How Things Have Changed Over 20 Years

How Things Have Changed Over 20 Years

Eric really doesn’t like it when I attempt to “celebrate” our “other” anniversary. But after spending 20 years together, this certainly won’t be our first well, disagreement. So, here I am talking about it. Twenty years ago today we went on our first date. Although Eric really only likes to celebrate or wedding anniversary, I still believe there is a little something special about how long we’ve been together. Recently, I’ve been thinking about how much we’ve changed over 20 years. Where We Thought We’d Be Eric and I met at Rutgers University in May of 1997. As much as there is still a little bit of a dispute about how we met, and what exactly happened on that fateful night at The Knight Club in New Brunswick, New Jersey, one thing is certainly true. We were much different people back then. That tends to be true for most people who’ve been together for almost half their lives. But for us, it is definitely true. When we met, we both knew we wanted to escape New Jersey. We grew up there, and both attended college within an hour of our home town. It was time for change. But, we spent our time thinking about living in California, working on our careers, and raising our kids. In fact, the first summer we dated we even named our children. Eric chose Trevor, so that our son would be named after Trevor Hoffman, a professional baseball player. Let’s just say that never would have happened. I was leaning towards Kirsten, or something similarly starting with a “K” as an homage to my...
4 Years of Travel With Husband In Tow (But Really 15)

4 Years of Travel With Husband In Tow (But Really 15)

I’ve been procrastinating on writing this post. I felt too much stress to write something fantastic. I mean, how often does a person reach such milestones in one week: 4 years of travel and 15 years of marriage. But, last week we celebrated our 4 year travelversary (yes, that’s a word) and our 15th wedding anniversary, within a few days. I liked receiving messages on Facebook from people wishing us “Happy Anniversaries,” but I couldn’t wrap my head around what that really meant. Happy Anniversaries I wanted to share our favorite travel experiences over the last 4 years of travel. Or, share our tips on how to survive 15 years of marriage when we spend 24 hours a day together. But nothing seemed, well, fabulous enough. I wanted wise words of wisdom. To inspire people to travel. To commit to traveling together. To commit to spending time together. This is a hard time for me to share wisdom. The last few months have been difficult. We run four businesses together, and the one that provides the majority of our income has had a lot of stumbles the last several months. Other opportunities that were showing a lot of promise have been stalled. I still feel confident that our life is sustainable. I just don’t think I have as many thought provoking insights as I should after 4 years of travel and 15 years of marriage. List to us talk about our 4 years of travel on our travel podcast. 15 Travel Tips From 4 Years of Travel Instead of sharing my wisdom, I’ve decided to share my 15 best travel...
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...
Signs I’m Getting Older – On Turning 40

Signs I’m Getting Older – On Turning 40

So, today I turn 40. As a woman this should be a big deal. For me, it is an excuse to get people together for some drinks, and receive birthday wishes on Facebook. I like to think I am comfortable with my age, and where I am in my life. Some days, this is the case. Other days, I really feel my age. In fact, I’ve started to keep a list of the things that just scream “I’m getting older.” Going “Blonde” Just before turning 39 in Bali, I started getting my hair colored again. Something I stopped doing when we started traveling three years ago. Since that time, my hair continues to sprout more grey hairs, and I am just not interested in allowing them to take over. As a result of my last few dye jobs, my hair color has gotten increasingly lighter. I’m not a blonde, well, not quite. But, I think the lightening of my hair must have some connection to turning 40 and getting older. This probably goes hand in hand with the sudden appearance of gray hairs elsewhere on my body, or new hairs growing in places I’ve never had hairs before. This is the one part of getting older that I am totally not okay with. I’ve decided to combat this part of getting older with going blonde. Grapefruit and Getting Older I’m drinking grapefruit juice. When I was young I looked at my grandmother and she was always carving up a grapefruit. I remember specifically how she would cut it, and sprinkle it with sugar. When I tried grapefruit I thought...
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...
Why I Left The Law to Travel – The Crying Game

Why I Left The Law to Travel – The Crying Game

A friend in Italy recently asked me this question. She wanted to know why I left the law. It’s one of the most common questions I get, all over the world. How could I be crazy enough to turn away a career where I invested so much time, energy, and money? Particularly one that was so lucrative. When we first left the US, I wrote all sorts of guest posts about this topic. Things like 30 Days From Making Partner at the Largest Law Firm in the World – I Escaped. Or, Confessions of a Recovering Tax Lawyer – 12 Things I Hate About Big Law. Many of these posts were meant to encourage others to escape, or were to help me cope with my prior life with a bit more humor. But, recently, I found myself thinking about this issue in a whole new light. There’s No Crying in the Law In 2007, I came down with tendonitis in my right wrist from a massive document review gone awry. It was the impetus behind our 2009 trip around the world. I was thinking about it because I still have issues with my hand. After a few days straight of super productive work while in Bologna, my wrist bothered me again. I had to take a day off. I was left cursing my former profession yet again. How is it possible that 8 years later I am still dealing with this work-related injury? This is a recurring problem. Every few months, I have a flare up in my wrist. This one, though, was a bit more emotional because I started to...
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