We built this site for the vacation loving adventure seekers that would never let a single hour of time off go unused. We write for those people who truly believe in Susan Sontag’s timeless travel quote “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”. These are the readers and people who keep us going and get us through the red-eye flights and publishing deadlines. If any part of that description fits you, we’re glad you found us! This is our passion that we are happy to share with you. So, welcome fellow lover of the journey, you’ve come to the right place!
All you are going to find on the pages of Getting Stamped are travel guides, tips, and stories from some of the best places on earth. Nothing but first hand, boots on the ground (ok, well maybe flip flops sometimes) info and guides. We want to show you the places we have been and help you navigate a new destination bringing you to the best sights while avoiding the pitfalls we likely fell into.
Here at Getting Stamped, the goals are simple, show you the best travel destinations on the planet in a meaningful way. Our mission is to inspire you through our pretty pictures and videos, but it doesn’t stop there. We want to then help you to plan and make the most out of each and every trip you take. Why? Because life is short, and vacation is even shorter and we believe the more people travel the more they grow and the world will be a better place because of it. Plus, you’ll get some great selfies along the way, but seriously more about the better world stuff, less about the selfies.
Getting Stamped is written by real people, two people to be exact, Hannah & Adam. This is not some big publishing company spewing words on to the interwebs. This is personal, not in an awkward way, but hopefully in a ‘hey that’s pretty awesome’ kinda way.
This site and our crazy life of travel started about 6 years ago because of a chance conversation with total strangers. We both had been working our careers for nearly a decade and the ripe ole’ age of 30 was rapidly approaching. A series of events lead us to question “Is this all there is to life?”. We had a nice house, good jobs, you know, living the American Dream – but something was missing. Maybe you can relate.
Back to that life-changing conversation with the random people… Have you ever had one of those moments that very clearly defines your life? You know the ones where you know you’ll never be there same again – ever! We had one of those on a small boat in Central America. We were on a bumpy boat ride heading to an island off the coast of Belize during one of our week-long trips we took each year. We started talking with the couple next to us, not knowing the words we exchanged would alter the entire path of our lives. Over the course of the 45-minute ride, they told us they had just sold everything they owned and were traveling the world for the next year or so. To which we responded, “but, you can’t do that!?!” (actually it turns out you can – and we did).
After returning home from that trip we found many inspiring travel blogs which lead us to create our website to inform and inspire the next generation of travelers. Getting Stamped was first a place for us to document our journey around the world. We bought one-way tickets to Belize, the place where this idea all started, for what was to be a one year trip. Our Round the World Trip (RTW trip) went from one year and turned to two years, then turned into nearly 5 years now. Travel has completely changed the way we live our lives. Now Getting Stamped is a place for journeys big, small, and everything in between.
Maybe we can be those random people for you, and we hope we are. However, if that’s not what you came here for, there is nothing wrong with that. No matter what you came here for, let us help you plan the trip of a lifetime together.
While we generally despise this question, but since you asked nicely, the places we would never hesitate to buy a plane ticket to are the Philippines, Namibia, or the Maldives. Every place holds special memories for us and it’s just too hard to pick a favorite.
Some people think counting countries is arrogant and douchey – well, we think the same of them. We’ve been to 75 countries, while we haven’t gotten around to writing about them all, you can find stories and information on most of them here on our destinations page.
Camping in Africa while driving from Nairobi to Cape Town was pretty crazy, in the best ways possible of course. We’ve spent a total of 100+ night camping in 11 countries in Africa and it’s something we recommend to everyone looking for a truly amazing trip. Read more about this trip here.
Another crazy trip was when we drove our homemade campervan from Wisconsin to Alaska. Our daily driver is a 2006 Honda minivan (jealous, I know) that we ripped out all of the seats and made it into a camper. In the summer of 2017, we drove to Alaska in it, read more about that here. In 2015 we took our van on a 3-month road trip in the US and Canada.
We also hiked 3 days through remote villages in Guatemala – more on that here
Dove with Great White Sharks in South Africa – read more
And even got tattooed by a monk in Thailand – read more
The simple answer is, because of this website. However, the full story is much more complicated than just owning a website. This website is our job. We spend way more than 40 hours a week times two people, plus we contract help to keep all of the internet wheels spinning. Sometimes destinations or travel brands might send us places so we can experience and share them with you. Sometimes we go places paying full price just so we can go and we will write about them for our website or other publications, which generates money keeping us traveling. You may also see some adverts here and there, but we hope you see that as a minimal price to pay for literally thousands of pages of free content and guides. Well, ‘cause plane tickets aren’t free, and contrary to popular belief we do still pay for a bunch of our own travels.
Most people think we have the best job on the planet, and they are probably right. However, there is a lot of work, and even more coffee, that goes into the backend of keeping this site and our social media running with high-quality content. Most travel bloggers will sugar coat it while trying to sell you a course on how to be a blogger. The reality is there is a lot of work that goes into this before you will ever see a dime. It takes on average about two years of blogging nearly full time to start making enough money to even think about paying your rent from it. We say start doing it because you love doing it, not for the money.
If you put the money first, you’re probably better off working a second job to travel more. The reality is we started 6 years ago, and since then there have been literally hundreds of thousands of travel blogs have started. We’re not trying to discourage you from starting your own blog. We’re just being brutally honest with you, rather than lying to you just to make a few bucks off your attempt at travel blogging and we hope you can respect that. It’s not impossible, but just know it’s not all sexy Instagram photos and coconuts on the beach!
Now it’s time to start planning your next adventure. In case you are looking for some inspiration.
Set your beach towel down in Belize, Playa Del Carmen & Tulum Mexico, Thailand, The Philippines, Maldives, or Aruba.
It’s customary to check out Thailand, Morocco, Guatemala, Cambodia, Vietnam, or India.
Get your adrenaline pumping in New Zealand, Namibia, or even an Overland Safari
Go wild in Canada, Tanzania, or the Galapagos.