MEET SAM AND CHRIS OF BOOZING ABROAD
Tell us a little bit about yourself? When did you start traveling?
We started traveling together in 2014. Married in 2016 and haven't stopped traveling since. We've been to 11 countries so far and are adding 3 more to the list later this year. We are planning to RV across America for a minimum of 6 months in 2020 and moving to Italy for 1 year in 2021.
Why is travel important to you?
That's a tough question. Traveling to new places make you realize how we are all so different, yet the same. Since our style of traveling focuses on drinking local, we try our best to immerse ourselves into other cultures and the best way to is through support local businesses and drinking local!
What is your favorite travel destination? What made destination memorable for you?
Most recently, we did a few day hikes in Patagonia as well as walked with penguins in Argentina. Argentina is such a diverse country and has so many incredible things to do and see. This particular trip was for Samantha's 30th birthday so being able to celebrate with penguins was very memorable.
Any travel plans for the rest of 2019?
We are going to Iceland for 4 days for Labor Day, Milwaukee in October, Atlanta for Thanksgiving and Costa Rica and Panama for Christmas and NYE.
Do you have any tips or tricks that help you stay mentally and physically healthy while traveling?
Sometimes the alcohol is safer than the water? Just kidding. Most of our trips involved a lot of walking (for sightseeing) or hiking so we don't really make it a focus. We eat and drink what we want so enjoy the local cuisine and booze. Don't let anyone fool you, traveling is stressful, but it's traveling to the unknown that makes it worth it.
Any inspiration, travel advice, or lessons learned from the road that you are willing to share with less traveled folks who might be fearful and not sure how to get started?
Travel advice - Have a backup plan. When we travel, we don't check bags so we can't lose stuff. If you do check a bag, have extra underwear and a change of clothes in your carry on. You can always buy clothes or toiletries once you get there too - don't sweat the small stuff.
Lessons learned/inspiration - Most people will bend over backwards to help you in a foreign place. Even with language barriers, the kindness received from strangers is by far one of the best rewards from traveling. There was this time in Italy, we came out of the metro and we couldn't find out way to the Airbnb. (The reason being was there were hidden staircases along the side of the station we needed to go up.) We asked for help from a local waitress at a cafe (who spoke no English - and us no Italian). We thought we understood, but we went the wrong way. After walking 50 feet in the wrong direction, she runs out of the cafe screaming in Italian and motioning us to come back. She then walks us to the correct spot, going up the stairs with us and made sure we went down the right street. There was literally nothing spoken between us, yet she helped us tremendously. It is amazing how much can be said without a single word being spoken and that's the beauty of travel.