This week’s guest post comes from Discover The Adventure. Mike explains – ‘where it all began – in 2011, one year after graduating High School I was a little lost with no clear direction of my life. I had just been laid off from a job that I thought was going to be my life long career, and I was bouncing around between freelance gigs until one of my friends invited me to do something crazy. Hike the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim. Needless to say, this week spent at the bottom of the Grand Canyon completely changed my life. From that day forward, I spent every waking moment dreaming of my next big adventure and the place I wanted to go next. In 2014 I started a blog called Hike Northeast, its goal was to become New England’s resource for everything hiking. But after a year and a half of writing, my interests started to grow and change. I noticed I was spending less time hiking and more time doing other adventures like mountain biking, kayaking, camping, and most recently building my off road 4×4 overlanding rig. Hike Northeast was becoming less and less of a priority, and that’s when I knew things had to change’ and that’s when Discover The Adventure was born.
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
I’m Mike Revelle and my partner in crime is Megan Carter. I’m from the town of Attleboro, MA while Megan is from Seekonk, MA. Both are next to one another and smack between Boston, MA and Providence, RI, USA. We met 7 years ago, and started getting adventure-lust about 3 years ago, shortly after graduating high school.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
Currently, I’d call us weekenders.
We’re local travelers who tend to explore the mountains above us in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. We absolutely love being outside and would love nothing more than to spend our days hiking and camping in the mountains.
We both work full time jobs, so until we can one day become full timers, or at least work a little less — weekenders is okay with us!
3. How do you fund your traveling?
That’s a great question! We work hard!
I’m the Director of Marketing for a popular Martial Arts business which boasts over 1200+ students at multiple locations. I also own a creative marketing/website agency called Seeds. Megan graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Environmental Conservation & Sustainability. She is currently working full time for Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics in Walpole, MA, along with a small part-time job at Old Navy in North Attleboro, MA.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
Hm… that’s a tough one. For me personally, I’d have to say when I hiked the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim back in 2011. It was definitely a life changing experience. As for a time when Megan and I both traveled together, I’d have to say a toss up between our week spent in Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire — or most recently our adventure to the top of Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Oh this is an easy one!
For Megan’s birthday back in October, I tried to be all luxurious and rented a room across from the grand Omni Mount Washington Resort Hotel at their Lodge. It’s suppose to be this amazing hotel at the foot of the mammoth mountain, Mount Washington in New Hampshire.
However, our experience was so bad that we realized we’re just not cut out for staying in hotels, and we would much rather be camping, backpacking, or newly overlanding in our truck.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
You know we haven’t put much thought into our future bucket list travels other than we just want to travel. I think Iceland would be amazing for hiking and adventuring, and our big goal is to finish the forty-eight New Hampshire 4000-footer peaks by ending it standing at the peak of Mount Washington (tallest mountain in New Hampshire).
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
I’m a techie. I love gadgets so you can bet I’m boasting my Canon 70D Camera and my smaller camera the Canon G7X – Oh! and of course way to many batteries than I actually need. (Hey, one’s gotta be prepared!) Megan is more traditional, and she typically only brings what she needs plus any stylish outerwear items. Sometimes I catch her packing TWO middle layers – just incase she doesn’t like the look mid-hike. 🙂
8. What makes you happy and why?
Feeling free. For me personally, it’s all about not having deadlines and the rush of life at my heels. I enjoy just being outside on an adventure soaking it all in. One day I’d love to be able to run my own virtual business, taking in enough income to pay the bills and live a good lifestyle somewhere on a ton of land in a little sustainable house/yurt/cabin (we haven’t decided yet) and travel frequently.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I originally started a blog called Hike Northeast back in 2014. I wanted to create a resource for New Englander hikers. But as time progressed, we changed from trying to provide information to just simply enjoying it. We recently rebranded to Discover the Adventure and are exploring more of our interests in travel, being outside, and adventuring. You can expect a lot of hiking, camping, and hopefully this year off road vehicle overlanding on this blog!
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
What makes us different is our approach. There are a lot of travel bloggers out there. But not only are we exploring our take on adventure travel, we are documenting it in a fun and personal way. We’re constantly taking pictures and videos of our travels so we can remember them, and sharing them with you all is just a bonus. It’s like a sneak peak into our home movies and photo albums.
From ESLT – thank you Mike and Megan for taking the time to answer our questions. You certainly are an active pair and what a fabulous place to live to indulge in your passion. I love how you say you’re not cut out to stay in hotels and would rather camp as camping isn’t for everyone (me!). I’ll be honest I’m completely on Megan’s side with the packing situation – regardless of where you are or what you’re doing, you’ve got to look fabulous! Happy blogging and safe travels 🙂