About Me

I’m Janelle!

My husband and I met in 2003, attended prom together in 2004, and have been together ever since! Together, we have a pug named Haeger Paul-Anka, and a cat named Meister.

I packed my bags for the first time in 2007, and haven’t been the same since.

We are soon moving into our camper, Babette, and hitting the road full time! Check us out on IG.

Reality Check

My goal is to encourage women to travel in the most beneficial way I know- by sharing encouraging stories from other female travelers, joking about my own mistakes, and just being honest! Visiting other countries can be stressful, it can be messy, and it can be the best money you ever spend.

You won’t see pictures of me traveling with my hair perfectly done (because it never is), or in outfits which are absurd to pack just for a gorgeous photo. You will see me in the dead of winter my rain coat (waterproof means windproof, which makes it a great layer), staying in budget accommodations, doing the free walking tours, pausing to rest my aching feet in front of beautiful monuments, and snapping photos because I’m a photographer and it’s just what I do!


I’m a travel craving photographer who loves seeing the world on the cheap and encouraging other ladies to explore this amazing planet.

When I say I travel cheaply, I mean it! I never budget more than $1500-$2500 for an entire month abroad- including airfare- and am able to travel often because of this!

Have you ever stayed in a $4 hostel in Europe? I have! It even had a pool and sauna.

Flight Cost Nessie Out of Water

The costs of ALL my flights for my trip in January of 2015.

My Travels

Upcoming Travels

We just finished an AMAZING trip literally around the world! We went from Milwaukee to Oahu, to New Zealand, to Australia, to Singapore, to Germany, Slovenia, back to Germany, Spain, and then to (what we thought would be our last stop) Chicago, and finally, to Texas!

We are headed to Arizona in January and then to Cincinnati in March.


My travels have taken me to England four times, Ireland three times, France three times, Scotland twice, Norway twice, Italy, Iceland, Germany thrice, Slovenia twice, Spain, the Netherlands, and Crete.


I’ve also been to my fair share of states. Of the 50, I’m only missing these: Minnesota, North Dakota, Maine, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Delaware, Hawaii and Alaska.

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Trip Planning Assistance Coming Soon!

I’m always looking for writers and fearless traveling ladies to feature! If you’re interested in being part of my blog, contact me below!

Writers: Include a link to your stories. You will need to develop original content for my blog, but this will help me understand how your style will fit into Nessie Out of Water.