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What This Blog is About
We created Two Wandering Soles as a place for us to share our travel experiences with others. On this site, you'll find itineraries, budgets, tips and tricks, and our stories from along the way.
Nice to Meet You, We're Katie and Ben
We are twenty-somethings that suffer from a bad case of adrenaline cravings, the urge to eat everything (& anything!), and incurable wanderlust. Head to our About Us page to learn more about who we are.
We believe that travel is different for each person, and there's no right or wrong way to do it.
Some like to travel to far-flung destinations, while others prefer to stick close to home. Some people are most comfortable with luxury digs, while others will endure just about any discomfort to save money. Some pack light, and others heavy.
And although we quit our jobs in order to pursue travels, we know that's not for everyone. Whether you have 10 days or 10 months, you can have a rewarding, kickass, can't-put-into-words experience! We hope you'll find some inspiration and tips on this site that will help you get there.
How would you describe your travel style?
Now that we are in our late twenties, and sometimes choose accommodation that's a bit more plush than we did when we were 21, but we try to travel on less than $70 a day between the two of us (yes, totally doable in many parts of the world!). That said, we do enjoy a good splurge every once in a while. There are some experiences that we just can't pass up, no matter the price tag.
We seek out adventure wherever we are. We love doing crazy things that gets our adrenaline pumping. Skydiving, canyoneering, bungee jumping, zip-lining... sign us up for it all!
Learning about a country's culture is one of the most rewarding parts of travel for us. We aim to immerse ourselves, interact with locals, and learn about a nation’s history as much as possible.
We. LOVE. Eating. And we like trying just about anything... Well, not rat. Just can't do it. We prefer street food that's eaten while sitting on plastic chairs to a fancy restaurant just about any day. But we also crave a good green smoothie and fresh salad every once in a while, and you usually can't fin those on the street.
Big cities aren't really our thing (though we have been surprised by a few). We usually find ourselves spending just a couple days before moving into smaller towns.
We love being in nature. Whether it's laying at the beach or hiking in the mountains... If we're outdoors, we are happy!
One of the most important things to us is making sure that we are doing our best to travel in a socially responsible way.
What's your travel style?
We've been very fortunate to have traveled in many different ways, from our backpacking trip around the world to living the expat life overseas to campervaning through the US. Explore the Travel Style page and use it as a guide to find your perfect travel style.
What do you mean by “socially responsible” travel?
We pride ourselves in traveling ethically. We research companies and make an effort to go through ones that are socially responsible and doing good in their community. We by no means declare that we are perfect 100% of the time (nobody is). Traveling ethically is a constant learning process, but it's our goal to share our experiences with others and show that you minimize your footprint and contribute to some amazing organizations around the world, all while still sticking to a budget.
At home in Minnesota, we try to purchase things that will benefit the local community. We love farmers markets, art fairs, and locally made beer. We try to be as environmentally conscious as we can. We believe traveling should be no different. When we’re in other countries, we want to give back to communities in need, purchase local in-season produce and help support and promote those organizations that are doing good in this world. All of this can be done while sticking to a budget. Learn about new ways to travel ethically in our 33 Tips for Traveling Responsibly.
What readers are saying about Two Wandering Soles:
How do we afford to travel so much?
We were able to save quite a bit while teaching English in South Korea, but we always travel frugally, which allows us to enjoy even more of this beautiful world. Here's a list of our favorite money-saving travel resources, including credit cards, phone apps, and booking sites.
It sounds like we have similar travel styles! What now?
That’s great to hear! We love connecting with other like-minded travelers and sharing our experiences. So relax, stay awhile, and take a look at our guide to this website below!
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A GUIDE TO TWO WANDERING SOLES
Where should I start on this website?
First, check out our About Us Page, where we share our story – from how we met (spoiler alert: it’s pretty cute!) to why we decided to quit our jobs, sell our belongings, and say goodbye to our home in order to explore this world. Our very first blog post describes how we felt as we took the leap thinking "Are we really doing this?!".
Once you have gotten to know us a bit, hop over to the Ethical Travel Page where we talk about ways to stay socially responsible while traveling. Next, in our Ultimate Guide on How to Travel, we detail exactly how we budget, plan and pack for all of our trips.
Once you’ve gotten to know us, head over to our Destinations tab to browse the different places we’ve traveled around the world. We share stories, tips, unique things to do, and things we wished we would have known about each destination. We hope this fuels your wanderlust, or serves as a guide for your next getaway!
Budgets and Itineraries
After deciding your next destination, check out our Budgets and itineraries to help you start planning your travels. We are very proud about our budgets, which illustrate just how much you can expect to save in countries like Japan and Bali. Our itineraries have been widely praised, and our route for 2 Weeks in the Philippines has been one of the top search result on Google. Check it out for yourself – we think it’s a pretty perfect itinerary for anyone’s first time in this country we fell quickly in love with.
Here are some of our more popular posts:
- Ultimate Philippines 2 Week Itinerary
- One Wild Week in Japan: A Complete Itinerary
- Travel Budget for One Week in Japan
Here are a few of our favorite posts:
- How to Save $22,000 in One Year Teaching English in South Korea
- 11 Questions to Ask a Friend Before Traveling Together
- 10 Ways Overseas Travel Makes Couples Stronger
Travel Tips and Gear
Next delve into some of our crazy travel stories. Like the time Ben got massaged by two dirty men in a mud volcano. Or when we strip down to our birthday suits on Christmas Day at a Korean bath house. Or even how we got dropped off a bus two hours from the closest town in search for an organic farm in the Andes Mountains.
- The Planet D: 10 Things You Need to know before Living in a Campervan
- We Said Go Travel Award Winner: India's Toxic Beauty
- World Nomads Writing Scholarship Honorable Mention: Chicken Fight
- Banana Backpacks: Best Blogs for the Responsible Traveler
- The Smart Lad: Top Blogs to Follow in 2017
- Feedspot: Top Thailand Travel Blogs
- Passion Passport: Ethical Travel Interview
- Passion Passport: A Layover with Katie Diederichs
- Kara and Nate: Travel Hustle Interview
- Jetline Cruise: First Timer's Guide to Haggling
- Tourradar: Travel Tips in Japan
Contact Us and Sign up for the Email List
We love to receive mail. You have any travel questions, website or blogging questions, or just want to say “Hi there”, send us a message. We will try our best to answer it or point you in the right direction.
If you’re an organization and you like our style, check out our Work With Us page and send us a message. One of our favorite things is partnering up with great companies.
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Hi there! We’re Katie & Ben
We are backpack-wearing, camera-toting, coffee-loving travelers who are passionate about showing others how they can travel responsibly & adventurously on any budget -- big or small. READ MORE