The Unfettered Family

Unfettered (adj.) — Not limited by rules or any other controlling influence; Free, unrestrained.

Family time under Mesa Arch at Canyonlands National Park.

Mesa Arch

Canyonlands National Park

Welcome to The Unfettered Family!

We are an American family of 4 who at the outset of 2020 made a life-changing decision. We sold all of our possessions. We left the comforts of the life we’d known behind. And we traded it all in for the opportunity to live more freely and explore the world together as a family.

Then a global pandemic occurred, and we were forced to temporarily abandon our dream of full-time travel abroad. But in spite of the challenges that COVID-19 created, we refused to let it hold us back from still embarking on a different sort of family adventure.

Over the past year, we’ve been road-tripping across the Western U.S. and exploring all the natural beauty and outdoor adventure opportunities that America has to offer. And along the way we’ve able to:

  • Create lifelong memories that have drawn us closer together as a family unit.
  • Develop a greater appreciation and respect for our great nation and its people.
  • Build a sustainable, location-independent lifestyle that allows us to continue pursuing our passions for years to come.

As the world begins to emerge from the throes of the pandemic and as society continues its transition into a “new normal,” we still hold onto hope that one day in the not-too-distant future we’ll be able to jet off to exotic destinations around the world as we had originally planned. But for now we’re just grateful to be safe and healthy and for the opportunities we’ve been given to continue living our dreams during this unprecedented time.




National Parks

We have created this site as a source of inspiration and encouragement for anyone interested in exploring the world with kids. 

As we travel the globe as a family, we will be documenting our journey on our Family Travel Blog. We will also be publishing a variety of travel resources to assist other families in planning their own global adventures!

We are super excited that you are here, and we invite you to join us on this epic adventure!

If you’d like to connect with us further, please consider joining our email list. You can also follow us on our various social media platforms. Or feel free to post your comments as we share new content along the way.

Happy travels!

The Gillespie Family

Latest blog posts

Arches National Park – A 360 Virtual Tour

Arches National Park is one of the most popular national parks in the United States. This interactive 360 virtual tour makes it easier than ever for people from all over the world to experience this red rock wonderland.

Verde Ranch RV Resort Review

The Verde Ranch RV Resort is a new, family-friendly property that is conveniently located in Arizona’s Verde Valley near Sedona. We had the opportunity to visit this beautiful property over the Halloween holiday as a part of our family road trip across the United States. In this resort review, we highlight all the reasons why we believe the Verde Ranch RV Resort is a perfect option for families with kids traveling to the Sedona.

Wailea Beach Resort: Review

The Wailea Beach Resort by Marriott is a newly-renovated beachfront hotel in the luxury South Maui community of Wailea. We had the opportunity to visit this beautiful property in the summer of 2019 as a part of our three-week Hawaiian adventure. In this resort review, we highlight all the reasons why we believe the Wailea Beach Resort is a perfect option for families with kids traveling to the island of Maui.

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