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Our Craziest Travel Stories

I usually have almost endless ideas for content. However, with the world in so much upheaval, I’ve struggled with how to be a podcaster. Should I only talk about the pandemic because it’s impacting everyone’s lives or should I go ahead with producing normal content?

As I was grappling through this, I decided to ask for feedback and thoughts on Instagram on what you would like for us to share on the podcast during this weird season of unknowns. I heard from SO many of you and the resounding response was that you would love lighthearted content that wasn’t COVID-heavy.

While we will continue to acknowledge what’s going on in our world and may have more episodes related to it in the future, we thought it’d be fun to do something different this week and take you on a journey with us (from your home!) on some of our crazy travel adventures!

We share four different crazy travel stories:

  • The first is from my first big international trip and how something I did on my return flight resulted in a big rift between Jesse and I (and on the podcast, as we were sharing the story, Jesse realized that for 5 years, he thought that I had done something I hadn’t done! I guess it’s good we finally cleared that up!)
  • Next up, Jesse shares about something hilarious that went down while he was on a guys’ fishing trip to Louisiana.
  • The third story is one I was a little scared to share publicly and have only told a few people. It’s definitely one of those, “I can’t believe I really did that” moments!!
  • And finally, the last story is the most bizarre… in fact, it’s so crazy that you might think that we made it up. But I promise we didn’t!

In This Episode: 

[01:02] Why we decided to do an episode on crazy travel stories.

[04:04] Up first is my very first international trip to South Africa. 

[06:20] We start at the end of the trip… and keep in mind that Jesse is very much a rule follower and I was brand-new to traveling internationally.

[13:09] I’m glad we cleared up a 5-years-long misunderstanding on the podcast today!!

[15:46] All about that time Jesse thought his bunk mate on his fishing trip had stopped breathing.

[20:14] That time I did a very embarrassing thing on complete accident in the Focus on the Family lobby.

[26:54] We saved our very best travel story for last — involving flight issues, a passenger passing out on me, and a big fight on the flight. (I promise we’re not making any of this up!)

Links and Resources:

  • My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!)
  • Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email:

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  • Rachael says:

    Jesse’s story was the best! He thinks the guy is dead, the guy thinks he’s seeing a ghost but typical guys, neither will admit what they’re thinking at the time. This could be a sitcom episode! I was cracking up and yes, it made my day feel a lot better…

    My travel stories? I did go around the world on my own in my 20’s. Going through Israel with my laptop in the 90’s, I must have looked suspicious, because they said be there 2 hours early and yep, by the time they finished frisking me and going through every single item of my luggage, checked and unchecked (imagine them squeezing my tampons individually, no word of a lie), they then had to escort me through to last boarding call – 2 hours…

    Then I got off a bus in a small town in Poland and had to spend the night before reboarding a bus but hadn’t been able to prearrange accommodation, only to find no-one there spoke English! But there were about half a dozen housewives meeting the bus, offering their houses to tourists, but not in English… So I knew a smattering of German (literally only did it as a subject in my first year at High School in South Australia) and chose the lady who also knew a smattering of German and went back to stay at her house with her family. Looking back, was I crazy, going with a complete stranger? But it seemed normal, small town, little bit of money from the tourists and I remember very big fluffy pillows and an attic room 3 stories up and not much else.

    • Jordan says:

      Wow, that’s a truly amazing experience! Thanks for sharing! -Jordan, MSM Team

    • So fun! Thank you for sharing your stories!! Jesse had an interesting time getting through customs on his Israel trip, too! They actually sort of interrogated him… and kept asking him why he was traveling alone and not with his wife!

  • Whitney says:

    I would love to hear about traveling economically with a Family with kids. All this quarantine is giving me wanderlust! But, we don’t have much wiggle room to travel and I really want to give our kids travel experiences

    • Jordan says:

      We have a lot of posts that touch on exactly this topic! You can find a bunch of those links at the bottom of this post. Hope that helps! -Jordan, MSM Team

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