Beerandbeans.com Interview

Posted by admin | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 19-12-2010

Our travel interview today is from Beth and Randy who run the fantastic Beerandbeans.com website.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

Beth:  I’m 5’1”, I like long walks on the beach and cheap wine.

Randy: I am freelance journalist from San Diego, Calif., working hard to become location independent. For the last several years, I covered the crime beat for a San Diego weekly, but I gave up the position recently to become a globetrotter.

Beth: oh yeah, I’m also a photographer and I’ve joined Randy in the quest to be location independent through our travel blog BeersandBeans.com. I also have an irrational fear of being eaten by an alligator.

How did you get into traveling?

Beth: My parents gave me the gift of wanderlust. They weren’t hippies but they managed to cart me and my 2 sisters around the U.S. throughout most of my childhood and teenage years. We never traveled with an  itinerary which was a lot of fun but sometimes left us in some strange situations. For instance, one time we had to sleep on the floor in the ballroom of a hotel. Another time we had to sleep in the car and woke up to wolves howling all around us. We would drive for sometimes 8 -10 hrs straight just so my father could visit ghost towns that he wanted to include in a book he was writing. We would get there and there would be like 2 people, a donkey and a half crumbled building. It drove my mother crazy so whenever she got behind the wheel she drove as fast as she could through all the sites which would then drive my father nuts. It was hysterical and definitely the beginning of my itchy feet.

Randy: Beth really was my catalyst for traveling. Whether it was day tripping through Baja, Mexico, or hopping an $8 flight to Guatemala, Beth showed me that it was possible to live on the road.

What have been some of your most memorable experiences:

Beth: My fathers parents are from southern Italy and I had always heard stories about their small village, Lacedonia. Not many people from my family had visited. This past autumn we kicked off the first leg of the big trip in Europe. Crossing the border to Italy was very emotional for me and discovering long lost family members in different parts of the country made Italy an experience I will never forget.

Randy: Driving down Highway 1 (The Ring Road) in Southwestern Iceland as the sun rose over the black sand Atlantic beaches. I had seen many sunsets since moving to San Diego in 1998, but it had been a longtime, probably 14 years, since I saw an ocean sunrise.

What are you doing now?

Beth: Right now, I’m at home for the holidays, editing wedding photos, trying to take the blog up a notch and working on getting things in order for the second leg of our trip, which will most likely be South East Asia.

Randy: I’m working on putting my voice back into my writing as well as getting more involved with our travel blog, beersandbeans.com.  Now that I’m not working for a newspaper, I’m looking forward to ditching the inverted pyramid and the non-objective, “Just the facts, ma’am,” approach of hard news reporting for a bit.

What websites do you run?

Beth: Currently, we operate BeersandBeans.com, our flagship travel site. I also run NarikosNest.com, for my wedding photography  business.

Randy: My personal blog is iamrandy.com. I am also in the process of starting up several more travel sites, including Travelthrusandiego.com.

Miami ‘Nice’ Images of Miami

Posted by admin | Posted in USA | Posted on 12-12-2010

I have been meaning to put together an article about my trip to Miami for a while now, but struggled to find the time. However I have pulled out some of my favourite pictures that I took when I was there.

1. Sunset Downtown Miami

2. South Beach Art Deco Building At Night

3. Gap Shop Collins Avenue

4. Lincoln Road


5. South Beach

6. Essex House

7. Jerrys Famous Deli


8. Colony Hotel Ocean Drive

9. Fountain Lincoln Avenue