Hi, I’m Shelly

I started Almost There Adventures as a way to share unique outdoor adventures and travel itineraries with families short on time. My husband and I have three kids, twin boys who are 9 years old and a 14-year-old daughter. We love unique travel experiences, stays, and adventures and spend a lot of time planning where we’re going next.

We know what it’s like only to have limited time off work for family vacations. Our journeys are filled with unforgettable experiences and we love to share them with you. We’ve played hide-and-go-seek with our kids in Scotland’s Ruthven Barracks, explored Iceland’s black beaches and wild horses, and camped in the most remote areas of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota where we call home.

Almost There Adventures Michelle Shainess
Almost There Adventures Family in forest

Where this all began

When the pandemic hit I lost the job that I loved, but I knew it was time for a reset. We decided to travel all over the US and see as many national parks as possible while working for ourselves and doing remote school. We visited 30 US national parks and our goal is to make it to all 63 parks by the time our youngest two graduate! This started Almost There Adventures. Now we are both self-employed and enjoy balancing our passions with jobs we love.

Fun Facts About Me

I’d rather be

hiking on the North shore in MN

Listening to

Npr or a podcast

grateful for

my family

Favorite Trips

Iceland, paris or CHina

my weekends

local adventures with family

where we live

Minnesota – where we embrace every seaSON
Adventures in Paris
kids in paris in front of Eiffel Tower
Almost There Adventures in Paris
One of our favorite cities. So many fun ways to make it truly memorable.
Boy in front of Eiffel Tower
Woman at Eiffel Tower

And there’s more

Media and Collaborations

If you’re a reporter and looking for a story idea or a source for an upcoming article let’s connect. I’d also love to hear from you if you’re a brand, a tourism board, or a travel blogger who would like to collaborate on all things travel and outdoor adventures.

If you’re looking to learn more about our media and collaborations.

Learn more

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