“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain
We're a 30 something couple from San Diego. About year ago, during a weekend trip to Ensenada Mexico and a couple of margaritas, we talked about our future together. We not only realized we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together but also that we wanted to travel the world together. The past year has been a lot of planning to make our dreams a reality and we can't wait to get started!
We share a love of food and travel but we come from very different backgrounds. I'm a bit more active and like to have flexibility when I travel. Diem is more of a planner and likes to have things booked well in advance. This makes for some interesting trip planning but works out well. We got married on a Saturday and left for our honeymoon on that Wednesday. When discussing our future, we decided we want to do this trip before we started a family and before we were too old to do some of the things we wanted to do like take long hikes, go mountain biking, and jump off things.
I was born in Vietnam and my family moved to the US when I was 2. I grew up in sunny San Diego, went to school there, and that's where I met Paul. I have a pretty big family and growing up my parents and extended family would get together for big Vietnamese meals.
I grew up on Asian food but also developed a love of Italian food. In 2009 Paul and I took a trip to Italy, France, and Greece. I fell deeper in love with Italian cuisine. The pasta, salads, the fruits and vegetables were all so fresh and exploding with flavor. After that trip I caught the travel bug and made a commitment to travel more often to see new places and taste new foods. I'm definitely the planner of the two of us. I like to plan out our next meal while we are still enjoying our last one.
Recently though I have developed a strong passion for cooking the cuisines that I've enjoyed during my travels. We definitely will have some cooking lessons in our travel itinerary just to satisfy my itch for some home cooking.
Besides all the delicious food we are about to try, I'm more excited for the sights that will stick in our minds, the experiences that will continue to bring smiles to our faces, and mostly the new friends that we will make along the way. The world is our oyster and I'm ready to eat! Follow my blog at Kiss My Fork.
I was lucky enough to be born into a mixed family. My mother is Peruvian and has tons of family there, but I grew up in the Midwest. I got to travel to Peru many times at a young age and the those experiences definitely helped spur my love for travel. I was also able to learn Spanish at a young age and while I'm not completely fluent, I can hold a pretty good conversation, especially after a few drinks.
I find now as I'm older I definitely appreciate countries and cities that I visit more or at least in a different way. Less bars, more food, history and culture. I'm sure this trip will bring a little bit of everything but I'm hoping to soak everything in while at the same time enjoying being in the moment.
Before this trip I was a patent attorney by day and a triathlete by night (or early morning). I love to be outdoors, play sports, and eat good food. I completed Ironman Arizona 2015 in November and plan to stay in shape by running around the cities and countrysides of the places we visit and swimming in the beautiful oceans, lakes, and whatever other bodies of water I can find. I really enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, and learning in general. I'm always looking to find new ways to do things better and try them out, whether it's a new diet, new exercise, or new way of thinking.
Travel has brought us closer, opened our eyes to new cultures, and motivated us to be better people.
We hope that you'll follow us on our journey and hope it inspires you to start your own adventure. There's a great commercial about people not using their vacation. Don't be one of those people. Anything is possible at any age if you want it enough, take your own break, use your vacation, and go explore!