In this installment of our 7 questions with couple travelers we are featuring our friends Chelsea and Jeremy of Lost in Travels. These two newlyweds, packed up everything they owned and headed half way around the world to South Korea to teach English. Since then, they have had some crazy adventures! They run one of the better expat blogs for couples. They post great insights about the ins and outs of being an expat couple. Be sure to check out their blog for some incredible couple travel ideas.
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1000 Fights: First off, tell us how you two met?
1) Chelsea-A fashion marketing degree? Give us some travel fashion hints. How do you avoid looking like a tourist?
Honestly, there’s no big secret here! I try to keep it pretty simple when I’m packing and try to think of colors that blend well together so I can get the most out of what I pack (since we mostly try to pack in carry-ons). I also keep in mind that I want our travel photos to not look outdated in a year or two. Which means that I mostly wear solids when we travel and pack scarves and jewelry to mix up each outfit and add some more color to it!
2) If you had to travel with someone else besides your travel partner, who would it be? (this person can be living, historical or mythical?.)
He Said: Scuba diving has been a recent love of mine and I would love to experience it with one of the best explorers of all time, Jacques Cousteau.
She Said: I would have to say one of my best friends here in Korea. She’s the type of person that no matter what frustrating situation we’re in, how lost we may be (which is one of my biggest pet peeves!) she can always make me crack a smile and realize that it’s not the end of the world. I think that a positive trait of any couple travel partner is one that can keep you calm! Thankfully my husband falls into this category also!
3) Waterfall rappelling!? Tell us about it! Where you guys totally freaked out?
He said: No! Not at all, it was a lot of fun. I have done a lot of climbing/rappelling before in my past so it was just adding the excitement of water to the mix.
She said: Ha I’m not nearly as adventurous as my husband so I would have to say I was a little nervous. Especially when I was about to go down and our guide grabbed me to retie my knot since it was tied incorrectly. Comforting huh?! But I would say for the most part it was a blast and we both love trying new things outside of our comfort zone.
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4) If you had to eat one last meal, what/ where would you eat?
He said: Indian curry! Since moving to Korea we have actually found a true love for Indian food and can’t get enough!
She said: I’d have to agree! I had never tried Indian food before and was shocked that it was Korea of all places that made us fall in love with it.
5) What is the great challenge as a couple and individual living abroad?
He said: Having too much time together. When moving abroad, your spouse is the only person you know, you often times work at the same place (at least we did our first year) then you come home and spend all night together. It has turned out to be a blessing but something that we definitely were not used to and had to adjust to.
She said: I would say not having our usual support system. Like Jeremy said, this too worked out for the better in the long run. But moving to a different country, you learn to fully rely on your partner for everything since let’s face it, for awhile there, you’re each other’s only friends. But I think the more time spent together and having to rely on each other more made us grow together instead of apart. It’s just that initial adjustment phase that can be trying!
6) If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?
He said: Hygiene. The lack of it causes so many different diseases worldwide and if that problem were tackled, there would be far less deaths due to unhygienic scenarios.
She said: Clean water. It’s something that living in a first world country we take for granted but several different problems such as disease arise from just this one issue. So many deaths can be avoided if just this one problem was solved.
7)You knew it was coming….What has been your greatest travel fight/disagreement?
She said: My favorite happened while on our honeymoon in Fiji. We decided to take a hobie cat and sail to a nearby island about a mile away. I had warned my new husband that it may be the wrong time to do this since the wind was dying down; but we went anyway and made it there in no time. Well when we were heading back, the wind died. I’m not just saying, it died down, I mean, there was zip zero zilch wind coming our way. We were stuck about half a mile from either island, in the blazing heat of the sun and for some reason we made the wise decision not to put on sunscreen that day. Being stuck, with no sun screen, and no way back does not make for a fun day of sailing. Of course at the time it wasn’t funny but it didn’t take long for us to laugh about it later.
He said: I honestly don’t remember our travel fights that well, I guess I try to block it from my memory. But ask my wife, she can give you full accounts on them : )