Welcome to Our Changing Lives!

We are Jeff and Crystal, a Baby Boomer couple who love exploring this big blue marble we all call home. After spending the first portion of our lives raising a family, the empty-nest syndrome finally caught up with us. This has allowed us to spend more time traveling and seeking out new destinations. We developed this website to show how we “Visit Like A Local”.  Our itineraries are designed to get us off the interstates, and into the heart of the places we visit. We believe this will allow our readers to choose a cultural experience, and eventually head home with a real flavor of the places they visit.


Meet Jeff:

Jeff is the founder of Our Changing Lives. He is responsible for photography and behind-the-scenes work. It is his voice that is heard in most of the articles, and at times he will even inject a little humor into his writings. He takes his research seriously and loves trivia. This is often apparent in the details that he adds to articles.

The miniaturized photography technique that Jeff uses is unique. It stems from a desire to show that the more we travel, the more the mystery of the world shrinks. With time, the mystery is replaced by a realization of the wonders that surround us at all times. Jeff’s goal is to inspire you to seek out these wonders on your own.


Meet Crystal:

Crystal is the face of the website. Social media is her domain, and her Instagram and Facebook videos help keep our readers informed of our whereabouts. While you may periodically hear Jeff’s voice in a video, he realizes it is best to leave verbal communication in her court. Crystal doesn’t take herself too seriously, which helps her make friends easily. During research visits, she must gather details from the people we meet.

She also takes note of the various dishes that we sample, for reference in the articles to come. Crystal’s patience is amazing, especially when it requires waiting to eat until after photos of the food have been taken. As the editor, she often reminds Jeff that he is writing for others to read. This balance has helped them create one of the fastest-growing North American travel blogs.

Wonder Twin powers activate:

Jeff and Crystal share many overlapping duties, which include determining destinations and developing itineraries. Before launching this new endeavor, they agreed upon a planned path of exploration, which radiates out from their home base of Kansas City. This methodical approach has allowed them to build a travel resource for their readers, which includes detailed articles on places the locals frequent. The destinations are concentrated in North America and offer many great family-friendly destinations. You will find a heavy concentration of the Central U.S. in their library of articles since they believe this region is often overlooked but has great vacation potential.


Our Aim!

Explore New Sights!

Find New Tastes!

You may have noticed the lack of pop-ups and advertisements on our website. We have chosen to keep an uncluttered look and feel to our pages. To accomplish this, we may be hosted by the places we visit. While this allows us to expand our trips each year, we do not let it alter our voice. The goal of our articles is to show you a variety of options from each destination we visit. This will help you develop your unique trip itinerary, which hopefully will include some interesting, locally-owned stops.

So far, we have visited over half of the states, but we have a goal of seeing all fifty. We have also visited six foreign countries in North America, and look forward to traveling to many more. We always travel together and our skills, when combined, make us the perfect Travel Blogging team. We appreciate you taking the time to visit our website, and hopefully, you will bookmark it for easy reference. Each year we try to add around a dozen new cities to our growing library of vacation destinations. With so many options to choose from, why not start planning your next trip right now?


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