OH HEY THERE, TRAVEL BLOG!

Hey y'all! Welcome to our travel blog!

For our first blog post, I thought it'd be appropriate to give you a little bit of background about the faces behind the blog. We're Alyssa & Justin, and we're so glad you're investing the time to follow us in our new adventure of travel blogging :)

October 2014 @ Coopers Rock State Forest. Photo cred: T&S Hughes Photography

October 2014 @ Coopers Rock State Forest. Photo cred: T&S Hughes Photography

As of today, Feb. 20, 2017, Justin & I have been together for 10 years, 2 months, and 4 days (but who's counting, right?). We're high school sweethearts who met at the ages of 14 & 15, which means we were blessed to essentially "grow up" in our relationship together. We know each others' strengths and downfalls, and we love each other through it all. After 10+ years together we'd like to think we know one another pretty well, but there's one thing that always helps us grow and learn more about ourselves and our relationship, and that's traveling!

We're natives of the beautiful rolling hills of Southwestern Pennsylvania, but over the years we've traveled to many places around the globe: the Great American West (Wyoming, Idaho, Montana), the Pacific Northwest, Ecuador, Mexico, and our latest adventure took us the whole way to New Zealand! What places are still on our "bucket list," you ask? The Canadian Rockies, Iceland, Norway, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Switzerland, Chile, and Peru- just to name a few. What really gets us going? John Muir's famous quote sums it up well: "The mountains are calling and I must go."

Roy's Peak in Wanaka, New Zealand- November 2016.

Roy's Peak in Wanaka, New Zealand- November 2016.

In this new endeavor we hope to accomplish two things. The first one is for us: that we will reflect on and genuinely savor the moments we've spent (and will spend) in some of the world's most amazing places. The second is for our followers: we hope that through our photographs & stories, you will be transported to these amazing places and witness the raw, unbelievable beauty this Earth has to offer. If we're lucky, we'll even stir up that little travel bug inside you so you can go experience these places for yourself! This is an amazing world we're blessed to live in, y'all. We aim to see & experience the things that exist beyond our bubbles of comfort and also take the time to really soak in life's blessings. We hope our blog will inspire you to do the same!

Our 3.5 week trip to the awe-inspiring Aotearoa, "the land of the long white cloud" (AKA: New Zealand) will be our first location of focus in the coming weeks. We hope you'll follow along and join us in our adventures all over God's wonder-filled green Earth!

As always, feel free to comment & catch us on Instagram @chasingedentravels and Facebook!

"Wherever you go, go with all your heart." -Confucius