About us

Here we are at high tea at the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, London.

Welcome to TrekSimple, where two lifelong friends share our love of travel, share stuff we’ve learned along the way, and inspire you to explore the world – or at least your corner of it!

Who We Are

We are two ambitious women who grew up in a small coastal town in Florida. We became friends in elementary school and have been ever since, through four decades, living in multiple states and cities, through career changes, love and loss. We are those friends who “know where the bodies are buried.” Those friends who may not speak every day, but can pick up where they left off and have inside jokes for days. 

We are not independently wealthy, private-plane-flying, caviar-snacking, Dom Perignon-sipping multilingual jet setters with fat travel accounts and limitless PTO. We have normal, everyday obligations like housing and transportation, retirement savings, utility bills and the like. We also don’t get an exorbitant amount of time off. We do choose to make travel a priority, but it’s really not that hard. We look at the idea of travel a little differently, and work within our own sets of constraints to see the world at our own pace. We “TrekSimple” and hope you will, too.

There’s so much of the world to explore, so much to learn and many of our own misconceptions and fears about travel to overcome. We want to take you along on those journeys with us, learning and growing along the way.


Our Experience


A part-time Type-A personality, Maggie has a career in public relations for respected business and higher education organizations with side hustles in real estate, freelance writing and editing. She loves her community, learning, music and travel and is obsessed with The Beatles and the 1960s. She’s on a mission to discover the world through the history, art, natural beauty and quirk of places. A proud “Florida Woman,” she’s just as happy on a road trip as she is hopping an international flight to a new country.


For her day job, Caren has been a technical writer for the Federal and private sector for 15+ years, but has held all of the odd jobs. Her travel writing inspo started with Alan Cheuse, Anthony Bourdain, Roads and Kingdoms, and her wall of cookbooks. When she isn’t tagging along on other people’s trips, she’s making a “Travel Doc” for the next trip, and suburban homesteading. She currently lives in the Raleigh/Durham area, but her fav places that now feel like home are Quintana Roo, Mexico, and North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

On the side, Caren has managed a vacation rental for the past ten years, slowly learning the ins and outs of the hospitality and travel industries

Let’s collaborate.