What is Living the Dream and How Can I Live Mine?

Last Updated on August 2, 2023 by Jeremy

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Jeremy and Angie at Easter Island

Living the Dream is a travel blog that focuses on sharing once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences while providing practical tips to help you get out and have your own dream experiences on the road.

The site was originally founded in 2008 by Jeremy, a travel addict planning to take a long-term trip around the world (RTW is an acronym meaning 'round the world that was popular with travel bloggers at the time). That trip came and went in 2010-2011 and he wanted more. Later on, Jeremy's wife joined the crew for a second long-term trip in 2013-2014 as well.

Between the two trips, they hit 50 countries on five continents and took in activities like hiking to Everest Base Camp, marveling at the moai of Easter Island, scuba diving in the Galapagos, and more!

After returning from that trip, they were named one of USA Today's 10Best Travel Couples, moved to Pittsburgh and founded a local blog for the city (aptly named Discover the Burgh– now the largest blog in the city), had several staff writers sharing adventures from their own long-term trips, and Jeremy ultimately made the leap to full-time blogging in 2018.

Since then, Jeremy and Angie have been able to expand their travels to over 100 days on the road per year. In 2022, Living the Dream expanded to feature guest posts from travel bloggers around the world sharing their own once-in-a-lifetime adventures as well.

But why are we different than the rest? Well, one simple reason- we don't sugar coat things.

Travel is not always glamorous. Being on the road for over a year is challenging. Experiences that are often considered once in a lifetime typically get that phrase for a reason- they're difficult to achieve! We simply don't want to be one of those fluff blogs that lead you down the wrong path when planning your travels.

In fact, reading a 2,000+ word article with no actionable advice infuriates us to no end. We simply want to provide honest, practical tips from those who have been there, done that.

Awards and Recognition

Living the Dream and its team have received a number of features, awards, speaking slots, certifications, and other accolades over the past decade-plus. A selection of our favorites include:

  • Awards: #7 on USA Today's 10Best Travel Couple 2014, Bronze Photography Winner NATJA 2019 “Photography (Online): Landscape, Nature, Architecture”
  • Featured Speaker: TBEX North America 2014 and 2016 and Travelcon in 2019
  • Media Mentions: New York Times
  • Notable Freelance Publications: Princess Cruises, Mastercard, Trivago, G Adventures
  • Professional Associations: North American Travel Journalists Associations (NATJA) and Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)
  • Certifications: WSET Diploma (Jeremy), WSET Level 2 in Wine (Angie)

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