If travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it is a state of heightened awareness in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity, and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.
Hello! We’re Amy Hartle & Nathan Hartle: the Two Drifters. We’re a married couple in our 30’s who first met while traveling in Scotland in 2011. Since then, we’ve shared amazing adventures together, and we’ve realized that adventures can be had even when you’re not traveling the world.
In late 2011, Amy was on her first big international trip backpacking through Europe with a friend. Nathan had spent several months in Morocco and decided on a whim to head to the UK. Was it serendipity that brought these two Americans together? Perhaps. We met in a hostel dorm room in Edinburgh, Scotland. In Scotland and London, we had a whirlwind romance that took us through the sites of these cities as we got to know one another.
After our travels ended, we went our separate ways. Yet, we felt drawn to one another and kept in touch. After we spent time together in Amy’s home of Vermont, we decided to start a real relationship, even though we knew we’d be long-distance for quite awhile. While it wasn’t always easy or fun, we made it through nearly a year and a half in separate countries. There were a few visits and a million Skype dates, and in the end, the challenges were more than worth it.
In 2016, we got married, embarking on the greatest adventure yet to come.
We’ve had some awesome adventures, including driving across Australia and living out of a campervan, exploring the magical city of Brasov, Romania, and fighting blizzards in Quebec City.
We’ve spent time living in one place with a home base, and also spent time living life as digital nomads. Our blog has grown up alongside us. Today (in 2019), our blog is our full-time job, and for that, we are immeasurably grateful. Wherever we are, and however we travel, we find joy in our circumstances and are always seeking to incorporate more adventure in our lives.
About Two Drifters
Two Drifters has been a leading couples travel and relationships blog since 2012. We’ve created Two Drifters as the place “where love meets adventure,” so it is the site where you’ll find all the resources and inspiration needed to help you travel more, love deeper, and seek adventure always.
We focus on travel for the couple, whether married, engaged, or dating. Firm believers that “couples who travel together stay together,” we showcase destinations across the world that are great for couples to explore together. Traveling together can provide your marriage or relationship with incredible benefits and build a stronger bond. As you’re planning your romantic getaway, honeymoon, or another special trip, we hope that Two Drifters will serve as your go-to resource for traveling as a couple.
Couples travel isn’t the only way to improve and enhance your relationship. From date nights to daily habits to simple ways of better communication, our site offers dozens of articles on creating a better marriage and a deeper relationship. We just LOVE love, and it is our mission to help you have the best relationships of your life.
We believe that marriage takes effort, but it doesn’t have to be difficult, and it can certainly be fun. Aside from inspiration for trips for couples, you will find plenty of helpful relationship advice, unique date ideas, and even our own personal stories of love & adventure. We’ve also got a collection of couples travel interviews featuring other couples who have made travel and adventure a major part of their lives.
We aim to keep it real and bring honesty and authenticity to everything we publish. We’d love for you to join the Two Drifters on our journey. Come drift with us!
Why Two Drifters?
Curious about our name? If you’ve found yourself humming along, you might recognize that our name is found in a song! Our blog name is loosely based on lyrics from the song “Moon River” composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It was first introduced in 1961 when performed by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but I (Amy) have always been partial to when Carrie and Big dance to the song in Sex and the City.
As such a romantic song that seems to perfectly united love and travel, it was only fitting that we would choose Two Drifters as our name. And as we can’t seem to stop traveling and “settle down”, it also suits us.
Is it your first time visiting Two Drifters? Not sure where to start? Below you’ll find some of our favorite articles and our most comprehensive resources.
Amy Hartle (Dresser) was born in Florida, but moved miles away after high school to the cold kingdom of Vermont. Amy was a musical theatre major in college and has been singing and dancing for more than 25 years! She even dabbles in improv comedy now and then. Amy completed her Master’s in English Studies at the University of Stirling, Scotland. Amy is the primary voice behind Two Drifters, as chief blogger and social media gal.
Nathan Hartle is a writer, blogger, and photographer from Charlotte, North Carolina. His photographs have a global scope, focusing on the enduring presences of antiquity, spirituality, and the natural world as they survive in modern times, and the ways in which the modern becomes the ancient. Nathan is an avid reader and a true lover of fantasy and science fiction. In his spare time, Nathan is working on a full-length novel series. Nathan is the eyes of Two Drifters, capturing most of our images from behind his camera lens.
Wedding & vintage travel photos on the website are courtesy of Stephanie Smith of Photographs by Stephanie.