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It’s Thanksgiving today here in the U.S. What better way to give thanks than dedicating this the 200th post on this blog to you, our reader. Thank you for reading Where Is Your Toothbrush?, for all your thoughtful comments here and on our Facebook page, and for being a part of our journey. We could not have done any of this without you!

Judging from the number of pageviews, comments, and Likes, you’ve enjoyed these blog posts at Where Is Your Toothbrush? the most.

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Sunrise at the Salar de Uyuni salt flat, Bolivia, May 2014.

The dark side of traveling (Part 1 & Part 2)

Traveling isn’t all about sunsets and beaches. What cheerful Facebook updates fail to capture, we summarized from our experience.

The devil’s in the details: How TripAdvisor ruins travel

You can’t travel without TripAdvisor, it seems. You won’t be sorry if you try. Here’s why.

Trekking Colca Canyon without a guide or a tour

We found limited information about trekking in Peru’s Colca Canyon. So we added our own rundown.

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Colca Canyon, Peru, May 2014.

They be toutin': Dealing with aggressive touts and salespeople

Touts are an indelible aspect of traveling, and every traveler must learn to deal with them. Not everyone can speak Slovak back at them but the rest of our methods are easy to do.

Five reasons to visit Slovakia

We aren’t big fans of listicles. Except when it comes to Peter’s home country, which is totally worth visiting.

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On top of Kriváň mountain, High Tatras, Slovakia, August 2013.

Toothbrush Talk: One Year Later

In our Toothbrush Talks, we discuss the various aspects of traveling. Along with discussing the idiosyncrasies of traveling in our 30’s, the look back at one-year of traveling launched our recap of the trip and what we learned from it. Cue…

Lessons we learned from traveling (Part 1 & Part 2)

Traveling is a learning experience. We both learned a lot from our trip and shared the details afterward.

How much we spent traveling the world for a year

Given that the question about the cost of our trip is the most frequent one we’ve heard, we shouldn’t have been surprised that the breakdown of our expenses would be such a hot topic. It was the most viewed and shared update on Facebook, too.

Two Toothbrushes traveler interviews

In our interview series we share the stories of fellow traveling and blogging couples. Their kindness in promoting their interviews helped spread the word and increase our readership. Thanks, guys!

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Geysers del Tatio, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, May 2014.

How to prevent reverse culture shock

Returning from long-term traveling can be painful, and every traveler experiences some degree of reverse culture shock. It’s possible to avoid the experience, at least some parts of it.

Once again, thank you!

Nov 212014

The longer we travel, the more couples like us we discover or even meet. Like us they dreamed about traveling, like us they made the big trip happen, and like us they document their experiences online. In the Two Toothbrushes traveler interview series we introduce fellow traveling and blogging couples to share their story and draw inspiration from them. If you’d like to participate or know a couple who would, please visit the series page.

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Dale Davies and Franca Calabretta are a British-Italian full-time traveling couple of vegetarians who have been searching around the world for interesting architecture, amazing art, memorable design, and local music since the summer of 2012. Their blog is AngloItalian Follow Us.

Where are your toothbrushes, where are they headed next, and why?
Our toothbrushes are currently [November 2014] sitting in a glass in the bathroom of the apartment we’re renting here in Berlin until Christmas. They’ll only be there for a little while longer though as we’re soon heading to Italy to enjoy our first family Christmas in many, many years.

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Dale and Francesca are loving their time in Berlin.

What’s your definition of home?

Home is wherever we’re alone together.

It might seem strange to hear that from a pair of travellers who love to meet people in foreign countries around the world, but there’s something about when it’s suddenly just the two of us walking down tiny streets away from the masses that we really love.

How do you make yourself feel at home wherever you go?

Couchsurfing very quickly taught us how to immediately relax in new situations and places as you’ve no choice but to get to know your new environment.

We both learned that the best way to feel at home is to be open, to be willing, and to throw yourself into things without worrying too much about the consequences.

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AngloItalian hunt for architecture, art, design and music around the world.

Why this (or the most recent) trip, why now (then)?

On the final day of our last holiday prior to travelling we both asked each other, “How can we go back to work after this?”

Sitting there sipping our espressos and reading our books outside of a cafe in Venice, we just couldn’t face returning to the life we’d left behind a few days before hand, so as soon as we got back we began to read all we could about travelling the world full-time, and just under a year later we started the same trip we’re still on now.

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“Before travel we were just as peculiar,” say Dale and Francesca.

What were your greatest challenges in making the trip happen? How did you overcome them?

It might sound cliche, but there weren’t any challenges in our way to following our dreams to travel.

Actually making the decision to travel might have been a challenge, but it really wasn’t. It was as easy as choosing whether to have cereal or toast for breakfast.

What do you enjoy the most about your traveling life?

We both really enjoy the slow pace in which we’ve been travelling this past year. Housesitting and using sharing transport options like car sharing or the train has really let us travel slowly and enjoy the countries we’re travelling through at a more relaxed pace, especially so with housesitting as we can stay in one city for months at a time.

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Dale and Francesca are always happy to spend some time in the sun.

Share a moment from your travels that you will share with future generations.

I don’t think there’s one moment that we’ll share, but we’d love to share the feeling that comes with prolonged travel and exposure to new lands and the people that make them so special. There’s so much we’ve learned from our travels that we’d love to share with people, hence why we keep on writing our travel blog.