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Preface

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Jason and Aracely's first trip together, hiking the Grand Canyon in 2006.

In October of 2006 travel bloggers Aracely Santos and Jason Castellani went backpacking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It was one of the most incredible experiences for these two world travelers.

It was their first trip together as a couple and an unforgettable one. The expedition was as physically challenging as it was rewarding. They met great people and saw amazing sights. A few highlights of their trip included: sleeping in 17 degree weather, hiking for over 8 hours a day with heavy backpacks, learning the rich history of the Grand Canyon’s formation, and not showering for 5 days straight.

Fast forward to 2009. The prior two and a half years were filled with episodes of new experiences from sky diving, bungee jumping, and hang gliding to scuba diving, whitewater rafting, traveling to Europe, exploring New York City, Philadelphia and Miami. Their daily lives as corporate professionals easily became just the “in between space” of the lives they truly desire to live.

On March 29, 2009, in a casual conversation, (as casual as the one that placed them next to the Colorado River that fall in 2006), they stumbled onto the idea of dropping everything and go traveling—correction, go backpacking. They both grinned at the thought of this being a feasible adventure.

“Why not?” they each asked the other. Neither of them could come up with a good reason (or worthy excuse) not to. They both knew this would be their next adventure.

After that one year of traveling in Latin America and sharing the experience on their travel blog, the journey now continues.

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