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We’re a married couple with a global story. Shelley was born in Seoul, South Korea, but immigrated to Canada when she was 2 years old. Agri was born in Albania, and lived in Greece and Italy, before moving to Canada when he was 19 years old.

We met in Canada in 2006, moved to South Korea together in 2009, got married in 2010 and the rest is, as they say, history.

Getting married on the beach in Koh Samui, Thailand

Getting married on the beach in Koh Samui, Thailand

Both of us had a love of traveling before we met, but it’s much more fun to wander the globe together. So, in 2012, we packed up our lives and fulfilled a long dreamt wish – to travel around the world for 1 full year. We visited 25 countries on our trip, and checked a few musts off our travel wish list, including trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, taking a hot air balloon ride in Cappodocia and taking a wildlife safari in the Serengeti. Our time was unforgettable, and while we’re way behind on blogging about our trip, we hope to get all our stories down with time.

Until then, we’ll be enjoying our life as expats in Seoul, South Korea, continuing to explore the world as much as we can and hopefully checking a few more of the items off our wish list.

To find out more about our Round The World journey, check out our interview on the wonderful Budget Your Trip website, which we used to track our expenses, while traveling. You can check it out here.

Why Travel-Stained?

We named the blog “Travel-Stained” because we believe that there’s a big difference between traveling and ‘being on vacation.’ Being on vacation usually involves a comfortable bubble that is not so different from home. It usually includes chain hotels where service is very familiar, ‘safe’ dining experiences, guided tours to the most well-known tourist destinations and very little contact with locals outside of a service environment.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with this, and we’ll happily take an all-inclusive vacation package to Cuba anyday…but we think that at it’s best, travel has the capacity to mark you. It’s when you stray from the well-known tourist trail, risk eating at street side food stands that don’t necessarily look ‘clean,’ and throw yourself into the local experience as much as possible, that travel truly becomes magical – and this is what we strive for most in our travels – to allow our lives and perceptions to be touched, marked and stained by the world.

The Travelers

Shelley HawaiiShelley: I took my first international trip when I was just 10 years old. My parents took our family to Hawaii and back to the motherland, South Korea. South Korea was still a developing country then, and I distinctly remember seeing pit toilets for the first time, and eating chestnuts and sweet potatoes that had been roasted on top of fires in garbage cans. Of course, all of that is rare in Seoul these days, but I still crave those sweet potatoes whenever I see them.

My next big trip was to Communist Russia, when I was 13 years old. It was a school trip (some school trip, eh?), and I still can’t believe that my overprotective parents sent me there on my own. Little did they know, they were creating a monster, because that’s when I was bitten by the travel bug, hard.

Since then, I’ve somehow managed to travel to 56 countries and see 36% of the world (or so Tripadvisor tells me). My favorite travel experience is sitting in a cafe for hours sipping coffee, while watching the locals wander by.

Agri SoccerAgri (the Bear): I love football (soccer), history and chess. I’m 30 years old, but I’ve already lived in 5 different countries: Albania, Greece, Italy, Canada and South Korea. I’ve had the good fortune to visit over 40, and does it ever irk me that Shelley has been to 10 more than me!

Needless to say, I think I was born with the travel bug. I speak English, Albanian and Italian fluently, and a little Korean when absolutely necessary (usually food related). My favorite travel experiences usually involve thrills, food and history. I am highly irritated by the pace of Shelley’s coffee drinking, and sometimes resort to gulping it down when she’s not looking to speed up the process. I will (likely) write posts only when pressured to do so.

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  1. Hi there! I just was nominated myself, and now Iโ€™m nominating you for the Liebster Award. It recognizes up-and-coming blogs, particularly those with less than 200 followers. Visit my blog for all the details, and thanks for inspiring me. Congratulations! —Jadi

    February 21, 2013
    • Hi Jadi, thank you for the nomination and for your great writing too! I’m enjoying it a lot.

      February 21, 2013
  2. It was my pleasure, and thanks for the compliment! —Jadi

    February 21, 2013
  3. I stopped by to thank you for liking one of my recent blog posts. It never fails to give me a lift when I see that.

    So, thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 24, 2013
    • I love the idea behind your blog and look forward to reading more!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      February 27, 2013
  4. Hey there! I really like reading your blog, and I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blog Award! Click the link to take a look!

    http://thevintagepostcard.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/very-inspiring-blog-award/

    April 1, 2013
  5. Hey, we love your blog so much we’ve gone and nominated it for an award! Visit to see what here I think?! Anyway – http://timandgemma.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=882&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2. Yeah, sorry for the massive link…

    May 26, 2013
  6. I love your story. I went to Korea when I was too young to appreciate it (I’m Korean-Canadian), but I would love to go back one day. I think you and I are cut from the same cloth, although you have much more travel experience than I do. Very inspiring ๐Ÿ˜‰

    June 7, 2013
    • A fellow Korean-Canadian! Oh, Seoul is a wonderful city to live in…and the pace of growth here is relentless. It’s amazing how fast things change.

      Have you seen this gorgeous timelapse of Seoul. It really captures the energy, pace and size of the city: http://vimeo.com/49360706#

      June 9, 2013
  7. Shelley, I know that we have exchanged one-off article comments, but thank you for following our food & travel adventures this year at 4feet2mouths. We appreciate you as a reader.

    July 4, 2013
  8. Hi Shelley and Agri,
    How wonderful to ‘meet’ fellow multi-cultural like-minded wanderers. First of all thank you for checking into my blog and secondly, absolutely love your ‘stained’ metaphor. This is exactly what travel does to your soul, mind…and even your body (battle scars welcome!)

    I’ll just take a look see at the rest of your blog, looking forward to learning more about your adventures. Agri your home country, Albania, was one of the friendliest we encountered over the last 11 months. It is still in somewhat of a sad state of affairs, but that coast has so much potential. Hopefully tourism will see it rise and rise where it belongs, at the top of the Adriatic must-see country list.
    Cheers for now
    Laura

    August 5, 2013
    • Hi Laura! Thank you for taking the time to read! We still have a lot to write about – would you believe we’re a whole year behind on our writing!? I don’t understand how people who do RTW trips keep up with their blogs. We found it impossible, but we’re committed to writing about everything…even if it takes forever!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 9, 2013
  9. Your histories are fascinating. I love the multilingualism. I wonder how Shelley will process this post based on the portrait of a Korean mother:

    http://aholisticjourney.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/the-invisible-woman-who-whipped-her-son/

    Diana

    August 22, 2013
    • Hey! Thanks for connecting! ๐Ÿ™‚ Very interesting portrait…I see it all over the place here…for some reason Korean motherhood and suffering/denial/martyrdom has to go together somehow. Surely there must be another way…?

      August 26, 2013
      • See it everywhere, huh? When you travel as you do? SO interesting. I’ve begun a fresh exploration of the subject – from the inside out. If you can manage the time, you might want to chk out the two st r u gg ling artist poems I put out recently. Speaks directly into the motherhood/denial… Keep up the great site and…happy trails.

        August 26, 2013
  10. Hi Shelley, just wanted to say thanks for the follow.

    And we have something rare in common. My first big international trip was to Russia as well, though I was 21 when I made it. I was blown away by the beauty of the place and the people. Cheers to being bitten by “the bug” in Russia!

    January 4, 2014
    • We’re actually heading back to Russia – St. Petersburg – in February! I’m super curious to see how it looks to me now. When I first visited, I was 13, on a school trip and it was the communist Soviet Union. Now I’m 40, and things have changed an awful lot there, I’m sure. Should be super interesting!!

      January 8, 2014
  11. trose1189 #

    You’re inspirational as a couple making travel work together. Loved your explanation of the blog name, too!

    January 13, 2014
    • Aww, thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think every couple should be forced to live in a small hotel room together for 1 full year… if you can make it through that, you can make it through anything!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      January 15, 2014
  12. Hi,

    Thanks for liking my post and it is awesome reading bout both of you, a very international couple I would say ๐Ÿ™‚ I am following your blog now and can’t wait for more updates! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Stay calm and keep travelling!

    January 21, 2014
  13. Great blog! I can’t wait to follow along ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 20, 2014
  14. Iโ€™m happy to nominate you for One Lovely Blog Award. The rules are the same as those for a Versatile Blogger Award. Check them out here: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/ Congratulations! โ€”Jadi

    March 1, 2014
    • Hi Jadi. I am simply awful at writing up these things, but thank you very much for the positive vibes! ๐Ÿ™‚

      March 2, 2014
      • No strings attached and I completely understand. The reason I respond to being nominated myself is that it gives me a chance to promote the blogs I like. I knew you were going on one of those lists!

        March 4, 2014
  15. Such an awesome thing to have: bitten by a travel bug or born with it! I really want to experience such thing! I love traveling but making it a reality is not quite easy for me! But this post (and you blog) really gives me a lot of inspiration! Thanks for liking my latest post!

    March 4, 2014
    • Ahh, but you have made it all the way to Seoul, so traveling has become a reality for you already! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s really easy to travel around Korea too, and inexpensive – there’s a lot of free buses and travel programs for foreigners here. Once you start looking into it, you’ll be surprised by how easy it is!!

      March 5, 2014
      • Aw thanks!^^ Really? :O I just started school so didn’t have the time to look into traveling in Korea, but I really want to do it after the midterm exams! Where in Korea du recommend the most??

        March 7, 2014
        • Hmm, well since you just got here, you can start by exploring Seoul!! It’s such a huge city and all of the areas are very different. Start over by Gwanghwamun or Anguk subway station and stroll around. The royal palaces, and traditional areas are there and they are lovely. I especially love Samcheong-dong. ๐Ÿ™‚

          From there, just keep your eyes peeled for festivals and free offers around the country. They are often posted, and I think that your school will probably make you aware of a lot of them. Here’s an offer for a free bus from Seoul to Jeonju for foreigners for example: https://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/FU/FU_EN_15.jsp?cid=1797480

          March 9, 2014
          • Thank you very much for the great information! It’ll just make my stay in Korean even more amazing! ๐Ÿ˜€ May you keep inspiring others to travel!

            March 11, 2014
  16. We totally agree with you that travelling together (I.e. with your best friend) is so incredible! It’s wonderful that you both have the sense of adventure. Look forward to your stories.

    March 8, 2014
    • I always read about the perks of traveling solo, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. We are closer than ever, but I guess being trapped in a small hotel room together all the time, helps you maintain that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

      March 9, 2014
  17. Love the stained metaphor ๐Ÿ™‚ We are also a couple who love traveling, but we haven’t yet taken the leap for a round the world trip like you two. Hopefully one day, fingers crossed.

    March 10, 2014
    • Traveling long-term is an unforgettable experience that continues to live with you long after the trip is over. I’ll cross my fingers for you too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      March 11, 2014
  18. JChen #

    Hi Shelley, thank you for stopping by at my blog. Wow….I can’t help but envy your RTW journey. Awesome! Daebak!

    March 12, 2014
  19. sternenkleid #

    A very nice blog and beautiful pictures.

    Greetings from Austria

    http://www.unserideenreich.wordpress.com

    March 27, 2014
    • Hey, thanks for visiting and commenting!! I traveled to Vienna many years ago – long before the real age of blogging, and before I really knew how to “travel.” I have always longed to return. Greetings from Seoul! ๐Ÿ˜€

      March 28, 2014
  20. thank you so much for the like of my ‘street life’ photo. Kind of pales in comparison to the streets you have seen. Your blog is simply fascinating! And you are right–it is much more fun to travel with someone, not just yourself. And you made it to the US, too. Yay! Have fun.

    March 30, 2014
    • Aww thanks!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been extremely lucky, especially with Rome, because a lot of my husband’s family lives there. We “have” to visit there quite often because of it. Terrible, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      March 31, 2014
  21. Hey ๐Ÿ™‚ Just stopped by from WKB 2014. Your story is phenomenal, it was like reading about the things I wish for everyday. I cannot wait to start travelling the world and quenching my thirst for adventure. However before that happens, I look forward to experiencing it vicariously through your stories. Nice to meet you ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 8, 2014
    • Hey Amira!! Thanks for stopping by. It’s gonna be a fun year, I think. Aww, thanks for your sweet comment. It’s very nice to meet you to. I’m gonna check out your blog now. ๐Ÿ˜€

      April 8, 2014
  22. Hi Shelley and Agri,
    I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Should you wish to accept the award, do check out this link http://tanzalongs.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/ive-been-nominated-for-the-liebster-award/ and follow the instructions.
    There is no requirement to do this (this is not a chain letter), just a chance to promote other blogs from one blogger to another.

    April 9, 2014
    • Hi there!! Thank you so much for the nomination! We’re honoured. ๐Ÿ˜€ But I must admit that we are absolutely terrible at writing these up. One day, I am going to do something about them…one day… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      April 10, 2014
  23. You do have a great blog and a truly lovely story behind it! Stay happy bloggers and enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Greetings from the North, Dina

    April 12, 2014
  24. A very entertaining ‘About’ page. ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 16, 2014
  25. sf #

    A global couple indeed! Lovely!

    April 21, 2014
  26. I am not sure if I thanked you for the follow over at CTB :D… but thanks for the visits, follow and all the great comments ๐Ÿ™‚ Very nice to ‘meet’ you.

    April 25, 2014
  27. MM #

    Awesome story! Keep on travelling you two! ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 26, 2014
  28. trose1189 #

    I was recently nominated for my first blog award and I’ve nominated you for the WordPress Family Award as well!
    More about it here: http://tessa-rose.com/awards/
    Happy travels!

    April 26, 2014
  29. Hello! Iโ€™ve really been enjoying reading your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award: http://ellisgoesonholiday.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/the-versatile-blogger-award/
    Happy Blogging!

    May 4, 2014
  30. You both are such a cute couple! Anytime you guys are in the U.S.A (more specifically in Dallas, Texas), just let us know and we’ll show you around!

    May 20, 2014
    • Aww, that’s so sweet!! Would you believe we’ve been to Dallas? We have some good friends that live there, so we made it one of the stops on our RTW tour, before we headed to South America. Miss all the Tex-Mex!

      If we ever get there, we’ll definitely get in touch. Love meeting other blogging couples! ๐Ÿ˜€ And likewise, if you ever make it to Seoul. There’s a lot of great hiking around here…not high mountains, but very rocky and usually involving a bit of climbing at the top. Quite a different experience than the US or Canada.

      May 21, 2014
      • Anytime and thanks for the offer as well! Getting out and exploring is always a great idea. :o)

        May 21, 2014
  31. Thanks for visiting. You have a wonderful blog here and great story. Looking forward to more.

    May 25, 2014
  32. Head Out West #

    Beautiful blog! I look forward to reading about more of your adventures ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 12, 2014
  33. Wonderful about page. I’m so glad you all are making your dreams come true and I really like your travel philosophy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your header is fabulous!

    June 14, 2014
    • Thank you so much for your beautiful comment. We feel truly blessed to live the life we do. ๐Ÿ˜€

      June 16, 2014
  34. I couldn’t agree more that travel leaves a colourful ‘mark’ on our perceptions and characters forever. What an extraordinary global story you two have! Thanks for sharing it and for stopping by my blog ๐Ÿ˜‰

    June 16, 2014
    • It’s really the true beauty of traveling isn’t it? To allow ourselves to be changed by our experiences in the world. It’s such a privilege to wander the world as we do. ๐Ÿ˜€

      July 3, 2014
  35. Hi Shelley, I know you’ve already been nominated, but I wanted to give you the shout-out for a Versatile Blogger Award because I’ve loved following your blog and learning about things like dogsleds in Norway. Great work!

    July 11, 2014
  36. Can’t believe I’ve only just discovered this. Keep up the good work, looking forward to your next post! Follow back if you will, thank you.

    July 29, 2014
    • Hey! thanks for following…will take a browse around your site when we get back to home base. ๐Ÿ™‚ On the road at the moment, so the next post might be some time coming… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      July 30, 2014
      • Thank you for your reply. No worries. I will blog as frequently as time allows! Thanks again.

        August 1, 2014
  37. Hi Shelley and Agri! Great story, and wonderful blog! Looking forward to see and read more from your travels, because here you have one new follower!
    Cheers,
    Hanne

    August 12, 2014
  38. Really nice blog! By the way, I can recognize your wedding place. Is it in Koh Samui, Thailand, the Library hotel?! Such a nice place there!

    August 30, 2014
    • Hey Sasha, thanks a lot! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes! you’re absolutely right! It’s The Library hotel in Samui – pretty distinctive design. And yes, soooo nice. We only had 3 nights there during our wedding and it was so hectic, we didn’t get enough time to really just relax and enjoy the hotel. Will have to go back one day for sure. Did you stay there? Isn’t the breakfast on the beach just amazing!!?

      August 31, 2014
      • Their breakfast on the beach is one of the most amazing experiences! I went there for my baby moon. It was really a special trip!

        August 31, 2014
  39. Just wanted to say that your blogs are really good. I nominated you for the โ€œOne Lovely Blog Award!โ€ http://wp.me/p4kBRo-24D

    September 2, 2014
  40. Hello Shelley and Agri! ๐Ÿ™‚ wow! what a beautiful story you have there ๐Ÿ™‚ continue to inspire others with your travel adventures. thanks for liking my post btw ๐Ÿ™‚

    September 2, 2014
    • Hi Karen! Aww, thanks for your beautiful comment and welcome to the blog. Happy to have you with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

      September 2, 2014
  41. Amazing story you guys! Again, I’m really happy to e-meet you, and I look forward to seeing what you both get up to on here.
    We’re hoping to do a similar round the world trip in the next 2-3 years, once our budget is in place! From the sounds of it, you hit up a lot of the same places we hope to experience as well. can’t wait to read about it!
    ~ Andrea โค

    September 22, 2014
    • Ooooh, you’re planning a RTW! So amazing! I wish we could go on another one. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The great thing is that Korea is one of the best places to book a RTW ticket from…it’s much cheaper than if you started in Canada, for example. Our routing cost $3000 LESS, simply because we left from Seoul, instead of Toronto, for the exact same thing!

      September 23, 2014
      • That’s amazingly great to know!! Thank you for that!
        If you don’t mind me asking – what kind of budget did you guys set for your trip? I find that to be the trickiest part of it all, as does everyone it seems! ๐Ÿ˜€
        ~ โค

        September 23, 2014
        • That’s the million dollar question isn’t it!? Definitely the hardest part to determine in advance. We aimed for $100/day overall for both of us, not including international flights, and a few big ticket items (like safari in Tanzania and trekking Machu Picchu). I still haven’t completely tabulated how much we actually spent, but I’m pretty sure it was more than that.

          I haven’t finished writing about everything yet, but if you check under the Prep and Planning tab on the menu, you’ll see a series of posts called “The Breakdown.” I break out what we spent in those posts. We can definitely give you some tips on which countries were cheap and which were surprisingly expensive (like Argentina). It can make a big difference to your overall budget, where you choose to go. Feel free to ask us anything. ๐Ÿ™‚

          September 23, 2014
          • You’re amazing Shelley!! Thank you so much for this, it’s so incredibly helpful!! ๐Ÿ˜€
            I look forward to perusing your breakdown tips! A RTW trip is one of those things you don’t feel is entirely real until you actually wrap your mind around the cost. Until then it sort of feels like a pipe dream, so to hear $100/day makes it feel more real to me!
            Again, thanks so much!!
            ~ Andrea โค

            September 24, 2014
  42. Love your stories and especially love the header! Happy travels!

    October 5, 2014
    • Hi there and welcome! I was lucky enough to have a super talented little niece that came up with and designed the entire header for me. I’m glad you like it. ๐Ÿ˜€

      October 5, 2014
  43. I loved your blog at first sight, but the more I read the more I like it. I’m glad you found me! ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to reading more.
    -M

    October 10, 2014
  44. Shelley, you’ve got such a wonderful blog! And a lot of practical advice for the serious traveller. South America, Ireland, and Borneo are all on our wish list. Glad to have found your blog and look forward to exploring it, at length. ๐Ÿ™‚
    – Cheryl

    October 13, 2014
    • Hi Cheryl, it’s very nice to meet you and welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚ Gorgeous photography on your blog! I would def recommend South America and Borneo…you’ll need a lot of time to explore in those places. I was only in Ireland for a few days and didn’t get to do too much unfortunately… hope you make it to these countries soon!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      October 14, 2014
  45. Hi
    First, thanks so much for stopping in and liking my post; I’m a new blogger and have already encountered dozens of incredible like minded stories that show me how boring my 30 years of working has been; what a waste of time; well, maybe not; we are wimps and didn’t have the guts to start the adventures of expatriating and traveling in “non vacation” style until we had an investment portfolio and some pensions. But never mind us. Diane also went to Communist Europe on a school trip from Canada; Anyway, we hope you keep following us and we will do the same
    Regards from Rodi

    October 17, 2014
    • Hey Rodi, I hear ya! I didn’t start REALLY traveling until I turned 33…so it’s never too late to start. I don’t think it makes you a “wimp” to wait until you’ve got your financial eggs in a row… that’s what I did, and it’s very liberating to know that you can travel without worrying about coming back to, well…nothing. ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 18, 2014
  46. Hey Shelley, you guys have a wonderful blog over here. I loved your post on Lake Louise. Scandinavia is a litte strange, I can absolute relate to your experience with the Northern Lights. I happened to notice that Scandinavian countries would advertise things one could only see or experience with a large part of luck (Pulpit Rock in Norway for instance is covered in clouds for most of the year…) Happy travels!

    October 25, 2014
    • Thanks so much Suze! It’s so nice to get positive feedback. ๐Ÿ™‚ We haven’t spent anywhere close to enough time in Scandinavia, just got a little taste, but agree that we have to take travel advertising almost anywhere with a grain of salt. There’s so much luck involved in seeing sites at their ideal. We hiked 4 days to Machu Picchu and were rewarded with a view of fog. Couldn’t see a thing… same for the Taj Mahal… cold and foggy, but c’est la vie. Gotta try, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      October 25, 2014
  47. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your comments – I’m delighted to have discovered your blog in turn! I feel well and truly homesick for Korea after having a nose around here. Looking forward to following and reading more ๐Ÿ™‚

    October 30, 2014
    • Welcome Natalie! When were you in Korea? Things have changed quite a bit in the last few years, so maybe it’s time for a visit back! ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 30, 2014
      • I was there for three years between 2007-2011 (with a couple of gaps to travel!). During that time it felt like things were changing so fast so I can imagine there would already be lots of surprises if I visited again. One day!

        October 30, 2014
  48. What a wunderful blog of two people with very interesting – and international – backgrounds. Would love to take off a year for travelling too bit I guess I need to start working to be able to have year off ๐Ÿ˜€ All best, Polly

    November 7, 2014
    • Hi Polly! Welcome and thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Lol…the ideal situation is to not work at all as far as I’m concerned. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Our year of traveling was truly amazing…and I’d recommend that anyone travel long-term if they can. It’s completely different than just taking a few weeks off here and there. I’d love to do it again and visit some places we missed the first time.

      November 7, 2014
  49. Love the top of your blog! Did you design that?? It’s wonderful!

    November 21, 2014
    • Hi Kayleigh. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€ I was fortunate enough to have an uber-talented niece come up with the concept and design for me. I really had no idea what to do, and was so happy when she showed me this idea! Thank goodness for talented relatives!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      November 25, 2014
  50. Awesome blog Shelley and Agri- snappy articles, beautiful layout and I love the about us section (you two have particularly lovely wedding photos). Thank you so much for liking my last blog post, it means a lot from people with such an accomplished blog ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to reading all your future posts/looking at all your future photos.

    December 7, 2014
    • Hi Olivia, thanks so much for dropping by and for your lovely comment. It really makes our day when we wake to such lovely thoughts. ๐Ÿ™‚

      December 7, 2014
  51. ur life story is very interesting ๐Ÿ™‚
    enjoy your travels!
    regards
    PedroL

    December 29, 2014
  52. I’m excited to follow your travel journey. From one traveler to another,
    Jessica, Turquoise Compass

    December 29, 2014
  53. I love your blog so far, though I’ve only scratched the surface. Can’t wait to read more about your adventures! (and I agree with you, Shelley, my favorite travel experience is also to sit in a cafe with a cup of coffee for hours, and just soak it all up). ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 15, 2015
    • Hi Nadine, thanks for dropping by and reading. ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe we’ll run into each other in a cafe in some weird part of the world one day. You never know… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      January 15, 2015
  54. Shelley, beautiful blog….love you and hubby’s diverse background!

    January 19, 2015
  55. Your love story is amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 3, 2015
    • Thank you! We can’t really complain about a wedding on the beach in Thailand, can we? ๐Ÿ˜€

      February 4, 2015
  56. This is just amazing international story! The world is your playground!! Awesome ! Following you on here and facebook ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 5, 2015
    • I love the world as playground!! and though we love living in Seoul, I’m always wondering where we should live next? ๐Ÿ˜€

      February 6, 2015
      • haha.. that is exactly what I meant ๐Ÿ˜€

        February 6, 2015
  57. MarriedExplorers #

    Hey guys, just hopping over to check out your blog! LOVE IT, keep up the good work and thanks for commenting!

    February 6, 2015
  58. I’ve been following you two for a while, but I’m not sure I read this About section before (I must have …). Anyway, you guys are awesome!

    March 5, 2015
    • Aww, thanks Lex for following, and also for all your lovely comments. It’s always nice to be told you are awesome. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      March 5, 2015
  59. Hey Shelley, thanks for following, just to let you know you followed my old site – but I’ve deleted it now as I’ve just realised I’ve had several followers to it without realising! Hope to connect on the new one – I love reading about your adventures. ๐Ÿ™‚

    March 5, 2015
    • Oh no! I followed your FB page, but is it possible to follow you through WP, or are you self-hosted now?

      March 6, 2015
      • Oh yes, you can follow me through WP – it’s just a self-hosted version ๐Ÿ™‚

        March 6, 2015
        • Hmm, I tried to load your site a couple of times in the last few days, and it doesn’t seem to be connecting. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I just have a spinning wheel that seems to go on forever. Is it me?

          March 7, 2015
          • Oh no – that’s annoying. I’m not sure – I didn’t realise the site was slow to upload… I hope you manage to get on it at some point! http://www.my-travelmonkey.com
            Thanks so much for trying though… really appreciate your effort ๐Ÿ™‚

            March 8, 2015
  60. miyang #

    Good!!!!!

    March 13, 2015
  61. Judy #

    I love this couple a lot!

    March 18, 2015
  62. Hello there! I just wanted to say that you have an incredible blog, and I enjoy reading your short stories and various works. I also think your writing is insightful, refreshing, and apt!

    June 21, 2015
  63. I love the concept behind “travel stained” – I completely agree with the difference of being a traveller and being “on vacation.” Occasionally I find myself slipping into vacation mode (of course it sometimes depends on the city/country I’m in), but I always strive to be a traveller! Glad to have found your blog!

    July 22, 2015
    • Hi Victoria, thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚ Lol, the funny thing is, the older I get, the more I seem to crave the comforts of being on “vacation,” but of course, my idea of vacation just means staying in a nice place, but still eating out at all the local places and street stalls, and interacting with the people. We’re actually headed to the Maldives on Monday, and staying on one of the local, inhabited islands. Can’t wait!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      July 22, 2015
      • I agree…I find it harder to “rough it” – say in a dingy youth hostel, albeit I guess I might be too old for the youngsters there anyway! Safe travels and have fun in Maldives!

        July 22, 2015
  64. Kat #

    Hi! I’m just dropping by to say hello. I love your blog & I can’t wait to be “travel-stained” myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

    September 6, 2015
    • Hi Kat, thanks for dropping by and commenting. Lol…the process of getting travel-stained has been one of the best experiences in my life. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you get well and stained thoughout your lifetime! ๐Ÿ™‚

      September 8, 2015
  65. Hello Shelley and Agri;

    Pleasure to make your aquaintance. Many thanks for visiting our humble site and your kind responses.

    Huge Congratulations on the fast approaching birth of your first child. I can guarantee that despite any negatives people may impart, you are about to embark on the biggest, most wonderful, most surprising adventure of your lifetimes. We ourselves have never been happier as a family. It will not stop you travelling but it will change your perspective – in a magical way. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    September 6, 2015
    • Hey there, thank you so much. It’s a whole new world we’re facing, but we’re definitely looking forward to it with excitement, and more than a little apprehension. Can’t wait to get on the road with the little one and experience the world through her eyes… ๐Ÿ˜€

      September 8, 2015
  66. Love your blog! I’m currently in Seoul now, and it’s definitely a cool place. I look forward to reading more posts!!

    December 4, 2015
    • Hi Mimi! Thanks for stopping by. Are you here on holiday or for work? We’ve been in Seoul for quite a long time now, and still absolutely love living here. Enjoy your time! ๐Ÿ™‚

      December 7, 2015
      • Thanks!! I’m working as an English teacher and I’ve been here for about a year and 4 months now.

        December 7, 2015
  67. An awesome introduction. I just loved the way you pointed out the difference between ‘traveling’ and ‘being on vacation.” So far, I never got the opportunity of traveling much, but hope to pack the bags soon.

    January 11, 2016
    • Thanks Sonia. Great to meet you and welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you get to pack up your bags and wander the world soon…even if the trip is not too far from home. All the best for 2016!

      January 12, 2016
  68. Hi Shelley (& Agri, I suppose you reply to comments together eh?) Fellow Asian-Canadian here ๐Ÿ™‚ I really like your guys’ travel story & how you met each other in Canada (was it Toronto??). You’re already living the life that I one day dream to live!

    Happy globe-trotting & continue giving hope to young travellers/writers/bloggers like me ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 4, 2016
    • Welcome! Yes, we did meet in Toronto, in a club of all places…believe it or not. We feel so happy and blessed to be able to live the life we do…it really is like a dream sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜€ Whereabouts are you from?

      February 5, 2016
      • Wow, what a way to meet! I’m glad it worked out & in the process, led to all this ๐Ÿ™‚ Family is from Hong Kong, but we immigrated to the Vancouver area when I was a wee babe~ I study in Toronto now though! How’s living in Korea compared to here?

        February 7, 2016
        • Honestly, I much prefer the lifestyle here in Seoul…though I loved Toronto too. Everything is just so much more affordable and convenient here, it’s incredible safe, and there’s always so much going on…and well, there’s the whole winter thing in Canada…brr, not sure how I managed to survive all those long winters before. ๐Ÿ™‚

          February 11, 2016
  69. Loved the story! I am looking forward to reading more of your posts.
    I have been regularly traveling in Europe since a couple of years, but I would so love to permanently travel one day! I am strongly dreaming about that possibility a lot lately.
    Pooja

    March 9, 2016
    • Hi Pooja, thanks for stopping by. Europe is such a wonderful place to travel. You can travel just a few hours and be in a completely different place. We are headed there this summer ourselves for a few months, and really looking forward to it! ๐Ÿ™‚ What’s been your favourite place so far?

      March 11, 2016
      • Hi! I agree that Europe is fascinating.. It’s hard to pick a favorite place as every country offers unique specialties and experiences. If I had to pick a city, it would be Prague! Maybe it was that sunny April weekend, but I loved Prague. Country-wise, I have been only to Rome in Italy but I am very interested in exploring more of that country.. ๐Ÿ™‚

        March 14, 2016
        • Funny, Rome is where we’re flying into this summer. Hubby grew up there, so it’s kind of a second (third, fourth?) home for us. Such an amazing city, but you could visit a hundred times and never see everything! ๐Ÿ˜€

          March 15, 2016
  70. Wonderful couple with interesting love story and passion to travel

    May 23, 2016
  71. Wow! Hashtag relationship goals right here! You guys are made for each other. You’ve been almost everywhere… How inspiring. I love your blog, I’ll be keeping an eye on it for sure.

    Happy travels and cheers to wanderlust!

    May 24, 2016
    • Unfortunately we haven’t been close to everywhere…yet. Still working on that one. I imagine it’ll be a lifelong project, one we’ll happily undertake. Cheers to wanderlust indeed! ๐Ÿ™‚

      May 26, 2016
  72. Wow, bloggwalking and just found this interesting blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 20, 2016
    • Hi Yuna, sorry for the late reply! Traveling in Europe at the moment and difficult to keep up with things. Anyway welcome! ๐Ÿ˜€

      June 26, 2016
  73. I love love LOVE your blog and your story! So happy to have found you and I know I am going to be spending many hours poring over all your content ๐Ÿ™‚

    July 19, 2016
    • Welcome Diya! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment. We’re a bit slow on posts these days – currently traveling in Europe for 3 months – but hope to get some new stuff up soon. Glad you are enjoying the blog! ๐Ÿ˜€

      July 22, 2016
      • Haha… I’m sooo jealous! ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a great trip and can’t wait to hear about your adventures as and when you are able to post ๐Ÿ™‚ Safe travels! ๐Ÿ™‚

        July 24, 2016
  74. Lovely photos that capture the allure of Cinque Terre. When we began our nomadic journey over five years ago Cinque Terre was the second place we went to. Damanhur near Torino was the first. We spent five days in Cinque Terre and loved every minute. Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories.
    Alison

    December 6, 2016
    • The Cinque Terre must’ve been quite a different place 5 years ago! It was literally crawling with tourists, and I think the “cap” that they are creating is probably really needed. It feels like travel has really accelerated at an exponential pace over the last few years…for better or for worse.

      December 8, 2016

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