About the Travel Through Life Team!

About Travel Through Life

Carl Hedinger is the writer and Christina Riley is the photographer. After years of living abroad, we now call the good ole USA “home” and love sharing our travel stories, travel guides, and experiences here and elsewhere.

About the Travel Through Life Team!

Carl Hedinger | Writer

Duke Stewart Profile Picture

I started writing under a pen name (Duke Stewart) because this was really just my hobby at first, and the name sounded cool. I finally ditched the pseudonym and have been going by my real name ever since. It’s been liberating and made me feel like I have nothing to hide anymore, as a traveler and writer, which are two things that I’ve always loved. Pretty much from day one in my life, I played with 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. And that’s where my most wonderful memories as a traveler began. I never would’ve met Christina without first going away to Japan, but I never would’ve found myself, either.

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 continues to play with its settings, even experimenting with new lenses like our current one that’s made by Sigma. Christina also enjoys hunting for a rock to stand on or a mountaintop to do yoga poses on. She’s also an excellent designer and knows a thing or two about social media marketing. #understatement

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

Hiking with a Baby

We view this world as an abundant one, full of places, people, and things worth seeing. That’s a message that we’re hoping to pass on to our daughter as she learns more about life. Sure, there’s a corresponding message of fear and scarcity. The goal is to keep people trapped in their homes and locked to their couches. But 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.

Our Work

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