Hello and welcome to our travel blog, Married…with Travel! My name is Stef and my husband/BFF/travel companion is Josh. We have been traveling together now since 2014 and in that short amount of time we have already been able to explore 21 countries and 6 continents!
Josh and I were introduced by mutual friends in 2013 and it was of course love at first site (don’t let him tell you otherwise!) We took our very first trip together only months later. I was graduating from college and decided I deserved a cruise to The Bahamas. Now if there’s one way to decide if you are meant to be with someone, spend a week with them in a dorm sized bedroom with a bathroom the size of a port-a-potty on a boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with no escape. Somewhat surprisingly, it was amazing and getting to see Turks & Caicos, Freeport, and the bluest water I have ever seen at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas gave me an insatiable desire to travel more. Prior to this trip, I had mostly only traveled within North America and I honestly did not have much more desire to go anywhere other than the US, Canada, and Mexico. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many gorgeous and unique places to travel in North America, but I am grateful I was bit by the travel bug and I have started my journey to seeing this world. Now Josh on the other hand, was actually born in Germany, technically West Germany, at the time. He was born before the Berlin Wall came down so uniquely his birth certificate said ‘birth place: West Germany’ on it, but in true Josh-fashion, he lost it. So Josh was almost born with a desire to travel and I am so grateful to have met the perfect travel companion to explore this world along side!
Relatively shortly after Josh and I met I had to decide where I was going to start my grown up life. I had job offers in our home city of Pittsburgh, PA, Arizona, Las Vegas, and North Carolina. I made the very bold decision to ask Josh to join me, and of course he made the best decision of his life and moved to North Carolina with me!
In 2015 we got married and took our second international trip together – our Honeymoon! Friends of ours encouraged us to use their travel club and we decided to go to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We didn’t really know what a travel club entailed at the time, but we knew in order to get their discount we had to listen to the company’s sales pitch about the club. Okay no big deal. Well call us suckers, maybe geniuses, but once we got the details on the club I think we had FOMO or something and needed to be apart of it. So on our honeymoon we joined Unlimited Vacation Club, which I really think was the best thing we could have done as newlyweds who love to travel. Was it expensive? Yes, but if we didn’t join the club, Josh was going to buy a Jeep Wrangler, so I’d say we made the right choice. Has it been worth it? Hell yes – I definitely plan on doing a thorough review of the club for people who are interested.
So what do we do next with this newfound ability to travel? We were so excited to go on our next trip and see what this club is all about. Our first year of marriage we spent our travel days going to all-inclusive resorts in Central America, such as Dominican Republic, Panama, Costa Rica, Curacao, and Los Cabos in Mexico. We absolutely LOVED all of these trips. For anyone who has done an all inclusive vacation, you know the great thing is that you pay for everything up front and don’t have to spend a time in country if you don’t want to. It really is the best form of vacation if you are a sit at the pool/beach with a beer kind of person. Sometimes we are those kind of people (although we have to play beach volleyball at least once a day or else), but we are people that like to do things more than sit around so we needed more exploration in our vacation. The resorts in our club all have Entertainment Teams and you know by the end of the week they’ll know us personally as we probably participated in every possible activity. We would usually leave the resort at least once per trip so we could see more of the country and do some sort of excursion.
Our second year of marriage, I wanted to branch out so I booked us flights to Dubai. Hey, go big or go home, right? I had always been intrigued by Dubai so I just jumped on the opportunity. I had to see this huge metropolis surrounded by desert as far as the eye can see. Flying from North Carolina to the United Arab Eremites was the longest plane ride either of us had every endured at the time, but it ended up going smoothly, so then my travel desires became limitless. It’s easy for me to say long flights go smoothly, because I pass out and sleep the entire time, so I guess you have to ask Josh how it went? My point is ever since we went to the Middle East I have been itching to see even more adventurous and exciting places!
I have always been someone with many hobbies that was able to dable in many different things, but I didnt have a true passion project. Well I am truly passionate about Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, but they don’t need me to be the 5 time Stanley Cup winning team that they are, even though I am their biggest fan. I digress. Traveling with my husband has definitely become my passion project, which is why I wanted to start this blog. We often get asked our opinions on different things to do or see when traveling, so I hope my information here will help guide people in their travels! When we are in the planning stages (I say we as if Josh ever plans anything) I spend hour after hour on my laptop reading about the place we are headed to. I want to know where to eat, where to stay, what to see, what to do, what not to miss, and more. I mainly get my information from other traveler’s blogs, because who better to learn from than someone exactly like us? I would love for my blog to be searched in Pinterest one day and help other travelers explore this amazing world.
I am so incredibly grateful that I get to do something I am passionate about with the love of my life. We are so lucky to have our whole lives ahead of us, be healthy, and have the time and means to travel. It breaks my heart every time I hear people say “I wish I had the time to travel” or “I’ll travel when my kids are grown up”, because you never know what might happen in life and if travel is something you love (or whatever it is that you do love), then just do it! “If not now, when?” I have had many older people tell my husband and me that they think it’s such a great thing we are traveling when we’re younger so we can experience as much as possible in our lives. I definitely use that sentiment when planning trips/traveling so I can remind myself to experience our travels to the fullest. To the right is a video of Glenn Close accepting her Golden Globe and I think the speech she gave is spot on – check it out. (I know it doesn’t exactly apply, but you get the point).
I am honored that you spent the time to get so far on this page of my rambling! I hope you all enjoy at least some part of our blog and it helps you in your travel in some capacity (because it was really freaking hard to learn how to use WordPress and make this website!) Please let us know if there is anything specific you would like us to focus on or if you have any suggestions! Scroll to the bottom where you will see a link to our contact page along with links to our social media sites!
Get out there and start exploring!
S & J