Episode S02E07: 4 Years of With Husband In Tow (But Really 15)

Episode S02E07: 4 Years of With Husband In Tow (But Really 15)

Our 4 Year Travel Anniversary I can hardly believe it’s been four years since we left the US. Even more, I can’t believe we celebrate 15 years of marriage in the same week. It’s certainly a week to celebrate 4 years of With Husband In Tow (but really 15) During this week’s episode we talk a little less about our food travel experiences, and we get a lot more personal. Yes, we tell fun stories about how much we disliked traveling in Central America, how I relieved myself of my sins while traveling in Bulgaria and got food poisoning, and we dispel the notion of romantic train travel through Europe. We talk about how one of the best things that has happened to us as a result of this travel lifestyle is the ability to travel with friends. That we’ve been able to create a supportive network of travel bloggers and digital nomads, who have truly become our friends. But, we share the life of an entrepreneur, the ups and downs, and the stress that we feel on a regular basis while trying to make this crazy travel blogging life of ours sustainable. We also talk about our upcoming travel plans, including our culinary road trip to the Southeast US called #USChowDown, and where else we hope to visit over the next twelve months. Check Out Our Travel Video “4 Years of Travel With Husband In Tow” Mentions On This Week’s Culinary Travel Podcast The One Million Dollar Travel Blogger (It’s definitely not us, nor is he making a million dollars from blogging) Nelson Carvalheiros’ Portuguese Travel Cookbook Our #USChowDown,...
Life In The Air

Life In The Air

We recently met up with some friends in Hong Kong. It’s been a few years since we last saw them in Singapore. They said something that made me pause. After all, we thought we were making Bangkok our home base. They seemed to think, based on our social media channels, that our home base seems to be a life in the air. In part, they might be right. Our goal in settling down in Bangkok, so to speak, was to spend some time in one location in between work trips. But, when our friends, Chris and Emily, commented on our life in the air, I realized, maybe they’re right. What Does a Life in the Air Look Like In a five month period we took quite a number of flights, probably more than we anticipated. In January we flew to Seoul, South Korea, for a five night trip. In mid February, we were in Singapore for the Singapore Airshow. In late February, we flew from Bangkok to Hong Kong. On March 6, we flew from Hong Kong to Frankfurt (in between we took a ferry to Macau for a few days) A week later, we flew from Berlin to Bologna. Ten days later, it was home to Bangkok, via Dubai. Another ten days later, we took a domestic flight within Thailand, and 6 days later we returned to Bangkok. Ten days after that, we were off to Hong Kong, again, for only 3 nights, before we were back to Bangkok. We spent just one night in Bangkok, basically enough to do laundry, before taking another domestic flight down to Phuket, Thailand, for...
A Food Travel Blogger – The Occupational Hazards

A Food Travel Blogger – The Occupational Hazards

Just two years ago, I was introduced to the concept of a food travel blogger. Before that, I just thought I could be a travel blogger, and that would be enough. Supposedly, to stand out from the crowd we needed to pick a niche. We like traveling for food. We’ve always said we travel on our stomachs. Next thing you know, I’ve become a food travel blogger. What is a Food Travel Blogger A food travel blogger, or a culinary travel blogger, is way different from a food blogger. This is a distinction I think needs to be addressed. Food bloggers focus, for the most part, on recipes. Food bloggers on Instagram have entirely different photos than a food travel blogger on Instagram. A food blogger uses props, staging, lighting, and sometimes even glycerin, to make their food look amazing. There are food stylists. Professionals who work with brands, hotels, and restaurants to photograph their food in the best light possible. Because, the goal of a food blogger is to photograph the food. We actually eat the food we photograph. Because a food travel blogger focuses on how to travel  for food. How to learn about local ingredients, how they are produced, and how they are prepared. And, most important, food travel bloggers eat. The Concept of Abbiocco During our first trip to Emilia Romagna, I came across an article about different words in various languages that are simply untranslatable. It’s the first, and really only time, that I’ve heard the word abbiocco. It’s the Italian word that essentially translates to drowsiness from eating a big meal. After four...
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...
Three Years On The Road With Husband In Tow

Three Years On The Road With Husband In Tow

This week marks three years since we have been on the road. There are moments when I am surprised that we made it this long. But, considering we escaped our prior corporate lives in a way that did not allow for a return to the States, I am glad we are making it work. We don’t have another choice. I’ve been keeping folks up to date on our current whereabouts, and our plans for coming months in our newsletter (not getting the newsletter? sign up here!). I don’t want to rehash what we are up to. Instead, I thought I would share some of the most common questions we get about our lifestyle on the road, and try to answer them as honest as I can. I will get the negative out of the way first. Why Did You Leave Bali? We were in Bali six years ago when we heard that Eric’s father was ill. He passed away a week later. We were in Bali last year when we heard Eric’s cousin died in a freak accident. When we returned to Bali after the funeral in Ireland, things just weren’t the same. We had over six months left on our lease, and were committed to being there. But, there was a part of us, particular in Eric, that felt the negativity of the island. This negativity was compounded due to the relationships that we had with people in Bali. And, those people were expats, not the local Balinese. Many of those relationships just unraveled as we began to see people in a different light.  For many people, Bali...
How I Bought the Worst Selfie Stick Ever

How I Bought the Worst Selfie Stick Ever

We often feel out of the loop on technology, being on the far side of the world.  I have never been an early adopter of anything, and frankly am a little surprised that I pre-ordered an iPhone 6 before it came out.  That is not my style.  There’s probably a reason why I am not an early adopter, as I am realizing that I suck at buying tech products.  This was clearly the case when I recently bought the worst selfie stick ever. Awhile back we started to notice selfie sticks for sale in Kuala Lumpur.  People were hawking them on the street. I, honestly, had no idea what they were.  I watched curiously as the salesperson provided demonstrations.  I kid of got the gist. For those of you who are as tech illiterate as I am, these are long sticks, with mobile phones stuck at the end.  Not all that high tech at all. I started to take note.  And, I started to see people carrying and using selfie sticks all over the world.  They are becoming so prevalent that people are beginning to think that selfie sticks ruin the experience of travel. Regardless, I have been known to take a selfie once in awhile. Some of our best photos together are selfies, with one of us reaching our arm out to snap the photo.  Even when I do trust other people with our camera or mobile phone to take the photo, they never come out like I want them to.  They stand too far away.  Or, they are determined to get the feet in, so we miss...
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