Media, PR & Advertising

The Packed Life is a funny lifestyle and travel blog for anyone who wants a richer travel experience: unforgettable culture, history, food and fun.

Founded by Ryan Smolar and Rachel Potucek in 2012 as a way to document a new lifestyle experiment, The Packed Life is a leading example of the funny travel and lifestyle blog.

Our offbeat wit, combined with our love of local lore and our ceaseless curiosity for the under-appreciated, creates the ultimate unconventional travel experience. We love helping travelers discover unsung histories of city centers, foodie havens in offbeat neighborhoods, far-flung destinations, and everything in between.


We partner with companies, organizations and individuals that we ethically and honestly would promote to our growing audience. And like all bloggers should, we follow FTC guidelines for fair disclosure. For giveaways, discount codes, or reviews of your product, attraction, lodging or eatery, please contact us using the form below. 

Press Trips

We’re available for press trips year-round. We can participate as a single person or couple. A campaign (a themed travel series with social media) is a great way to unveil your destination’s full breadth of history, food and fun things to do, and an excellent option for travel organizations. Please contact us below for this opportunity.


Our competitive rates are a fantastic way to share your brand with our readers. For a quick rate sheet, please contact us using the form below.

Mobile Apps, Websites, SEO n’ stuff

Did you know we also build mobile apps for tablet and smartphone, program websites, provide search engine optimization (SEO) and web presence consulting? If you need help with any of these things, please contact us using the form below. We’d love to hear from you.

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