Hi there! 

First, thank you so much for wanting to learn more about us and reading our blog. Readers like you are why we have this blog, so from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being in our neck of the internet

We’re Ron & Jess, world travelers, full-time business owners, RVers, float trip lovers, hiking, camping, and adventure enthusiasts. 

Ron and Jess at Stanley Lake in Idaho
Ron and Jess on a camper trip to Stanley, Idaho in 2023

We started this blog to help people like you get out there and see the world. We are big advocates for “do it now” because you never really know what’s in store for the future!

We believe that travel doesn’t have to mean flying to the other side of the world – it could mean spending a weekend exploring your hometown or road-tripping just a few hours away. 

Our main goal is to help you plan your next trip so you feel 100% confident and prepared for your adventure! 

Why Trust Us? 

Here at Unearth The Voyage we write all about the different places we’ve traveled to as well as our favorite activities such as kayaking, hiking, and camping. 

Since 2013 we’ve traveled to over 20 countries, explored & road tripped through more than 30 US states, taught English in South Korea for a year, and lived in our camper while visiting over 29 US National Parks.

Ron and Jess standing inside Lower Antelope Canyon
Ron & Jess at Lower Antelope Canyon in 2023

That’s quite a lot, so let us break it down for you! 

Below you’ll learn more about us and our experience in the different categories that we cover on our site. Hopefully, you’ll see why we’re your #1 resource for learning more about them! 

Float Trips & Kayaking

One of our favorite things to do is go on a float trip down a beautiful river or go kayaking on an alpine lake. There is nothing quite like experiencing the destination you’re visiting from a river or lake. It’s kinda like the cherry on top of a delicious ice cream sunday!

Being from St. Louis, Missouri, we know a thing or two about going on a float trip down a beautiful river. 

If you don’t know what we’re talking about, Missouri is home to some of the best rivers in the United States for floating, and it’s one of the top things to do in the summer if you live in Missouri. 

Ron and Jess in a kayak floating down the Buffalo River in Arkansas
Ron & Jess floating down the Buffalo River in Arkansas

We’ve been going on float trips in Missouri every summer for years (Jess even grew up going to the Meramec River every year with her parents starting at just 3 years old!)

Since we’re such big float trip enthusiasts, we’ve traveled beyond Missouri to float on other rivers all over the country such as kayaking on the Red River in Kentucky, canoeing down the Illinois River in Oklahoma, and floating on the Buffalo River in Arkansas. 

I think you probably get the picture now. We’ve floated down a whole lotta rivers! If you are looking for more information, you can find all of the guides we’ve made about kayaking and float trips here. 

Camping, RVing & Road Trips

After traveling abroad a lot in our early 20s, we decided we hadn’t seen enough of our home country, the United States, and what better way to see it than road-tripping in an RV! 

In 2019 we bought a travel trailer camper and headed out on an adventure of a lifetime.

We both grew up tent camping and in our early days of dating, tent camping was one of our favorite things to do together. So when we upgraded to a camper trailer we felt like we had officially hacked camping! 

Ron sitting at a campfire next to a camper trailer in a pine tree forest in Arizona
Ron sitting at a campfire in Arizona near Bryce Canyon National Park

Having a camper is SO much more comfortable than tent camping and we’re so excited that we can still enjoy one of our favorite activities as we get older and our backs hurt a bit more than they did when we were 19 and 20. 

Since 2019 we’ve spent 1.5 years cumulatively living in our camper and traveling around the United States- with no plans of stopping any time soon!

During that time we have road-tripped to so many iconic destinations in the United States, but one of our favorite areas that we keep finding ourselves back in is the Southwest. 

We have spent months living in our camper visiting beautiful spots in the Southwest such as Sedona, Antelope Canyon, and Zion National Park. For some reason, this area of the country just keeps pulling us in and it feels like home every time we get back there!

National Parks & Hiking 

When we started RVing we set a goal to visit every National Park in the United States. We have since visited 29/63 National Parks and we can’t wait to visit more!

When we’re road-tripping in our camper, most of our route is chosen by which national park we plan to visit next. 

Since we’re full-time self-employed and run our businesses online, we’re fortunately able to stay near a national park for as long as we feel like it. 

Typically, we stay near whatever park we’re exploring for 1-2 weeks so that we can experience everything the park has to offer (the popular things as well as the off-the-beaten-path things.)

Ron and Jess standing next to double arch in Arches National Park
Ron and Jess visiting Arches National Park in 2021

Because we’re able to spend so much time exploring the parks, we’re able to put together really comprehensive guides to visiting national parks and give you all the advice and tips and tricks that we wish we knew.

Of course, visiting national parks and hiking go hand in hand (which is probably why we like the parks so much because hiking is one of our favorite activities!)

We’ve had the opportunity to hike some of the United States’ (and the world’s) most beautiful trails and we use that experience and expertise to create comprehensive hiking guides to help you visit them too. 

International Travel 

Traveling internationally has opened up our hearts and minds and has helped shape us into the people we are today. 

We’re so grateful for the incredible experiences we’ve had in different countries. Those experiences have helped us see the world from a different perspective and learn about different cultures. 

Believe it or not, both of us had never been outside of the United States until we graduated from college! Since then, we’ve traveled to over 20 countries together and we have no plans of stopping any time soon.

When we travel abroad, we really like to dive deep into the culture and get to know the country we’re in. We have done this in the past by traveling slowly and staying in a particular place for 4-6 weeks at a time. 

Ron and Jess at the overlook of Guanajuato City in Mexico
Ron and Jess in Guanajuato City, Mexico in 2019

If we’re not traveling slowly, we still really like to try and get to know the culture of the place we’re visiting by going on walking tours, taking cooking classes, or volunteering in some way. 

We’re also very passionate about sustainable travel and feel it’s very important to make sure that you are benefiting the locals as well as the local ecosystem.

Some examples are choosing tours that pay fair wages, not buying any goods that are exploiting the locals, and always asking lots of questions to make sure we are not offending the local culture in any way. 

We are always striving to better ourselves and the way we travel and we have so much to learn, but our hope is that being mindful leaves a positive or at least neutral impact on the places we visit.

Teaching English in South Korea

Last (but certainly not least!) is our experience teaching English in South Korea in 2014 and 2015. 

Teaching English in South Korea was the experience that opened up our hearts and minds to how much joy and growth travel can bring. 

When we moved to Korea, it was the first time that Ron had ever left the United States and Jess’ second time traveling abroad. 

Ron and Jess at a festival in South Korea
Ron and Jess at a festival in South Korea in 2014

We experienced a lot of culture shock (in the best way) and learned and grew a lot as teachers as well as people during our year in South Korea. 

We don’t have a ton of content on our blog about teaching English, but we do have a couple of articles that are helpful if you plan to teach in Korea.

Let’s Get in Touch

We hope you enjoyed learning more about us and our experiences around the world! We’d love to ‘meet’ you! Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook and send us a message to say hi! 

We love chatting with you guys and of course, would love to answer any questions you have. 

You can also send us an email or even write to us:

1015 Grupp Rd PO Box #31781
St. Louis, MO 
63131, USA

Ron and Jess from Unearth The Voyage Signature