Twippers of the Week: Josh and Krissy from Wanderlust Duo!

Current City: We are currently at home in St. Louis and gearing up for an adventure to Central America for the very first time.

Age: Josh is 38 and Krissy is 36.

Total countries visited: So far we’ve explored the cities and regions of 35 countries, 33 of which we’ve visited in the last three years.

What makes you interesting: Next month we’ll be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary… It’s amazing how time flies!!  We have spent nearly half of our lives together and have only traveled abroad together.

What brand do you love: We love brands that help us travel more efficiently. For example, when we touch down in a new country, T-Mobile automatically connects to the local mobile provider, giving us data for no extra charge.  Another great one is Charles Schwab’s ATM card, which refunds fees from any ATM in the world.  We also love Airbnb, which allows us to travel slower, live in real neighborhoods, and cook whatever strange things we find in the local markets.

What does “Travel” mean to you: For us, travel is a way to truly expand horizons.  There is no way to better learn more about yourself than to be confronted with unimaginable scenarios in strange surroundings, and overcome new obstacles.  It’s also amazing to find that most people are friendly and willing to help when someone is in need. International travel also makes the world a much smaller and more relatable place!

What has been the most useful thing you have brought on a trip: We purchased a RAVPower 26800 mAh portable charger that has been priceless.  It has three outputs and can charge an iPhone 7 nine time between recharges.  Also, it may seem simple, but when living out of a backpack, packing cubes are a great way to fight wrinkles and keep things somewhat organized.

Describe the last time you tried something new: We are always on the hunt to try new things, and are cautiously up for anything.  It’s definitely not our most exciting “new thing”, but we recently tried our first all-vegan restaurant and were very impressed!

Do you have any recommendations to help battle jet lag: In order to battle jet lag, we try sleep on the plane based on the local sleeping times of the places we visit.  Also, we find that bringing extra drinking water onboard the flight and avoiding caffeine and alcohol seems to help.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: Traveling with a partner is the only way to go!  Most importantly, you’ll form a special “co-pilot” bond and can revisit shared memories for life.

What is your most favorite travel memory:The first travel memory that comes to mind was from our first European trip.  We were traveling from Barcelona to Nice and made every mistake possible.  We went to the wrong train station, got on the wrong train, and when we finally figured things out and made it to France, we were so sick of trains we hopped off and rented a highly over-priced car.  It was getting late as we neared Nice, and when finally we pulled off the highway for gas, all the stations were closed.  When we finally found an open station and rolled in on fumes, our credit cards weren’t working and our phones were dead.  We ended up getting just enough gas with the coins we had for tolls, and made it!  It’s funny how such a stressful day can turn into such a funny memory.  As they say, “It’s the journey, not the destination.”

Next travel destination: We are currently fanning the flames on our new St. Louis-based business, but we are planning to spend some time in Central America once the temperatures drop a bit.  Everything’s up in the air as of yet, but Costa Rica, Guadalupe, and Panama rank high on the list!