“But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger you’ll learn things you never knew, you never knew.”
– Pocahontas, Colors of the wind
“No, no, no, you can’t use a Disney quote as your introduction! It looks so unprofessional.”
– my husband
Hola and welcome! Thank you for visiting our little piece of the internet full of helpful itineraries, travel tips, exceptional accommodations, and lots of Spain-, & Barcelona love
Hola, and welcome to my little blog. I am overjoyed you found us. And since you’ve clicked on my about me page, it seems like you’d like to know more about this blog. Vicki viaja is Spanish for Vicki travels, and this is basically what this is all about. Not enough…?
Our Mission – To help you save money on priceless travel experiences and inspire you to travel to the most wonderful places in the world, immerse yourself in the unique cultures of our planet, and venture off the beaten path.
Eduardo and Vicki – Who are you anyway?
Hi, we are Vicki and Eduardo, an international couple from Barcelona. You can imagine us, like every other couple you meet while traveling, only a little bit funnier (at least that’s what we think). When we’re not traveling the world or planning our next trip, we’re probably eating somewhere or sending each other cat videos from 9GAG.
We met in Eduardo’s living room in Barcelona in 2015 during my trip to Southern Europe. Let’s face it: how many people can claim to have met their significant other without even leaving their homes? Eduardo was our Couchsurfing host in Barcelona. And just 14 days later, we already hopped on a bus together for our first trip from Hannover, Germany, to Amsterdam.
Since 2016, we have lived together in Barcelona, and in 2019, we officially tied the knot.
Since then, we have traveled together in about 20 countries, including two long-term trips to Southeast Asia and South America.
My kind of travel
I would rather call myself a traveler than a tourist – I know, I know, you have probably read this kind of sentence in one way or the other on every second travel blog, but hear me out. I like to discover places off the typical tourist paths and get to know locals and their culture. That doesn’t mean you can’t find me as well in the typical tourist hotspots like New York, London, Bangkok, or Machu Picchu.
I’m always trying to find new ways to save money during my travels without sacrificing or missing out on anything. So this doesn’t have to mean that I’m only looking for the cheapest deal, but simply that I spend less money on the best travel experiences around the world.
Although I have also traveled alone a few times, in recent years, I usually travel together with my husband, Eduardo. Most of the time, we are on the road for a few months at a time. This allows us not only to work during our travels but also to dive deeper into the culture of the place we are visiting, get to know locals, and discover places off the beaten path. It also allows us to get from A to B by public transportation, making it a more environmentally friendly way to travel.
By the way, in real life, I am a studied tourism manager. With this practical background knowledge, I always find the cheapest flights and the best accommodations for our trips. You can find some of these useful travel insider tips here on the blog, of course.
Since I discovered my great love, New York City, on a student exchange in 2010, the travel bug has bitten me and won’t let me go. I have now visited more than 30 countries, and my travel bucket list is growing and growing.
With this blog, I want to inspire you to travel and discover the world. I want to show that you also have the possibility to travel – even with little money. And I want to help you make the most of your travel budget to experience incredible things around the world without breaking the bank. There is so much to see out there!
Fun Facts about Eduardo & Vicki
- We are exactly the same size
- Eduardo is eight years older than me
- We speak some kind of Spanglish to each other
Meet Vicki Franz
Fun Facts about Vicki
- I have a university degree as a tourism manager
- I love languages and am currently learning my sixth foreign language (Before you think I am super talented, you should know that I’m only really fluent in 3 languages, and two of my learned languages are dead languages)
- I’m the author of the Amazon bestseller guide “Successfully Moving to Spain“
- Read more about me
Meet Eduardo Sans
Fun Facts about Eduardo
- Eduardo is a web and graphic designer (If you work in the health field and need a new website, feel free to check out his website)
- He designed this page as well
- has two native languages
- in his late 30’s
- Eduardo loves cinema and movies and previously worked for a Spanish movie blog
- He learned German in school and spent a month in Bavaria as a teenager to learn German (for everyone not familiar with German dialects – that’s equivalent to a little village in deep Scotland to learn English)