We Need a Break (going off the grid)

We Need a Break (going off the grid)

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Episode 843 | September 2022 | Smoky Mountains, TN

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Who are Kara and Nate?!
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Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, we got married 2013 and were super “normal.” I was a teacher and Nate started a small printing business from the spare bedroom of our apartment. We discovered the world of “travel hacking” & became obsessed. So after 2 years of obsessively saving $35k and over 2 million miles and points, we sold our cars and apartment and left home January 10, 2016 for a “one year” trip around the world. Our goal was to see as many places as possible before we ran out of money and went home to “normal life.” We started this travel vlog to share our experiences with friends and family, but quickly fell in love with this lifestyle and did everything we could to keep going. 4 years later, we achieved our new goal of visiting 100 countries and all 7 continents. We had no plans to slow down, until 2020 forced us to 😉 Which is when we bought a converted van to start exploring our own country for the first time. Van life was a major adjustment and so different than flying every week like we were used to, but we are incredibly thankful to be able to continue doing something we love every day. 😊🎥🌎

#backpacking #travel #travelvlog #camping

00:00 why we’re going to the woods
00:30 this is not what you think it is
02:53 how heavy our backpacks are
04:05 first campsite
05:40 we slept with MICE AND SPIDERS
08:16 didn’t have to dig a hole to poop!
09:52 why we love AG1
11:07 what we’re eating for lunch everyday
13:45 Nate’s life-altering decision 🙂
14:58 extremely scary…
16:35 setting up our tent for the first time!
19:22 how we purify water
20:20 climbing a sketchy tower for sunset
22:27 day 3: early wake up call
25:09 Nate did not drag me here

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23 Responses

  1. Jonny Sins says:

    I hope this channel naver ends and keeps spreading happiness.❤️😊

  2. Margaret Mwangi says:

    You are both so lucky to have found soulmate in each other. That’s why it’s so easy to go wild together and to do whatever you wish. Keep doing it guys and good luck.

  3. Debra Hough says:

    Im a 53 year old woman from Toronto. I stumbled across your videos and so happy I did…. You both are pure joy, love and goodness. Every week is like waiting for your favourite show – but better! So happy you both exist and share your incredible journey.

  4. BerkshireBitch says:

    I know this trip must be long over, but, if you ever do this again, it is possible to set up a small tent inside some lean-tos. It also keeps you warmer than either the tent or lean-to alone. Also: One of those emergency blanket things that weigh like one oz. are a great addition to your backpack. It can be used instead of a tarp under your pads. Also: Nate definitely knew who had the smelly feet–he was too much of a gentleman to say! (could tell by the look on his face as you turn away.) Happy Trails!

  5. Meredith Rollins says:

    I was recently diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer at 25 and forced to re-imagine my whole life. You guys have inspired me for years, alone with Eamon and Bec. I hope to do more like you guys now after working my whole life so hard. Wish I knew how to get out there again though. Thanks for sharing your stories! Let’s go camping!!

    Edit: OMG I just saw you were in my state! Come back to NC!

  6. Mason Kufahl says:

    Being in the woods, you learn to appreciate the simple things in life. I love how you’re well rounded in your travels, it’s refreshing

    • latebluebird says:

      You guys are amazing. you bring so much light and warmth in my life. (can’t be helped, usually indoors coding)

      I am watching all your videos like a series from the time you got the van, they calm me down. I can work for hours (software and web dev) without burning out.

      There is so much good in this world. Not only are you showing it to us, you are part of it as well, and for that I am eternally grateful. remember to stay safe.

    • Alexzandria Ulatoski says:

      yes i go hikeing i have to agree

  7. cara says:

    I’m home from school for fall break and my mom just made me breakfast and now I’m watching a new kara and Nate video????? Best day ever

  8. Maria Horne says:

    This video unlocked a core memory! I grew up visiting Cosby and this is the trail I used to hike. I carved my name in that shelter when I was 5 years old. 😊

  9. Jose Siojo says:

    Who knew that Kara and Nate would become quiet nature seekers when everyone else became travelers.

  10. Tye Hill says:

    Y’all went from luxury travel vlogs to roughin it in the woods!! Crazy what a year or two will do!

    Kara .. You’re doing great sweetie!!!

    • hansanhoo says:

      They just traveled to the north pole in the most damaging and luxurious way possible. Lol thats the opposite of rough.. They even promoted cruise ships – like wtf!

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