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Evado {Latin} (verb): to escape, to get away. 

For most of us, travel is an escape….from work, winter weather, the day to day,  you name it.  As much as we would all love to quit our jobs and travel the world, it just isn’t reality.  However, that doesn’t mean we have to get stuck in the same old routines and miss out on exploring the places we’ve dreamed about.  I want to inspire and show you that it is attainable to travel the world, while still holding a full time job.  You may have to be more creative and intentional about it, but it can be done.

When my husband and I had only been dating for a few months we decided to take a weekend trip together.  That was it.  The trip quickly made us realize our shared passion for travel and adventure.  Not long affter that, we opted to stop buying gifts for each other for birthdays and other holidays.  Instead, we starting putting that money we would’ve spent toward our travel fund, and we’ve been on the go ever since.  We take advantage of every single vacation day or long weekend to get out there and explore.

So many people wait to travel for various reasons, but we travel in spite of those things.  Now that we have kids, we’ve starting bringing them along for some of our adventures.  It isn’t always easy or glamorous, but it is so worth it!  Whether you take them along, or leave them at home with a loved one, you can still see the world after having kids.  

We love experiencing new cultures, new foods, or even finding a new place close to home that we never knew about.  I hope to inspire you to stop waiting and just go.  

A Little More About Us

I’m Heather, a wife and mom of two with a full time job in healthcare.  I’m originally from a small town in Tennessee (with no red lights or Target!), and before grad school I had never been out of the States. Since then I’ve travelled to over 15 countries and countless places in the United States.  I enjoy being outdoors, exercising, finding great restaurants, cooking, and spending way too much time planning our next adventures.    

While I’m the planner, David is the fun finder.  We refer to him as the CFO (Chief Fun Officer) of our family.  He is one of those “crazy” marathon runners who is always up for finding a good brewery or pub nearby. He is definitely the more adventurous one.  His goal is to one day run the Jungfrau Marathon or climb Kilimanjaro….whichever he can talk me into first. 

While we love the outdoors and a good hike, we also like to get dressed up for fun dinners out or a stay at a cool hotel.  We try to see the top sights at a destination, while always reserving some time for at least one thing off the beaten path. 

We feel that travel should be an experience, not just a list to check off.  Whether it is attending a local party at an Irish pub or eating at a tiny roadside restaurant in Costa Rica, we want to experience it.  Whether traveling with our kids or as a couple, our travel style doesn’t change much. So you could easily take an itinerary we did as a couple and apply that your next family trip.

Traveling with kids truly allows you to slow down and experience a place on a unique level. Yes, it is difficult some times, but it’s no more difficult than at home.

“We live in a world that is full of charm, beauty, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” -Jawaharial Nehru

We live near Nashville, TN, which is booming right now, so there are always lots of new places to explore right here in our own backyard.

If we aren’t at work you will usually find us on the road or in the air, often with our kids in tow.  Our daughter is the sweetest little thrill seeker.  Our son is full of spunk.  I’m sure we’ll have them climbing mountains in no time.

Our “Why?”

So many people out there dream of visiting a faraway places, but they put it off until later.  We all have the things that get in our way….”work is just so busy”,  “I’ll travel when I’m retired”,  or “when my kids are older”.  Well, I am here to tell you that none of us are guaranteed health or another day here on this big, beautiful planet that God created. 

When David and I had been married for about a year, his brother passed away from a very aggressive type of cancer.  His battle only lasted about six weeks from diagnosis to his final day.  It was like a wake up call for us.  What if you aren’t healthy enough to travel when you retire?  What if work is always busy? (answer: it will be)  What if your kids are never the perfect age?  What if? What if we just go now?!?

Follow along with our adventures here and on social media to escape and experience with us!

Questions? Contact me at heather@evadotravel.com

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