*Photo courtesy Tou Yang Photography
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 together raising a family, the empty-nest syndrome finally caught up with us. This has given us the opportunity to spend more time traveling, and seeking out new destinations. We developed this website with the goal of showing 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.
Jeff is the founder of Our Changing Lives. He is responsible for the 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. His miniaturized photos are unique, and stem from a desire to show that the more we travel, the more the mystery of the world shrinks. It is replaced by a realization of the wonders that surround us always.
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, he realizes it is best to leave the verbal communication to her. She has the task of editor, and often must remind Jeff that he is writing for others to read. Her patience is amazing, especially when it requires waiting to eat until after photos of the food have been taken.
Wonder Twin powers activate:
Jeff and Crystal have many overlapping duties, which include determining destinations, developing itineraries, and collecting on-site information for articles. 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 will allow them to build a travel resource for their readers, which includes detailed articles on places the locals frequent. The destinations are heavy on the Central U.S., but will still pepper in longer trips each year.
You may have noticed the lack of pop-ups and advertisements on our website. We have chosen to self-fund, so that we can offer an uncluttered look and feel to our pages. To accomplish this, we may be hosted by 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 own 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, and look forward to traveling to many more. We always travel together, and our individual skills, when combined, make us the perfect Baby Boomer team. We appreciate you taking the time to visit our website, and hopefully you will bookmark it for easy reference.