Travel is a way of life. Even before we met, we both wanted to travel the world.
Thus, not long after our wedding, we decided to quit our favorite careers to date, sell just about all of our belongings, and travel the world for the rest of our lives.
Since then, we've been traveling for:
And only a little into our second month of travel we found out that our adventure was going to be a little more exciting. We were expecting our first child in February of 2019! He was born during our travels in Cape Town, South Africa!
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Our friends call us Jenny & Bradley.
Guess that means you can call us Jenny & Bradley too! :)
We are the creators of this website & blog - and we are glad you found us.
Our story begins before we even met, with our desires to travel the world. Jenny had already taught English in Japan for 6 1/2 years and had already traveled to quite a few different countries. Bradley had been deployed to a few countries while serving in the military and then visited and lived in a few others after his service. It was fate that we met in Celebration, Florida and we became engaged 9 months later after going on a number of trips together during that time - to Los Angeles, California - Austin, Texas - Chicago, Illinois - Savannah, Georgia - St. Augustine, Florida - and St. Pete Beach, Florida. After our engagement, we went on a slightly bigger trip with Bradley’s family, to explore Switzerland! It was so amazing that we decided that we couldn’t just stop there. So, we started planning our escape. Our wedding was in December of 2017 and we took a Disney western Caribbean cruise to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico - Falmouth, Jamaica - and Disney’s Castaway Cay, Bahamas. This only heightened our desire to travel and once we got back, we booked the first Airbnb of our endless adventure in Paris, France. Over time, we kept adding more places and we put in our notices at our favorite careers to date (yes, it was difficult to leave them!).
While we were making our travel plans we asked many of our friends if they wanted to join us for a week or two in some of the places that we had picked. Sadly, even though many of them really wanted to go, most of them simply weren't able to join us. Most often we found that it was because they either didn't have enough money saved up, they didn't have enough vacation days left at work (there were also some who liked to stay at home because planning a trip was too much work).
After a little research, it makes sense that people can't travel very often. According to Forbes, American's get a raw deal when it comes to vacation time. There are just enough vacation days available to visit friends and families for special events like holidays, weddings, births, etc., but with no mandatory vacation time required in the United States, and only a week or two per year offered by most employers, there's usually nothing left for taking an actual vacation!
Additionally, we've found that traveling could cost us quite a bit as well - especially when we are under prepared! Hotels prices have gone up quite a lot over the last 10-15 years and airlines typically charge the most for tickets around the weekends because that is when everyone is trying to start their vacations, simply to get 7-9 days of “vacation” by taking only 5 weekdays off from work.
On top of that, you have to do a ton of research so you can do all of the things that you want to do on your vacation with the little amount of money that you've save up to go there. Then, to save on hefty tour costs, you have to figure out the logistics of planning all the stops yourself and what type of transportation to use to get there. It's easy to see why some people simply decide not to go at all!
WE BELIEVE THAT TRAVEL SHOULD BE EASIER...
We know that people want to travel. Sadly, not everyone gets to travel as much as they would like. Thus, we decided to create EatWanderExplore to help make travel easier for everyone - by sharing things that we’ve learned during our travels. So, we’ve been building this website and our blog ever since!
Check out Our Mission to see how we plan to make that happen.
WHERE HAVE WE BEEN?
The Map and List below both highlight the countries that we have visited either together or separately.
See Blogs by Clicking the Highlighted Countries
—— PAST TRIPS ——
🌎 California, USA
🌎 Texas, USA
🌎 Illinois, USA
🌎 Georgia, USA
🌎 Florida, USA
🌎 Playa del Carmen, Mexico
🌍 Canary Islands, Spain
🌍 England, UK
🌍 Scotland, UK
🌍 Wales, UK
🌍 Northern Ireland, UK
🌍 Republic of Ireland
🌍 South Africa
—— FUTURE TRIPS ——
🌏 South Africa
🌏 Bali, Indonesia
🌏 New Zealand
🌏 New Zealand
----———— SPREAD THE WORD ————----
Traveling isn’t Free, and we travel on just $2,000 / month (for a family of 3!)
Thank you so much for your interest in supporting us as we travel around the world and help influence and teach others to do the same.
Here are some FREE WAYS to support us
1. USE our Website and Blog Search features for your travel planning.
2. FOLLOW us on Social Media and SHARE our content.
There are buttons at the bottom of each blog post to help you share our content to your favorite social media site. We also share our blog updates and Instagram posts on our Facebook page, so you can share directly from there. Each share helps us out with word-of-mouth advertising and we really appreciate each "like", comment, and share!
3. Use our site to help plan your vacation or holiday.
Use our BOOK YOUR TRIP page to save yourself some money AND support us as well (at no additional cost)!
Use our affiliate link at booking.com to make your hotel reservations. If it’s your first time to use booking.com, use this link to get $25 off your first stay, and we'll get $25 off our next stay as well!
Airbnb.com – Get $40 off your first trip! Additionally, if you book a stay of more than $75, we'll get $20 in travel credit for referring you!
Turo.com – Renting a car? Use our turo link and get $25 off your first trip. We'll get $25 credit as well - Thanks!
4. Subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Once we get to 100 subscribers we can have a custom URL link. When we get to 1000 subscribers and enough view hours, we can start monetizing our channel. That would be helpful!
— Ways to help us that cost just a few dollars —
5. Purchase our photos.
Currently they are $2/photo. Contact us if you're interested! You can also find them on iStock!
6. Become a Member!
We have a few plans that you can choose to receive postcards from where we go and monthly newsletters. Part of the funds even go to help children or homeless people around the world. Members can also vote on where we should go next as an added perk!
Yes, you can even donate to help us out. Here’s the donation button (thank you so much!)
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MORE ABOUT US
Jenny's travels have brought her to Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Macau, Canada, France, Mexico, Jamaica, and the Bahamas while living in the United States. She has experience as an Online Ad Trafficker, an Airline Hardware Buyer, an ESL teacher, and a Store Manager at EPCOT. She has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and currently serves as President at Eat Wander Explore.
Background: The foodie. Grew up in Hawaii. Taught English in Japan for 6.5 years, former Disney cast member, and took her very first flight at 3 months old.
Latest Obsessions: Belgian Liege waffles, Pinterest, Pokemon Go, Cave exploring
Dislikes: Chocolate, large crowds, small boats on large waves
Wants to go to: Thailand, Nepal, Prince Edward Island, Shanghai Disneyland, and Taiwan
Dreams of: family vacation trips, visiting all the Disney Parks in one calendar year
Wants to learn: app programming, fluency in Japanese and Italian, how to meal prep
Aspires to: inspire others to try new things, make travel easier for all, have a profitable business
Bradley's travels have brought him to Mexico, Kuwait, Djibouti, Kenya, England, Dominica, St. Lucia, Belize, Honduras, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and the Bahamas while living in the United States. He has experience as a Senior Consultant, Financial Analyst, IT Department Controller, and an Investment Manager. He has an M.B.A. and currently serves as Operations Manager at Eat Wander Explore.
Background: The unshakable entrepreneur. Grew up near Chicago, former financial analyst, served in the USMC, and sponsors a child in Malawi in Africa.
Latest Obsessions: Learning SEO, Building an organic Instagram following, Pokemon Go.
Dislikes: Bugs, messes, salespeople who lie, and being late.
Wants to go to: New Zealand, Nepal, Tanzania, Kruger National Park, and Japan.
Dreams of: going to Everest Base Camp, raising a family in New Zealand, living the simple life
Wants to Learn: to create quality YouTube travel videos, 360/VR video editing, program iPhone apps.
Aspires to: help people travel, fix political problems around the world, have a YouTube channel