About Us

Nica Moto
Riding down the Nicaraguan coast, 2016.

Hi! We are AJ and Thalita – travelers, adventure seekers, volunteers, and reggae music lovers! High school sweethearts that have been together for over 15 years. At a young age we had the opportunity to go on several international volunteer trips. Costa Rica, Kenya, and Mexico to be exact. These trips shaped our lives, and we were hooked. Hooked to helping others, and of course hooked to travel. We moved to Florida for college, and after that, the last ten years has been a steady trend of work-travel-volunteer trip-repeat. We’ve traveled to 31 countries, and we’re not stopping any time soon! We plan to hit the road in early 2017 for a few years of continuous travel/living abroad! Our goal is to inspire others to get out and explore the world, through travel and helping others. And if you can’t get out there just yet, we want to provide entertainment and vicarious living for you until you can!

Other random interesting things about us:

  1. We are both nurses (ER and ICU), so we love medical volunteer trips.
  2. Thalita is Brazilian, speaks Portuguese, and has a huge wonderful family in Brazil.
  3. We are big fans of the band 311 and go on their cruise every other year.
  4. We love showing other Floridians new places to explore in their state.
  5. AJ was raised in the Southern US and occasionally uses the phrase, “I tell you what…” before describing something.

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