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.
I’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.
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)
April, 2016 – featured in Business Insider.
Sept. 2015 – named in ‘Top 20 Couples Travel Blogs” by Holidaylettings (part of Trip Advisor)
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