Twippers of the Week: Samantha and Angus from Those Crazy Nelsons!

Current city: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Age: 40 & 46

Total countries visited: 15+

What makes you interesting: In 2014, we sold our house and most of our belongings. Samantha quit her career in higher education to homeschool our younger children. Angus worked remotely, and we traveled–staying in new places every 30 days. We traded our mortgage for memories and found that life can be lived very differently! From that entire experience, we discovered travel blogging and have been doing it ever since.

What brands do you love: We love Kia cars, Nikon cameras, Apple products, Southwest Airlines, and Airbnb.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: Life doesn’t have to be traditional in order to be enjoyed. Don’t be scared to ditch conformity a little and blaze your own trail with your family. People may scoff and not understand. Worse, they may think you’re being foolish. You have to listen to your heart and pursue the things that bring you peace.

What’s your favorite passport stamp: Samantha’s is Koper, Slovenia and  Angus’ is Soviet Union (before it was Russia).

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: Samantha would be Aruba–laid back, peaceful, and operates on her own time. Angus would be New Zealand–laid back, beautiful places to explore, and tucked away from the world’s drama.

What is your most favorite travel memory: Watching the sunset in an infinity pool while sailing the Mediterranean Sea on the Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: Sharing memories and having someone there who is able to remind you of the highs, when you’re facing the lows. Our children are also our travel partners and the best thing about traveling with them is watching them learn about the world and interact with people of all cultures.

What has been the most useful thing you have brought on a trip: We bought carseat vests for our children during our year of travel that made life so much easier! We threw away the bulky car seats and opted for the Ridesafer carseat travel vests.

Next travel destination: We’ve got summer trips planned to Louisville, KY, Indianapolis, IN, and various parts of Virginia!