Happy 2012!

By , January 18, 2012 10:16 pm

Happy New year!

For 2012, MeAndFrenchie would like to wish you all an amazing year full of adventures, discoveries and new experiences. It looks like this year will be a little quieter for us since we are back in San Francisco. However, travels and experiences will still be on our agenda since we are going to El Salvador and Guatemala in February!

Don’t forget to check out MeAndFrenchie in the upcoming days for new original content like:
– More French Summer pictures
– MeAndFrenchie are back to corporate America
– Moving back to incredible views of the city
– Night shooting with Occupy Wall Street
– How much money did we spend traveling for 13 months?

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

9 Fun Ways To Keep In Touch

By , November 15, 2011 9:39 pm

While we traveled 17 countries, we found it difficult to keep in touch with others on a regular basis, but we made our best effort. Some travelers we met had mobile phones everywhere they went. We thought that was too easy and expensive in the long run. It was more important to have our laptops with us so we could blog and we took advantage of the free communication technology options over the Internet.

Here is a great example about a couple who found a fun, unique way to stay close while being physically far apart:

“Every night, I record the story of my day and send it to Erik as a private track on SoundCloud. He listens later at night on the West Coast or early in the morning. This is one of the things we do to stay close while we’re far apart. (San Francisco and Boston, while I’m away at school.)”

Not only is this a cute story and SoundCloud a great source for music, this is another way travelers can keep in touch with others while traveling.

For us, having a blog by far has been the best way to share our travels with you all, but sometimes my family and friends want to have face-to-face communication. I find it difficult to make regular phone calls, especially to several people. So why not record one brief message and share it with multiple people?

I’m not going to list every communication technology out there, but here are some ways to keep in touch.

Blog: share everything and anything, but it is honestly a lot of work to keep it updated regularly.

E-mail: send one-on-one e-mails or a summary e-mail.

Facebook: you know how it works.

Web Chat (free or low calling rates):
-Skype
-Google Voice

Sound recordings (record and listen later):
-Vocaroo
-SoundCloud

Video:
-YouTube
-TokBox: TokBooth allows your readers to record a video message for you.

Try it out and say HELLO to MeAndFrenchie by submitting a video message.  We will only get this message and it will NOT be shared with others. Thanks!

As We Return, Another Couple Departs For a World Tour!

By , October 27, 2011 7:07 pm

Hello Readers! As we return home from our world trip, a new couple from NYC gets ready for their big trip. We are excited to introduce you to Allie and Nelson, a very sweet couple who are filled with excitement and anticipation, as they are only days away from completing their things-to-do-list and finally taking off with only one-way tickets. We will get to follow them on their incredible journey from start to finish.

Allie & Nelson

Allie & Nelson

Relationship Status: | Dating/Best Friends.
How long have you been together? | 4+ years.
Where do you currently live? | White Plains, NY.
How did you meet? | Through a mutual friend.
How long is your total planned trip? | 6-7 months and no return flight booked yet!
Which countries are you planning to visit? | Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Italy, Croatia, Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic … and maybe more!

Tell us a bit about yourself?
Allie:
I am a fun 27-year-old woman with a passion for travel and food! I love being with my family and will miss them dearly! I love to cook (will miss my kitchen dearly) and I am excited to try new foods and cooking methods. I love New York City, running, hiking, and the New York Yankees. I am eager to learn Spanish while on this trip and work on my photography skills with our new camera. I have worked as a project manager for the past 3 years. I also have an MBA and am a six sigma certified black belt.

Nelson:
I am a 28-year-old man who works for a large financial firm as a banker with a HUGE passion for travel. I love new food, the New York Yankees, and I am a big family guy.

How did you decide on doing this big trip?
Nelson:
I, like many people in the States, have a passion I have been putting off due to many reasons: can’t risk losing a promotion, would I have enough money, what would people think? I have adopted a new way of thinking lately, I ask myself “How many lives do we live?” The answer is only one. Allie and I did our research and took a look at our finances. We soon realized it was not only possible, but it was easy to make it a reality.

Allie:
I’ve always loved traveling since I was very young. Our trip to Costa Rica really sealed the deal. Why go back to a position or a lifestyle you dread? Life is far too short to not enjoy what you are doing every day!

Where have you travelled before?
Allie:
I have traveled much of the US and done some international travel to Europe and Central America.

Nelson:
I have backpacked through some of Europe, traveled through the US, and frequently to the Dominican Republic where I was born.

What excites you the most about this upcoming trip?
Allie:
Seeing so many different people, cultures, customs, and religions. I hope to make many friends while on the road and meet up with old ones! I’m excited to simplify our lives: very little TV, iPhone, internet, American media and a shift in daily priorities. I want to be able to appreciate the things we take for granted in the US like reliable public transportation, hot water, a washer/dryer, or even our public restrooms! I want to get back to basics and enjoy our surroundings.

Nelson:
I am excited to meet new people, learn different cultures, try new foods, and observe how others live. I want to compare daily life in these countries we are visiting to life in the US and hopefully adopt a new way of thinking and living.

What scares you the most about this trip?
Nelson:
Not seeing my family for this long period of time. I miss them just thinking about it.

Allie:
The unknown! It’s scary to not know what to expect, how we will feel, will we enjoy ourselves?

What did you do to prepare for your trip?
Nelson:
Lots of shopping, researching, and planning … and a lot of mental preparation.

Allie:
Lots of research, planning and excel sheets. We have been saving our pennies and planning our trip non-stop for the past few months.

What is your favorite thing you always pack with you?
Allie:
My New York Yankees sweatshirt from my brother.

Nelson:
My iPhone. Please don’t get this wrong, it’s not to stay connected, but for the tools on the phone such as maps, clock, calculator, etc.

Do you have any rules set between the two of you for this trip?
Allie:
We need to be supportive of one another. We know we will feel ups and downs as we go along our journey. Some days I will have to pick Nelson up and other days I will need to get picked up. We realize we will be out there alone together. We are all we got! So we will have to work as a strong partnership. Also, we have promised to communicate. If there is something bothering us we need to speak up and let the other person know so the issue doesn’t snowball to a bigger problem. Nelson will be teaching me Spanish on our journey so we have agreed to speak only Spanish for an hour a day!

Nelson:
Be there for one another if we get home sick, have doubt and be each other’s support.

How do you imagine traveling will be like on this trip?
Nelson:
I feel like this will be an experience like none other. Adventurous, educational, and spiritual.

Allie:
It will be hectic but fun! Very adventurous and eye opening.

Do you have any expectations of how you two will be when you return?
Nelson:
I strongly feel we are going to come back wiser from this trip due to all we will see and experience and be much more culturally diverse.

Allie:
We will for sure be changed and be given a whole new perspective on life. What that perspective will be, I don’t know. There is no doubt I will be an improved woman due to this experience when we return, that is, if we return. 😉

What resources are you using to help you prepare for your trip?
Both:
Of course www.meandfrenchie.com has been very helpful, along with other sites. There is so much information out there once you start digging!

What is your strategy with flights?
Both:
Round the world ticket through UK to South America, New Zealand, Australia, Asia, return to UK. Then we will travel Europe on our own (Flights and train).

Allie and Nelson are leaving for their World trip on November 8th.  Check out their blog to follow their adventures: The World is Ours

Want A Free Flight To Japan?

By , October 14, 2011 12:37 pm
Free Flight to Japan

Want to visit Japan?

Fantastic legit freebies don’t come around all the time.  The freebies that require some effort are great ones because for whatever reason, people forget to do them or think it is too much work.  This is not one to be missed!

Japan’s tourism industry has been on a decline since the March 11 disaster.  To give it a boost, Japan’s tourist agency is going to give 10,000 foreigners free flights to Japan. You still have to pay for lodging and food, but this is still a great deal.  Once it is approved by the Japanese government, you will have to submit an application and agree to share you experience online.  This is great news for active bloggers, so start preparing your ideas.

This is also great news to our non-US residents as this contest will hopefully be opened to a worldwide audience.  French translation = GRATUIT.

We’ll keep you updated.
Reference: USA Today

Daveena & Ben Engagement Party

By , October 10, 2011 5:20 pm
Party

Party

And, we’re back!

After being on the road for 13 months and over 4 months in France, we are back in San Francisco. There are 2 reasons we came back that promptly.
– First, we found crazy cheap tickets. With Iceland Express, we got a Paris – Boston for $269.
– Second, our dear friend Ben was about to propose to his girlfriend Daveena, throwing a surprise engagement party.

Because of this, we quietly landed in America and surprised her for her engagement party. Here are a few photos.

Room Is Ready

Room Is Ready

Heart

Heart

Fried Shrimps

Fried Shrimps

Proposing Again

Proposing Again

Daveena

Daveena

Josh

Josh

Racoon Cakes

Racoon Cakes

Killing The Racoon!

Killing The Racoon!

Celebrating

Celebrating

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