Meet Eric and Allison From The Endless Adventure

We are so excited to share with our readers here at Nothing Familiar the amazing traveling duo of Eric and Allison. Not only did they sell everything that they own to travel the world, but they documented everything on the Endless Adventure! The Endless Adventure Vlog is awesome in more ways than we can count, but don’t take our word for it… Check it out below!

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Endless Adventure: Q&A With Eric and Allison 

1. What made you decide to travel? Did you have any plans or goals when you set out?

A few years ago we randomly signed up for French lessons and once the course ended, we thought what better way to celebrate than by going to France?! At the time, our good friend was living in London, so we did two weeks between London and Paris. After that, we had definitely had a travel itch which then grew steadily over the next couple years until into a full blown travel bug. We brainstormed all sorts of ways to start traveling from buying an RV to teaching english abroad and finally decided to just sell it all and see what happens!

When we left San Francisco in 2015, we road tripped around the states for a few months but didn’t have any plans after that. Luckily, that same friend from London had just found a really cheap transatlantic cruise from Florida to Spain and asked if we were interested. We’d never been on a cruise and it was an insanely affordable way to get to Europe, so we said hell ya and booked tickets!

That’s a pretty great example of how we travel actually… we typically book the cheapest flight/bus/train we can find (usually only a week or two in advance) and just go for it! So far it’s worked out pretty well :

2. What is a Vlog, and how is it different from a regular blog?

A vlog (short for video blog) is basically a visual representation of a blog post or a journal entry. For Eric and I, our vlogs show our days as we travel. We typically start the vlog by giving a brief overview of what we’re up to and from there we show scenes and highlights of the places we visit, foods we eat and people we interact with. Also, we give a bit of commentary about what we’re doing, which we try to keep informational and funny (but sometimes the funny doesn’t always happen haha!).

We feel that the Endless Adventure Vlog gives our audience a more relatable and up-close look at the places we visit, more than a traditional blog post would. We like that vlogs allow people to see what we’re seeing from every angle and provide a more immersive experience.

3. Vlogs/Blogs (as you do both) are a ton of work. Are you constantly filming and editing on the road? How do you balance your time?

Time management is definitely a constant struggle for us. We like to be spontaneous on the road, but when you’re juggling work, a website, vlogs, frequent traveling and sightseeing, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. We learned pretty quickly that we needed to schedule days off where we just hunker down in a coffee shop and get shit done. Unfortunately that has meant going from daily vlogging to vlogging every other day or a couple times a week.

So now our schedule is typically a vlog day where we’ll also try to get a stockpile of Instagram pics and blog post content, followed by a work day (or two) where Eric will edit the vlog and work on his contract gigs, I’ll plan out our next day(s) and book our upcoming travel and we’ll both work on the blog and update social media.

4. We LOVE your “3 Foods you HAVE to Try” Vlogs. What’s some of the best and worst foods you’ve tried while traveling?

We love making them! We try to stay pretty thrifty on the road, but our food days are usually a bit of a splurge which is always a bit exciting. Plus we always learn so much about the people and culture while researching their most famous dishes and how they came to be so popular.

That said, some food days are way more delicious than others. I think we’d both agree that Berlin has been our favorite day with currywurst being the shining star – seriously, who knew curry on a sausage could be such a magical combination!?

Reykjavik’s was by far the worst haha! Both the fermented shark and the boiled sheep’s head are tastes (and textures) that I especially hope to never experience again!

5. You often post about your budget and costs. For someone who is looking to set out on trip what advice would you give them?

Budgets are really hard to stick to and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the struggle of trying to stay on track. That’s why we like to be open and honest about what we spend. Our hope is that it’ll show our readers and viewers that:

a) You don’t have to have a lot of money to travel

b) We have financial struggles just like everyone else

c) While it’s hard, it’s definitely not impossible!

One thing we recommend to someone wanting to travel on a budget is to do as many cheap and free sight-seeing days as possible. That includes exploring public gardens, taking hikes, renting bikes and riding around the city, hitting up free museums days, strolling the castle grounds, and taking free walking tours. It’s a bit more research up front, but the money saved is well worth the digging! Yelp, TripAdvisor, city websites and other travel bloggers are awesome resources for finding free and cheap ways to visit a city without blazing through your budget!

Booking shared Airbnbs with access to a full kitchen or kitchenette is also a great way to cut down on costs. We know that eating in isn’t always the most exciting or glamorous option when traveling, but grocery shopping in a foreign country can sometimes be more exciting than eating out.

6. What’s your wildest travel dream?

Our wildest travel dream is definitely to hike the Mount Hua in China via the HuaShan plank walk. Assuming we aren’t paralyzed by fear, I’m pretty sure it’ll end up being one of those life changing moments.

7. If someone could only watch one of the Endless Adventure Vlogs which one would it be and why?

What a great and tough question haha! If we could only pick just one, it’d probably be the day we crossed off a pretty awesome bucket list item in Austria!

Once again a HUGE thanks to Eric and Allison for answering our questions and sharing all their stories. For more Endless Adventure Vlogs that will not only give you a serious case of wanderlust, but transport you on their adventures check out The Endless Adventure HERE!

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  1. Terri
    July 5, 2020 / 3:53 pm

    There is a credit card you can use for traveling where you pay a fee and can recoup it in travel expenses. It also gives you access to VIP areas at the airport, so you never have to pay outrageous prices just to eat.

    • Brigitte & Jake
      July 5, 2020 / 5:33 pm

      Travel credit cards are the best! We love going into the airport lounges ( :

  2. Karen DApollo
    June 23, 2020 / 5:05 am

    I just discovered your videos. I think they’re enjoyable to watch. They make me hungry. My only complaint is the music you use with that god awful drumming. Please consider playing anything else.

    • Brigitte & Jake
      July 5, 2020 / 5:32 pm

      We’ll pass this along to Eric and Allison! haha

    • Catherine Missin
      August 1, 2020 / 11:00 am

      I wholeheartedly agree about the music. I keep adjusting the volume

  3. Nicole Hanewell
    March 30, 2020 / 1:36 pm

    I am stuck at home for over a month self isolating during Coronavirus pandemic. I have binge streamed your videos on You Tube and watched about 80 of your segments.

    If truth be told, it gets overly formulaic and monotonous. You have almost no interaction with local people and seem to focus on the food you eat, coffee and beer breaks. Very long and overly talky segments while you are in a plane, train or driving a rental car. Who cares about the features in your lodging? If your train sleeper has a hook to hang clothes on? Who cares? I would like to see you interact with local people beyond you asking a waiter for your food order

    Anthony Bourdains travelogues has extensive interaction with local people. Sorry, it’s not just about YOU, it’s supposed to be about the country and it’s people you are exploring. Sometimes you invite another person to join you on your trip then they completely disappear with NO explanation. Very cold and callous as though your traveling companions are just an accessory you discard along the way. It comes across as two credit card over extended self absorbed millennials who are only interested in themselves and nobody else.

    Sorry, but how many times can you hold the interest of your viewers by eating a meal, when your dining commentary comments are limited to “I’m so excited to eat this” and Allison’s “oh wow” “ yummy” and “ohhh this is so good” and Eric’s “I’m starving” and nodding his head while chewing. I thought he was a vegetarian when he was in the USA but then he quickly dropped that to become a carnivore. Lame

    Check out Joolz Guide on You Tube. He only gives travelogues of London neighborhoods but it is far more entertaining because he interviews other people and talks about the history and interesting trivia of the place he is filming. Joolz Guides interacts with other people in every segment. Your travelogues tend to be a blur because it gets monotonous with a typical day is explaining your breakfast, the place you want to visit is closed, break for coffee while Eric uploads the vlog and the speed is slow so you loiter at Starbucks for 3 hours, the race to catch your plane on time, Allison lost something, Hey, please stop reviewing airplane food and snacks you bought at a convenience store!

    I saw an episode when you were in Asia that explained your finances on a pie chart. $28,000 in credit card debt is how you finance your travel lifestyle. You’ve been doing this for FIVE years????? Monthly expenses are $3500 but income from Eric’s job is $3000? What do you do to stay afloat when your credit card is maxed out?

    • Brigitte
      April 1, 2020 / 6:46 pm

      Hey Nicole. We just interviewed Eric and Allison awhile back. I don’t think they’re going to see your complaints here on our website.

      -Brigitte and Jake

  4. Mirko. (martin Or Mark) Kinast
    November 24, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    Re: previous email
    Sorry about spelling errors! I’m still jet lagged!

  5. Mirko. (martin Or Mark) Kinast
    November 24, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    I’m a fan. Started watching you early this year and have managed to catch up on all your vlogs.
    We just returned from Slovenia where we spent a month with our family. They live in southeastern Slovenia-not near the hype of Ljubljana. As my husband was born in Slovenia, we travel there every year and see very different things than those often described in travel brochures. I would be happy , if you are not already in/out of Slovenia, to suggest places to visit. Most are only accessible if you have a car. I was trying to find an email address for you since I don’t have Facebook. Please let me know by email if you’d like any suggestions!!
    It’s such a beautiful country, I know you’ll enjoy wherever you visit!
    It’s goibg to be cold though!!! Last week they had snow!
    We have only been back in Oklahoma for 6 days and miss the terrific food !!!
    It’s very cold to the coast of Italy as well.
    Thanks for your vlogs, you really do an exceptional job!
    I enjoy each one.
    Terese Kinast
    Ps. Since I’m a mama, I worry about Allison’s feet in later years!
    Converse are great, but maybe consider more support so your feet don’t fail you in your 60’s!!! Ha!

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