Welcome to Why Not Walk!
We write customized travel guides centered around walking, hiking, and biking worldwide.
Our signature guides will show you everything you need to know-before-you-go, how to get around, and all the can’t-miss sights, best photo locations, and best local snacks to try.
We especially love sharing what we wish we had known before visiting. It’s the little things that really make trips great– such as knowing where to park, where the least-busy trails and photo spots are, and general do’s and don’t’s for your visit.
We are always working on new content, so be sure to let us know if there’s a particular destination you have in mind!
A little about us...
Hello! We’re Tegan and Alex, two 20-something aspiring expats currently living in Boston, USA.
We are hoping to move to Amsterdam in the next few months to spend a few years in Europe full-time. Stay tuned for how that process unfolds! We’ll be sure to keep you posted on what tips and tricks we learn along the way.
We have been traveling together since two months after we met in 2015. Our first trip together was completing a full rotation of the Ring Road in Iceland (RIP WowAir) and sparked a refocusing of priorities for us, centered around traveling as much as we could with the eventual goal of living abroad. Sometimes a lot of scrimping-and-saving is involved, but it’s always worth it.
Since then, we have traveled to dozens of countries, as well as extensively within the U.S., our home country. Our trips range in length from day trips, to “weekender” guides, to 10-14 day road trips or multi-city tours. We are also huge fans of biking, and try to get a good hike in every weekend (weather permitting!)
When we’re not traveling, we love spending time with our kitty, Ellie, as well as trying new recipes, working out, and reading. We recently acquired a GoPro, and have been learning all about video editing.
Our blog is dedicated to all those dreaming of their next trip, seeking to maximize their travel experiences, and fellow lovers of big cities, wide open spaces, and everything in between.
Thank you for visiting our site, and we hope you’ll introduce yourself in the comments!
So why did we decide to start a blog? And what can you expect from our site?
We are avid walkers, and love exploring both new and familiar areas by foot. We found ourselves saying “why don’t we just walk there?” to each other so often that it became a running joke, and (even though we didn’t know it at the time), the inspiration for this travel blog.
We’ve found that most urban places, from massive cities like Tokyo to mid-sized cities like Budapest, Boston, or New Orleans, are actually super walkable, but many travel sites don’t highlight this.
We love figuring out how to best map out seeing everything each place has to offer, and have always relied on trusty Google Docs for travel planning– mapping out detailed day-to-day itineraries, packing lists, helpful links, and our top places for snacks, sightseeing, and other budget-friendly activities.
Our Docs became super in demand with friends and family, and we’ve lost count of how many times we’ve shared them over the years.
In fact, so many people have suggested that we turn those Docs into a blog that we finally launched Why Not Walk in 2020. We hope you’ll find these guides useful in planning your next trip, and that we can be a go-to resource to you in your travels.
One last thing, and thanks for bearing with us…
We don’t claim to be endurance athletes, ultra marathoners, or anything other than two people who love exercising and exploring together. In other words, you don’t have to be in the world’s best shape to see the world by foot.
We’ve found that the more we walk, the more connected we feel to where we are, the more unexpected memories we make, and the more we feel a sense of place– even if it’s in our own neighborhood.
(Speaking of our neighborhood… don’t miss our guides to the best hiking, biking, eating, and sightseeing in Boston + New England, where we are currently based!)
Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.