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Call to Travel

In Travel by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch40 Comments

The call to travel the world could not be ignored. Find out how and why we are now living out our travel dream one meal at a time.

2foodtrippers on the Road at Big Sur

One day last year, Mindi was driving home and thinking about her job – the torturous commute, the endless paper pushing and the trivial office politics all added up to a dead-end existence that was consuming her soul. Just then, she noticed a signpost for a law firm. No big deal, right.

There are signposts littered all over the nation’s highways. But this sign was different since the law firm formerly employed Mindi’s friend, the late Mary Creekmore.

Anyone who knew Mary knew that she loved to travel. In fact, as her days grew shorter and shorter due to the cancer which prematurely ended her life, she traveled to Italy, Africa and New Orleans in a six-month period. Mary had an exuberant zest for life, but sadly there were many chapters of her life that went unwritten.

With this in mind, a jolt of electricity shot through the core of Mindi’s body. The wake-up call from beyond was too loud to ignore, and she decided that it was finally time to live out the travel dream.

After conferring with Daryl and giving him time to think through the ramifications of leaving his band and taking a work sabbatical, the travel dream soon became a reality with slow traveling adventures replacing quick trips.

Yes, it’s true. Food and travel bloggers 2foodtrippers decided it was finally time to answer the call to travel on a full-time basis for the next year (at least).

Big Changes for the 2foodtrippers

An ancient Chinese proverb asserts that a journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step. Well, we have recently made the first step of our own journey. Or perhaps we should say that we have dived into the biggest adventure of our lives!

Just two months ago, we left our comfortable Philadelphia home and became nomadic wanderers in search of the next great meal. More than just a pipedream or series of travel quotes, this was our new reality.

Our first mission was to complete a whirlwind tour of the continental United States (plus Toronto) that brought us to over 20 destinations, traversing the country in our trusty 2010 Nissan Sentra. Our little auto performed remarkably well despite bent wheel rims and worn out tires that had to be replaced in Nevada. In our dreams, we can still hear the cacophonous buzzing sound from the wheels.

Big Sur Sunset

We still can’t believe that we made it to Oregon and back to Philly in our compact car. One of our rewards was views like this one that we experienced while driving on the Pacific Coast Highway.

We accomplished the daunting road trip mission thanks to the kindness of friends and family (you know who you are!) plus a lot of caffeine. We are now in Lyon, France living in a cute apartment smack dab in the center of town. Instead of early morning alarms and the grind of the daily rat race, our days are now filled with raw milk cheese, charcuterie and freshly baked baguettes. And wine. Lots of wine.

How did we get here?

Our love for travel and food dates back to before we met each other ten years ago. In fact, we connected over these two passions on our very first date.

When we decided to start a website, it was a no-brainer for us to write about culinary travel. However, we found blogging challenging when we were busy focusing on our careers. In retrospect, it was inevitable that we would eventually answer the call to travel.

The logistics of travel can be daunting. Prior to leaving, we spent countless hours packing our house and preparing it for rental. We spent additional hours getting our finances in order and making preliminary travel arrangements.

By the time we left on the North American road trip, we were physically exhausted and sick from the crazy January weather in Philly that included a 22-inch blizzard. Even so, we immediately felt a thrill when we hit the road, leaving our comfortable, safe lives behind.

We haven’t looked back with regret since that very moment.

What Now?

Since we are rested, relaxed and in one place for a month, we are ready to start writing about our travels (both culinary and otherwise). Look out for upcoming articles about our epic road trip as well as our life in France and beyond.

There will surely be endless stories, pictures and even videos as we complete our ‘Around the World’ adventure. Plus, we’ll be documenting and sharing our travel on social media, though we’ll probably share more food photos than romantic Instagram photos.

What’s Next?

We’ve purposely left our plans open and decided to go with a one-way ticket approach as opposed to a round the world ticket. After a month in Lyon, we’ll travel to Provence which will be followed by a 12-day Viking River Cruise beginning in Belgium and ending in Switzerland.

Beyond that, we have loads of ideas but no definite itinerary. We must leave Europe in June or July due to the necessary but annoying Schengen Visa rules, at which time we’ll probably head to Asia for the summer.

While in that part of the world, we hope to visit our dream destinations of Osaka (Daryl) and Melbourne (Mindi) along with stints in Vietnam and Thailand before returning to Europe so that we can munch on genuine Neapolitan pizza again this fall.

Living the Travel Dream

In many contemporary workplaces “living the dream” is an oft-repeated response to a mundane daily question. We can now say that we are truly living ours.

Lyon Selfie

Standing at the top of the hill leading to Croix Rousse in Lyon, France, we are happy to be living out our travel dream. At this moment in time, the world is truly our oyster. Wait, did somebody say oyster?…

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About the Author

Saveur Magazine's BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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  1. OMG! This is genius! I’m so happy to hear the two of you are following “the call”. All the best in your travels and eat well!

    1. Author

      Thanks Anney! We’ll be sure to eat at your place when we return. Since we’re spending a month here in Lyon we plan on trying plenty of ethnic eats. Indian is definitely on our list. We’ll keep you updated.

  2. This is FABULOUS!! So excited for you!! Keep the stories coming!!!

    1. Author

      Thanks Joanie. We love your enthusiasm and will do our best to entertain you.

    1. Author

      Thanks Jen. Your well wishes are much appreciated.

  3. Great story! Enjoyed hearing about your story behind the travel mission. Travel and Food-can’t go wrong!

    1. Author

      Thanks Alissa! Hopefully you’ll enjoy the future stories as well.

  4. Yes!!! So thrilled you guys did it. Enjoy every day. It’s not a vacation, it’s your life! <3
    We'll miss you at Bloghouse Philly though!

    1. Author

      We’re so glad too! Although 2016 is a big year for Philadelphia with the convention and other exciting happenings like Bloghouse, we couldn’t be any happier than we are to be on the road.

  5. I am so happy for you both that you have the courage, adventurous spirit, and ability to make you dream happen. Wishing you a journey filled with magical memories!

    1. Author

      Thanks Stacy. Your message means so much to us both!

  6. Mindi – Love this! Look forward to reading more posts. Enjoy!

    1. Author

      Thanks Susie! Hoping all is well with you in Philadelphia.

  7. Wow. So great to hear about your current travel life. Things certainly have changed since I saw you for a minute on that Philadelphia rooftop two summers back. Best wishes!

    1. Author

      Even though we just met the one time, I enjoy following you and your travels vicariously. Cheers to more exciting travels ahead for you and us!

  8. So PROUD of you!!!! I can’t wait to hear each and every installment!!!

  9. I’m so happy for you, Mindi! Sounds like you are truly living the dream. Most people don’t have the guts or determination to set out on an adventure like you and Daryl have done. Very inspiring. Enjoy!

    1. Author

      Thanks Sheri! It’s so awesome to get positive feedback from former colleagues back home.

  10. You guys have some exciting times ahead. Are you going to post your Buffalo Trace visit. I had a great time showing you around.

    1. Author

      Are your ears burning? We were just talking about our Buffalo Trace tour and plans for an upcoming article. You were an AWESOME tour guide, and we can’t wait to share the experience. Look out for an article here in the next couple weeks.

  11. Amazing adventures and way more to come! It’s so great reading your stories and hearing about all of your adventures. I applaud your bravery at venturing off into the unknown!

    1. Author

      Thanks Kevin. Your confidence in our adventure means a lot.

  12. Daryl and Mindi, what an exciting adventure! Preparing to travel takes real work. Like you, I experienced the stress of trying to get my finances in order, packing, researching, booking, and organizing my apartment — and that was just for my recent three-week road trip through California. I can’t even imagine all the planning that went into your year around the world! But, once you hit the road, all that prep work seems worth it, right? And the stress somehow slips away and you just live in the moment. Please drink all the wine and eat all the French bread and pastries you can! Looking forward to all your stories!

    1. Author

      We will certainly do our best with the wine, bread and pastries. It’s the least we can do. Seriously, it’s so great to be connected with like-minded people here and in life!

  13. Oh my gosh! This is so amazing! I am not going to lie- I am jealous! 🙂 I am hoping one day to do something similar myself. Good luck in your journeys!

    1. Author

      Carrie – If we can do it, then you can do it too!

  14. Oh my gosh I absolutely LOVED reading this guys!! So glad you finally put your story to print to share with the world. I am enjoying your travels so much and cannot wait to see where you end up next. I do hope that Panama makes the list some time and you always have a free place to stay there. 😉 xoxo

    1. Author

      Melody – We are also enjoying following your travels. As for Panama, let’s talk about that later and see if we can coordinate our schedules.

  15. Wonderful to see you following your bliss, Mindi and Daryl. Safe and happy travels to you!

    1. Author

      Thanks Bonnie! We will think of you and Gabe fondly the next time that we drink a glass of cassis in France.

    1. Author

      Thanks Alison! We appreciate your well wishes.

  16. My husband and I hope to follow in your footsteps in a couple of years. Goodluck on your jouneys. If you ever get to Australia we would love to buy you a drink!

    1. Author

      Thanks Paula. We hope to see you in Australia and take you up on your offer!

  17. Ha! I can totally relate. I own what I refer to as “The Adventure Prius.” It boldly goes where no Prius has gone before. So far it is still in one piece.
    Fantastic photo of the Oregon coast!

  18. Beautiful photos! Congratulations on your adventures! I am so so jealous!

  19. Don’t forget to visit Philippines!! I am not sure if u have tried filipino food? Congrats on ur food journey!

  20. I am so happy for the both of you”Living that dream”!!! Looking forward on your blog posts!!!

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