About the Travel Through Life Team!

About Us

He’s the writer and She’s the photographer. After four years in Korea, we’re back in the USA and still trying to figure out this life at home in Durham, NC, one story and experience at a time. We’re here to give you travel guides, life tips, and more and are very happy that you’ve stopped by to learn more about us!

About the Travel Through Life Team!

Duke Stewart | Writer

Duke Stewart Profile Picture

“Duke Stewart” is a pseudonym and my real name is Carl Hedinger. I started writing under the pen name because this was really just my hobby at first, and the name sounded cool. It’s a combination of two of my favorite people on the planet—Hunter Thompson’s Raoul Duke and one of the smartest and funniest men on the planet, Jon Stewart. Ever since I was a kid, I loved maps, globes, and anything else that showed me the world. I wanted to see it and it took some time before I took a chance on a Study Abroad opportunity in Japan, with very little knowledge of the language.

Christina Riley | Photographer

Christina Riley | Photographer

The person in charge of 99% of the photos is my wonderful wife Christina or Mrs. Stewart. She loves her Nikon d5100 and the 55mm lens that came with it. When she’s not taking photos, Christina is usually hunting for a rock to stand on or a mountaintop to do yoga poses on. Before we met, she’d traveled to see family in Italy and bounced around Europe for a spell or two. The topic of travel didn’t come up until we decided to go live in South Korea, and boy did that ever change our lives!


Our Message | Why We Have This Site

We view this world as an abundant one, full of places, people, and things worth seeing. Unfortunately, there’s a corresponding message of fear and scarcity that aims to keep people trapped in their homes and locked to their couches. Our goal is to unlock you from the prison that is your own walls or fear of getting out there and to show you that there’s a very wide and wonderful world out there. We have also worked with some wonderful tourism bureaus, brands, and businesses and if you’d like to work with us, we’d enjoy showing you what we’re capable of doing.

Through the various travel destinations we cover, the commentary on life that we share, and the travel deals that we ‘ve uncovered for you, the message here should be clear. We’re optimistic, hopeful, and a bit sarcastic about life on this pale blue dot that we occupy. By the way, I highly recommend that book I just linked and just to be up front, I will receive a small commission if you purchase it from Amazon.

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Well, I think that’s enough reading and writing assignments for one page. I’m looking forward to staying in touch! If you’d like to get back to reading about how we travel through life, here’s where you can start