Welcome to Road Unraveled! We are Stephanie and Adam, married, part-time world travelers on a quest to maximize our paid 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, paid 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

 

Where We've Been


We've been to a combined 55 countries! Click on the map below to view the related posts!

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World Map


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

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 do not love:
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, 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 do not love:
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 and Iceland are probably tied for 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 (the popiah in Singapore was incredible).

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. It never hurts to bring a bottle of water from the hotel- or refill your own water bottle before you head out for the day.

One place you can’t wait to visit:
Antarctica. 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. I love train trips as well. We took a train through Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary in 2013 and it was an experience I'll never forget.

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