Hot Travel Bloggers in Their 40s

Hot Travel Bloggers in Their 40s

I am often left thinking that travel blogging is a profession of young people. At least that’s what it seems like when I see so many of the lists of top bloggers. Sex sells and when you are an attractive twenty something, or a young, recently married couple who looks good in a bathing suit, it’s no wonder a blogger’s following can skyrocket. I’ve been thinking about this a lot over the last year or so, particularly when I’ve seen bloggers publish posts on hot bloggers in their 20s, or the sexiest female travelers alive, and more. What I’ve yet to see is a list of hot travel bloggers in their 40s. I turn 40 this week. The big 4-0. I don’t want to come across as a has-been, I wish I still looked as good in a bathing suit now as when I got married, kind of woman. After all, I am pretty okay, most days, with turning 40. I have an amazing life and cannot complain about where I am. But, I am finding myself looking for travel and blogging inspiration from, well, people like me. I am looking for people who have a few notches on their belts, who’ve been around the world and back again, or who even (gasp) had long-standing careers before travel. They’re the types who can be found on a motorcycle tour through Asia, hiking across Spain, or drinking Champagne in France. They live pretty cool lives, and are hardly has-beens. So here I am, just as I turn 40 myself, sharing my list of my favorite hot travel bloggers in their 40s. There...
Create Your Escape – How To Travel The World

Create Your Escape – How To Travel The World

In June 2012, after getting married, selling off their possessions, and quitting their jobs, Mike and Tara of Two Travelaholics took an epic 14-month honeymoon. They traveled through 26 countries, logging more than 40,000 miles in their first year and a half of marriage. We were all in Hanoi in 2013 and were able to meet in-person for the first time (but not the last, as we later saw them in D.C.!). The four of us spent the day exchanging travel stories over bia hoi and egg coffee – the latter being a first for all of us. In their new book, Create Your Escape: A Practical Guide for Planning Long-Term Travel, Mike and Tara make it easy for anyone who wants to escape the predictable life to live out their dream. Starting more than a year before departure, the book guides readers through each step of the planning process, all the way up to the time they quit their job and fly to their first destination. The book includes tricks for saving money; how to create a travel budget; ways to make cash by selling off unnecessary possessions; skills you should learn that will help you on the road; and practical details about packing, creating a power of attorney, and quitting your job without burning bridges. It’s an all-too-valuable handbook for anyone who wants to take a grown-up gap year, career break, or an empty nest adventure. Now that they’ve returned from traveling the world and finished writing about how others can do the same, I quizzed them about what it was like to escape the predicable life. How to Create Your Escape What...
Couples Who Travel Together, Stay Together

Couples Who Travel Together, Stay Together

Although I’ve talked a bit about the history of relationship, I really haven’t spoken much about how travel saved our marriage.   And, I will do so, one day.  But today, I am talking about couples who travel together, stay together. We are not sure how this phrase got started, whether I invented it myself, or stole it from someone else.  But, it has been our mantra for years.  Well, pretty much anything that we do together, and that is everything, ends up being a “couples who do …. together, stay together.”  Keeping the humor is what has helped us travel the world without killing each other. We in no way limit this to couples who travel together.  This has been applied to eating together, riding a motorbike together, going to the spa, doing yoga, and drinking scotch.  Couples who shower together (TMI?), watch Downtown Abbey together, go to the dentist together.  Maybe that is taking things a bit too far. How to Celebrate Couples Who Travel Together So, to celebrate our belief that couples who travel together, stay together, we launched two t-shirt campaigns over on Teespring, to spread the word, and save marriages! Okay, again, maybe that is taking things too far, but I like to think we inspire at least a few people to travel. If you are one half of a couple who travels, or want to celebrate couples who travel, check these out.  They are only available until April 10 – that’s 7 days!  And, they come in a basic tee, women’s fitted tees, v-neck tees, sweatshirts, and long sleeve tees.  Most important – they can...
In Search of Adventures in Food – Two Months Back on the Road

In Search of Adventures in Food – Two Months Back on the Road

I am cold and I am happy.  Kind of surprising considering how much I hate the cold.  But, here I am, bundled in every layer I own.  I just bought a lightweight puffy jacket, and last night I bought gloves.  Gloves were something that I never wanted to own, ever again. Here I am, though, with cold fingers plunged into fleece lined gloves.  Cold fingers, cold toes, but a happy belly, full from our recent adventures in food. After all, this marks two months since we fled Ubud, Bali, to head back out on the road. Is fled too strong of a word?  I am not sure.  I just took a look at some of what I wrote at the end of 2014, as part of my reflections on the new year: “after rains, flooding, and leaking roofs, after power outages, wifi outages, and road closures, after stomach problems, skin rashes, and more mosquito bites than I can count, after yoga injuries, rats in the bedroom, motorbike incidents, a lost wedding ring, and electrocution, after believing in and trusting people as friends, only to be let down, or worst deceived…we are done with Ubud.  We are counting down the days until we leave, and it has been a struggle not just to run away the last month and walk away from our house.  Maybe we should have done that when we had the chance.” Wow, I was pretty miserable after our time living in Bali, almost rock bottom.  So, our lives have to be better now, right? They are.  Although we have had days we have been exhausted by...
Learn How to Travel The World

Learn How to Travel The World

One of the most popular line of questions we get is “how can I do what you do? How can I travel the world?”  Yeah, it’s as broad as that.  Some people are saving money to travel full time, or to take a round the world trip.  Some people just dream about a life of travel, and wonder if they could ever do it themselves. How Can I Travel The World Many people say we are lucky that we can live this life of travel, almost like we just happened into it.  But that is not the case.  We did not win the lottery, nor do we have a trust fun.  We worked hard, we saved money, we planned, we toiled, and we finally made it happen.  We finally figured out how to travel the world. How can I learn to travel the world? @trvlschool http://ctt.ec/cLS9c+Click To Tweet When we took our first round the world trip in 2009, we planned and saved for over two years to make it happen, and even longer for the current lifestyle we live.  We read books and websites, watched travel TV shows, and were ultimately introduced to the concept of “travel blogs.”  But, information was spotty and hard to gather, and even harder to synthesize. Introducing Travel School Our good friends, Kim and Brian, are also long term travelers and adventurers.  They left the US about the same time we did, and we were lucky enough to meet them when they traveled through Bali.  Although, their adventures involve hiking, trekking, and camping, rather than Adventures in Food, I have been continuously inspired...
The Last 5 Things I Have Learned Living in Bali

The Last 5 Things I Have Learned Living in Bali

I just woke to my final day in Ubud.  I am so ready to leave.  I am thoroughly done with living in Bali. I just woke to my final day in Ubud. I am thoroughly done with living in Bali. http://ctt.ec/fhtaY+Click To Tweet We arrived in Ubud in March of 2013, which seems like almost a lifetime ago.  We had been here once before and were skeptical, but open minded, about whether we fit in.  When I initially wrote about the 5 things I learned about living in Bali, I had a hard time saying I even lived here. This is what I learned from my first few months living in Bali: I needed to slow down, I needed to detox, I need access to a large city, I don’t know if I fit in here, and I don’t know if I could live in Ubud long term. A wise woman I was in June 2013.  Our first few months in Ubud we met no new friends.  We became friendly with some expats, but we ate dinner alone every night, and it was an isolating experience.  We came with no friends, and really left with no friends. We did return to Ubud, though, for me to attend my yoga teacher training, which was an amazing experience, and at the time I thought life changing.  During this time living in Bali, we met some friends, and settled in more.  After analyzing and analyzing where we wanted to settle down in Asia, in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, or even Yangon, with loads of pros and cons lists, we went with our...
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