Meet the Gypsies : Tara & Jessi of Outbound Adventurer @OutboundTreks

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Meet the Gypsies : Tara & Jessi of Outbound Adventurer

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1.  Who are you?  Where are you from?  Where are you now?

Hi, my name’s Tara Lepore, I’m originally from Boston, Massachusetts. I’ve lived in Houston, Texas for going on three years now. My other half and partner is Jessi Honard, originally from Cleveland, Ohio.

2.  What’s your packing strategy?  Heavy or light packer?  Suitcase or backpacker?

I am a light packer and a backpacker, but I am not the most organized person in the world, so I am constantly looking for better ways to pack and compress my stuff! Recently I’ve tried space saver bags, both plastic and zipper varieties, and those have really helped me keep things organized.

3.  How do you afford your travels?  Budget traveler or lean more towards luxury?

Definitely a budget traveler, I afford travel when I can on my teacher salary and a shoestring budget. When I do splurge on travel stuff, it’s usually on a tour of some cool historical or scientific site or museum–or, if I feel brave enough, on some kind of adventure tour. I save a little bit of money when I can from each paycheck, and just sock it away, and I try to forget it’s there until it’s time to plan for travel.

4.  If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?

Mongolia. I’ve always wanted to visit the capitol, Ulaanbataar, and visit the Flaming Cliffs in the Gobi Desert.

5.  Is there anywhere you won’t travel to and why?

Right now I am hesitant to travel to Russia, as beautiful as it is. I’ll wait until things settle down in terms of the political climate there.

6.  What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve eaten?

I once ate a scorpion claw that had been soaking in vodka. That was in Japan, where the food tends to be really wild and interesting!
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7.  You both work in education and are self-proclaimed travel geeks.  How does that incorporate into your travels?

Travel and education go hand-in-hand for both of us. We both encourage our students and fellow teachers to blog, explore the world, and write about what they learn. It also challenges us to jump outside of our own comfort zones. Jessi and I love finding the nerdiest spots to visit on our travels, because it speaks to a common thread that people share across cultures. There is something so awesome about learning something new, and sharing in a common interest, no matter what background or country we all come from.

8.  Any tips on making the most of working full time and traveling often?

As a teacher it is a really fortunate thing to have time during the summer to travel, but any teacher will tell you that even breaks and summer vacation is still filled with planning, training, summer school and work-related activities. If travel becomes a priority, we can set aside the time and the money. We don’t have children but it can be hard to make travel work with family commitments, pets, and the regular daily grind. We both like to think that with a little careful planning, once you buy that ticket to someplace new, the gears start turning, and money and time find a way to work themselves out.

9.  Which of the two is the more adventurous one?

My gut reaction, because I’m pretty biased and feel like the biggest chicken, is Jessi! But I think we are both adventurous in our own ways. She’s the adrenaline junkie, the monkey-on-a-jungle-gym, and the adventure organizer. I’m the talking to strangers, digging in the dirt, and give-me-all-the-weird-foreign-food kind of gal.

10.  What’s the #1 item on your bucket list?

This is really hard! I just want to travel everywhere I can with my cohort at my side. (Aww.)

11.  Most importantly, where to next?

We have a conference for Texas state science educators in Dallas, in November, and a personal trip to the Phoenix area in January. Hopefully we’ll get some camping and hiking in on that trip to Arizona. We’re looking forward to sharing our updates with you!

Find Tara & Jessi here..

Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville. Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function. Other passions | activism, minimalism, zero waste, books + writing.

1 Comment

  1. Robyn

    January 28, 2015 at 3:39 AM

    I nominated you for The Liebster Award 🙂 Love your work! http://www.thetechgypsy.com/the-liebster-award/

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