I’ve seen a number of posts over the last 12 months on travelling as a couple, for the majority they’re good articles offering advice on how to make your travels work for both parties involved. Sadly some of those posts written based on personal experiences detail failed attempts at romance on the road, but every now and then you find one where it all worked out. One trailing spouse Emily McGee and her husband are one of those travelling couples, living life on the road, experiencing all that the big wide world has to offer, and not killing each other in the process. Good on them!
HI, AND WHO MIGHT YOU BE?
1. Name: Emily McGee
2. Age: 28
3. Twitter Handle: @emilyemcgee
4. URL: www.onetrailingspouse.com
5. Home Town: Bangor, Maine (USA)
6. Current Location: Nairobi, Kenya
7. … Business or pleasure? I’d have to go with pleasure. I’m in Nairobi with my husband, and he has to work. Since I can’t get a work visa here, I’m along for the ride!
8. Tell us a little bit about what you’re up to at the moment. Best bits, worst bits etc.
In the U.S., I was just getting started in my teaching career when my husband got an awesome job that involves a lot of travel. I quit my teaching job and started doing some freelance writing so that I could be with him on his trips. Right now, we’re in Nairobi, Kenya. The best part is that we get to travel a lot, and the worst part is that I feel so dependent on him.
LETS TALK TRAVEL
9. First travel experience?
I grew up in Maine, but my extended family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins) lived far away. I remember we flew a lot to Ohio and to Washington to visit everyone.
I have not-so-fond memories of sitting next to my younger brother and sister on cross-country flights. I was super bossy and would get annoyed if they didn’t want to play Uno with me.
10. Future travel plans?
My husband and I take a lot of weekend trips in Kenya, so my near-future travel plans are to see the wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara, and to visit Ethiopia. We’re also planning a road trip up the East Coast of the U.S. for when we return to the U.S.
11. If you could go anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?
Maine. It’s where I grew up, so I know how beautiful it is in the summer and fall. I miss it!
12. If you could avoid going anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?
I’m not to keen to go back to Vanuatu. People think an island in the Pacific Ocean sounds romantic and lovely, but it was really unsafe and boring.
13. What 5 items would you not go travelling without?
- A good book
- A camera
- My husband
- Snacks- I love snacks, and spend almost as much time packing my snacks for a trip as I do packing everything else.
14. Best bit of advice you’ve received?
“Lower your expectations.”
– I was a Peace Corps Volunteer, and my country director gave me this advice. As someone with really high expectations, I have to remind myself that it’s important to lower them! I don’t
mean that a person should expect a travel experience to be horrible, I just mean that if you lower your expectations, you will always be pleasantly surprised by the things you discover on a trip.
“Do not take the public transportation!”
– I’ve never had a problem using public transportation in foreign countries. Usually it’s a cheap and easy way to have an adventure.
16. Best bit of advice you can give readers of this piece?
There is no right or wrong way to travel. Travel in whatever way makes you happy. As someone who has travelled in a variety of ways to a variety of places, I can tell you that people will always judge, so just ignore them and get on with your trip.
17. Favourite ice cream flavour?
I LOVE ICE CREAM! AND THE ICE CREAM IN KENYA IS SO TERRIBLE THAT I MUST WRITE THIS IN ALL CAPS! But since you are making me pick a favourite, I would have to say Coffee Heath Bar Crunch.
18. Apple or Andriod?
19. Blogger or WordPress?
WordPress, although blogger intrigues me because I don’t know anything about it.
20. Hostel or hotel?
Well, this is awkward. I’ve never stayed in a hostel before… There just aren’t a lot of hostels in the places I’ve travelled. For example, outside of Nairobi, where I live in Kenya, they don’t really exist. I like staying in hotels if I’m with my husband, and when I travelled alone, I loved living in homestays. It was nice to always have people around and to have a chance to practice the local language.
21. Guilty Pleasure?
So many: Angry Birds, naps, The Spice Girls, trashy gossip magazines, and eating frosting straight out of the can top my list right now.
22. Your chosen super-power?
I wish I could selectively read minds. I don’t want to know what other people are thinking all the time, but it would make it easier to bargain. Plus, I could avoid a lot of really awkward cross-cultural moments if I could read minds.
23. Airplane seat – aisle, centre or window?
Aisle or window. Does anyone actually like the centre?
24. What song/album are you listening to right now?
Nothing in particular. I get a kick out of listening to the music that taxi and bus drivers choose to play in their vehicles in Kenya. Some highlights have been Dolly Parton (blasted from the bass-heavy speakers of a matatu in Nairobi), and a country music call-in radio show that I listened to in a taxi. Every caller requested Kenny Rogers. I thought country music was purely an American phenomenon, but apparently I was wrong.
25. Thank you for answering my questions, as a gesture of thanks I allow you one whole paragraph to shameless plug of your website …
Emily E. McGee has lived in Africa, the South Pacific, and three states in four years. She pays the bills by writing for various educational companies, but she’s happiest when writing about travel. Emily and her husband live life on the go, and they are currently living in Nairobi, Kenya. Emily writes about travel, and life as a trailing spouse at One Trailing Spouse. You can also connect with her on facebook and twitter.
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