Hello! Our names are Briana and Kyle. We have been together since 2011 and married since March 21st, 2015. Our blog was originally/still is meant to be a mix between a travel diary, a way for friends and family to keep up with us better from across the world, and (hopefully) a helpful guide for people living in, or visiting these same areas. It seems everyone has a blog these days and we wanted to join in on the fun! It’s a neat community and so far we’ve won a Liebster Award! Now we are back in California but we will be continuing to write posts about our travels in the past and present.
We called our blog “Married with Maps” because we are indeed, married with maps. We started using (and collecting) trail maps while hiking when we lived in California the first time (the first time together, but my second time). We also enjoy consulting the world map, thinking about where we want to go next, and just looking at all there is out there to explore. Despite all the maps, we excel at getting lost.
Here is our post-grad journey so far (where we have called “home” for a period of time), after Orlando, Florida where we spent a few years getting our degrees: Dallas, Texas (6 months) -> Jacksonville, Florida (7 months) -> San Jose, California (1 year) -> some time back in FL -> Songtan, South Korea (3 months.) -> Petaling Jaya, Malaysia (3 weeks) -> Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (a little over 3 weeks) -> Hanoi, Vietnam (1 week) -> Cat Ba Island, Vietnam (10 days) -> Hanoi, Vietnam (2 weeks) -> Bangkok, Thailand (25 days) -> Siem Reap (2 weeks) -> Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1 week) -> Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2 weeks) -> Bali, Indonesia (1 week) -> Ja-Ela, Sri Lanka (1 week)-> Weligama, Sri Lanka (2 weeks) -> Negambo, Sri Lanka (1 day) -> Bcharre, Lebanon (3 days) -> Beirut, Lebanon (2 days) -> Cyprus (nearly 3 months)-> Belgrade Serbia (5 weeks)-> Budapest, Hungary (1.5 months) -> some time back in FL -> San Jose, CA (current).
We began our longer-term international journey when Kyle was laid off. We became freelancers (I was actually already doing some freelance work) and figured out it isn’t that easy to rent and sign contracts when your income isn’t that reliable. We so wanted to travel anyway and I realized that while the U.S. was no longer doable for us, we might be able to survive abroad, especially by utilizing housesitting (how we started off). We decided to become digital nomads.
Recently Kyle got a job he wanted back in the bay area so we’re back now, though. Sometimes we try to plan a little into the future, but it seems no matter what we do, for the most part, we are never sure what’s next and are unable to predict where life will take us. We are also having fun with blogging. Let us know if you have any questions for us.