Crazy Us

Crazy Us 2015

Hello there! We are glad and grateful you found us! Welcome to CrazyUS! Travel is what we always seem to be doing. Like us on our CrazyUS Facebook Page, follow us on Twitter, follow us on Instagram, follow Us or our Pinterest Board on Pinterest, and read us here! And because this is our “About” page, let me give you a little background on how this here website began. We began CrazyUS as a travelblog in the summer of 2002. 2002 was also the year we [re-]earned the adjective, “crazy.”

And here is why 2002 can rightfully call this family “crazy.”  See, David, my lovely husband was semi-retired. Oh, the dot.com years, they were good to us. And one day and said, “I want to buy a VW camper van that I found on eBay and drive it around the country. It is located in West Palm Beach, Florida. ” True Story. And yes,  as you imagine, my mouth was firmly agape. Needless to say,  I closed my mouth, took a deep breath,  and we took the leap. In August 2002, we took our almost new VW camper van, our two young sons (Eli, eight months,  and Kyle, almost three), and traveled for eighteen months throughout the United States and Canada.  We loved our adventure. In truth, we only blogged a little, mostly letting our family know that, “yes, we are alive,” and, “no, we have not killed each other.” Since then our babies have become teenagers, Dave built a giant house with his bare hands [yes, another reason to call us crazy], and I spent years reconciling my infertility [yes, I felt crazy]. As far as this here bog goes, I have covered many subject throughout the years, I promise my subjects will wander, and  likewise, I will not limit myself to hotel reviews. With several stitches, a broken nose, a broken foot, a Copperhead Snake bite, and nearly losing Kyle in 2011 due to a rare illness (Stevens-Johnson Syndrome), we made it through.  Ultimately, as much as I love building houses, dealing with life-threatening illnesses,  and mommy blogging [don’t have the skin for it], TRAVEL is and has always been my love.  Our blog started with travel, and here we are again.

Regarding Travel: Here is the deal. We travel all of the time. We love on the path travel, and are also extremely adventurous. Disneyland has always been a favorite, and we won’t shy away from the occasional Kowloon restaurant adventure.  I am writing this very post while we are traveling. I am currently sitting in my bed on the twenty-second floor of the Vdara Hotel Las Vegas. In fact, just today, one of my friends said, “Beth you travel more than anyone else I know.” I think it is an addiction. When I talk with other travelers, they often say the same thing: “I cannot sit still.” My friend is correct. As the backdrop, Dave and I fell in love almost twenty years ago with our shared [business] travel. Since then, we are always moving. We road trip. [You now know] we camper van trip. We stay-cate. We fly as much and often as we can. We see the world, one corner at a time. I love it when Dave suggest a mileage run. And still cannot believe we flew to Hong Kong for four days this past Thanksgiving. Our boys are older [teens], and at this point they probably know more about travel than I do. They are seasoned with  airport security lines. They know who TSA is and why they should not say words like, “bomb,” or, “gun” when the agents are nearby. The know where the Global Entry Line is, and they made sure we set them up with Pre-check. We have. Foreign travel does not phase them.  They love trying to speak other languages. They get a kick out of comparing their own reality to someone else’s. They have home-schooled on the road. None of us are fans, but they make it work. They can always find the nearest gelato place in any country. They can deal in all foreign currency. And are aware of how close the Euro now is to the dollar. The place they always ask to go back to is, Rome. I do not blame them. They are also big fans of Hawaii, Costa Rica, Southern Utah, and the Hong Kong Ritz Carlton. I am asked a lot about travel. I am often asked to help others with their own travel. People know that Dave is skilled with miles, points, status matches, mileage runs, memberships, and really anything that maximizes your travel value. I completely support the insanity. And believe me, it is completely worth it. There is no way I would figure all these perks out without him. What I do is Rubric together Dave’s information. And then together we find the most intriguing destination that fits within our Rubric.

What you will find here: Here you  will find information on our trips. Meaning I will not give you a straight travel review, and I won’t give you a mommy blog.  Simply put, we offer you our story, and then tell you how we made it work. Currently our boys are teens so you will get information about traveling with teens, and family travel.  Travel is entertaining. It is real life. The stomach flu will not wait until you get home, nor will marital conflict.  So for example here I would tell you about my and Dave’s epic fight on Palatine Hill while also including how we got into the forum. I like the combination.  We hope you do too.

Our Bios

Dave, Costa Rica

Dave, Costa Rica

David Adams

is an entrepreneur, software designer, technology journalist, and expert travel hacker. After pioneering e-commerce and Software as a Service in the late 1990s, he played a pivotal part in popularizing open source software in the 2000s, then in the 2010s, he helped create key technology for the travel industry including software used by many of the world’s largest meetings and events operators and destination management companies. Dave, Beth, and their sons have travelled the continent by camper van, rambled around the world using the millions of points and miles that Dave has earned through credit cards and other promotions, and they are 3/4 of the way through visiting every National Park in the system.

 

York, England

York, England


 
 
 
 

Beth Adams 

worked in high tech as an internet marketing manager where she met Dave. She has continued her career as a high tech marketing consultant with an emphasis in PR and writing. She and Dave began CrazyUs in 2002 as a way to document their 28,000 mile journey around North America in a VW Camper van. After that, Beth took over the blog and became one of the internet’s most popular mommy bloggers. Over time (as the boys grew and became more independent), the topic of crazyus.com shifted back to travel, as Dave’s obsession with exploiting rewards programs to collect millions of points and miles enabled them to travel the world in style on a shoestring. As Dave focuses on collecting, Beth has become an ace redeeming, finding the best flights and stays while getting the best redemption value.  Beth, Dave, Kyle and Eli have most recently traveled to the Hawaiian Islands, Mexico, Hong Kong, the UK, Ireland, Costa Rica, Italy (including the Dolomites and the Amalfi Coast), Spain, Andorra, Switzerland, France, California: San Francisco – Los Angeles, Minnesota, Colorado, Arizona, Portland, Washington D.C.,  Maine, Vermont, New York, Florida, Las Vegas, Southern Utah, Colorado National Monument; Acadia, Volcano, Haleakalā, Saguaro, Grand Teton, Great Sand Dunes, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Muir Woods, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Great Basin, Zion, Kolob Canyon and Arches National Parks.

Beth has many, many favorites. First of all, do not underestimate the utter joy of road-tripping. Beth, Dave, Kyle and Eli road trip as often as possible. Besides the many road trips to Moab, recent favorites are traveling from  Utah to Colorado (back-roading it), and driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles on the Pacific Coast Highway. Here is a top favorite: As odd as it may or may not seem, Grocery stores in every imaginable place hit the top of Beth’s things-that-bring-us-JOY travel list. There is nothing like the wild-card-aspect of buying food in another country and not understanding the ingredients.  On several occasions Beth has purchased what she thought was yogurt only to find out it was soy pudding: gross and completely delightful! Rome is definitely a family favorite. We’ve been twice and cannot wait to go back. Each day we fantasize about Giolitti’s gelato and sorbetto. France is amazing (and then some)! Southern France is a place we could get lost in for years. Traveling to Chamonix and seeing Mont Blanc up close completely blew our minds. The tiny town of Minerve, France comes straight out of a storybook. We kept looking for knights, a princess, and yes, we did see a catapult.  Hawaii is anti-anxiety relief for the soul. Because of its accessibility, Beth has decided that Oahu is her favorite island. If you make it there, try the best shave ice ever at Shimazu Store. Visiting National Parks in every country has become an obsession. Colorado’s Black Canyon of the Gunnison is another unexpected gem.  Ireland’s Killarney National Park is a stunner. England’s South Downs National Park (Beachy Head) is something we will never forget.  Hong Kong’s Tian Tan Budha may not be a National Park, but it its spectacular beauty and amazing setting makes it fee like one.

 

Now looking forward Beth and the family are getting ready to leave for their next adventure (August 2015): London, Paris, Antwerp, Bruges, Amsterdam, Oslo and Gothenburg.  Beth feels blessed to travel, and to travel with the the people she loves most! She also realizes there is so much more of this amazing planet to see. And yes, she hopes to see it all (if that is possible). She definitely plans on traveling to see friends in Iceland, and to follow in Dave’s footsteps by traveling to Africa.

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