About Grazy Goat

Hello and welcome to our website! 🙂

Who is behind Grazy Goat

Iryna and Leonid, currently residing in a beautiful Washington state, where we moved with a crazy idea to “explore the West Coast for only 1 year”. We totally fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and now enjoying our fourth year here.

We began exploring the United State as a newlywed couple. Since then, we expanded to a family of 5 with the addition of Artem (10), Erika (5), and Andrew (2). I would also love to mention our tuxedo cat, whose only (but pretty significant) trips were Ukraine to the US and East Coast to West Coast.

We moved to the United States from Ukraine in our early 20s. With a work contract and growing baby bump, full of enthusiasm to discover a new country and culture.

Newlyweds, shortly after our arrival in the USA. Washington DC
Newlyweds, shortly after our arrival in the USA. Washington DC

Road trips with a bunch of friends up and downs the East Coast were our favorite pastime. With a baby, and then kids in tow, it surely changed but also became something more – our happy habit.

Our family motto? Getting out the house and into the world

Our family motto isn’t about globetrotting but rather about getting out of the house and comfort zone. Life is too short to keep waiting for “that perfect moment” (that does not even exist!) when there are would be more time/money/kids will be older/etc.

Traveling, getting outside and being active helps us more than anything to stay sane content, refreshed and close as a family. “The secret of raising happy children is finding the secret to your own happiness” – my everyday mantra for the last 10 years.

Andrew and Artem on a trail somewhere in Western Washington
Andrew and Artem on a trail somewhere in Western Washington

Our experience

From over 10 years of traveling, we gathered a collection of amazing places and things to do from Montreal to Hawaii and from Key West to Alaska. Some were discovered accidentally (hidden gems), some are pretty popular and worth to see at least once in a lifetime. Dozens of cities, beaches, mountains, and activities for families, couples and solo travelers. We want to share them not only with a close circle of friends but with you too 🙂

As young parents, we realized that the key to successful travel is good planning and there are not always plenty of practical and honest resources about trips, especially for families with little children. We felt like pioneers traveling with a 4-month-old to Iceland in winter or on our month-long trip to Alaska with a 2-year-old.

At Blue Lagoon, (Iceland) with 5 y.o. Artem and 4 months old Erika

We are not a child-centered family. All our trips based on our interests and dreams with additions of places kids would be excited about.

One of our favorite phrases is “If you can’t find a book you really need, then you should write one”. That is how Grazy Goat started.

Thanks for checking us out!
– The Grazy Goat Family

The Grazy Goat crew. Goofing around at the Makena Cove. Maui, Hawaii
The Grazy Goat crew. Goofing around at the Makena Cove. Maui, Hawaii