by Mark & Kristen Morgan
Mark and Kristen about us
where are those morgans mark and Kristen Santa Monica pier Los Angeles California

Hey there and a big warm welcome to Where Are Those Morgans! We are so happy you want to get to know more about us and our travel blog. 

We’re Mark and Kristen Morgan: Scientists, fitness aficionados, lovers of hiking, budding photographers and tea drinkers. Oh, and we quite like traveling …

… So much so, we put our scientific careers on hold in 2018 and followed our dreams to explore the world together as we embarked upon a life changing 18 month honeymoon!

Let’s dive right into our story, shall we?

OUR STORY

Mark and Kristen in Big Sur California

How We Met

Both scientists by trade, we worked for the same global scientific company but on opposite sides of the Atlantic. For years we had spoken on conference calls regularly but had never met in person. That would all change when Mark was sent to the US lab Kristen was working in. There was instant chemistry (forgive our science pun) and a series of trans-atlantic flights followed. Each time, we would tag on a new country or city to visit together, further fueling our desire to travel. Eventually we were at a crossroads. 

Mark Kristen Handstands Machu Picchu

Our Travel Honeymoon

Travel was always a huge part of our relationship and friends would joke with us about which country we were in at the time. Both of us had always wanted to travel long term but societal norms continued to steer us away. We had great careers but we both wanted more out of life. After working in the corporate environment for almost a decade, we realized our travel dreams were starting to die out.

We certainly weren’t getting any younger and the world was waiting, so we took a risk.

Quitting our jobs was frightening but liberating. We temporarily threw everything we owned into storage, hung up our lab coats,  got married, traveled to over 35 countries across 4 continents together and never looked back. We discovered an unknown passion for photography, nurtured our love for the great outdoors and of course found a platform to create amazing travel content. Now, we balance our careers with travel and content creation.

Mark Kristen hiking Patagonia w trek circuit Torres del Paine Chile

The Origins Of Where Are Those Morgans

On any trip we’ve ever taken, we have always used travel blogs as our primary source of information. The travel community is full of awesome tips and recommendations, written by like minded people. Early in our adventure, we were inspired to create our own platform to give our best advice to anyone who followed. Personally, we prefer to plan our trips in advance. We like to create an in depth itinerary of a new city or country so we don’t miss a thing. Yes, we have FOMO. Our scientific logical minds need method! So, we decided to start ‘Where Are Those Morgans‘ as a play on words from our friends banter. 

Spectacular view of Yosemite valley California national park El Capitan and river view

What We Offer

Each traveler will have their own style. We craft efficient itineraries for everyone who wants to make the most of each place they visit, because time is valuable. You can have all the money in the world, but you will never be able to turn back time. Our itineraries and guides are suited to all types of travel, timeframes and budgets.

Mark and Kristen Where are those Morgans about us page grand teton national park Wyoming

Why Our Brand Is Unique

We are well-educated, goal-orientated young professionals who are passionate about encouraging and inspiring travel. We bring a scientific approach to any trip whether you are going for 1 week or 1 year.

Time is precious. Travel efficiently. 

OUR MISSION

Our Goal

Share the Art of Travel through the Lens of Science. Combine creativity with logic.

Our Vision

Create the most detailed itineraries for travelers to maximize their time in a new destination.

Our Motivation

Encourage and inspire travelers whether on vacation or long term to travel effectively.

Our Vibe

Easy going but hard working. We create with passion and determination to succeed.

MEET KRISTEN

Kristen sat on a log in South Dakota Black Hills National Forest
Kristen at the summit of Black Elk Peak Custer State Park South Dakota

Hi I’m Kristen. I am from a tiny little town in upstate New York. After graduating university with a degree in medical technology, I also bought my first house at the age of 22. Various laboratory roles followed over the next several years, but something wasn’t right with my American dream.

I had a great job and a house, but I was commuting almost an hour to work and burning the candle at both ends. I felt unhappy and unfulfilled in this wake up and repeat lifestyle. My life changing revelation came when I was driving home from work one day and I asked myself where I wanted to be in five years? The answer was simple. I wanted to travel and begin ticking off my bucket list experiences. 

Talk about fate because it was about this point in my life when I met Mark. We instantly connected over our desire for travel and discovered we had the same long term goals. Our careers had been great, but we wanted so much more.

I’ve always been a creative person who thinks outside of the box. I look at problems and always try to find the solution. I even finished my masters degree in Health Systems Administration on our world trip. With experience in both process development and project management, I am the chief editor, social media coordinator along with marketing manager for our blog. 

MEET MARK

Mark at pebble beach golf club California
Mark Arches National Park Utah 007 sign

Originally from the beautiful and historic city of York in the North of England, I moved to the US in July of 2019.

I developed a profound desire to travel the world having obsessed over maps, monuments and mountains growing up. Although my degree was in Ocean Science and I hold a commercial scuba diving qualification, my career took a different path. Fast forward 8 years to my position as Senior Flow Cytometry Scientist (or Manager as they say in the US). From the UK, I managed staff and projects in the US and Singapore.

My career had provided me with amazing opportunities, but I was headed for a collision course with the big 3-0. Would I ever live my childhood dreams of traveling far and wide? This is when I met Kristen on a business trip to the US and a fork in life’s road appeared. Our goals immediately aligned. We were both driven, passionate about travel and willing to take a huge risk by leaving our careers.

Traveling the world and starting this travel blog has changed everything! I’m the chief writer, content creator and SEO expert for this website. I bring the fun and ask all the questions. My inherent fondness of geography means designing travel itineraries can be found in a similar place on my happiness scale to eating fish & chips and drinking a cup of tea.

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