 2017 at 8:53 am

    […] trip to South Africa from Grand Rapids, Michigan was long and arduous. My flight was as […]

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    My First International Trip – The Passport Pair
    February 2, 2017 at 8:53 am

    […] was a lot even for a seasoned international traveler to endure. As a first timer that was in love with a boy in my final destination, I almost blacked out with […]

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    Car Camping Tricks & Tips – The Passport Pair
    February 2, 2017 at 9:02 am

    […] our 4,000 mile African road trip, to simple getaways to Northern Michigan, we have mastered the art of car camping. The car being […]

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    Car Camping Tricks & Tips – The Passport Pair
    February 2, 2017 at 9:02 am

    […] our 4,000 mile African road trip, to simple getaways to Northern Michigan, we have mastered the art of car camping. The car being your means of transportation, and the […]

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    Car Camping Tricks & Tips – The Passport Pair
    February 2, 2017 at 9:02 am

    […] Clothing – we typically either share a single large duffel, or each bring our backpacking backpacks. Less is certainly more, we always end up wearing less than we bring, but be sure to prepare for the elements. […]

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    Car Camping Tricks & Tips – The Passport Pair
    February 2, 2017 at 9:02 am

    […] Cooler – we like to cook all of our meals over the open fire, so we try to bring as much of the food as possible. […]

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    Car Camping Tricks & Tips – The Passport Pair
    February 2, 2017 at 9:02 am

    […] for us is a special thing, it’s where our relationship blossomed, and it’s our peaceful return to nature. The freedom of being able to live entirely out of a car brings a sense of peace and relaxation. We […]

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    The Journey – The Passport Pair
    February 2, 2017 at 9:11 am

    […] months of planning and years of dreaming, we were finally headed back to Cape Town, South Africa. This time, we were traveling to Cape Town as a married […]

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    The Journey – The Passport Pair
    February 2, 2017 at 9:11 am

    […] We started our arduous trek on Tuesday, October 11th around 1:30pm and arrived in Cape Town on Friday, October 14th around 12:00pm. To say we were tired is a gross understatement.  This was a terrible flight pattern, but it was a deal! […]

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    How to Deal with Long Flights – The Passport Pair
    February 2, 2017 at 9:47 am

    […] The North Face climbing pants (they are quick dry, soft, flexible, and stretchy). These serve a dual purpose, as the pockets are great for toting my passport and money through the airport, but they are still comfortable for the airplane seat. […]

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    How to Deal with Long Flights – The Passport Pair
    February 2, 2017 at 9:47 am

    […] the airlines give you the most microscopic glasses of water? I always make sure to bring a giant Klean Kanteen water bottle that I fill up after security and before getting on the plane. If I manage to drink it all (which I […]

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    How to Deal with Long Flights – The Passport Pair
    February 2, 2017 at 9:47 am

    […] try to establish a routine when on long flights (we will be doing the 12 hour leg from South Africa to Europe frequently in the near future). On this flight the airlines typically feed you one to 1.5 hours in, as well as with 1.5 hours to […]

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    How to Deal with Long Flights – The Passport Pair
    February 2, 2017 at 9:47 am

    […] there.  Leeann was nice enough to let me sleep on and off almost the entire 13-hour segment from Chicago to Doha in our most recent flight. Thanks […]

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    Cape Town, South Africa – The Passport Pair
    February 2, 2017 at 9:53 am

    […] spare you the details of my education and adventures, those are for another time. The bottom line is that within a year of living in Cape Town, I made […]

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    Hike: Table Mountain-Skeleton Gorge Route – The Passport Pair
    February 5, 2017 at 4:46 am

    […] of Table Mountain! To be honest- it was my first time up Table Mountain. I had only previously done Lion’s Head. Now that we are living here- I had to do it […]

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    Hermanus, South Africa – The Passport Pair
    February 5, 2017 at 4:57 am

    […] of the things we love most about Cape Town is all of the great small towns in the surrounding areas. Hermanus is a quick 1.5 (or 2 hours via […]

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    Hermanus, South Africa – The Passport Pair
    February 5, 2017 at 4:58 am

    […] most recent trip to Hermanus at the number of Vineyards in the area. We have really only explored Stellenbosch, but the Overberg wine route has definitely been added to our […]

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    Hermanus, South Africa – The Passport Pair
    February 5, 2017 at 4:58 am

    […] first trip to Hermanus in 2013 was filled with whale sightings, including whales breaching and a close encounter on our Kayak tour. Unfortunately, our recent visit in 2016 where Leeann hoped to see whales for the first time was […]

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    Walker Bay Adventures: Sea Kayaking – The Passport Pair
    February 5, 2017 at 5:05 am

    […] spent the weekend in Hermanus, because of its close proximity to Cape Town, with the sea kayaking as our main activity. Though there are a few companies that offer this, we […]

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    Stellenbosch – The Passport Pair
    February 5, 2017 at 5:18 am

    […] is a small town about 45 minutes drive inland from Cape Town. The transformation of the landscape begins gradually as you drive out onto the Cape Flats, with […]

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    Stellenbosch – The Passport Pair
    February 5, 2017 at 5:18 am

    […] larger wine terroir in the Western Cape of South Africa, stretching from the Overberg area near Hermanus, towards Stellenbosch and Franschoek, and ultimately into the Swartland and Cedarberg. Each […]

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    Stellenbosch – The Passport Pair
    February 5, 2017 at 5:18 am

    […] surface of Stellenbosch, and we will continue to visit and explore! It reminds us of an even larger Michigan wine region, which we loved so much. There are still innumerable vineyards for us to visit and restaurants to […]

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    Stellenbosch – The Passport Pair
    February 5, 2017 at 5:18 am

    […] we will continue to visit and explore! It reminds us of an even larger Michigan wine region, which we loved so much. There are still innumerable vineyards for us to visit and restaurants to try, and we are looking […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    February 5, 2017 at 5:22 am

    […] are headed to Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park in the next week! This is an often overlooked park that has a lot of animals to offer. It is in […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    February 5, 2017 at 5:23 am

    […] has a lot of animals to offer. It is in South Africa and Botswana, but also is directly next to Namibia. We are hoping to see lots of Big Cats! One of Leeann’s good friends is coming from America […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    February 5, 2017 at 5:23 am

    […] lot of animals to offer. It is in South Africa and Botswana, but also is directly next to Namibia. We are hoping to see lots of Big Cats! One of Leeann’s good friends is coming from America so we need to show her a good time! Stay […]

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    The Liebster Award! – The Passport Pair
    February 5, 2017 at 5:23 am

    […] to answer. We can’t narrow it down to one dish, so we will narrow it down to one meal. In Tangier, Morocco, Saveur de Poisson was a humble establishment that served the meal that will never be forgotten. […]

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    Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park – The Passport Pair
    February 5, 2017 at 5:46 am

    […] of a watering hole that will not disappoint. During the night there was a lot of activity near the Mata Mata campsite that deserves it’s own post. We would love to stay at Mata Mata […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 9 & 10 – The Passport Pair
    February 6, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    […] was really our first extended time together. We met in the summer of 2013 when Maxwell was living in Cape Town and we had three weeks in person to meet, date, and commit to being in a long distance […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 7 – The Passport Pair
    February 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    […] Tomorrow- VICTORIA FALLS […]

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    African Roadtrip: Day 6 – The Passport Pair
    February 6, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    […] should be noted that during our time at Etosha National Park, we did not see any elephants. I was upset because those were my #1 animal to see on the trip. Maxwell was upset because he had […]

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    Boulders Beach – The Passport Pair
    February 7, 2017 at 11:34 am

    […] Africa. These penguins are on everyone’s list of essential sights to see while visiting Cape Town. It lives up to the hype, because Boulders Beach is something special! If you are an animal lover […]

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    Boulders Beach – The Passport Pair
    February 7, 2017 at 11:34 am

    […] on the Indian Ocean, Boulders Beach offers guests warmer waters than the cold Atlantic counterpart near Cape Town city […]

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    Boulders Beach – The Passport Pair
    February 7, 2017 at 11:35 am

    […] Park is a part of Table Mountain National Park. Table Mountain National Park stretches from the Table Mountain everyone loves in Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope. Like any South African National Park, this means there is an entrance […]

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    Lima, Peru - The Passport Pair
    February 8, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    […] Cusco, Peru – The Passport Pair […]

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    Cusco, Peru - The Passport Pair
    February 8, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    […] Lima, Peru – The Passport Pair […]

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    Inca Trail: Day 1 - The Passport Pair
    February 8, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    […] Cusco, Peru – The Passport Pair […]

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    Maido - The Passport Pair
    February 9, 2017 at 5:49 am

    […] trip to Peru was for our honeymoon. That being said, we decided to thoroughly taste the cuisine of Lima. Our goal was to visit a few of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Maido was rated as #44. It […]

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    La Mar Cebichería - The Passport Pair
    February 9, 2017 at 5:57 am

    […] Lima is also known for it’s street food. La Mar has a street food section on their menu, so we wanted to try that. Anticucho Octopus and a Seafood Tamal were our choices. […]

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    Cait Busscher
    May 16, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Great post! Thanks for sharing and fueling my wanderlust! 😄

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    wiekes
    January 26, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    ever done the Kruger?

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      The Passport Pair
      February 10, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      Yes! We did a 5 day trip to Kruger and have 2 posts outlining our time there! There is a post dedicated to the North of the park and one dedicated to the South! Take a look!

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    Juan
    March 5, 2018 at 6:00 am

    Hello. Leean thanks for the review. Im planning of doing the trek to MP this Oct. ive been doing my research on the differ companies and my eye has landed on using Alpaca Expeditions. I rade that similar situation on different blogs about the guide at the last day explains to the group about tipping the porters more than what was expected not just from an AE tour but it seems like across the board differ companies seem to say one thing in the briefing ,but then when its time to tip the guide expects the group to tip more than the company recommends. Can you explain how much did you pay and how much per porter,guide,cooks etc…

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    Visiting Fish River Canyon: Namibian Road Trip Day 1 | A Broad Abroad
    August 21, 2018 at 1:09 am

    […] was not fenced, meaning predators could potentially get in – my friends Max and Leeann have *quite the story* about why campsites with fences are the ideal choice in Africa! We set up our tents and cooked our […]

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    Violet
    November 1, 2018 at 7:17 am

    I used Alpaca expeditions and really can’t say enough great things. The food was amazing (despite me having altitude sickness and not being hungry). Our guide was a local and gave us a lot of information on the history or the trail. I also loved hearing the folk stories of the locals. We did also have a private tour in which they carried a toilet for our private use (totally worth the cost!). I did not feel any pressure to give a certain amount for a tip. They gave us envelopes that we sealed and handed to the lead Porter and our guide on the last day. I was more than happy to do so as they went out of their way to help me carry my things when I was getting tired on the trail which they weren’t required to do (but I can see how if there was pressure you would be annoyed; tips should always be optional). My only small complaint was our guides English was a little difficult at times to understand. However by the end of trip we over came that barrier. Further because if this feedback they gave us free transportation to the airport and the customer service representative came to speak to us. I truly agree that this company is worth any extra cost and would recommend them to anyone. Especially after being around other camps that did not have all the perks we did.

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    Magical Morocco – Create to Learn
    June 1, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    […] up there with the best meals I have ever had. Other travelers have thought the same. Check out this review and you will see pictures of the same meal that I had – freshly caught fish with amazing side […]

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    Rodolfo Reyes
    November 10, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Salkantay trekking is one of the best alternative trek to machu picchu, cusco is capital of the inkas land there you will see many cultural places your guide will explain about the incas life, etc, if you visit cusco you can visit or combine your treks with the cordillera blanca cordillera huayhuash treks is one of the most beautiful trek
    Peruvian Mountains is Peruvian Tour Operator specialist in trekking climbing in Peru south america
    http://www.peruvianmountains.com