Hi, we’re Kristina + Simon, and we're excited to have you here!
We are a Millennial couple currently living in San Francisco, CA. We have a fierce appetite for exploring the world around us – at home and abroad. No, we did not quit our office jobs and sell everything to travel the world. In fact, we both have office jobs and we opt for this lifestyle because it provides us with stability, time with family and friends, and the chance to build a life for ourselves. As much as we love traveling and prioritize it above all else, we also find happiness and enjoyment in building a life outside of that.
As we mentioned, we aren’t full-time travelers. We both have a 9-5 jobs in San Francisco, CA. Kristina works in Marketing while Simon works in Communications at tech companies (yes, I know. So unique of us to work in tech in Silicon Valley ;)). We take advantage of holidays to help relieve ourselves of the travel bug.
We started ‘A Couple of Roamers’ as a platform to help you plan your next travel destinations by sharing our time-optimized itineraries, comprehensive travel guides, useful travel tips, and more. We recognize that not everyone has the desire to be a full-time traveler nor may have the ability to take a long vacation, so we’re here to show you that you can still travel and see the world in an optimized fashion without rushing the experience either.
When we’re not traveling, we live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Eating healthy and working out are in our blood. We also love nature and the outdoors. I mean, who doesn’t?! We want to leave the world a better place than we found it, and we want to encourage and inspire as many people as possible to be more conscious about how their purchasing decisions impact the environment and the world around us. The world is beautiful. Let’s keep it that way for many more generations to enjoy!
You can classify us as a moderate-budget, independent, adventure travelers. So, what does that mean exactly? Well, glad you asked!
- We keep a balance between price and comfort. This means we would never opt for a hostel because it’s the cheapest. As we are in our late-20s, we are no longer interested in living in a dorm-like situation but if that’s your thang, then go for it!
- Airbnb vs. Hotel Our general rule for Airbnbs is that if it’s for 1 or 2 nights, we’ll opt for a private room. If it’s for 3 nights or longer, we’ll opt for an entire place. If we decide to opt for a hotel room, we would not pay more than $200 USD a night for a hotel room unless we had no other choice.
- Food: We generally eat at low to moderately-priced restaurants and eateries. We aim to spend $10-12 USD a person for lunch and $20-25 USD per person for dinner. We wouldn’t sacrifice health over money, so we wouldn’t opt to eat hot dogs or burgers every day, as an example, just to save money (although they are delicious!). On each trip, we may opt it for one fancier meal at a high-end restaurant because we are usually celebrating something (life has many things to celebrate about, right? :))
Independent Travelers: We like to explore each destination by ourselves. However, depending on the destination, we may opt in for a tour or two because we realized that we love getting the historical knowledge of the city, talking to the local guide to get insight on what’s life like in that city, and sometimes, we can’t explore something without the help of a local guide!
Adventure Travelers: This means that we are generally more interested in unique experiences than historical sights, and large natural areas are often an important part of our itineraries. Being outdoors and in nature is what brings us immense happiness. However, this does not mean we don’t intake any historical sights at all. We just see less of them and opt for more experiences. Our itineraries will be reflective of this.
We LOVE traveling. You can say we’re borderline addicted. The reason why we enjoy traveling as much as we do is because we find pure exhilaration in seeing the world beyond our comfortable bubble. We are elated when learning new cultures and customs and trying new food. We feel like it broadens our perspectives, our minds, and our sense of openness and understanding of others in the world we share. With each trip, we mature and grow into more empathic and compassionate human beings because we are lucky to have met incredible people along our journey and to have the opportunity to experience the world as we do and to have lived our lives the way that we have. This is why we strongly believe that others, too, should travel the world – not just to brag about it or post about it on social media – but to be truly engrained in another’s culture and way of being. We prioritize travel above all else – other than family, friends, and work, of course ;).
As much as we love traveling, we think it can be pretty exhausting. At the end of a long trip, we thoroughly enjoying coming back to the comfort of our home and bed. Plus, how could we ever leave our sweet and adorable dog, Mia, full-time?!
Yeah, we didn’t think so either 🙂 And since we are we in our late-20s, we need to be more realistic about our future and figure out what that is going to look like for us, especially since a full-time traveling lifestyle isn’t sustainable if and when we decide to have kids. Hence, we are not opting in for a full-time traveling lifestyle just yet but that’s not to say it’s completely off the tables later down the road!
P.S. When it comes to selecting a mode of transportation within city limits, we always, always suggest walking whenever possible. Why? Because it’s a great way to experience and take in the world around you, it’s better for your health, AND it helps reduce your carbon footprint on this beautiful earth. What a triple-win situation!
In the travel section of our blog, you will find everything you’ll need to make planning your trips easier:
- Time-Optimized Itineraries
- Destination Guides
- Pre-Travel Information
- Essential Packing Lists
- Budget & Cost Breakdowns
- Historical Sights to See
- Adventurous Things to Do
- Can’t-Miss Restaurants and Eateries
Since you got this far down the page (congrats BTW!), you already know that we are not full-time travelers. As a result, we have limited amount of travel content we can post. To keep this blog fresh, alive, and real, we decided to include a lifestyle component to our blog because travel isn’t the only part of our lives.
In our lifestyle section, you’ll find topics revolving around experiences, health and wellness, and recipes. Our goal to inspire you to get out, enjoy experiences, and live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
Alright, that’s enough about us. Head on over to Destinations to plan your next adventure! Thanks for reading <3
Kristina & Simon