Bbqboy and Spanky in the Media

bbqboy and spanky in the media

In the past we’ve been shy to be interviewed on other blogs. We also never thought of promoting the blog through the media. That suddenly changed over the past few weeks and through both chance and opportunity we’ve either written or been interviewed through different media and press.

Prepare to be fed up with our faces.



business inider
Business Insider is one of the world’s best known financial blogs and they’ll occasionally do a feature on travelling couples in their personal finance (“your money”) section. So I approached them with our story and was surprised when they said yes. I don’t usually like to get personal about our money on the blog so you’ll get a bit of background as well as some insights in this article.


How we paid off $46,000 of debt while traveling and living abroad




andys world journeys

Andy was the first of the bloggers who asked to interview me for his series on different travel bloggers. I’ve followed Andy for a while (you’ll find him on our Links page) just because he goes to all these crazy places that I’ve always been curious about. He’s definitely an off-the-beaten-track kind of guy and I hope that one day we can go to some of the same places.

This interview was mostly about blogging: how I started, why I enjoy blogging, with some advice for new bloggers.






reflections en route, edited header

I knew of Corinne and Jim’s blog but honestly never struck a blogger bond with them. On our recent trip to Germany I received an email from Corinne asking if we could get together in Prague (our next destination). We said sure. We had such an interesting evening with them, they’re about the nicest people you’ll ever meet. They’re teachers and have lived abroad in Japan, South Korea, and now Germany. They’ve seen just about everything in between and are an incredible inspiring couple. We’re now fans 🙂

Sometime after the 3rd beer Corinne said she’d like to interview us. The subject ranged from how we travel, to our interests and favorite places, to blogging and finally to inspiration for independent travel.

Rendezvous with Frank and Lissette from BBQ Boy and Spanky




next bite of life

Kemkem is one of our favorite bloggers. I got to know her during our first month of full-time travel back in July of 2014 when trying to figure out how to watch Netflix from overseas. She had an app. Kemkem knows all the technical stuff and is always incredible helpful. I also love her blog, she’s down to earth, honest and funny. She and her husband Federico are expats, living in Sevilla (Spain) with their 2 dogs. But they do tons of travelling and I always find her posts entertaining and informative. Plus she’s always got some kind of tip on the latest gadget or how to find cheap flights.

Anyway, Kemkem started doing these Podcasts with different expats and asked me if she could interview me live. I hesitantly said ok, I had a bad cold and I sound crappy on this. Lissette told me I sniffled through the whole thing and Kemkem said I coughed (but only 3 times). Yeah, thanks for all the womanly support. Anyway, my first ever podcast. It’s 100% ‘live’.


Podcast with Expats 3 – Frank and Lissette in Europe




 A big thanks to everyone above!




  1. Womanly support!!!! Haha!!! Totally cracked me up! 🙂 . Damn..we will get sick of seeing your faces, hearing your voices.. NOT! Will check out the other posts. There are always little nuggets hidden that are yet to be discovered. Thanks again for the interview. I had fun..and no..l did not hear any sniffling..but then, l am old 🙂
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  2. I think that’s pretty neat guys. Lotsa coverage from there.
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  3. Sounds like you guys are having a good laugh as you travel about and meeting some fab people along the way. Keep it up, your humour and insight inspire!
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  4. Great exposure guys! Congrats on becoming debt-free! What a fantastic story to illustrate that travel doesn’t have to be expensive – and that you can actually save money while traveling. 😉
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  5. Sara Yoel says:

    Hi Frank…and Lissette,
    I read everything in all three links/interviews, very interesting and enlightening, including the financial twist . I finally realized you also have a sense of humor….equating Budapest to New York (lived in one, been to the other), that was truly funny. I am two weeks away from landing in Prague, can’t wait, except hope my last month ailment doesn’t lend me in a hospital in Prague. But I am determent to crawl if I have to.
    Already mentally planning my next year itinerary, which includes Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia. Hope to see lots of your posts of these areas too.
    Keep tracking.
    Sara Y.

    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      HA! We weren’t joking about the Budapest – New York comparison: Lissette truly feels that Budapest is cosmopolitan yet has aspects of the crazy underground vibe that New York has.

      I hope you’ll enjoy Prague and that you won’t be suffering from any ailment! Let me know what you think.
      Thanks for your comment Sara.

  6. Okay, I pretty much died over the “womanly support” phrase… Way to end the post on a funny note! I saw the Business Insider article and was really impressed that you guys were able to accomplish that. It’s very inspiring.
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