Why We Blog?
As a young gay couple, we have a unique perspective on travel. Whether it’s Pride hopping around Europe or traveling in Africa where gay rights are negligible, we are constantly exposed to new experiences and unfamiliar cultures. We enjoy sharing our insights from all we’ve done right and wrong and aim to provide valuable stories and travel advice. For us, travel is amazing and life changing and we want others to get a taste. Though many people don’t realize, travel is more achievable than they think and we want to prove that it’s also possible to do without spending a lot of money. We hope to inspire those who want to travel to actually do it and those who already do to travel more.
Why Two Bad Tourists?
Though we consider ourselves great travelers, we are most definitely Bad Tourists. But we can assure you that this is a good thing! We like to travel “our way” and not the way you’re “supposed to.” For some reason, there is a lot of peer-pressure that you feel when you visit a new place. We try to avoid the pressure of hyper-sightseeing and prefer to experience a destination as if you lived in that city. Whether it’s going for drinks at a neighborhood bar, checking out a local festival or taking a stroll in a city park, we travel a bit slower and try to take in more by seeing less.
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How We Started
The idea of our travel adventure started with a decision to leave our home in Chicago and move to California. Upon leaving, we would have to find new jobs after arriving to the west coast. That’s what sparked the thought: what’s the hurry to move and find new jobs immediately? Really, there wasn’t one as long as we could afford a break. Then we both knew exactly what we’d want to do next: travel. Anywhere and everywhere.
How We Did It
It was not easy to get to the financial state to travel for a year…it took nearly three years of planning. We both had decent jobs, but we were living in downtown Chicago – not cheap! David also had a habit of swiping his credit card without a second thought. And while Auston was more financially savvy, we never really had any sort of budget or saving plan. But if we were serious about our goal, we had to save. Finally, after months of scrutinizing where our money actually went (what we used to refer to as “the abyss”) we got our act together, figured out a budget and were on track. In March of 2012 it was time to say goodbye to Chicago, the city we loved and weather we hated, to seize new opportunities abroad. We sold nearly everything we owned and took the plunge.
Who Are We?
Besides being married for 4+ years (together for 9!) we actually have individual personalities and stories. Here’s a bit about each of us:
Auston grew up in Phoenix before escaping to Chicago in 2008. He worked as an engineer for six years and claims it was his idea for him and David to quit their jobs and travel. David insists the contrary is true but who’s to say at this point? Auston currently works part-time as a freelance engineer while traveling from his home base in Madrid. He’s the technical brain behind this blog and his ridiculous organization, travel savvy and financial planning has helped provide the ability to travel indefinitely.
David also grew up in Phoenix and moved to Chi-town in ’08. He worked as a medical technologist for a couple years before taking on the life of a vagabond. Currently he focuses on leeching off the money Auston makes through his freelance gig, though now he’s actually teaching English in Madrid. David is the creative brain behind TwoBadTourists focusing on the writing, photography, and videos. Plus he’s extremely talented at complaining about Auston’s penny-pinching.
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