Traveler Tuesday – Kate of Our Escape Clause

Traveler Tuesday

Can traveling around the world full-time with your better half be fun? If you look at all the photos that the Storms take on their blog Our Escape Clause, it certainly looks like it! Kate stopped by to answer my Traveler Tuesday questions and share insight as to what it's like to travel around the world and then the world again!

Let’s meet Kate (and Jeremy)!

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[1] When and how did you become a traveler?

That’s a hard question to answer, but we’d probably pick the date we left on our RTW trip: May 10, 2016.

Up until 2013, neither of us had ever left the USA. Starting in 2013, we visited The Bahamas, Paris, and Cozumel on quick trips, and then went on our first multi-country trip in the summer of 2015–for 2.5 weeks, we traveled through Poland, Hungary, Croatia, and Ireland.

After coming home from that trip, we knew for sure that short breaks weren’t going to be enough to quench our desire for travel, so we started planning a RTW trip and left the following spring.

That trip was supposed to last six months… and yet, almost two years later, we’re still on the road.

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[2] What kind of traveler do you define yourself as?

Independent and laid back.

We don’t like to sign up for multi-day tours if we can avoid it, as after a day or so, having our schedule tightly controlled makes us itch.

When we’re in a destination, we like to go at a somewhat leisurely pace, sightseeing for a few hours a day, soaking up the culture for a couple more (think long meals and time spent in cafes and markets), and then the rest of our time at home.

That schedule is definitely influenced by the fact that we work on the road, but it’s also influenced by how long we have been traveling–the sightseeing-10-hours-a-day style of travel is fabulous when you have limited time, but it just isn’t compatible with long-term travel.

[3] What do you love most about traveling?

The thrill of learning new things.

Whether it’s trying out new foods, stumbling through a new language, or learning an interesting historical tidbit, we are always looking to learn on the road.

[4] What do you dislike about traveling?

Packing and unpacking.

For the first year or so it didn’t bother us at all, but we’re getting a little sick of it at this point!

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[5] Why should people travel?

To learn more about the world around them, to experience new cultures and foods, to stand in awe of the natural beauty of the world, to feel more in touch with lands that are foreign to them, to observe the underlying similarities in all people, to force themselves outside of their comfort zone, to understand how small we all are, to relax, to be invigorated… there are endless reasons that people should travel. The possibilities are limitless.

[6] What famous person would you like to travel with?

Anyone fun to be around that has a private plane big enough to cross oceans! Always wondered what it would be like to fly privately on a long-haul flight…

[7] Travel essentials – 3 things you always travel with.

Our laptops, our cell phones, and our camera–can’t imagine ever being on the road without them!

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[8] If you’re a foodie, what's your favorite food city? Do you have a restaurant recommendation?

We love Tuscan food, so perhaps Florence? Il Latini fed us an incredibly memorable meal there a couple of years ago, though we have a tendency to eat at home a lot in Tuscany–the markets full of fresh pasta, pesto, fruits, vegetables, cheese, and inexpensive local wine are impossible to resist.

We adore Italian food in general, and we’re headed to the legendary foodie region of Emilia-Romagna this spring, so we think that will probably end up being our favorite foodie destination of all time!

[9] What's one location on your bucket list?

Only one?!

Let’s see–Nepal is one that is very high on our list that we don’t think we’ll cross off for at least another couple of years, sadly.

[10] Do you have a piece of advice for bloggers starting out?

If you don’t love marketing, don’t plan on making money blogging–writing and photography are both important to blogging, of course, but they’re useless without a deep understanding of internet marketing and a willingness to work on that aspect of your blog day in and day out.

[11] What are three other blogs that inspire you?

Oh, there are so many!

Three that come to mind initially: Never Ending Footsteps for forging her own path in monetizing and growing her blog (and also for visiting incredibly cool places), Heart My Backpack for making me desperately want to visit Central Asia and the Middle East, and Alex in Wanderland for being a good example of a successful global travel blog that also specializes in a certain region (in her case, Thailand and surrounding countries in Southeast Asia).

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Kate's Lightning Round of Favorites

Airport: Don’t have one!
Mode of Transportation: Trains.
City or Country: Italy. But that’s hard.
Travel Gear: Tripod–it’s the only way we’re able to get good photos of ourselves!
Travel snack: Cheez-its in airports, fruit, and cheese when in markets.
Book: Too hard. Most recently — The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan.
Movie: Yikes–no idea.
Song: Collide by Howie Day is “our song” from our high school prom if that counts!
Quote: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” — Samuel Beckett

Thanks Kate!

You can keep up with Kate on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and of course on her blog. Wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her travel adventures!

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  1. These are always so fun to read! Travel bloggers are really one-of-a-kind… they know how to live life to the fullest and explore beautiful and unique corners of the world. Crazy that Kate & Jeremy only left the US 5 years ago and already ventured so many wonderful spots!

  2. Aww what a lovely story about traveling and honestly just enjoying life, love and good food. I’m feeling pretty inspired to get back to my wandering ways. Nepal is on my bucket lits too! Hope to visit one day. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. It looks like traveling can make one very happy. I love the happiness that is shown in these photos. Always fun to learn more about others! Glad I read this today, keep having a blast in life!

  4. I’m always amazed and so impressed by people like Kate who are following their dreams! And yes, I’d love to travel with someone with a private jet too lol.

  5. Very interesting. That has to be quite the experience and must keep one very busy. Not sure if it would be for me but love reading about how others experience life!

  6. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Traveling is a great way to learn more about people from other parts of the world. I want to travel to those places not commonly visited by hoards of tourists, and Bhutan is in my radar. I am not sure if they allow tourists to visit but those monasteries on the cliffs are really interesting. Kashmir is also another place I would love to see. Kate sure looks like she is enjoying what she is doing and I hope she gets to visit each and every place in her travel list!

  7. One of my biggest regrets is not travelling a lot more in my youth. Amazing that these guys have done so much and been so many places in just five years

  8. Melanie Payne says:

    Very cool pictures! Lots of fun traveling, we don’t do much ourselves but we do hiking around the area, so that counts!

  9. Wish we had a time and resources to travel that much. We’re lucky to drive a few hours to a convention – that’s the limit of our travels!

  10. CourtneyLynne says:

    I just love traveling!!!! Once you travel
    One place, you just can’t stop! Traveling is so addictive lol