Love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day this week, we rounded up 12 love stories from 12 traveling couples. From no-frills bar dates to proposals atop the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, these travel tales will definitely pull at your heartstrings.
Jessica and Laurence of Independent Travel Cats & Finding the Universe
Travel has always been intricately woven into our love story. We first met in Italy at a travel blogging conference in Rimini, Italy. However, he was a British travel blogger and photographer living in France and I was an American working as a full-time clinical psychologist and part-time travel blogger in California.
We got to know each other better via email and phone conversations until Laurence decided to come out and visit me in San Francisco, CA. We had a great week together and decided to put serious effort into making the relationship work. So, I then traveled to Finland the next month to join Laurence on a trip and then soon after, Laurence decided to move to California to be with me.
We got engaged at Point Reyes National Seashore in California next to an enormous elephant seal! Laurence didn’t have a ring when he proposed, but we later custom designed world map rings to serve as our engagement/wedding rings. Speaking of which, we got married aboard the Queen Mary 2 in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about halfway in between our two home countries.
We’re now based in Edinburgh, where we run our two travel blogs. We feel lucky to be able to do the things we love most with the person we love most in the world!
Ben and Jazzy of The Road Affair
It was a gorgeous night under the Eiffel Tower in Paris when our eyes locked for the first time…. just kidding! No Paris; just a computer screen and a online dating site, OKCupid. My silly Steve Urkel Halloween picture, which I had as my profile picture, piqued his interest and his non-typical and funny first message, “This is the funniest thing I have seen on here” (referring to my picture) got my attention.
We joked around and talked about our love for travel for over a month before we even knew each others name! And before we knew it, we were on a plane to Mexico with no plans to return home. Okay, it didn’t happen that quick, but we did have a joint travel savings account before we exchanged our “I Love Yous.”
Neither one of us would have thought we would find our soulmate on a dating site, let alone on our first try! We knew we found our better halves and after five years with each other and over 30 countries under our belts, that statement is as true as ever. He is mine and I am his until our passport expiration date… just kidding until eternity of course.
Alesha and Jarryd of NOMADasaurus
I was working in a hostel in Vancouver when I met Alesha in 2008. It was my last shift, so timing was perfect! We hit it off and ended up traveling Canada together, living out of a 1986 Chevy Van. At the time we were absolutely broke, but were loving life. Realizing they we could survive traveling in such a unique situation, we decided to keep exploring and see how far we could go.
After Canada we travelled around Central America and worked on a sailboat in the Caribbean, before setting our sights on Asia. We managed to save some money in between and hit the road once more, traveling from Thailand to Turkey over two years without taking a single flight.
We even got engaged in the world’s largest cave in Vietnam along the way! After some more time in Europe and Asia we finally got married in Australia! Next we’ll be heading off to South America and Antarctica in February. It hasn’t always been easy, but our love for each other and travel has kept growing as the years go by.
Meg of Dopes on the Road
Big city met small town online. Little did we know the role big cities, small towns, and the internet would play in our relationship. Before we knew it, we were visiting cities and towns of every size all over the world. Our story is one of giant leaps of faith, lots of mini meltdowns, and eight very small dachshund paws.
On September 14, 2016 my wife and I eloped while living our dream of exploring Ecuador. We spent a week hiking the Amazon rainforest, viewing volcanoes, rappelling down waterfalls, and exploring our 5th country together.
For us, life is about experiences, making memories, and living at 100 MPH. Travel has always been a part of our unconventional relationship and we knew it needed to be part of our wedding as well. We wanted to remove the pressure and expectations of traditional wedding planning and focus on the things that make us happy while still honoring the people that we love. Which is how we came to decide on a wedding in two acts. Act 1: Ecuador and Act 2: Washington, DC.
Dave and Deb of The Planet D
We met the old fashioned way, in a bar. And it was nearly love at first sight. We were inseparable from that moment on. We’ve always been on-the-move people. Right after college, we moved to Toronto and after only a year, decided to move to the West Coast of Canada to pursue our music careers.
After stumbling into the film industry we ended up working as a makeup artist and gaffer in TV and movies for more than a decade. When we finally decided to get married after being together for 5 years, we did it on a whim. We booked our first trip to the Caribbean for a week-long stay in the Dominican Republic. After booking our ticket, we said “let’s make it a honeymoon!” We went directly to city hall to get our marriage license and a week later we were married and on our way.
After that, it took us a few years before travel became a big part of our lives, but we still moved a lot. As for our blog, it kicked off in 2007 when we signed up for the world’s longest cycling race from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town South Africa aka, The Tour d’Afrique. We started ThePlanetD to keep our friends and family updated of our time through Africa and trained for a year before flying to Egypt.
Oneika of Oneika the Traveller
My husband had me at “hello”. Actually, to be more accurate, he had me at “I backpacked solo through Asia for two months.” Travel has always been a big part of our relationship: He’s German, I’m Canadian, we met in Hong Kong, we’ve lived together in London, and now have made a home in New York City. He’s the best travel partner I’ve ever had, and we’ve travelled to so many countries together that I’ve lost count (I’m thinking maybe around 50).
After courting for a few years (most of it long distance as work obligations often had us living on different continents), we finally made it official and tied the knot in Berlin, Germany. At least I think so. The ceremony was held completely in German so I barely understood a thing! I do know I said the equivalent of “I do” (Ja, Ich will) and signed papers, so I’m pretty confident we did the deed!
Oksana and Max of Drink Tea & Travel
Max and I met back in Canada, at a boring business lecture during our last year of undergrad. We dated for about a minute (as you do in University) and shortly after graduation went our separate ways. Max moved to Australia to pursue his MBA while I stayed in Canada to climb the corporate ladder. We stayed in touch and a few years later, I too left Canada to pursue my MBA in London, UK. My studies and work then took me to China, Southeast Asia, and eventually to Australia, where Max and I finally reunited almost 5 years later.
The truth is that travel didn’t just become a part of our relationship, it was the thing that had always connected us and which eventually brought us together in sunny Australia. Through our own journeys, solo travels, and explorations we have discovered a love for the road, for new countries, and experiences.
Even though it took us a few years, we eventually figured out that we wanted to travel alongside each other for the rest of our lives. We got engaged on the beach in Byron Bay, Australia and in true wanderer style, got married 18 months later on the other side of the world in Costa Rica. For the last 18 months, we’ve been living a location independent lifestyle, traveling full time on a mission to turn our love for travel into a sustainable lifestyle.
Audrey and Samuel of That Backpacker and Nomadic Samuel
We tell people that we met while we were teaching English in South Korea, but the truth is, we already knew of each other since we both wrote travel blogs, which back in 2011 was a pretty small niche!
Sam and I were both working as teachers in the same province so we met up in Seoul one day to swap travel stories and do some sightseeing around the city, and you could say the rest is history because we’ve been traveling together ever since.
When our year-long contracts in Korea ended, neither of us was ready to go home, so we decided to backpack across Southeast Asia for a few months, and that was followed by a trip to the Middle East, and then Europe, by which time we decided we were ready to get married.
In true traveler fashion, we planned the details of our wedding on a long haul flight, and a few months later we had a small intimate wedding inside a conservatory surrounded by our families, friends, and a whole bunch of exotic plants. We’ve been hitched two and a half years now and we’re back on the road again, this time traveling as Mr. & Mrs.
Stephanie and Mike of Twenty-Something Travel and Art of Adventuring
When I met Mike, I was just about to leave on a solo backpacking trip around the world and he had just signed a contract to teach English in China for a year. Fate loves to laugh at my plans. We both ran travel blogs and first started chatting on Twitter, I think I was asking him for some travel advice. When we met in person a month later at a blogger convention in New York City, something just clicked.
Our first year was pretty crazy. I backpacked around Japan solo, then visited Mike in China, before heading down under to Australia for two months. We reunited in Bangkok and spent several months traveling through Thailand and Vietnam. We flip-flopped between countries and continents until his contract was up, then we decided to spend a year backpacking around South America.
Further trips took us back and forth to Europe, across the US, and even to Fiji. In 2012 Mike proposed on top of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and in 2013 we were married on the National Mall, just miles from where I grew up. For our honeymoon, we moved to a beach town in Mexico for 6 months.
I guess you could say we’ve mellowed out a little. We’ve lived in Seattle for going on 3 years now, with a real apartment, a lease, a couch and everything. We have a fuzzy terrier mutt and this past summer we welcomed a baby girl named Marcella. Don’t worry though, we’re nowhere near done traveling yet!
Nellie and Alberto of WildJunket
Travel has always played a role in our lives together; in fact, we met while traveling. In 2008, we were both doing a student exchange program in Miami, and met through friends. The connection was instant and we just became inseparable. We traveled together all over the US, from the east to west coast, south to north. Miami changed our lives. It not only brought us together, but also got us hooked on travel.
After we graduated from school, we moved to London, UK to be together and experience life in a new place We spent all our weekends traveling around Europe and exploring even more together. Eventually, travel became such a big part of our lives, we quit our jobs to volunteer in Tanzania, Africa.
In 2009, Alberto sprang an incredible surprise by proposing on my blog. We got married in both Singapore and Spain, surrounded by family and friends. That was six years ago! We’ve experienced so many adventures together, from backpacking South America to wildlife watching in East Africa and even having a baby together. I cannot imagine life without him, my best friend and pillar of support!
Stefan and Sebastien of Nomadic Boys
We first set eyes on each other on Tuesday 24th February 2009 at the GAY bar in Soho, London. Sebastien was meeting friends to talk about moving to Spain to start a new life and Stefan was meeting a work colleague about a possible career move. We were too shy to speak to one another and it was Stefan’s friend who helped break the ice. We had our first date the following Friday and the rest is history.
We have been together for almost 8 years. Valentine’s Day falls just before our anniversary so always a very special occasion for us.
After 2 years together, we bought our flat in West London, renovated it and enjoyed a happy life there. We figured if we can survive that, then surely we can survive traveling together long term. Nomadic Boys began in October 2013 and we have been traveling the world together since – there are of course many tantrums and arguments along the way, but we’ve learnt to overcome this and has definitely made our relationship a lot stronger.
Jenna and Micah of Wander the Map
Our story starts all the way back in the crib. My grandma babysat both Micah and me when we were babies, so we technically “met” before we could even talk. However, Micah’s family moved away when he was young, so we didn’t officially meet until middle school when he moved back into town. We started dating when we were 16 and our mutual love of travel started right away.
In high school, Micah came with on our family vacation to Florida and we’ve been traveling together ever since. In 2008 we had a destination wedding in Florida back, and four years later we started our travel blog, Wander The Map. Micah has been in the photo/video industry for over 10 years, but in 2014 we combined our efforts and we went full time with both our travel blog and photo/video productions.
Now, we travel and work together, so needless to say we see each other quite a bit!
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Megan is the Content Director at Grabr. Her cultural escapades have taken her to Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and across the United States. Megan’s work has appeared on Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, US Airways and USA Today among others.