We love highlighting unique traveling couples! In this installment of our seven questions, we want to introduce you to our new found friends Amber and Eric of the Husband in Tow. They were kind enough to break away from their hectic lifestyle in Bali to share with us a little about their adventures and path to full time couple travel. If this couple travelling around the world doesn’t inspire you to book your next trip, we don’t know what will!
First off, tell us a little more about this traveling duo:
Amber and Eric met at university, way back when, in 1997. They were married in 2001, while Amber was attending law school in Washington DC. They took their first overseas trip to visit family in Ireland in 1997, followed by a mess of trips to Europe, but their thirst for travel really did not kick in until their first trip to Asia in 2006. In 2009, they left their jobs and traveled the world for 14 months. After thier first big trip, (aka the Master Plan) their goal was to return to the US, and to Amber’s big law job. The plan was to stay five years, save money, then plan their ultimate escape. As plans sometimes do, the plan changed. They barely made it two years when they caught a bad case of wanderlust. They headed back on the road! This time it was permanent. They have been on the road since July 2012. Amber is now a recovering tax attorney, blogger, and yoga teacher, while Eric is a budding entrepreneur and independent advertising sales executive. What an amazing traveling couple!
Amber and Eric were kind enough to face our dreaded 7 questions:
1) Amber, we are so impressed by you. Leaving a heady job for the life of a traveler. What has been the hardest things about leaving the corporate world behind?
Amber: The large paychecks. That’s about it. Seriously.
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: Mario Batali. Jersey bred celebrity chef, with a speciality in Italian, Spanish, and Asian cuisine, helping me eat my way around the world. Come on.
She Said: Karl Pilkington. I have been fascinated by the number of hours I can sit and watch Ricky Gervais play an enormous joke on his long time friend Karl, by sending him around the world. I would love to travel with Karl myself to seethe world through his strange eyes. And, if I could have Ricky laughing in the background, so much the better.
3)What has been your favorite destination in your wanderings? Why?
He said: Vietnam.
She said: After so many years together, we share a brain so he said, she said, is a little hard for us. Vietnam as well. We taught English there twice back in 2009, and just experienced the country in a whole different way. It is just a place that is special for both of us.
4) Bali is our next destination. Fill us in! What three things do you love about Bali?
He said: 1) Babi gluing, which is Balinese roast pig; 2) warm weather, but always with a breeze; and 3) the remoteness, it is not easy to get here from The States.
She said: 1) The Balinese Hindu traditions; 2) the stunningly gorgeous rice paddies; and 3) high caliber yoga teachers to keep me healthy and happy.
5) We love the book section on your blog. (Why is it most travelers are readers?) What is your favorite traveling read? What are you reading now?
He said: I read The Quiet American every time we go to Vietnam. It’s the only book I’ve read more than once.
She said: I’ve been reading a lot about happiness and how to find it and enjoy it. Right now, I am reading The Happiness Makeover by M.J. Ryan.
6) If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?
He said: Land mines and unexploded ordinance
She said: Women’s equality and security in the developing world.
7)You knew it was coming….What has been your greatest travel fight/disagreement?
She said: We had a good one in the rain in Hanoi in 2009. I felt I was organizing all of our RTP, writing a blog, managing our finances, etc. But, when Eric tries to help I get a little control freaky, so it is really not his fault. Our biggest mistake, though, was traveling with only one lap top back then – it was our only internet device, so we fought over it all the time. We learned our lesson and have multiple devices now – a lot less fighting.
He said: Does it make a difference, they are all my fault, right?
1000Fights: We think that is a bit of a cop-out…but you have learned an important lesson. Would you mind teaching Mike?
Thanks again to Eric and Amber for sharing with us a little couple travel inspiration! The key takeaway for sure is that there isn’t just one way to travel. Find the path that works for you and yours. Stay tuned, this is not the end of this story! Yes, the Fighting Couple is definitely looking forward to meeting up with the tax attorney and the husband in tow this May in Bali!!!!