My husband and I recently relocated from California to New Jersey. Made the cross country trek (4 days, 3 nights) with our two awesome fidos: Precious (a shih tzu/yorkie mix) and Oscar (a lhasa apso mix). Five material things we can't live without: maps (e.g., phones for GPS), vehicles for travel (train, bike, bus, plane, car), clean sheets, cookware, and lotion (specifically, Avon moisture therapy).
We love to EAT. We especially love to support small ma and pa shops that serve authentic cuisine. We typically choose our next international destination based on the availability of street food and/or night markets (that, of course, have a lot of street food).
We prefer hostels/bed and breakfasts to hotel chain establishments; the latter feels cold and off-putting. What best way to experience a place than to be around people who want to share it with others :)
When we travel, we prefer to travel light. If we can get by with two carry-ons, even better. Your home is our home - meaning, we respect your rules, your property. Linda grew up with a father who made his hotel bed at the end of each stay - his reason: one mark/indication of character is how you leave things behind. Stay after stay, travel after travel, conference after conference, this value continues to resonate with her (and subsequently, us).
Personal face-to-face relationships are important to us...which is why we don't do Facebook. We DID Facebook at one time, but decided one day to forgo it all...de-friending each "friend" one by one because we no longer buy into the "lurking" tendencies that Facebook encourages over actual investments into relationships (dialing a phone number, shooting an email, sending a text, talking about/sharing life stories in person). Our Facebook membership now primarily serves as a hub for blogs, news, and coupons/deals by companies.
Linda grew up traveling. Spent a year at an international school. Spent two summers as an exchange student in Norway and Germany (experiences that introduced her to the world of hostelling, now coupled with airbnb-ing). :) Since married, she has brought Eric on board. We've been fortunate to be able to travel overseas every year that we've been married (6+ years).
Places that we've traveled -
Both: Cambodia (several), Germany, South Korea, China, Thailand, Spain, Taiwan (several), Prague
Linda: Norway, Singapore, Hong Kong
Eric: Japan, Israel