Unveiling of the NEW Bean…

After much consideration, I will be re-formating and re-branding myself into a direction that not only makes a little more sense, but after much feedback from prospective travelers, could be extremely helpful.

Gelato in Florence

While I’ll still be posting about countries, cities, towns, day trips and more, I will add a brand new section showcasing small itineraries completely broken down with all costs, planning, what to see, things to consider avoiding to maximize time and more. I will be looking at my travels with the idea of covering a certain itinerary in a one to two-week span (possibly three, but nothing larger than that). Basically, even if I were to be on the road for months, I will only be focusing on a few weeks at a time, all while constructing amazing, budget-friendly and exciting journeys for YOU! Let ME be the guinea pig to your dream destination!

Why am I doing this?

I am re-branding myself into shoestring travel because of the majority of my readers, friends, family and general people I speak with cannot find the time to travel the lengths I usually do. Time constraints paired with the “I can’t afford it” notions, and you’re left with a recipe for having your feet firmly planted and your mind wandering. Yes, I am extremely lucky and fortunate to be able to get up, go and not worry about losing my job or not having time-off from work granted, but most aren’t that lucky. I feel that breaking trips down into a small time period, showing routes and loops to travel will be beneficial to many, and hopefully inspire those who are stuck thinking they can’t travel.

I can’t wait to share what the new Roaming Bean has in store!!!

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About The Roaming Bean (109 Articles)
You're probably wondering what the heck is a "Roaming Bean"... Given that I am clearly not a Bean, and my name is Jen, what gives with this Bean thing, right? A friend of mine called me JenBean as a child, and it kinda stuck. Actually, it really stuck... even my license plate says Jenbean. And seeing as I have this grand lust to wander the world, The Roaming Bean seemed suitable. I've changed my career path more times than I have my underwear (minus all the times I've gone commando).... from animating, to forensic pathology, to international business, to fashion marketing and even to my wonderful and favorite of the bunch, degree in culinary arts, nothing kept my attention. Nothing was fun enough to do every day for the rest of my life. I mean, even though I cooked for celebrities in the heart of Hollywood, CA, why the hell would I want to sweat my ass off in a ridiculously HOT kitchen for most of the day and go home smelling like beef and onions? And the chef hat?? Do you know what that did to my hair?? Enter traveling.... The rainy day I descended down the tower of Notre Dame in Paris, gripping on to the railing for dear life so not to slip and tumble to an early death from the torrential down pour that was causing a small flood in the stairwell, my life changed. When I safely made it to the ground, legs shaky from an apparent lack of fitness it requires to walk up and down 387 steep stairs, I realized my hands were stained a delightful copper color from the rusted hand rail I had so dearly clung to. Desperate to get the icky stuff off my supple hands, and no running water in sight, I did what any other hopeless idiot would have done: I washed my hands in the nearest Parisian gutter. It was that moment that changed my life... I threw away my hair dryer, my rolling luggage and my dignity. I let my hair go natural, I bought a back pack and I CAMPED through Europe for a month and a half. Yes my friends, I crossed over into a savage traveling beast. Ok, a lot of people travel that way. But I didn't. And I'm so incredibly thankful for that rainy day in Paris that made me realize the world is a pretty sweet place. That realization led me on a quest; a quest to get out there, see things, soak up some local culture and eat my way around the world (with minimal food-related illnesses, such as but not limited to raging diarrhea).

3 Comments on Unveiling of the NEW Bean…

  1. Auntie Connie // September 12, 2013 at 8:31 pm // Reply

    Fantastic idea Jen, I love it and will definatley use it in planning those short trips., remember think New Zealand. 🙂

  2. I look forward to a new outlook on travelling to interesting places.

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