Loving this cover of National Geographic Traveler with the Taj Mahal. Plus, an article on Tokyo! It’s like the universe is speaking to me today! Happy Travel Tuesday!
When you check your upcoming flight reservations and it says: New York, Tokyo, and Chicago!! Woop! Woop!! Where are you off to next?
Early on in our relationship, it became apparent, I was going to have a lifetime of adventures with this man. From an early age, my husband has had a wandering spirit. Why does this matter in a marriage? Because if you happen to marry a man like mine, know that his wanderlust will never end. Being married to a traveler means committing to his traveler’s lifestyle. Are you ok with that?
One would think that I would get used to the unexpected booked trips, but after four years, this man still surprises me. I never know where or when we’ll be headed to next. It’s an amazing privilege. I’m not complaining. However, there are things that have to be taken into consideration when you become a traveling couple.
First, if and when, you’ll have children? How will those children affect your traveling lifestyle together? Can you afford to have children or a child and travel? Do you want to have children and travel? Where can you go with children? All of those questions should be discussed pre and during marriage often.
Second, be clear about where you will and won’t go. It’s important to always be considerate of your partner’s boundaries while traveling together. That even includes something as simple as to stay in a hostel or a 5-star hotel? Everyone has a different level of necessities while traveling. Safety is always the most important consideration wherever you go in the world together.
Third, something people don’t realize but, is important finances. Who is financing all of these trips around the world? How will you budget as a couple or individuals for travels together? Do you split the costs of everything from restaurants, accommodations, activities, transportation, airfare, etc… If the man you’re traveling with pre-marriage expects you to share all the cost, chances are probably during marriage you’ll still split the expenses. It just might come out of a joint account, instead of an individual account by then.
If you marry a man with a wandering spirit, know that moving is always an option. Moving countries, moving cities, just might become your normal. That is a deal breaker for some relationships, especially for someone who plans to have and raise children near family. Can you live far away from your families? This needs to be discussed at length and agreed upon before marriage.
Life married to a traveler means expect random text messages during the day about airfare deals he can’t pass up, like our most recent NYC purchase. He got those tickets before I could even respond.
Life married to a traveler means don’t be too surprised that when you wake up in the morning, he has already looked at deals to places online and purchased tickets before lunch, like our most recent purchase to Japan and China.
Life married to a traveler means always expect the unexpected.
Life married to a traveler will be fun.
Life married to a traveler will be full of challenges that will help you grow as a person.
Life married to a traveler will take you to places you never dreamt was possible.
Life married to a traveler will never be ordinary.
Life married to a traveler will also turn you into a traveler.
Are you ok with that?
Hey y’all! We’ll be heading to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hong Kong in the Spring. Any recommendations on where to stay and what to do? Muchas Gracias!
I haven’t been to Las Vegas, NV, in a long time. Since, President Obama was 1st elected president, in 2008. I used to go at least once a year in my 20’s. Now, on the verge of 35, my husband and I, have been discussing places we’d like to revisit together. Las Vegas has always come up on our list of places. He hadn’t been in 4 years. So, we booked a trip for January. I wanted to see Jennifer Lopez’s, “All I Have”, Las Vegas residency.
My husband got us tickets for her show. We were able to see J.Lo, on her opening weekend in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood. She is the ULTIMATE Vegas showgirl! Her show is glitz, glamour, sexy, and 90 minutes of non-stop dancing. I think she’s the perfect fit for a Las Vegas show and does not disappoint. She had 10 costume changes. She had JaRule come out as a special guest. She even sings a beautiful song dedicated to her children. If you happen to be in Las Vegas, while J.Lo is in town her show is worth the Vegas experience.
Along with concerts and parties to be enjoyed in Las Vegas, I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the food there. Las Vegas has become the new celebrity chef restaurant capital of the world. We made reservations at “Carnevino” the Italian Steakhouse, by celebrity chef Mario Batali.
If you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion, win big at the tables or happen to be passionate about food, especially steak, this is a perfect choice.
We stayed at The Palazzo. All of the rooms in the hotel are suites and extremely luxurious. It’s also connected to The Venetian. Between both hotels and casinos, there’s plenty of entertainment and food to be enjoyed. We ate an epic breakfast at the French-inspired “Bouchon”, by world-renowned Thomas Keller. We also enjoyed the Southern food at “Yardbird Southern Food Table & Bar”, we ate there twice. Sooooo goooood!
I even stood in line for almost an hour, just to get a cannoli at “Carlo’s Bakery”, made famous by the TLC show, “Cake Boss”, and everyone’s favorite baker, Buddy Valastro. Would I do it again? Probably not. The cannoli was good, but I’m not a fan of waiting in long lines for food.
I have to admit going back to Las Vegas, in my 30’s and married, was different than all my single girl trips in my 20’s of years past. For the first time in Vegas, I didn’t get too drunk, wake up with a hangover, or go to a club. It was Fabulous! Times may have changed, I may have changed, but Las Vegas is always a good time!
In October 2013, we traveled to New York City. It was my first trip to the “Big Apple”, and it was one I’ll never forget. We saw a Broadway show, Pippen, stayed in Times Square, went to the Statue of Liberty, took a stroll through Central Park, ate at a 3 Michelin star restaurant, Le Bernadin by Eric Ripert, and went to the NYCWFF: Food Network & Cooking Channel NYC Wine & Food Festival.
Food Network & Cooking Channel NYC Wine & Food Festival was on my bucket list. It’s a 4-day event, held in October, every year in NYC. They invite all of our favorite celebrity chefs to host events all over New York City, all in the name of charity. “Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival has raised $9.5 million to date to help fight hunger! 100% of the net proceeds benefit Food Bank for New York City and the No Kid Hungry campaign.”- http://corporate.nycwineandfoodfestival.com/about/
The events we chose to attend were Guy Fieri’s Rock of Ages party.
It was a great time! Guy was an awesome host.
He was fun, swearing, pouring drinks, and showed a side of himself you never get to see on T.V. I would definitely encourage others to go to any of his events in the future.
Did I mention, the Rock of Ages, cast was there and performing throughout the whole event? It was spectacular!
The other event we went to was Andrew Zimmern’s Octoberfest, held in Queens. The event was what one would expect for an Octoberfest party, plenty of sausage and beer. Andrew Zimmern wasn’t as sociable at his event, but he was busy cooking.
If you ever find yourself in NYC in October, I highly recommend attending at least one of these events.
They are a bit pricey, but remember the money goes to charity, and you never know who you’ll run into.
It was a real foodie dream come true. Bucket list. Check!
They, someone, people, say to be married you can’t be selfish. I agree, to an extent. While I do have to take my husband into consideration in everything I do/decide and vice versa, we still are pretty selfish as individuals, just not with one another.
Mostly, because we don’t have children. Being a parent is the MOST Selfless thing a person can do and become. My husband and I, have been married for almost 2 years. Just today, he text me to let me know he booked us a trip to NYC for the weekend. We can do that and I love that. We don’t have children. We don’t have pets. We don’t even have plants because we travel too much. We come and go as we please, have weekend brunches with friends, or weekly date nights all without having to worry about finding a babysitter.
Before and during marriage, we discussed our wanting of children in our life. Do we really want children or not? I know for some it’s not an option or question, but it is a matter of necessity to being a married couple. We aren’t those people. We decided to wait at least after our 1 year anniversary to try to expand our family of 2. We wanted to buy a house first, continue to travel the world together, and fall in love with our new roles as husband and wife. Then, we decided to wait even longer because there are still places in the world we want to experience.
I’m honestly thankful we have waited, traveled, bought our first home, and continue to grow together and discover new things about one another as a married couple. I have no regrets that we live as if we’re still newlyweds and travelers in love. This is the only time we can take in our lives for it to be all about us. Selfish? Maybe. Happy? ABSOLUTELY! This is what has been right for us, and it’s not for everyone. While we get pressure from our families more than anyone, I think it’s most important that other couples like us be honest about it. It’s o.k. to say, “ya know what, we’re still enjoying our time together as husband and wife.” Every now and then, you’ll run into someone who says, “Good for you! Enjoy it while you can.” We’ll never get this time back again. I don’t want to wait until we’re older to travel.
The more we travel, the more grateful I am that we’re going and experiencing the places that we want to now, while we’re young, mobile, can eat and drink whatever we want. That truly makes us happy. While some wouldn’t consider us a real family, because we don’t have children, I think we’re a great family of 2, even if we’re both still a little selfish.