About Ted & Bethany

What Friends and Family Already Know & What Online Acquaintances Wonder:
Who are these crazy kids?

Friends since 7 & 9.


Together since 17 & 19.


Off to explore the world at 27 & 29. Birthdays Happen.

Landscape Architect.

Interests: Learning. Too much. All the time. Every day.
Challenges: Putting away the to-do lists.
Passions for the trip: Place — regions, spaces, and ecosystems. People and pictures, too.
Dream Destinations: Patagonia, Zanzibar, Sri Lanka, and a return to New Zealand
Highlights: Crossing the Ocean by Ship.

Ted: Social Worker.

Interests: Coffee.
Challenges: Sleeping in tents.
Passions for the trip: People — crossing paths & exchanging stories.
Dream Destinations: Machu Picchu
Highlights: Turning 30 in Patagonia (actually, no; make that celebrating 30 a few weeks later in Buenos Aires with fresh coffee and hot showers)

We’ve planned and saved and dreamed. We’ve set goals. We’ve schemed.
As landscape architect and social worker, we’re taking time during travel to experience and share observations about the world through the lens of compassionate care for the planet and its people. At each destination, Ted puts new friends at ease, investing in conversations and teasing out details; Bethany heads up writing and photography to wrestle with tensions, catalog milestones, and share with readers an honest look at life across cultures.

Life Before Our Trip:
Moving a Mile to Live Abroad: Our story of living in a multicultural transitional housing program for formerly homeless families and realizing that a life of “travel” could be right around the corner…

We’re people of place, with deep roots in family and tradition. (See obscure notes from our first #RTWdinnerparty.) Bethany is an eighth generation Oregonian, and Ted was born in Oregon, too. We love all the cliché (and true) things about our state: unbeatable coffee, local food, wonderful people, pristine landscapes, accessible and beautiful mountains and coastline… There’s a reason people left everything behind to set out on the Oregon Trail. The way we see it, we’re just taking the long way back to the Willamette Valley.

The Mapped-Out-Play-By-Play:
Every Day of our Round-the-World Trip

What We’re Up to Now:
Watch and See!

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  • Reply Uncle Brian April 14, 2012 at 5:53 am

    I envy you both. What a great adventure. Have fun!!

  • Reply Åke Malm April 25, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Hallo from Rome
    It was very nice meeting you. Whenever you come to theEternal City – let us now. Have much fun on your journey…
    Ake and Graziella

  • Reply Jill May 6, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I’m so glad I just found your site. And it came at the perfect time when I’m feeling homesick for the PNW. Looking forward to reading more of your blog and keeping up with your adventures!

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  • Reply Notorious B.A.G. June 28, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Greetings, Mrs. B. You are in my thoughts often and I say in all earnestness that I am so glad the two of you took the brave step of pushing through that invisible curtain of comfort and familiarity, into a huge unknown space that contains all the rest of the world’s unfamiliar but fascinating humanity. What a pure joy for all of us who love you and follow your journey. You have become invested and participatory Citizens of The World, while still managing to stay our wonderfully simple (in the best sense of the world) Ted & Bethany, two Oregonians. Journey on, sweetie, knowing we are all walking with you.

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  • Reply Lora October 30, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Found your site through pinterest :) My husband and I did a gap year from 2008-2009! What a wonderful adventure. I look forward to following you in your travels!

  • Reply OurLifeExperiments December 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Hi guys!! We just found your site by way of Kim’s SoManyPlaces blog. Looking forward to reading more!


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