About the Unconventional Route

Do What Others Don’t

Do what others don’t.

See what others miss.

Be what others aren’t.

That’s what The Unconventional Route is about.

Ok, that’s a bit too serious. We’re not a cult or anything. But we really can’t stand all the frilly, filtered, follow-the-leader bullsh*t that’s taking over the world.

Along with our fellow unconventionalists we’re helping each other discover and experience travels, foods, workouts, and challenges for a life that’s far from ordinary.

Origin Story

The Unconventional Route began in the Philippines in October 2016.

While hiking through the jungle and walking along rice paddies we admired the abundance of edible plants and thought it would be fun to ask locals, “If you had to make a smoothie that represented your homeland, what ingredients would you use?”

To get answers from the VIPs of the area, we lied and said we were “bloggers.”

It worked better than we could have ever expected.

Asking an unconventional question opened the door to all sorts of adventures, hidden gems, and local characters. We couldn’t help but actually become the bloggers we had said we were to share our adventures (and our smoothie recipe).

And we haven’t stopped since.

Who’s Chris?

If Chris didn’t have to cook another meal in his life, he’d be the happiest man alive. He loves nachos, smoothies, Kim’s cooking, and trying the weirdest, craziest things on every menu.

Previously, Chris worked for Procter & Gamble in Geneva and Panama for five years, “pre-tired,” exported frozen blueberries to Mexico, co-owned The Squamish Adventure Inn, and had a bug-food business. The randomness continues. And so does his “pre-tirement.”

Chris is the head writer and editor of The Unconventional Route, so if something here offends you, bitch and moan at him, not poor innocent Kim.

Who’s Kim?

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Kim has a knack for Halloween costumes and handstands and is also a natural in the kitchen (lucky for Chris).

Aspiring to have as random of a career as Chris, she started working for a Canadian mining company in Health & Safety, had her own grain-free granola company, and lived in Barcelona, Mexico City, and Dubai. Now she’s helping people get fit, stay fresh, and have fun with her personal training and group fitness company, FRDM Athletics.

Kim’s job is to make The Unconventional Route look pretty and to be social on the interwebs.

Get on the Unconventional Route

It may be unconventional, but it’s not difficult: