We are Chicago-based road trippers, national park enthusiasts and travel bloggers. Both of us were lucky enough to grow up in families that made traveling a priority, which has stuck with both of us into adulthood. In summer 2008 we took our first road trip together to South Carolina and Georgia. It went so well we decided to head out West the following year. These first routes set the stage for what has become an obsession with planning travel and exploring the country and beyond. During the past 10 years, we’ve driven close to 50,000 miles, flown countless miles, visited 49 US states and 51 of 59 US national parks plus 4 Canadian national parks.
We’ve discovered that traveling both on and off the beaten path provides a greater understanding of the essence of a place. We do visit major tourist sites, but we also focus on a local level to find unique experiences that many overlook, whether it be in a big city, small town, national park, or the middle of nowhere. We do lots of research before we set out, but leave room for spontaneity along the way.
Somewhere on the road, we discovered that Nick’s “stupid human trick” of high kicking combined with Neil’s quick camera reflexes created entertaining and memorable vacation photos. High Kick Travel was born. Now everywhere we go we snap a kick or two in an iconic location, startling fellow tourists and cracking ourselves up. Stay in touch to see where we get our kicks next.
Need advice on a destination? Hit us up and we’ll share what we know. Also, if you have tips for one of our upcoming trips, we’d love to hear them.
A bit about us:
Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa, USA
Occupation: Graphic designer
Favorite road trip music: Fleet Foxes
Dream trip: Newfoundland
Hometown: Marnes la Coquette, France
Occupation: Music teacher
Favorite travel author: Bill Bryson
Dream trip: Rim to rim Grand Canyon hike