Hello and welcome to Travel Fearlessly! My name is Christa and my husband’s name is Brandon. We’ve lived all over the US but for the past 6 years Connecticut has been our home. Our daughter Stink and our dog Oso complete our little family and we enjoy taking both of them along on our treks around the globe. This blog focuses mainly on family-friendly and pet-friendly travel but there are plenty of posts about our adventures before Stink came along!
I’m usually the vacation planner and Brandon and Stink are simply along for the ride. I’m also an avid couponer who LOVES saving money. I use an extensive list of reward programs, cash back credit cards and other savvy tricks to have affordable vacations without compromising on things we want to experience.
We enjoy all kinds of vacations, whether it’s staying in luxurious castles or sleeping in a tent in the Amazon jungle. I try to plan a little bit of everything in each trip we take; culture, adventure, relaxation and food are the things we enjoy the most. We’re willing to try anything once, twice if we really like it!
The Story Behind the Blog
The name Travel Fearlessly originated from another blog I had been writing since 2009, Fearlessly Infertile. It chronicled our struggles to start a family, the heartache of failed fertility treatments and miscarriages and the joy of becoming parents through domestic infant adoption.
In all honesty I wasn’t born a traveler. I grew up in the South, living in North Carolina for most of my life and never traveling too far from home. It wasn’t until I got married and moved to the West Coast that I began to enjoy visiting new places. Travel became our outlet during the first years of our marriage, a distraction from numerous fertility treatments and military deployments. After we had a few memorable trips under our belt I decided to start a fresh new blog, one about accomplishments instead of frustrations. And that’s how Travel Fearlessly began.
A year later, in 2013, Stink was born and Travel Fearlessly officially switched to being a family travel blog. Becoming parents hasn’t lessened our wanderlust. If anything it has driven us to travel even more, showing Stink places that we’ve once visited and exploring new cities with her in tow.
While we really enjoy traveling our long-term goal is to live abroad. Brandon is currently studying engineering at a local university and afterward we hope he’s able to get a job overseas. We’re not too picky but Brandon hopes he gets a job in Switzerland or Germany while I hope he gets one in Ireland!