Me and the Mama's Fish House Snowman

Hi there, adventurer.

I’m glad you stopped by!

Have you caught yourself wondering:
“I want to travel more, but I don’t know how to start.”
“How do I prepare for an action-packed trip?”
“How do I plan my trip?”
“How do I make the most of my vacation time?”
“How can I find exciting experiences?”
“What travel gear is worth the investment?”
“Sure, sitting by the pool is nice, but hiking is more relaxing for me.”
“How can my partner and I ever agree on a vacation spot?”
“Can’t there be an easier way to coordinate vacation time off for myself and my spouse?”
You’re in friendly company! I’m Daina, a world traveler, photographer, and outdoor adventurer. I have a slight obsession with gadgets, sunsets, the ocean, pockets (bonus points if found in a dress), and cats. I also have a full-time job that is not travel related.  Yep, that’s right, I work 40+ hours a week and still travel the world. My husband and I are living proof that planning and experiencing amazing trips around the world is possible with a full-time job. And you can do it too! Just because you have limited vacation days, doesn’t mean you can’t fulfill your wanderlust.
Koh Phi Phi from Phi Phi Point
I’m here to inspire and offer advice on how to plan an action-packed vacation. Whether it’s in your hometown or across the world! When you prioritize travel, the world literally opens up to you. I want to show you that making travel a part of your life is possible. Can it be difficult at times? Yes, but making a commitment to prioritize your time off, that you work so hard for, to go on adventures makes it easier.
I get it, when you’re not at work you’re balancing other responsibilities(ugh, laundry!) Make time for the gym or take the car in for an oil change? Why am I checking off fewer to-do’s than I am adding to my to-do list? Sometimes it’s enough to make you want to drop everything and binge watch your favorite show.
Now throw travel into the mix. How can you justify planning a trip or even taking one when you barely have time to catch up on the latest season of the Incredible Kimmy Schmidt? That’s an easy one to answer. You deserve adventure and travel in your life! You work hard making a living, well it’s start to live your life of adventure! I’m here to show you how!
Wine tasting St Yunez Valley
You’ll find tips and itineraries on how to maximize your time exploring the world., gear reviews to help you be best prepared for your next adventure, and plenty of photo breaks.  If it has to do with adventure travel with limited time – you’ll find it here!
I’ve been fortunate enough to realize I love adventure travel from a young age. I’ve lived in Chicago, St. Louis, Madrid and San Diego making it easy for me to travel internationally. I don’t have ALL the days to kayak in unfamilliar waters and hike in unreal settings. But when I do have days, I aim make the most of them.
Do I wish I could travel full-time? I’m not so sure.  I like my routines.  Having a steady income has its perks. I love that I live within eye sight of the ocean, and that I can snorkel within a few miles of my apartment. It’s nice having somewhere to call home.
From weekend trips to longer jaunts to places like the Cook Islands and Thailand, I make travel a part of my everyday life. I’m fortunate to have a spouse that values travel as much as I do.  We work our asses off, give-up some luxuries, and tuck money away every month so we can plan our dream vacations when they work for US.
Do you know what this means? It mean as you can tick places off your bucket list while having a career! What are you waiting for? NOW is the time to start planning!

Need a little inspiration? Check out some of my favorite posts. 

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