Welcome to The Next Journey!


I’m Darin and my amazing wife, Natalie, is on the left as we took this self portrait at Makena Point, Maui, Hawaii.

Our journey began over 20 years ago, when we met one another in college… Since then, we’ve celebrated 12 years of marriage, traveled to more than 50 countries together, struggled with infertility, experienced the joy of a long awaited pregnancy, suffered the loss of our daughter to stillbirth at 30 weeks, sought out and found a new path on our journey for a family, and adopted our amazing son in 2014.

The journey continues for us — as we explore new careers, transforming an amazing house into our family’s forever home, continue to travel — near, far, and everywhere in between, and grow our family through adoption once again. So…  After all of this, what is The Next Journey?  Even we don’t know, but we look forward to wherever and whatever it may bring to our family, our home, and our lives.

Our immediate goals for the website in the coming months and into 2017:

  • Continue to deliver updated and new travel logs for more than 100 global destinations, with dozens of new countries on The Map.
  • Bring each of these locations to life with more than 4,000 photos, highlighting the sights, people, and experiences of the journey.
  • Make your travel dreams become reality — Answering your questions and help deliver memorable travel itineraries for our readers.

Our newest journey has just begun… Again!  We’re adopting for the 2nd time!  We are excited about the prospect of growing our family (again) through domestic infant adoption and will share our story here, because you, (yes, you!) may help us make a connection that could change our lives completely!

In the meantime, we look forward to sharing our continued experiences (travel, adoption, life, home projects, and more!), hearing about yours, and hope that The Next Journey can be a partnership where ideas are shared, tips and tricks are exchanged, and we can all take something of benefit from the process.

So — Like Us on Facebook, Follow us on Instagram, Subscribe to the RSS Feed,or just contact us… However you wish to stay in touch, we look forward to building the conversation together.

Welcome and speak with you all soon!

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