Welcome to ‘Always Have A Trip Planned’ Travel Blog


The go-to resource for adventure trip itineraries, epic destination guides, baby travel tips and budget travel information. Join us on our mission to find the best views and food in the world while maintaining a budget, staying active and traveling as a family.


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Hi, we are Natalie and Sam!  Travel has been at the forefront of our lives since we met on a puddle jumper plane in Belize in 2013. Whether we are camping in the Sahara desert in Morocco, hiking through the rainforest in Hawaii or eating fresh seafood in Portugal, we love the endless adventures and experiences that travel affords. 

We are keen active adventurers, budget travelers, food lovers and suckers for a great view.  Over the past 8 years, while both working full-time and maintaining a budget, we have traveled to 20 countries, 85 plus cities and 20 National Parks. We started our ‘Always Have A Trip Planned’ blog to share travel tips and tricks we have learned along the way as well as to share our experiences. 

In 2021, we added the newest (and cutest) member to our team, our daughter G. We have continued to adventure and explore the world with her by our sides. Contrary to popular belief, after you have a baby, adventure does not have to end. It may look a bit different but, in our opinion, it is even more rewarding to explore new places with your little one. As we continue to navigate traveling with a baby, we will share what we learn with you.

The world is a book and we hope to read as many pages as possible. Sometimes the anticipation for travel is almost as exciting as the actual trip. By always having a trip planned (or, in other words, always having a trip to look forward to), we continue to read the pages of the world and experience the joy that traveling brings.

We hope to create a community to connect with other travelers (or soon-to-be travelers) who have a passion for adventure travel, staying active, traveling as a family and mindful spending.  If you find our blog posts helpful or have suggestions, we would love to hear from you via a comment on the blog or social media.  Be sure to follow us on Instagram/Pinterest/Facebook and subscribe to our emails below (we won’t spam you!).

Happy traveling and remember, Always Have A Trip Planned!