about our family

Hello, we're the Waltons! We’ve been traveling the world since June, 2017. Before we started traveling, we paid off more than 100k in student load debt so we could have more freedom and pursue our dreams! Now we work remotely around the world doing photography and videography and teach our daughters about hard work, culture, service, and adventure along the way. Here’s a little bit about us:

  • Mike & Carly met at a rock climbing gym in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was love at first sight... for Mike anyway

  • After they dated for a while and both fell in love, they got married in 2015

  • They worked the butts off their first two years of marriage and paid off more than 100k in student debt

  • Whitney joined the party in 2017

  • They down-sized and moved out of their place a few months later so they could work on the road and explore the world with their new daughter

  • Since leaving their home they’ve traveled to 15 countries

  • Mara joined the family in 2018

  • Mike dreams of becoming a Nat Geo photographer

  • Carly dreams of visiting every country in the world

 

MIKE

  • He's a professional photographer

  • He grew up in Vancouver, Canada

  • He loves teaching and sharing his photo knowledge

  • His not-so-secret dream is to shoot for National Geographic

  • After he graduated from BYU-Idaho, he taught university courses on social media, marketing, and outdoor photography

  • He loves all things adventure including canyoneering, mountaineering, storm chasing, off roading, and spelunking (if you cared, he could probably tell you some crazy stories, like the time his group got lost during a cave expedition for more than 12 hrs)

  • He loves trail running, specifically running down mountains. He ran from one rim of the Grand Canyon to the other in 5 hrs 43 mins and he holds a course record on Strava for running down a popular mountain in Arizona

  • He loves fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, audiobooks, TED talks, and candy. Delicious sugary candy

  • His top two places he's ever visited are Wadi Rum in Jordan, and Milford Sound in New Zealand

  • He believes that everyone deserves access to education, should use technology for good, and shouldn't use the word "comfy" if they're older than 18

 

Carly

  • She is a pianist, online piano teacher, and online instructor

  • She grew up in Mesa, Arizona

  • She graduated from Berkelee College of Music in Boston

  • She's volunteered for multiple nonprofits and been on several volunteer trips to India, Tonga, Belize and Fiji

  • She lived in China for 10 months while teaching English

  • She served an LDS mission to Temple Square, in Salt Lake City

  • She loves card games and will destroy you in card matching games like Nertz, Pounce or Racing Demon. She dares you to try

  • She LOVES being a mother

  • She smiles the most when she's spending time with her little family or when Whitney does something really cute, which is pretty much all the stinking time

  • Her top 2 places she's ever visited are The Great Wall in China, and the Taj Mahal in India

  • She believes success takes hard work and that it's okay for fully-grown adults to say "comfy"

 

Whitney

  • She is an extremely active little girl; started crawling at 6 months and walking at 8

  • She climbed her first rock wall when she was 21 months old and now goes to a climbing gym

  • She is saying new words and forming sentences everyday

  • She will be a 2 year old in Feb. 2019

  • She loves wearing her headlamp and exploring dark places

  • She should have a warning label that reads: "Danger! Melts hearts!"

  • She's really into cars, airplanes, bikes, and playing at the park

  • She has record breaking speeds for climbing up ladders

  • She loves her Jelly Cat bunny rabbit and her Sophie the Giraffe

  • She smiles the most when her Dad is chasing her or when her Mom is singing songs with her

  • She is fantastic in her carseat and on airplanes

 

MARA

  • Mara was born in October 2017 10 days before her due date

  • Mara loves being outside on hiking trails

  • Her favorite things is when mom and dad take her to a new place

  • She can’t wait to start traveling in 2019!