Hello and Welcome to Travelationship, an Eco-Friendly Travel Blog. My name is Matthew and I have traveled to 63 countries on six different continents. I am here to share my experience with you, to ensure you have the best adventure possible. It is also important to remember that we only have one home and we are all responsible for taking care of it. So I will be pointing out destinations and companies that treat the environment with respect.
About Matthew aka [Maynard]: I was born in a small town in northern Arizona, and every year my mom planned a family vacation for us. Two weeks going in one direction or the other. It was this annual pilgrimage that laid the groundwork for what later would be known as the travel bug. I never really thought that much about traveling the world. I was having such a great time exploring my backyard as the expression goes.
Then during the college years, I took a winter session photography class in England. It was like a natural evolution of things all of the sudden it felt like the whole world was my backyard. It is quite the big place, so I have got a lot of work ahead of me. Now with six of the seven continents knocked off, I literally and figuratively cannot get enough. My travel credo, which stems from that first trip to England, is “Do it now, cause you may never come back.”
Travelationship’s Origins: Glinda and Maynard met on Valentine’s Day 2011 at an Irish pub in Tempe, AZ. During the next few weeks, we discovered we both had big trips in the works. We also, each had ideas about moving out of AZ. We combined our travel plans and laid down our top 5 places to live. Washington DC was our common denominator.
Between March and May, we planned a 2-month trip to visit six countries in Europe and four countries in Africa. By May, we had quit our jobs and left for what would be a journey that shaped both our futures. Travel, food, adventure, meeting locals and falling in love. Upon our return, in July we packed all our belongings. With the dog in the car, we headed off for a 2-week drive across country to find a new home together on the East Coast.
On Valentine’s Day 2014, Travelationship.com was launched. Then on April 25th, 2015, after selling the majority of our belongings, we left Washington DC on a two year around the world adventure. Unfortunately, almost two years to the day later our travels together sadly came to an end.