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Angela • We Married Adventure  Traveling #aroundtheworld with @michaelsballard in search of our next home. Currently in 🇺🇸. Follow us at @we.married.adventure and read about it at:

The U.S. Virgin Islands are a Caribbean paradise that boasts tropical rainforests, brilliant beaches, and excellent scuba diving. And, if you’re a U.S. citizen, you don’t even need a passport to visit! Along with the three main islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix, there are many smaller islets to explore, allowing you to satisfy your wanderlust without ever leaving this U.S. territory.

During our time in the USVI, we spent a week on St. Croix enjoying the food, culture, and natural wonder of this beautiful little slice of America.

Click the profile link to discover 11 things to do when you visit on We Married Adventure!

The U.S. Virgin Islands are a Caribbean paradise that boasts tropical rainforests, brilliant beaches, and excellent scuba diving. And, if you’re a U.S. citizen, you don’t even need a passport to visit! Along with the three main islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix, there are many smaller islets to explore, allowing you to satisfy your wanderlust without ever leaving this U.S. territory.

During our time in the USVI, we spent a week on St. Croix enjoying the food, culture, and natural wonder of this beautiful little slice of America.

Click the profile link to discover 11 things to do when you visit on We Married Adventure!

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This trip around the world is like nothing I've ever packed for. We'll be on all seven continents, in more than 150 countries and territories, in all kinds of weather, and doing a huge variety of activities.

And we're only taking carry-ons.
Click the profile link to find out how we're doing it on We Married Adventure!

Keeping that fine-looking man in the middle healthy and safe as we visit the whole entire world is my number one priority. He’s done a tremendous amount of research about trip insurance, vaccinations, and all kinds of other commonsense precautions for all 151+ countries and territories we’re visiting on all seven continents. Click the profile link to check out his trip planning tips on We Married Adventure!

Mike has written an informative (and funny) post on the health and safety precautions we’re taking on our trip around the world. “It may seem like I am tempting fate, but I’m honestly not very concerned about safety and health during this trip. The world simply isn’t a scary place for us. It’s exciting and foreign and deliciously uncomfortable at times, but it’s not something to be feared. That said, we aren’t fools. People get hurt at political demonstrations. Dark alleys in the dead of night are often dangerous, no matter the country or neighborhood. And sketchy street food can certainly ruin a good time. So, here are the Around the World Safety and Health Tips from a couple of people who enjoy diving with sharks.” Click the profile link to read the post on We Married Adventure!

When it comes to travel, all the planning and money on Earth won't do you any good if you can't present the correct papers to border patrol. And, for an extended trip around the world, the potential paperwork problems are, quite literally, magnified. Click the profile link to read about the documents it's taking us to make it to all seven continents in one trip on We Married Adventure!

Planning a trip around the world is no small undertaking, and Mike has become an expert on visas, flight prices, and even international political relationships in the process. Click the profile link for his step-by-step around-the-world trip planning checklist on We Married Adventure!

One way we make international travel more affordable is by taking advantage of credit card travel bonuses. So far, we have found the @united MileagePlus card to be most valuable in this department. They are forever sending us promotions for everything from wine clubs to cruise deals to restaurant offers. Almost invariably, these promotions have no signup fee, include bonus miles just for registering, and also offer multiple miles for every dollar spent.

By using the United Dining bonus program, we enjoyed two amazing dinners at Chattanooga’s @easybistro and two more at @mainstreetmeats, and we earned enough miles for half of a $300 USD ticket from Gabarone, Botswana, to Cape Town, South Africa. We just saved $150 USD by doing nothing more than eating at two of our favorite restaurants, which we would have done regardless! And there are dining options all over America that are part of this program. Click the profile link to learn more about earning miles (plus get links to extra mileage bonuses!) on We Married Adventure.

We are not rich. We didn’t work for an Internet startup in Silicon Valley. We aren’t trust fund kids. And despite Mike’s fantasies, the most treasure he’s found while scuba diving was a ratty one-dollar bill in Roatan. So, we aren’t interested in luxury hotels or exclusive resorts where the only locals you meet are part of the wait staff.

Nor are we backpackers who travel on a shoestring budget, content to sleep on couches or share barracks-like accommodations with a constant rotation of strangers, as interesting as they may be.

If you do fall into either of those categories, then this isn’t a judgement. Travel is the important thing. And, no matter how you travel, you’re still out there, making those memories.

So how are we traveling around the world? We are career people in our forties who have simply worked really hard to save and plan in order to afford a life of adventure. As one of our favorite investment bloggers says, “You can afford anything. You just can’t afford everything.” It’s not easy. It’s not sexy. But it gets us to our primary goal of experiencing the world in its entirety.

Click the profile link to read about the specific things we do to make travel more affordable on We Married Adventure!

People are understandably curious about the logistics involved in an extended trip around the world. How can you afford this? How do you get so much time off work? What are you going to do with your house? Will you drive, fly, train, or walk your way around the world?

And then there are the questions about the trip itself: How did you decide where to go? How in the world do you pack for something like that? Aren’t you worried about safety?

There are no easy, straightforward answers to these questions. Travel planning, just like life itself, takes many twists and turns during the journey before the journey. Click the profile link for a look at how we’ve planned our around-the-world adventure on We Married Adventure!

People are understandably curious about the logistics involved in an extended trip around the world. How can you afford this? How do you get so much time off work? What are you going to do with your house?

And then there are the questions about the trip itself: How did you decide where to go? How in the world do you pack for something like that? Aren’t you worried about safety?

There are no easy, straightforward answers to these questions. Travel planning, just like life itself, takes many twists and turns during the journey before the journey. Click the profile link for a look at how we’ve planned our around-the-world adventure on We Married Adventure!

Wrapping up our West Coast adventure, I give you America’s newest National Park: Pinnacles National Park. It’s breathtaking and well worth a visit!

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