About Us

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Hi! We are Frank & Lissette, a 50 year-old couple from Canada. We used to travel the way most other people do; fitting 2 to 4 week trips around our busy lives. But we always dreamed of travelling more and of breaking that 9-5 routine. After years of working, saving and planning, we left Montreal in July of 2014 and started our new lives of travelling the world.

Frank, aka BBQBOYI’m Frank, otherwise known as BBQboy. I do most of the writing on the blog. I was born outside Quebec City, lived in Africa for a few years as a kid, then moved around between Vancouver, Ottawa, and Montreal. I’ve had the travel bug since my mid-teens and have always tried to fit in at least one trip a year. I enjoy the exotic and adventurous; travel highlights to date include backpacking through Colombia, riding a motorbike across the Dominican Republic, and hiking through the mountains of northern Thailand. I was scammed for $3,000 in Bangkok, shot at in Sumatra (by pellet guns mind you), and attacked by an angry toucan in Brazil. My face seems to get me in trouble everywhere I go.


lissette2 Lissette (Spanky) is my wife and easily the most photographed person on this blog. Originally from New York, of Puerto Rican descent, she has a wonderful sense of humor and a great smile. I met her in 2005 on Lavalife with a handle of “BBQboy” (I have pretty good skills on the barbecue) and a tagline of “Got the meat, need the buns”. She thought it was funny. She enjoys the cultural and spiritual aspects of travel. Yoga, meditation, and enjoying European architecture and history are some of her favorite things.


My mom shows up on this blog once in a while. She retired early and travelled before settling down in Chiang Mai, Thailand about 10 years ago. Last year she discovered Mexico and now splits her time between Thailand and Mexico. I try to get together with her somewhere exotic at least once a year.


I’ve set up this website to document our travels. We’re never going to clutter it with ads and you won’t see any wishy-washy fluff pieces. We write the good and the bad of the places we visit; we think it’s important both for ourselves (and our own memories) as well as for readers of this blog, some of whom may be looking to follow in our footsteps. You’ll find a bit of everything: stories, photos, and lots of information and tips on the many places we’ve visited. We are slow travellers, often staying in a place 1-2 months, enjoying the cultural aspect of travel and connecting with locals. It is what we find so interesting about travel.

We hope our blog helps and inspires, in turn we appreciate any feedback or ideas!

Contact info: (English, French, or Spanish)

Email: bbqboynet@gmail.com



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  1. Hi Frank, I really like your website, the captures are really beautiful. I like the touch you have given to the destinations. I definitely will visit it again 🙂
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  2. Hello! I’ve nominated your awesome blog for the Liebster Award! Heres the link to find out more – http://exploringthebluemarble.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/weve-been-nominated-for-the-liebster-award/

    Hope you participate and I look forward to reading your answers.

  3. Hi!

    Thanks for your blog.
    I have found really interesting info and would like to thank you for sharing your experiences.
    We also love to travel and blend in with all kinds of people.
    This time we’re going to Cuba but I’m sure to check your blog when we’ll be traveling elsewhere too.
    I wish you all the very best and hope that there’s still loads and loads of beautiful stories to share ahead:)

    • Hi Kasia – thank you for one of the nicest comments ever! You’ll love Cuba, the people especially make it great. Don’t miss either Havana or Trinidad.

  4. Great website Frank. From your fellow blogger Steve @ AWOL Geordie.

    • Thanks so much Steve! You’ll see your site on my favorite links – been following you about 5 years and always enjoy your crazy stories. Keep it up! (and I don’t mean with the Thai girlfriends hehe)

  5. Nice to “e-meet” you!

  6. michael sweeney says:

    Hi Frank,
    I am you cousin…………today I spoke with Louise and your Dad and they told me about your blog.
    Looks like you are having a nice adventure traveling around. At the moment I am visiting my parents in Texas but will return to Egypt where my wife and I have been living for the past 4 years. Let me know what your travel plans are….maybe we can meet up for a BBQ and a beer sometime.

    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Hi Michael,
      Nice to hear from you! I think I met you once in London when we were both kids. And now we’re both middle aged, weird isn’t it?
      Egypt – that must be interesting! For work I assume?
      We’re presently in Thailand where we’ll be until late March. Then back to Europe (thinking Croatia at this point), Montreal for a short visit in the summer for some admin stuff, then probably back to the Balkans in late summer/early fall. We spent 3 months in Prague last summer and are curious about Eastern Europe in general.
      If we can meet up somewhere it would be a pleasure. Keep in touch; I’ve friended you back on facebook.

  7. Thanks for the Laotian postcard. So nice to hear about your travels.

    It has been a very snowy, cold winter in Maine. It’s snowing again today. This reminds me of the snowy winters growing up in rural Maine in the 1960’s and 1970’s. We’ve been able to enjoy snowshoeing on the fields near our home.

    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Hi Lynne – glad you received it! Hope it brings you a bit of the tropics, everyone mentions what a horrible winter its been back home. I hate snow.

  8. Hey Frank,

    Hope all is going well? Don’t you think it is about time you were featured in my interview series of Travel Bloggers? Would love to have you along? Check out my link if interested.
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Hey The Guy,
      It would interest me, I’ve been meaning to get out there a bit more but have been busy with my own content and a million other things.
      Currently in Mexico but will contact you next week, sure we can set something up.
      Thanks for contacting me 🙂

  9. Frank looks like you are doing the thing I wanted to do ,,,Traveling the World Enjoying Life …
    Please tell me How did u do it ?

    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Hi Chris,
      I wish I could tell you that there is an easy way.
      It’s something I always wanted to do and when I was in my early 20s I thought it would be through work somehow. I studied hard, got into a company, worked hard, went up higher in accounting/finance – and I got lucky getting into a great job working with good people. I also invested well. I loved my job but still always thought of travelling, the job was always a means to an end.
      That finally happened last year, in our late 40’s. And Lissette still does her full time work from overseas, so we are working and travelling as we go. So for us there was no easy way, just working, saving, and planning.
      The biggest advice I have for anyone who really, really wants to travel is to plan accordingly. Don’t spent money on cars or luxuries, get in a relationship with someone like-minded, plan your life always keeping your focus on the objective.

      • You are right ,but Trust me I work hard and try to save but in my side of the World in Amman.Jordan ,Daily life Expense & your Income never enough ,Considering have 3 daughters and a wife ..but I never gave up ,still thinking about traveling and I did visit few place between USA ,Egypt ,Turkey & Italy …
        Thank you again for Kind Words …
        You are Great …

        • Frank (bbqboy) says:

          I understand, no matter how hard we worked we are privileged to have lived life in North America.
          All the best and I hope you get to travel much more in the future 🙂

  10. Hi Frank,

    Just found your blog when I did a bit of research to one of our next destinations, Cuba. I absolutely love your style of writing and are excited to read through your other articles now 🙂
    All the best & safe travels from Vanuatu,
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Thank you for the very nice comment Sabine! Ah, we always love German bloggers 🙂 We are actually planning a 2-week vacation in Germany (one of our favorite countries) in late February.
      Vanuatu? Very nice, not many people get there.
      Thanks for coming on the page and saying Hi.

  11. Katelyn Bierl says:

    Hey there! I’ve loved reading your analysis of the Balkans. My husband and I will be traveling there this summer and you are one of the few blogs I’ve seen that has done a great analysis of the region! I’m primarily commenting to find out what your camera set up is because your photos are gorgeous! I’d love to know! Thanks and happy travels!

    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Hi Katelyn. Thanks for your comment – there are many reasons we love the Balkans, but one of them is that we can prolong our stay in Europe by going to countries like Croatia, Montenegro, Romania, and Bosnia and Herzegovina which are outside the Schengen zone (whith I personally wish they would abolish).
      Where are you thinking of going? If you ever have any questions I’ll help you best I can.
      As far as camera: nothing fancy. I have a Nikkon (about 5 years old, don’t know the model) and Lissette a Cannon Powershot. Both good. But the trick is do get an editing program and do a bit of editing because my experience with any camera is that unless you have the perfect lighting conditions the colour on a photo won’t reflect reality.
      Hope that helps 🙂

  12. LOVE your posts and photos. We’ll be in Bacharach for few days in October after visiting Poland with daughter and 13 y.o. granddaughter. Can’t wait!

  13. Hi Frank,, Thanks for your page and the amazing job you are doing. CONGRATULATIONS!!
    I lived in Vancouver, BC for 25 years and one amazing day, I got a job offer in Geneva/Switzerland. I have been living in Europe now for 15 years. I did exactly what you mentioned earlier. I worked hard, saved, invested ‘wisely’ to realize my life long dream. And that was traveling around the world without having to worry bout money and job & income!! My wife & and I, own a lovely place in Evian/ France, if ever, you and Lisette are close to this region, please come and stay with us. It will be an honor for us to host you. We are 10 minutes from Geneva, 35 minutes from Mont-Blanc / Chamonix and amazing Swiss/French Alps. Muchsisisimas gracias y mucho suerte en tu camino,,, Saludos,,

    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Hi Diego!
      Thank you so much for your comment, it is very kind of you. You moved from one great part of the world to another! We have a few parallels: I lived in Vancouver for a few years as a kid and ended up in Montreal. A few years back our company was taken over by a Swiss company (based in Geneva). Things started great and there was talk of me moving there to take over their finances – but I ended up having a falling out with the owners (which I don’t regret, in hindsight it wouldn’t have worked out). They lived right across the border from Geneva, probably right where you are. I remember an evening out in Carouge and some exploring of Geneva which I found ridiculously expensive. But it is a beautiful area and you’ve done well!
      Thank you so much for the very kind and generous offer!! Has to be one of the nicest offers we’ve ever received.
      Do you still do a lot of travelling? I imagine so if you found our blog. Please keep in touch and don’t ever hesitate to comment, always enjoy other people’s take on things.

  14. Nice to read and “meet” you guys, that’s a cool introduction. Good for you guys for shaping your lives and making travel central to your life. Great minds think alike!

    Love your blog and the density of information and beautiful photographs.

    Do swing by and visit us on our blog as well.
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Hi Peta!
      Actually I have and subscribed to your blog – enjoy it very much, you guys have become one of our favorites 🙂

  15. Hi Frank & Lissette,
    I just re-read your Bio, although I read it over a year ago. Always worth reading something twice at least, never know what you missed the first time. I missed then how your ability to travel occurred as a result of a negative development at work. As I always believed: when something bad happens a great thing will follow (remember my mishap last year’s trip)………one door closes another opens. You and your blog have given me a tremendous “push” to fulfill my traveling dreams even as I got quiet older than you both, and I can only do it once on a yearly basis for a lengthy time . I only wish that this would have happened 10 years ago……how exciting to follow in your adventures.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR…….and write about Christmas in Split.

  16. Hey! So nice to read your blog. I enjoy your pics and the relationship you and Lissette seem to have. We are moving, with our 3 sons, to Mexico this summer. We are taking a preliminary trip next week to check out 4 cities that made it to our final list. Guanajuato, Queretaro, Puebla, and Cuernavaca. I love reading about your travels, keep it up!

    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Thanks so much for the nice message Christy. That’s exciting, I think you’ll enjoy it. I’ve never heard of Cuernavaca actually – but I can vouch for Guanajuato and Puebla, both great places (Queretaro not as pretty and it has gotten big and sprawling…). I think to live Puebla would be my choice, but to visit Guanajuato quite spectacular. In any event, that’s a big move and very exciting!
      PS I know what I’ve said about San Miguel de Allende on the blog – but it really is very nice and almost perfect for the expat (at least as a first step into Mexico). No interest there?
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  17. Once again, super wonderful blog. I’m envious of your travels and next time you’re in Croatia let me know so I can greet you and cook you something. 😀

    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Hi Tea! Thank you for the very kind words.
      We are in Split Croatia right now!! When should we come over for dinner? 😉

  18. Hey, so sorry, didn’t see this comment until now. I’m situated in Zagreb, but can move around over weekends, so next time (this time I’ll read your response for sure!) I’ll meet you guys for sure! Until then, enjoy your adventures 🙂
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  19. Dear Frank and Lissette,
    Christmas fills the world with the magic of believing. Wishing you a joyous Christmas and a bright and beautiful New Year!

  20. Hi,

    Hope you are doing good!

    I just reviewed your site bbqboy.net and impressed with the quality work on your site.

    I was wondering if you allow some Sponsor Posts with do-follow links.

    Could you please send me the Pricing/Details?
    Looking forward to hear from you.

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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Hello Nageen,
      Thanks for you comment. I will write you back on the email about this query.

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