Welcome to Road Unraveled! We are Stephanie and Adam, and we’re on a quest to maximize our vacation time and see as much of this amazing planet as possible. We've been to a combined 55 countries, 6 continents and all 50 US states, but we're always excited to see more!

Originally from Portland, Oregon (Adam) and Boston, Massachusetts (Stephanie), we currently live and work in the Washington, DC area- and we have no plans to quit our day jobs. Like many professionals, our wanderlust tendencies used to be confined to web searches and Pinterest. In 2009, we decided to change that by creating a list of places we wanted to see around the world and prioritize travel just like we prioritize our jobs, friends, and family. Fortunately, vacation time is something we both have, so now if we’re not on the road we’re probably researching or packing for the next trip! We’ve had some amazing adventures and we’ve learned a lot along the way. We hope to use this blog to share those stories and hopefully inspire others to use every day of their vacation time to go explore the world.

Road Unraveled is dedicated to untangling some of the challenges that come with planning trips and taking them. It’s a combination of stories from the road, stories about the road, and tips for navigating whichever road you’re on. It’s proof that you can balance your career and home life with journeys that weave through foreign cities and nearby towns. Most of all, it’s our tribute to the incredible experiences and people we meet along the way.

Thanks for joining us!

Stephanie & Adam

Stephanie

Hi! I'm Stephanie, and I've visited all 50 US states and 55 countries on 6 continents. I work in the instructional technology field, primarily in eLearning and social learning, and when I'm not designing a learning event you'll find me researching our next adventure!

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Things I love:
The moments before boarding a plane to a new place (anything is possible then!), watching my passport get stamped, finding a perfect souvenir to remember a great place, wine tasting, tennis, the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots.

Things I dislike:
Waiting for checked luggage, traveling in the rain, anytime a trip has to end.

Favorite place (in the US):
Old Town Alexandria, Virginia- so many of my favorite memories are from that town!

Favorite place (outside of the US):
Nyhavn in Copenhagen.

Favorite activity to do when traveling:
I love wine tasting! It's a great way to learn about the culture of a country while meeting some interesting travelers and locals.

Most memorable meal:
Will never forget sitting down to a breakfast of fresh bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, cheese, and coffee in Istanbul. It was exactly what my soul needed after traveling for weeks through Asia, where many of my meals were a bit... more questionable.

One item you MUST take when traveling:
A scarf. If you're cold, if it rains, if you need to cover your shoulders, or if you just want to dress up a bit, scarves are a traveller's best friend.

One place you can’t wait to visit:
I would love to go on safari in Kenya one day.

Favorite road trip:
Adam and I took a last-minute road trip from Washington, DC to Oklahoma one 4th of July weekend- just because we had never been there before. We set out with a very loose plan, saw a lot of the USA, and watched fireworks in some random parking lot in Tulsa.

Favorite music to listen to when traveling:
I love listening to bands like the Afghan Whigs, Jack's Mannequin, The Killers, and Counting Crows... and Adam's "train playlist," which is a compilation of songs that reference trains.

One thing you miss the most about home when traveling:
My guinea pig Trogdor. I miss him a lot when we're on the road.

Best travel advice:
Wake up early. You'll catch up on sleep later- go explore when the world is quiet and watch as a city comes to life before you. Every day is full of possibility; never pass up a chance to see the sun rise on another day.

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Adam

Hi there! I'm Adam, and I've visited all 50 US states, 31 countries, and 6 continents (so far). When I'm not travelling, I work in the online marketing field, mainly with email marketing and social media consulting. I also play bass guitar and I'm a fan of black coffee.

12 Questions:

Things I love:
Cold weather, sunrises, tennis, espresso, photography, early mornings, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Oregon Ducks, University of Virginia, and tinkering with this website.

Things I dislike:
People who stop at the end of a moving escalator, mosquitoes, anytime a trip has to end.

Favorite place (in the US):
Crater Lake, Oregon. People should really go see this place.

Favorite place (outside of the US):
Easter Island. Rapa Nui was everything I hoped it would be- and more! Monte Carlo, Monaco is a very close second.

Favorite activity to do when traveling:
I love going to ATP World Tour or WTA Tennis tournaments when we're overseas.

Most memorable meal:
The ćevapi in Bosnia-Herzegovina was incredibly good. The worst would definitely be the century egg I had in Singapore.

One item you MUST take when traveling:
So many options to consider, it's hard to pick just one. iPhone, hat, or sunglasses perhaps? Those little bottles of Purell can come in handy at random times, so they're always good to bring along.

One place you can’t wait to visit:
Antarctica. That would complete the 7 continents for me! Wimbledon is also high on my list of places to visit (although it sounds like getting to Antarctica is easier than getting tickets to Wimbledon!)

Favorite road trip:
Coast-to-coast road trips in the United States are always awesome. You can see beaches, mountains, deserts, prairies, big cities, small towns, pretty much every kind of landscape you can think of in one trip.

Favorite music to listen to when traveling:
The National, anything from Greg Dulli's bands, Deftones, Sigur Ros, Glassjaw. Nothing particularly travel-related, but I enjoy a good playlist.

One thing you miss the most about home when traveling:
My pillow. Hotel pillows can be very hit or miss.

Best travel advice:
Go see the world. Experience life in a different country, even if it’s only for a day or two. Don't be discouraged by the long flights or prices, just find a way to make it happen and enjoy the ride. Also, wear sunscreen!

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Where We've Been


Here is our travel map of countries we've been to. Click on the country to view the related blog posts!

BLUE = Countries only Stephanie has visited
ORANGE = Countries Stephanie and Adam have visited

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South Africa:
Cape Town (December 2014)
Cambodia:
Phnom Penh (August 2011), Siem Reap (August 2011), Sihanoukville (August 2011)
China:
Beijing (August 2011)
India:
Dehli (February 2010), Agra (February 2010)
Indonesia:
Yogyakarta (November 2015)
Malaysia:
Kuala Lumpur (November 2015)
Philippines:
Manilla (September 2011)
Singapore:
Singapore (November 2015)
South Korea:
Seoul (September 2011)
Thailand:
Ayutthaya (August 2011), Bangkok (August 2011)
Japan:
Tokyo (November 2015)
Vietnam:
Ho Chi Minh City (August 2011), Mekong Delta (August 2011)
Australia:
Cairns (January 2011), Melbourne (January 2011), Sydney (January 2011)
Austria:
Vienna (May 2014)
Belgium:
Brussels (August 2011), Dinant (August 2011)
Bosnia-Herzegovina:
Medjugorje, Mostar, Počitelj (April 2016)
Croatia:
Dubrovnik, Dingač, Ston (April 2016)
Czech Republic:
Prague (May 2014)
Denmark:
Copenhagen (September 2013)
Estonia:
Talinn (August 2013)
Finland:
Helsinki (August 2013)
France:
Paris (May 2010, August 2011)
Germany:
Berlin (August 2013)
Greece:
Athens (February 2001)
Hungary:
Budapest (May 2014)
Iceland:
Reykjavik (December 2015, January 2016)
Ireland:
Dublin (July 2016)
Italy:
Rome (September 2009) Florence, Venice, Pisa, Manarola (April 2016)
Luxembourg:
Luxembourg (August 2011)
Monaco:
Monte Carlo (April 2013)
Montenegro:
Budva, Kotor (April 2016)
Netherlands:
Amsterdam (September 2011)
Norway:
Oslo (August 2013)
Portugal:
Lisbon, Porto, Braga, Guimarães (December 2016, January 2017)
Russia:
St. Petersburg (August 2013)
Slovakia:
Bratislava (May 2014)
Slovenia:
Ljubljana, Bled (April 2016)
Spain:
Barcelona (August 2009)
Sweden:
Stockholm (August 2013)
Switzerland:
Geneva (April 2013)
Turkey:
Istanbul (October 2010, August 2011)
United Kingdom:
London (February 2000, April 2013, December 2014)
Vatican City:
Vatican City (September 2009)
Canada:
Toronto (August 2008), Montreal (November 2014), Vancouver (August 1993)
Mexico:
Cancun (September 2014), Tijuana (March 1990)
Dominican Republic:
Punta Cana (2009)
Jamaica:
Montego Bay (2010)
United States:
All 50 states! We have done a lot of domestic travel over the years, so it would be too much to include here.
Argentina:
Buenos Aires (November 2011), Mar del Plata (December 2011)
Bolivia:
La Paz, Uyuni (2016)
Brazil:
Rio de Janeiro (June 2009)
Chile:
Santiago (April 2015), Valparaíso (April 2015), Viña del Mar (April 2015)
Colombia:
Bogotá (April 2015)
Rapa Nui/Easter Island:
Hanga Roa (April 2015) Note: We know this is part of Chile, so it's not included in our country total.
Peru:
Cusco, Sacred Valley (2016)
Uruguay:
Montevideo (November 2011)