Find Your Next Journey With Us!
We built this site for the vacation-loving adventure seekers that would never let a single hour of vacation 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!
What you are going to find here
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, 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.
Who are we?
Getting Stamped is written by real people, two people to be exact, Hannah & Adam. This is not some big publishing company spewing words onto the interwebs. This is personal, not in an awkward way, but hopefully in a ‘hey, that’s pretty awesome kinda way.
Our website started out as just the two of us, writing about our travels as a couple and tons of travel guides and tips. Well, we have expanded, and now we also write about family travel, traveling with kids, and review posts too.
Our son Atlas was born in 2019, right before the pandemic and borders closed. We were able to squeeze one international trip with him in at three months old before we were forced home to wait it out. We took that time at home to keep chugging away at our website as we saw travel disappear, as did our traffic and income at that time.
We weren’t going to give up on travel or our website! We kept at it, raised our son, and decided it was no better time than now to have another child. Enter our daughter Isla in the summer of 2021. Yep, our two kids are 20 months apart. We sure do have our hands full, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!
Well, we all know how that went. Two years later, things finally started opening up again in 2022.
We now are traveling the world as a family of four, with WAY more luggage than we use to. But we are having the best time of our lives and making tons of memories along the way.
How did this all start? When was Getting Stamped born?
This site and our crazy life of travel started about ten 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 those random people… Have you ever had one of those moments that very clearly defines your life? A moment that you know you’ll never be the same again – ever!
We had one of those moments 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 the 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 that 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 over ten 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.
Things you might want to know – Getting Stamped FAQ
What’s your favorite country?
While we generally despise this question, 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.
Cities are easier to pick favorites – we’ll always love Prague and Budapest in Europe, Bangkok is a love-it-or-hate-it place, and we love it, and surprisingly our hometown of Milwaukee is actually pretty cool!
How many countries have you been to?
Some people think counting countries is arrogant and douchey – well, we think the same of them. We’ve been to around 80 countries, and 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.
What’s the craziest trip you’ve ever been on?
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+ nights 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 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 three 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
How do you guys afford to travel so much?
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.
How do I do what you guys do?
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 sugarcoat 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 ten years ago, and since then, there have been literally hundreds of thousands of travel blogs that 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!
Where Do You Live?
We spent four years living out of our suitcases as we traveled the world, but in the summer of 2017, we decided to get a home base back in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Now we spend three weeks at home in Milwaukee per month on average.
Alright, that’s enough about us.
Now it’s time to start planning your next adventure. In case you are looking for some inspiration.
Do you need a beach vacation?
Set your beach towel down in Belize, Playa Del Carmen & Tulum Mexico, Thailand, The Philippines, Maldives, or Aruba.
Looking for some culture?
It’s customary to check out Thailand, Morocco, Guatemala, Cambodia, Vietnam, or India.
Need some adventure in your life?
Nature and Wildlife?
Go wild in Canada, Tanzania, or the Galapagos.