why we travel
We have been thinking about what makes us tick besides creating recipes and taking pictures of our food and we know it’s travel! Both of us were seriously lucky to have a year abroad after college where we set off on new adventures! Rose packed a gigantic suitcase and headed over to Spain, while Emily had two giant duffel bags filled with every toiletry and first aid kit item one may need to survive in the tropics. Along the way, we got pretty crafty at planning trips, mostly around eating, and figuring out easy, affordable ways to explore new places. We want to share those trips and experiences with you! But before that, here’s a bit about us and how we travel!
After watching Moana for the first time, I remembered my heart will always be on an island! I have always been enamored by the ocean, the intensive ecosystems spreading from the land to the sea, the food, and the culture! Home is where you see the sun set smoothly over the horizon on the edge of the world, but know that you want to go a bit further to see what’s beyond. Again, I just watched Moana and feel an identity crisis coming on.
The beach life suits me, but I have been very lucky to visit Europe--once with my dad and my sister and then another extended trip with family, solo, and then UC Davis! I definitely enjoy the flexibility of Europe and the ease of getting around. Trains, man! And the culture and tradition embedded in simple street posts, freakishly ornate churches, home-cooked cuisine, and people is fascinating to me. Definitely have gotten a taste of Europe from a tourists perspective but not like Rose who lived there! So a little bit about my experience.
-Islands: Turks and Caicos; Bocas del Toro, Panama; Hawaii, Greece
-European Cities: London, Paris, French Alps (the BEST), Rome, Barcelona, Nice, Lake Como, Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, Munich!
-California Adventures too.
I took a quarter off from UC Davis and worked in Hawaii Volcano National Park helping baby sea turtles make it the ocean! And then post-grad working in Turks and Caicos, Europe, and Panama.
Solo! Occasionally trips with family and friends, but I have found when I want to go, I go!
Finding some creative ways get my foot in the door. I wish I was a better pre-planner but most European trips were planned a week or two in advance and it worked out!
Hard to not sound corny or pretentious but I think of each trip as adding a new “lens” to my collection to help me better see and shift my view and understanding of the world. If anything travel gives you perspective about yourself and how you handle situations, the opportunity to learn and grow, lots of highs and a few lows, and obviously great pictures! Get out there!
Growing up I was always irrationally jealous of friends getting to go on lavish family vacations to Paris, Australia, Africa etc. My parents and I did our fair share of traveling, going on a big summer vacay every year to Hawaii, Maine, Alaska, Alaska & while I looked forward to those trips every year, I longed for more than just domestic travel (even at as a 9 year old that did not know the word "domestic"). In college I was obsessed with "studying" abroad in Argentina...solo. My parents NOT into that idea & said "Why not Spain?!?" Summer came, I moved to Spain 'studied' and traveled and decided that I MUST go back! & I did, I moved to Spain September after graduation and over the next year I was able to visit 15 countries - fun fact: only spent 2 weekends in my Spanish piso. I returned to the states once my year was up, but I spend 25% of everyday thinking, planning, and dreaming about my next trip back.
Mexico: Cabo San Lucas, Todos Santos
Spain: Salamanca, Vitoria, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Granada, Sevilla, Madrid, Barcelona, and about 10 more
France: Paris, Bordeaux, Saint Jean-de-Luz, Bayonne, Carcassonne, Cannes, Nice, Toulouse, Monaco (I know it's doin it's own thing but i'll loop it in)
The Netherlands: Amsterdam & Utrecht
Portugal: Oporto & Lisbon
Ireland: Dublin, Galway, Belfast
Belgium: Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges
Czech Republic: Prague
Italy: Florence & Rome
Greece: Santorini & Athens
Switzerland: Swiss Italy
Study abroad and live/teach abroad post graduation
I moved with a friend from college, but throughout the year linked up with a bunch of friends and family and of course EMILOU!
After studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain summer between my Junior and Senior year of college I decided the only thing I wanted to do post graduation was to move back to Spain. I found a program (Auxilliares de Conversacion) applied, was accepted and placed in Vitoria-Gasteiz the Capital of Basque Country where I was to be an English teacher at a High School. What started as my journey into the world of education turned into me being educated by my journey, which I’m sorry to get corny, is the most true.
Planning, lots and lots of planning - mostly upfront to set up my year, but then month by month, week by week where I wanted to go, who I wanted to see….then a little less planning - the day by day and last minute ticket no plans whatsoever planning, but it always worked out!
Why we’re sharing with you:
Like our food - our travel tips, tricks, and stories have been mostly shared between us, our families and our friends - we figure if we’ve been to all of these places and done the research why not share it with all of you?? So, over the next month we will be posting our travel tricks personalized, stylized and most of all foodie-ized to provide you at least base plan, should you decide to travel to any of these fabulous destinations! Of course, we’re here for help also, if you need more details, help with booking, maybe even a contact in that country? We’re your girls! Call me, beep me, if you want to reach me!