Hello, and welcome to the Brave Little Cheesehead! I’m Caileigh (left) and that’s Holly (right). We’re travel-addicted sisters hailing from the great state of Wisconsin, America’s heartland. And while Wisconsin has our hearts, Seattle and Chicago are where we truly call home. With average 9-to-5 gigs and two passports to fill, we make the most of our vacation days with affordable getaways all over the globe. And with every border and milestone we cross, we hope people like us can see that it’s possible to commit to a life filled with adventure while building a career that is equally rewarding.

On the cuff of adulthood, we jetted off to Europe and trekked through 14 countries in just two months. No doubt, it was the time of our lives. But as two 20-somethings fresh out of college (and waist-deep in student loan debt), we couldn’t afford a lifestyle of long-term travel without first putting some cash in the bank. Enter: the corporate world.

Years later, we’re still collecting stamps in our passports, all while funding our 401(k)s. And by clocking in some professional experience, we’ve built careers that make us proud. Like traveling, our careers challenge us, reward us, and teach us, just in different ways. For us, personal and professional interests don’t have to be mutually exclusive. And as far as our budgets go, they can’t be.

Our ambitions for long-term travel haven’t wavered, but with a few weeks of vacation and an endless list of places to visit next, we tailor our travels to suit our 9-to-5 lifestyles. On a modest budget, we indulge in the culture, character, and beauty of each destination we visit, and we unpack our trips right herethe hidden gems, favorite hot spots, and sites we can’t wait to see again. Take a look around, check out our packing lists, or see which Brave Little Cheesehead posts are popping up on Pinterest. We’re glad you stopped by!

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