We are Zach and Carrie, an American married-but-not-boring backpacking couple collectively known as “Zacarrie”.  Travel gives us inspiration and hope for the world.  Our site brings all of our stories together through words, photography, and video and we hope you can find inspiration as well.

Zach and Carrie – Hardcore Backpacking Badasses

Why “La Aventura Project”?

Our first big trip together was a 7-month backpacking adventure through the Spanish-speaking world of Latin America!  Since then we’ve continued to budget travel through other continents, having many “aventuras” along the way!

Where We’ve Been:

In 2011 we left our cozy lives in the United States to travel through South America and Central America eating, writing, and exploring along the way.

In 2014 life took us to Europe and Morocco.

In early 2017 we hit up Mexico and Cuba in the brief time that we were allowed to go there by the US government.  In late 2017 we quit our jobs, sold everything, and embarked on a huge road trip through the West Coast National Parks before flying across the pond to Southeast Asia to start a new life as digital nomads.


Hostel Review Contributors:

Helen grew up small-town style in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.  She spent her childhood summers traveling and camping around Canada and the United States.  After graduating high school, she spent the next 4 years studying psychology, bioethics, theology and trying to learn Spanish.  Now as a travel hungry, recent college grad, she is ready to see the world, eat good food, meet awesome people and continue to learn!


photoFlorian has been traveling around the world since June 2011.
He usually likes doing things in sprints rather than marathons.
He studied computer science at university because it was the most
obvious thing to do. Now he is studying the human condition out of
curiosity.Now he’s also running this crazy experiment:
not caring what other people think about me.



DSC09239 smallHendrik born 1977 in Bochum, Germany.  Studied business, worked as “controller” (kind of inhouse consultant) the last 10 years.  First long-time travel after finishing university (Central America for 7 month). Since then addicted to travel, but mostly within short holiday periods. Since November 2012 he is backpacking around South America for approx. 9 month. Maybe Asia afterwards…


Tikal (35)-1Shannon grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and had never ventured particularly far from home, although she considered herself a traveler. That all changed in 2009 when she decided to take a year-long, round-the-world trip…all by herself! She’s now traveled solo to 20+ countries and has no plans of stopping any time soon. She currently lives in San Diego and dreams of making it to South America and Antarctica so she can finally say that she’s been on all seven continents. Shannon blogs about her travels at www.WhereIsShanNow.blogspot.com.

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4 thoughts on “About

  • Hey Zach, Cool website. I wish I had the know how,and motivation years ago to document my travels like you are doing. I can’t wait to see the movie. It takes alot of balls, and command over your own lives to do what you are doing. Screw the indentured servitude system, and the assholes at the top of it. Unfortunately the U.S dollar is still is our master for a while anyway so make sure you can fund your future somehow.
    I’ve traveled alone for months on my motorcycle on two different trips across mexico, and understand totally the sentiment of your posts about not conforming, travelling for life, and such, I actually worked the agave fields in Oaxaca for a while for gas money to ride back home. The time of my life… Oh yeah… I work with your dad and talk to him most every day he worries about you. remember the best way to react to a sticky situation is to smile, and act like like you don’t know what being said/ or whats going on. LOL. ben-salazar@sbcglobal.net

  • Zach!!! we need to catch up… you can tell me about South America and I’ll tell you some stories about my 20 hour trips to Vegas…lol!

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