Please Note: Just made available to the public in November 2017, this website is in its infancy. Though there is already quite a bit of content, we are in the process of still figuring out the format and uploading information from our prior travels. Please bear with us as we continue to add content, tweak what we have, and prepare for upcoming nature travel adventures. Thank You!
We think the name of our website, the subtitle - Travel For The Soul - and our logo pretty much tell you all you need to know. But just in case, we'll give you a little more information if you are so inclined to read it.
The "About Us" page gives you the overview of how we got to this point, but we want to share a little more about what you can expect as you are visiting NatureTravelers.com. We try to be upfront and transparent, and we want you to know what this website is and what it is not. So here goes.
NatureTravelers.com is a photo-intensive sharing of our experiences with the goals of 1) entertaining you, 2) inspiring you, 3) exposing you to places you may have never heard about, 4) creating a place where you can come, slow your pace, relax and enjoy, 5) making a historical record of our journeys for ourselves, and 5) earning a little money so that we can continue to travel and follow our passions until we physically just can't do it anymore. We'll provide details in both a blog format and on static webpages, and we'll have lots of photos and quite a few videos as well.
Note: All the photos and videos on this website have been taken by us (unless otherwise noted).
Now, we're very positive people, so we don't like to focus on the negative. But we want to also be clear on what this website is NOT. It is not intended to be a travel guide. Our reporting is based only on our own experiences, and any information related to pricing, logistics, fares, fees, taxes, routes, etc. is only relevant for what we did at that particular time. We may make suggestions, but take them for what they are - just our opinion.
We are not super heroes or adrenaline junkies or highly energetic. We're middle-aged folks that struggle to stay in shape, but we do manage to do quite a bit of hiking and paddling and even a little backpacking at a pace that works for us. We're not rich and we're not trying to be - been there, done that, and it wasn't nearly as fulfilling. With that said, we live a very simple life, we're very "value conscious", and we save up for the occasional epic adventure where we may spend more than we should (and more than others would), but we never regret it.
Additionally, I, Howard, do pretty much all the writing and photography, but I'm neither a trained writer nor a professional photographer. I love taking pictures, but everything is handheld "point and shoot". We don't have the most sophisticated equipment, we don't set cameras up on tripods, and nothing is "produced". I tell you this just so you know we won't have the most striking photos or well-edited videos, but we do okay. We just enjoy being in the moment, recording our activities for posterity, and sharing whatever comes out in the end.
We truly believe that nature and travel are good for the soul, but we aren't preachy about it. We have our deep, thought-provoking, spiritual moments, but we're just as likely to make you laugh about something stupid we've done.
As for tone, we try to keep things as positive as possible, but we will critique places, services, and gear (again, just our opinion) based on our personal experiences. It may be good, it may be bad, but we try not to be hurtful. Generally though, we are proponents of what our mothers used to tell us: "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all". We'd appreciate it if those commenting on our blog posts, would choose to follow that old adage as well.
And finally, a little more about the two of us. I'm more of an introvert. Though I am most certainly an optimist, I can be sarcastic, snarky, and even dark at times. Linda is just the opposite. She is the extrovert. She is always bubbly and likes being the center of attention. She's a natural on camera while I'm shy and awkward.
But when we're out in nature, we're both very quiet and observant. We don't talk much, and we give the beauty and the sounds our full attention. We don't just see wildlife, we watch very closely. Animal behavior fascinates us, and when we are quiet, we are often blessed to witness amazing things. Together, we make a great team, and we are Nature Travelers.
Thanks for stopping by, and we hope you enjoy your visit.
Playa Portrero Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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