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Passports or Pass With Devon And Marcus

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Devon and Marcus in the Hot Seat!

Slieve League - Devon and Marcus
Beautiful scenery helps everyone be a great travel companion. These cliffs at Slieve League, Ireland certainly put Devon and Marcus at ease.

Can they convince us that they are fantastic travel companions? Welcome to our second show in the series Passports or Pass, on Weekend Travel Inspiration, where we grill unsuspecting travelers to see if they really should be traveling together. Travel is fun. Travel is stressful. Will traveling together make Devon and Marcus’ bond stronger or will it break them?

Devon and Marcus in Donegal
Striking a pose, because well, “this is easy” as Devon and Marcus explore the grounds of Donegal Castle, Ireland

The Passport or Pass Contestents

Devon is our daughter, and she has traveled her entire life. At five months, we took her camping on the French Riviera and the Costa Brava. You never know if your values will be passed down to your kids, but thankfully Devon loves to travel and has been to all seven continents (1 more than Jim or me) and almost 40 countries. She currently lives in Japan where she met Marcus.

Making Sausage with Marcus and Devon
Is raw meat or bones one of your phobias? It is for Marcus, so what do we make him try, making sausage!

Marcus, a New Englander, joined the Navy as a young man and found his way to Japan. He had never really traveled before, either with family or alone, so this was a huge brave jump. This past summer was the first time he has been to Europe and he added five countries to his list. It was also the first time we’d met him, so yeah that’s another level of stress right there. Traveling with the Vails, and I’m looking at you Devon, can be a bit stressful at times, because we love to be out of our comfort zone. Poor Marcus found that out, trial by fire. Some of the things that we subjected this relative travel newbie to was a beer bath in Czech and making sausage in Nuremberg. Like a trooper, he got high marks from us, but will he pass the travel companion test?

You can watch our first installment of our very own Travel Companion Quiz Show – Passports or Pass with Mary and Chris here.

Devon has lived in Japan for six years and is our Reflections Enroute Japan expert. If you are interested in Japan, read on!

Inside the world famous Cup Noodle factory in Yokohama

The Wild and Wacky World of Japanese Themed Restaurants

Can Devon and Marcus pass our travel companion test?

Sandy N Vyjay

Friday 25th of August 2017

Nice and fun topic and always the subject of much debate. Nice to see how Devon and Marcus vibe together as a travel couple. Traveling together does have its moments of disagreement and stress but these are usually overpowered by shared experiences of travel.

Corinne Vail

Friday 25th of August 2017

That's the hope Sandy, and it seems to work for our family well.

Dave (Silverbackpacker)

Thursday 24th of August 2017

An original idea for a blog series. I wonder what other couples will be brave enough to face your camera. What a great childhood education Devon must have had with all that travelling around.

Corinne Vail

Thursday 24th of August 2017

Dave, Thanks. I hope people want to do it!

Kerri

Thursday 24th of August 2017

Absolute crackup Corinne and a great idea. Saw that you'll be doing Daryl and Mindi soon too - should be interesting. Love that Devon has been travelling with you her whole life. It's certainly interesting travelling with others and there are a limited few I would do it with.

Corinne Vail

Thursday 24th of August 2017

Kerri, When are you coming our way? (hint, hint)

Bryna | Dotted Line Travels

Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

What a fun post idea! Marcus is lucky to get to travel with you, you guys have some pretty amazing adventures!

Corinne Vail

Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

Bryna, Thanks. I'm not sure Marcus would agree with you 100%... We can be a bit intense!

sg

Tuesday 22nd of August 2017

I love that Devon has travelled her entire life with you guys. That makes me happy. We're expecting a daughter and she will do exactly the same. It seems like she loves the lifestyle you've given her.

Corinne Vail

Tuesday 22nd of August 2017

Skye, I think she really does. I have two daughters, and both seem to have caught the travel bug.