Travel, Adventure & Sam Brown

Samantha Brown has been with the Travel Channel from the early days, a host since 1999. I know that her poise and fun on-camera style has inspired many to “just go”. I am no exception. Watching Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown fascinated me; this midwestern sounding woman is traveling all over the place and makes it look easy. She always carried the air of someone who wasn’t pretentious, privileged or arrogant. She was just a typical American tourist.


She inspired me to pursue a life away from my hometown; she inspired me to relax about being in the unfamiliar. We recently had a chance to hear her speak about her life as a TV host and her passion for travel. We are always trying to find fun things to do and when we caught a billboard for the Travel & Adventure Show it was a must.


After seeing that Sam Brown would be speaking there was not question when we were going. To meet an inspiration was amazing but what she had to say was even better. After all these years of being a TV host she is still approachable and sounds like she an old friend. The biggest concept she was trying to impress upon the audience was to travel your own way. There is a distinction between tourist and travelers but what does that matter as long as you are experiencing something.


Sam signed a Polaroid for me!!!

Sam signed a Polaroid for me!!!


Josh and I are travelers, we like to be a part of the places we visit, detest resorts and prefer to set a minimal itinerary. I am often a bit judgmental of tourist, how I feel they are doing it wrong. I know of some people who travel to another countries only to never leave a resort. I have a hard time understanding that but why should I care, it’s their holiday. It is about what you get out of it, not what others want.


Travel is also about more than just seeing the history of a place. I love going to museums but there is real value in being a part of the present. When we went to New Zealand we had the perfect mix. Visiting historic locations and museums while also being a part of local customs and eating local food. A highlight of our trip to Belize was having lunch from a street cart with the dive crew instead of going to a restaurant.


The great guys from Island Divers in Belize

The great guys from Island Divers in Belize

Brown did have one parting story that really struck me, once while in the middle a long string of filming (being gone for months like us), she was just craving a bit of home. I live out of a suitcase and have no home. There are times when this wears on Josh and I, that we have no place to call home. This is the hard part of traveling like we do, that lack a normalcy. There are times when we could drive into a city and see something spectacular but instead we just get takeout and do laundry. It is boring but at times more refreshing than a spa day. We travel our way.


Be a traveler or be a tourist but Just Go.
***This is part of a series of posts called “Travel Tuesday“, each covering topics unique to our lifestyle***

The House on the Rock

If you are not familiar with The House on the Rock, I don’t fully know how to describe it.  I will share a link to the Travel Channel bit on it, but I felt like I was on a ride through the obsessive mind of a genuine eccentric.  The kind of person that others model their own odd ramblings after, hoping to capture an ounce of his creative drive.  The “he” I am referring to is Alex Jordan the creator of House on the Rock, the curator, collector, visionary and artist.

One of the collections alone (books, china, music machines, service sets, road signs, sculpture, ext.…) would be enough for an average person to fill their life with but not Jordan.  He saw a beauty in the art of collection and in the preservation, a mission to keep pieces of the past for the future.

We went just after Christmas when the place was still in full holiday regalia, a bit distracting for my taste.  I wanted to see more the architecture but the snow kept that as bay.  There are 1000s of images that exist of The House on the Rock so I will share just one that sums up our visit.


A quite roam through the buildings with just a handful of other guests, at peace with the amazing place and this amazing mind.