Twippers of the Week: Toccara & Sam from Forget Someday

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Current City: We just spent a month in England housesitting and we’re now heading to Spain and Portugal for a few weeks of fun in the sun!

Age: We’re both 34.

Total countries visited (26): Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cambodia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, North America, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam. Drove through: Luxembourg, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

What makes you interesting: First, my name: Toccara. There aren’t too many of us out there! I was named after an Avon perfume that was only made available for a year or two in the 80s. It’s didn’t smell so great, but the name is lovely! Second, we’ve actually known each other since pre-school (3 years old). I had a little crush on Sam in pre-school, but come elementary school we went to different schools, only to be reunited again in middle school. We’ve always been friends, but lived in other places, and dated other people, until life kept bringing us back together again! We started dating in our mid-twenties and after a short courtship and even shorter engagement; we were married on New Year’s Eve 2010.

What brands do you love: What we can say, we’re suckers for awesome camera gear! We love our GoProNikon DSLR and lenses, and we’re hoping to get a drone here in the near future. We’re not honestly big on name brands, but rather what works for us and our budget!  

Describe the last time you tried something new: With nonstop travel, I feel like we try something new every day! We’re in a new place, seeing new things, trying new foods. We really enjoy trying local cuisine as we travel to really get a taste for the culture and traditional eats!

What is the best part about having a travel partner: Two heads are better than one; we plan and figure stuff out together. We keep each other balanced. If one of us gets stressed out over something that isn’t going according to plan or we’re just having one of those rare bad days, the other is there to reassure that everything will be OK. Plus, it’s pretty awesome spending 24/7 with your best friend!   

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: I’ve never really been materialistic, but traveling full-time has taught me that I can be a minimalist!

Is there anywhere you will not travel to: There are countries we have no desire to visit – mostly those experiencing political unrest or war-torn. We want to be vigilant and travel to places where we feel safe. Though violence sadly can happen anywhere, we prefer to not purposely put ourselves in dangerous situations if we can avoid it. We also prefer to visit small towns and villages and only visit large cities on occasion.

It’s your first day arriving in a country with a language so foreign it might as well be gibberish, how do you plan to get by: Whenever visiting a new place, we really do our best to learn a few key phrases. We occasionally have a pocket-sized language book, and when all else fails our Google Translate App usually saves the day!

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried and where: Even though we love sampling the local cuisine in a new place, we’re not super adventurous when it comes to trying bizarre foods. For example, we did NOT sample fermented shark while in Iceland and avoided eating bugs on a stick in Thailand. Though not necessarily ‘interesting’, we were recently in Ireland in a seaside town famous for its mussels. Neither of us had ever tried mussels, because to be honest we had never had the desire to, but the local tavern owner insisted we try them. Much to our surprise, we loved them! So, while we’re not keen on sampling outrageous food for the sake of adventure, we will try new foods in new places that may help us feel connected with the locals and their traditional eats.

Next travel destination: As mentioned, we’re going to Spain and Portugal for a few weeks, then to Sweden for a Travel Bloggers conference.