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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

We are so excited to share a new website with you today-- Handle With Care Shop!

In our shop you will find photograph prints, postcards, t-shirts, and travel-themed free wallpapers. All of our products have been photographed and designed by us, Julia and Yuriy.

As we blog our experience and images here, we have had a great response from people all over the world who relive their travels through our trip or are adding new cities to their dream travel list. So often people say they are inspired by what we’re doing and wish they could do the same. All we can say in response is “you can”. We choose to put travel as a priority over other things in life (like a big house or a fancy couch... let's be honest, we're coming home broke). The hardest part is deciding to go. When we hear about our friends out and about, it pushes us to make our next travel plans. We hope that our travel journaling will inspire you to take a break from your life, hard as it may be, and plot your next getaway (even if secretly at first).

We have created a handful of t-shirts based on our travels and photographs. Through these keepsakes, we get to share our travels and you get to hold onto something that will (hopefully) inspire you to pack your suitcase. If you wear one of our t-shirts or have a photography print in your office, it will serve as a physical reminder to make room in your demanding life for travel. The world is big and life is short so we really believe in getting a start on traveling while we’re young.

Thank you for joining us and supporting our adventures. We have the most fun, positive, and adventurous blog readers!


We couldn’t see the world and experience so many cultures without a need to give back. 15% of all profits from Handle With Care Shop will be donated to help people around the world. The organization we donate to will change with time based upon needs. 

Currently we are supporting His Kids Too, a Christian organization serving orphans, street children, the disabled, the poor, and suffering people of Ukraine. 100% of donations benefit orphans in Ukraine. 

We were both born in Ukraine but grew up in the States and recently took our first trip back. It felt good to reconnect to our roots but was hard to see the poverty and underdevelopment of our country. This trip inspired us to help Ukraine. 

Now go check out the new shop and please let us know what you think! We've been working on this for the past few months while traveling-- designing t-shirts, finding someone to make them, shuffling through thousands of photos to choose which ones to print. And while you're browsing the site, make sure to pick up a free wallpaper!

The first 30 comments on this post will receive a free postcard from our shop. All you have to do is send us an email with your mailing address.

Come back later today (& bring your friends!) for a chance to win a free t-shirt and photography print of your choice.


- Julia & Yuriy

157 comments :

  1. Congratulations! The shop is great - I really like the tshirts. I don't comment often - I'm a lurker who reads your blog while sitting in a dull office, and I find it so inspiring. I'm saving up for my own travels!

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  2. love love love this. Your a inspiration and the shop is grand.

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  3. Even if I'm from Puerto Rico can I have a postcarddddddd!!! I will buy some laterrr too!!!* I'll put them on an empty picture frame on my wall!!!! I'm so exciteddddddd hahahaha

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  4. This is such a great idea, and I love that you guys are using your time away to serve others too. Keep having fun so we can keep enjoying your pictures!

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  5. Congratulations! A wonderful way to share your experiences with everyone!

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  6. WOW!!! this is so exciting! the shop is full of insperation! love it :)

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  7. oh this is fantastic! so fantastic. i'm so excited about your new venture and wish you the most success. i've often hoped you'd sell some of your prints and now you do - when i get back from india i'll definitely be purchasing a few to decorate my new apartment (if i get them now they'd have to wait for me in storage until i'm back)!

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  8. Congrats on the new shop! It's awesome! I love that you two are inspiring others to travel. It means so much. :-)

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  9. J & Y
    can't thank you enough for these. amazing!

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  10. i don't know how you do all you do WHILE traveling! it's so inspirational!

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  11. What a fantastic online store, and I think it's lovely that 15% will go to charity. Seriously drawn to all of your prints!

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  12. Congratulations, your shop is wonderful! Every time I look at your photos it just makes me itch for another good trip.

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  13. Ashley (your Colorado bride)March 1, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    Julia & Yuriy,

    I can't wait to meet you guys in a few weeks! I apologize now for the countless number of questions I know I'm going to ask about your travels! :)

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  14. Omg what a great new website! :D
    Congrats!

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  15. Woohoo!! So excited that you guys can give legs to the past six months. Ya'll are quite talented and have a lot of momentum going... Best of luck with this!

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  16. Love this! Brilliant idea. I also think it is wondeful that you are sset on giving back through this, as well. Blessings!

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  17. The shop looks great - and I am also amazed that you manage to put all this together while travelling! It's also great that you are donating some of the money to such a good cause. You two are inspirational in many ways!

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  18. awesome idea, i love this!

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  19. This is so great! Looking forward to seeing the postcard AND pictures from Australia! :)

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  20. What a great idea. Congrats on your new shop - I will put a link to your site and hopefully it will help ☺.

    Have a great time, lots of love and sunshine to you both,

    Manuela

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  21. you two have such beautiful adventures! thank you for sharing them :)

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  22. I can't even go to grocery store laziness and you doing all of these? It's unbelivable. Loved the website by the way, especially the shirts..

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  23. Congrats guys! I just recently came across your blog, and have really been enjoying your wonderful photos. Keep up the great work!

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  24. Congrats on the launch of your new shop! How exciting! I love that you're giving back a portion of your sales to those in need.

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  25. Loove your blog!!! The photos are beautiful. :)

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  26. I love your pictures and your design and I love reading your blog!

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  27. I LOVE it! Seriously a brilliant idea!

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  28. Great idea! I can't wait to check it out.

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  29. I love it! A brilliant idea with beautiful photography of your travels :)

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  30. Congratulations on your new shop! It's a wonderful way to give back! I have enjoyed your adventures and photos along the way!!

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  31. Love everything about your work, travels, and heart to share with those who aren't able to partake in it (yet)!

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  32. Im so excited! Ive been reading your blog since you were in france! Its been amazing sharing your travels with you!

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  33. Love everything about your work, travels, and heart to share with those who aren't able to partake in it (yet)!

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  34. yay!!! Congrats! I have definetly been inspired by your travels, and my husband and I are planning our first big trip for our 2nd anniversary to Australia and New Zealand!

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  35. Wow, this is so exciting and I love the charity you selected!
    Sabrina

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  36. what a fabulous idea!! love the shop, inspirational to say the least!

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  37. what a great idea :)) I love your reasoning behind it! :)) I love the pictures you've selected! and the tshirts are amazing! congratulations!!

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  38. I've been a lurker for a bit now. So inspired to do this once i find that special someone to travel with. Seems like it would be such a great way to start a marriage. you two are unbelievable!!!!! Travel safe. Love the shop BTW.

    ~Tiffany M

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  39. so AMAZING you two, how you've managed to do this while traveling, and your donating to a charity! I am very inspired!

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  40. ooh la la.... just barely made the cut! your ukraine visit has been my favorite so far!

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  41. ah, this is wonderful! so glad that my vicarious adventures of Julia and Yuriy don't have to end when the "honeymoon is over!"

    ps- thanks for posting the suitcase blog. I found it more fascinating than I ought to!

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  42. Very cool! I can't believe you guys are going this from across the world. Best of luck with the new shop, it looks awesome!

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  43. So exciting! :)

    I'm impressed at the traveling/work multitasking, too, wow!

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  44. I love your shop! I can't wait to order some prints and the globe shirt...love. LOVE! Oh, and I think it's a wonderful cause that some of the proceeds go to.

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  45. With 25 comments, I certainly hope I can be somewhere in the 30 range! So much for waking up early! My post is up too: http://anastasiamariecards.com/blog/?p=2807

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  46. I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I read it everyday, twice a day thank you for gicing me hope in traveling! :) many wishes!

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  47. wishing you much success in this endeavour.
    love your photos!
    you guys are great

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  48. I love following along with your travels! And I also love handle with care!

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  49. love love love the website. you are truly inspiring! I hope to go to Italy one day!

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  50. What a great idea! Very inspirational. The donation is a fantastic idea. Now I can't wait to get out in the world!

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  52. Great idea, guys! I'll check out your shop ASAP. I totally agree that everyone can travel - it's just a matter of making it a priority. My hubby and I have been living abroad for 3.5 years - we left Australia 6 months after we married - and we frequently say this whenever people say "you're so lucky", "I'm so jealous", etc! Life is full of amazing possibilities and it's up to us what we make of them. Congrats on your new venture, and may the rest of your trip be just as wonderful as it has been so far!

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  53. How exciting you two are the best. I do agree that it is important to make time in our busy lives to plan that getaway. Traveling the world is such an eye opener and you realize how small this big world really is and that we are all connected.

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  54. How fun! LOVE the website, can't wait to browse some more. Congratulations :)

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  55. This is SO great to hear...all of your photography would make great art in our home!

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  56. Absolutely LOVE your blog! I've been following it since the very beginning of your travels. You both are so inspirational. The shop is a pretty neat idea, love the t-shirts.

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  57. Thank you for sharing so much of you life with all of us! So excited for the new site!

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  58. Wow, this is great! I don't know how you guys managed all this! Congratulations!! I'm off to explore your shop now. Love the name. :)

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  59. I think it's so great that you have done all of this traveling, I would love to do the same thing. Your site is so inspirational!

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  60. Such a lovely idea! Can't wait to check out the shop and be inspired :D

    xoxo Kat

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  61. What a great idea! I can't wait to buy some prints from you guys!

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  62. WOW!!! How exciting!!! I definitely want to snag some goodies from your shop!

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  63. Hooray for new projects, lovely photos, itchy feet... & combining all three!!

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  64. Sweet! you two are serious people, I'm happy for you, congratulations!!!

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  65. wow! all of these are wonderful!! love it!

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  66. Your new site is awesome! I already have one of the wallpapers up on my desktop. My fiance and I are planning to travel Europe for a month after our wedding in June 2012. Your blog has been great for destination inspiration :)

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  67. Hi Julia and Yuriy! I have been following your blog from the beginning and LOVE your pictures! I even bought the 50 mm 1.4 lens just because you said you use it in most of your pics! Awesome blog! Awesome travels! Awesome couple!

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  68. Brill! I wish I was so proactive!

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  69. I have absolutely loved following your blog and seeing all of the adventures you are having! Traveling is my favorite thing in the world and it's so fun to see other people who love it just as much! Love your new shop!

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  70. wow, great way to help out!

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  71. Oh my, this is so exciting! You guys are such an inspiration. Seriously. I can't wait to plan my next adventure abroad.

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  72. Oh my, I totally love the shirts too. So cute. Can't wait to get paid so I can buy one!

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  73. Wow, congratulations! You guys are an inspiration in so many ways. Love the shop!

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  74. So happy for you, guys! Wish you the best of luck!

    -Pepa.

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  75. wow, this is so awesome!! what a great idea! and good for you for giving back. :)

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  76. You two are wonderful and have astounding photographs. Once I graduate college, I plan on making my travels more like yours. Having less and traveling more, because seeing the world is an experience of a life time.

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  77. Oh wow, this is lovely! :) What a great idea!

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  78. I love your guys' blog so much!! If you ever want to come to Vancouver, BC let me know!!!!

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  79. So lovely. I'm very inspired by your adventures. I was born in Ukraine too and am waiting for your posts about Kiev (my birthplace)! Lviv is definitely on my must-see list now. It's lovely looking at Ukraine through the eyes of young and stylish people.

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  80. Congrats on the shop! I've enjoyed going along on your travels, especially the places I've been to as well - your photos are much better than mine! I'd love to hear how you're fulfilling orders from the road? Perhaps you'll have fodder for a shop FAQ post soon. Cheers!

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  81. I love this! So inspiring. I'm an avid reader of your blog and can't wait to do some more travleing of my own! I hope i make it on the top 30 comments so i can get a post card from you guys! :D

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  82. My husband and I started a pre-honeymoon in October '09 and finished in May '10. We traveled through South America and Europe, and I've loved reliving that experience through your blog. Following your travels has made me quite envious that neither my husband or myself have any photography skills whatsoever. It's been a pleasure seeing the way you both capture your travels. Can't wait to order a few prints!

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  83. So excited! I've been following you guys since you've started. Definitely have made my wanderlust worse...

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  84. There’s nothing like an exciting post-card give away to make me come out of secret-stalkerdom! I have been following your blog since it featured on the Green Wedding Shoes website, and I’ve also posted an “I’m so inspired” blog about you. :-) I am so very excited about what you guys are doing both for yourselves in seeing the world and for others in donations from your new (EXCITING) website and simply by being creative.
    Love, Natalie

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  85. have loved your pictures for a while now. i'm so excited for you guys and the new "shop."

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  86. your link on the tab on the right hand side isn't right ... i think it's because it is missing the "shop" at the end of the url ... when I clicked it, it took me to handlewithcare.com which is a crisis hotline ... just wanted you guys to know :) i love your life!

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  87. I love the idea!! God bless you both in your many adventures and give you success in everything you put your hands to.

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  88. This is amazing!!! I'm so happy you guys are taking this to new heights. :)

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  89. The shop looks great! Just the inspiration I needed to put aside a few extra dollars per paycheck and plan my own little getaway :)

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  90. i've recently started to follow your site, and it has really inspired me :)
    my friends and i have planned to travel before we are 25, and i'm trying to save up some money, you have certainly motivated me, and i'm always excited to know about your trips!!!
    and nice website and the t-shirts are really cute :)!!

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  91. I look forward to reading ur posts and traveling with u guys from my desk, congrats!

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  92. My last comment didn't look like it updated. But the shop is way cool. Your pics are amazing, so ethereal, i love them. And amazed by your journey. As i said, i'm inspired to take an extended globe trottin' honeymoon myself now. Best wishes!

    ~tiffany m

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  93. I love to read your blog. The pictures are lovely and your journey is so inspiring! Thank you for keeping us informed!

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  94. I love that you are creating something else from your travels. I check on this site often and simply enjoy each photo. Well done! -Jess

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  95. Congrats on the new website! Absolutley love the pictures!!!! Hope you enjoy your last week traveling :)

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  96. I'm so jealous of all your travels! Maybe someday... you guys really are inspirational to me.

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  97. love the website! can't wait to get a shirt!

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  98. This is a brilliant idea! You both continue to inspire me.

    Liana

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  99. This is a brilliant idea! You both continue to inspire me.

    Liana

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  100. That's so awesome, I'm really impressed by how much you two manage to get done while on "vacation".

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  101. This is awesome! I was hoping for a book from your guys, but prints are even better!

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  102. i'm going over to pore over every part of the website right now... what a great idea & so generous to give back. you two are so great!

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  103. Since I found your blog a few weeks ago (doing a Croatia search somehow) I've been so inspired by the great writing and photography! Congratulations on opening your shop- you have some awesome stuff and it's nice to see that you're donating a % to a good cause.

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  104. can't wait to travel the world like you guys have! Thanks for letting us all into your lives...and for giving back to those in need :)

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  105. Since I found your blog a few weeks ago (doing a Croatia search somehow) I've been so inspired by the great writing and photography! Congratulations on opening your shop- you have some awesome stuff and it's nice to see that you're donating part of the profits to a good cause.

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  106. Oh - I am so excited!!! Congratulations, guys!

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  107. thank you so much for sharing your adventures! and now a shop! love it :)

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  108. Recently came across your website and it blew my mind :) And now you guys come up with this. You have a great cause and then a great business idea. Love the travel essentials shirt!

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  109. Lovely! You have inspired me and made me fall in love with all the places you have gone!

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  110. Oh my gosh this is such a great website! I really love it.

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  111. I have a pennies for a plane ticket jar & your site has been a delightful motivator to keep saving. I love the pictures and stories from your travels and look forward to updates. So lovely!

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  112. I love the idea! I've been hooked to all your website blogs and keep up with them and chat about them with my friends who follow :)Your travel blog has inspired my husband and i to plan a Europe trip this may, we will be emailing you for ideas :) keep up the awesome work

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  113. Great idea you two! Perfect way to share some of your fantastic photos!

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  114. Wow! This is really amazing! You guys are the most organized people I know for doing all these things while also enjoying your travels! You are definitely inspiring to say the least:)

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  115. the first link sends you to handlewithcare.com -- behavioral management system. oops?

    I found the shop though, it's beautiful! I lurk around your posts -- they're so inspiring. Beautiful photography, beautiful stories and REALLY helpful hints. I've travelled much around Italy for the past couple of years, but I'm planning a big euro trek soon and you've definitely helped me out.

    I'd love a postcard (a tshirt would be RAD though!) No matter what -- I just want to say congrats. You're beautiful.

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  116. What a cool idea! I seriously cant imagine where you find the time to do all this creative work while traveling! Do you sleep? :)

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  117. beautiful things! I lurk around here -- you're so helpful with hints for trekking the world. I've been around italy a lot in the past couple of years but i'm planning a big euro-trip once I finish school and this is definitely where I come to find ideas. I'm a photographer/painter and im always aesthetically turned on by your blogs.
    I'd love a postcard (a tshirt would be so rad though!) but mostly i just want to say congrats!!

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  118. Awesome! Your products look so cool.

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  119. The shop looks fantastic! You guys have done an amazing job while being on the road...loving every single thing about your blog :)

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  120. I just barely found this blog and you really are an inspiration. I was reading your about me and everything you're doing I want to do! Both my boyfriend and I love photography, plan to move to seattlle, and want to travel so I would love a postcard[:

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  121. You're blog is just getting better and better! I love it :) Thankyou for sharing your journey, it sure has inspired me more to become better at photography, graphic design and knowledge of the world.

    Shani.

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  122. Love your Website! your Pictures are amazing. thank you so much for sharing!

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  123. are you able to send postcards to canada?

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  124. love it! what a great idea! your photos are such an inspiration.

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  125. Congrats on the new site! I cannot believe that you found the time and effort to do this while on the adventure that you are on. Happy travels!

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  126. Dreaming of living in Paris, France or Luca Italy for a while. With two little ones however that dream is on hold for a while.

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  127. what a great idea! love love love this and your blog, i've been reading on as I plan on trekking around europe one day, and plan to visit thailand, laos and vietnam later this year!! :)

    awesome work guys, especially while you've been 'on the road'!!

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  128. Oooh, really loving the graphics! Great idea!

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  129. Awesome! I've started to follow your blog recently and I'm very impressed (at the same time very envious too) at you guys travelling the world! I hope to receive a postcard! :D

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  130. Waaaa, I love postcards! I'm currently on a trip, and I'm sending some to all my friends / family all the time! I really love your blog, great pics! (and you guys just made longer the list of the places where I wanna go!!!!)

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  131. The shop looks great! I like the thoughtfulness and reasoning behind the shirts and postcards too :)

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  132. Great job on the site, love the shirts. Congrats on your new endeavour...always inspired by your travels and projects. I'm currently working on a eurotrip for this summer...Thanks for giving me new places to add to the list!

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  133. I love reading your blog as the weather in Toronto is dull and gloomy!

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  134. YAY!! I can't wait to see more!!!

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  135. How awesome! I'm amazed you found time to do this! The one t-shirt with the "Travel Essentials" has a piggy bank that so vividly reminds me of when you won the art contest in Kindergarten and won a piggy bank to go with your $25 prize. What a long way you've come!!

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  136. congrats!! your trip and photos are such an inspiration!

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  137. You guys are awesome for doing this with charities in mind :)

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  138. This shop is wonderful, love your work!

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  139. Yay! This is awesome. What a great idea. You two have an amazing future ahead of you.

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  140. Congratulations! This is really awesome since you both take the most beautiful pictures of the places you visit.

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  141. I love it all! Your beautiful shots of Budapest make me want to go back!

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  142. I just love your blog - you are both so brave and talented - it must have been very hard choosing what to put in the shop from all your fabulous images!

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  143. The shop looks great. So impressive. Thank you for the beautiful, free wallpapers.

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