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“Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”— Pico Iyer
Travel. Love. I love to travel. I travel to love.
I’ve been feeling a little lonely and a bit well, loveless lately. That damn Northern Hemisphere summer envy and rainy seasonal depression hitting again.
So, for a little pick me up and to satisfy my (rare) need for things sappy, mushy and gushy lately, I’ve decided to turn to some real-life fairytale love stories. If you were wondering, for me that means- travel blogging couples! And, well, I figured I’d share, because, who couldn’t use a little more love in their lives!
In my eyes, those who have found a way to combine two of their deepest passions, pursuing both love and their desire to see the world, are the real love inspirations out there! They’re living the life, continent hopping with their loved one by their side. After all, a couple that can survive traveling together can surely weather any storm!
These jet-setting duos give me hope that it is possible to balance both travel and love– proving it’s not necessary to sacrifice one for the other!
Yeah, that’s right people, don’t give up! Real life happy endings do exist and these guys are a testament to that!
My 5 Favorite Travel Love Stories:
I recently met Amy and Nathan, known in the blogging world as the Two Drifters, through the wonderful world of Instagram and they’ve quickly become one of my favorite traveling couples to follow! These two newlywed lovebirds seriously feed my romantic wanderlust, documenting all of their adventures as they drift around this world, hand-in-hand.
I’ve followed along (like a giddy little girl) as they pursue their whimsical romance- tying the knot in the magical city of Asheville, and later documenting their enchanting Canadian honeymoon. They’re both creative, sensitive souls, feeling intensely and deeply for the beauty of the world around them. Taking on this world as partners, they continue to explore, adventure and learn, fully supporting each other all the way and sticking to their motto- “Travel farther, love better.”
“You know when you watch a great new TV show or discover a fascinating fact? The first thing you want to do is find someone to share it with. Traveling as a couple is like doing that a million times and in countless little ways. We love seeing and appreciating the same gorgeous sights. We love delving into the history of a region, or sampling the local cuisine and talking about how delicious it is. Sharing all these experiences together—both the good and even the bad—make traveling as a couple so meaningful.”
Two Drifter’s Must Read Posts:
- Our Travel Themed Wedding in Asheville, North Carolina
- 25 Reasons to Fall in Love with Couples Travel
- Who Told you You Can’t Travel?
Our Travel Passport
The Looneys, Ryan & Samantha of Our Travel Passport, fell in love writing to each other from across the globe! When their individual paths separated them early in their relationship, they had no choice but to stay in touch by means of handwritten letters. For three whole years they communicated this way, building a strong base to their now impenetrable relationship.
After considerable time apart, exploring on their own, but keeping in contact all the way, they realized they were meant to experience this world as one. After all, who could possibly make a better travel companion than your soul mate? Yeah I know .. talk about a fairytale ending.
These easily loveable newlyweds are now lucky enough to share a location as well as an intense love for life, travel and each other. Their flexible schedules allow them to pack up and disappear often, leaving everything else behind and focusing fully on their adventures together.
Must Reads by Ryan and Samantha:
“The best things in life are the people you love, the places you‘ve seen, and the memories you’ve made along the way.”
Two Bad Tourists
I came into contact with Auston and David of Two Bad Tourists during my time living in Madrid, which is their current home base. These two are exactly what their name suggests- two pretty bad-ass travelers.
Auston and David are a young vagabonding gay couple, completely changing the face of gay travel and covering all of their adventures along the way! They’re on a mission to expose the world’s top LBGT travel hot spots and having an amazing time along the way! If you haven’t yet, be sure to check these two out, they’re a ton of fun!
Some awesome posts by Two Bad Tourists:
- The Top 10 Gay Travel Events in 2016
- Want to Study Spanish? Here’s Why Spain is Our Top Pick
- 7 Awesome (& Mostly Gay) Reasons to Visit Iceland
“What we all want in life is to travel, fall in love and be happy.”
Don’t Forget to Move
Christine and Jules grew up on opposite sides of the globe, but were fortunate enough to meet when their paths crossed while working at a nonprofit disaster relief in Peru. After their time spent in Peru, they both had set plans to go their separate ways- Jules with a flight booked to Europe and Christine with a return ticket home. But after only 6 months, they couldn’t bare the thought of their joint journey coming to an end, so they cancelled their plans and made new ones to continue their adventure together.
Now, here they are in 2016 and still going strong, traveling together all day everyday for four years and counting! They continue to circle the earth side by side, staying true to their shared passion and commitment to nonprofits and always looking for ways to help with community development initiatives. They are adventurous, always up for a challenge and continuously looking to grow both individually and as one. Quite the power couple if you ask me….
“Everything about a traveling relationship is accelerated. You come together quickly, you find issues quickly, but if you’re committed to making it work, you get over those issues quickly. You learn to balance your time together and to work through any obstacles you might have. It’s also brought us closer together because we’ve grown as a team. Travel romances come and go, we’ve both had our experiences with that, but this time we were determined to make it work.”
Must Reads by Don’t Forget to Move:
- Tips for Traveling as a Couple- How Not to Kill Each Other
- The Beauty of Traveling Without a Plan
- How to Travel Responsibily and Why You Should Care
You may remember Maryrose and Reid of Wanderlustyle from their quick introduction in my April Meet the Sponsors post, but I loved their story so much that here they are again! These two are high school sweethearts who just recently got engaged and are based in the Pacific paradise of Hawaii. On their blog they reveal how to experience the Hawaiian islands like a local and also showcase their adventurous travels around other parts of their world. Their pictures on Instagram and videos on their Youtube Channel are seriously wanderlust inducing.
Maryrose and Reid both grew up among wander-lusting families, engraining the urge to get out and go deep within them from a young age. They feel very blessed to have found each other, now having someone special to share all the wondrous moments and excitement that comes along with their travels. They’re one dynamic duo- skydiving, zipling and parasailing their way around the world. It also helps that they’re absolutely adorable together!
Some great posts by WanderluStyle:
Also, check out their awesome Youtube Channel:
Jay Alvarrez & Alexis Ren
Watching Jay Alvarrez’s sensational videos of him and his beautiful girlfriend Alexis Ren is one of my guilty pleasures. Looking through photos of these two on their wild whirlwind adventures may make me a little sick to my stomach, but I’m also not so secretly obsessed with them. How could you not be? They are young, gorgeous, and live a luxurious carefree life that anyone would envy. They’ve become an online icon of “Relationship Goals” and although I wouldn’t suggest you compare your own life or relationships to theirs [let’s face it, they’re not real], it can’t hurt to use them as a way to feed your already growing wanderlust! If this video isn’t enough to do just that … then I don’t know what is …
What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good love story….. OR six …..
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Welcome to Wanderful Wednesdays!
Consider yourself a wanderer?! Well then, this Blog Hop is for you!
Meet your hosts: Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World.
Here on Wanderful Wednesday we hope to promote an open and supportive community for like-minded bloggers- expats, travelers and all kinds of wanderers!
The linkup will take place every Wednesday at 8AM GMT.
Wanderful Wednesday Guidelines:
- Link up a wanderful travel related post below! One per blogger per week please!
- Spread the LOVE! Blog Hops are all about hopping around & getting to know others within the community! At the very least please try to comment on one other post before you go!
- Let’s get Social! Really liked a post you read? Don’t be shy! Share your favorites on Social Media! You can use the hashtag: #wanderfulwednesday
- Don’t forget to grab the button and link back to your wanderful hosts! Help us spread the word and let’s get others involved!
We’ll also be pinning our contributor’s posts to our new Pinterest Board!
This week on #WanderfulWednesday, I’m highlighting last week’s post “on Brazil by Claire of Saltwater Tales!I’m really hoping I can get to Brazil before my time in South America comes to an end! I’ve heard such great things about the “Brazil beyond Rio” but haven’t even known where to begin! This post was an amazing introduction and I’ve officially added a few more stops to my travel bucket list! Thanks for linking up Claire! If you haven’t already, be sure to go check it out and spread the love!
Happy Hopping Friends! 😀