Virtuoso Traveler 2019 April Why We Travel: Newlyweds Erin and Brian Adams

Why We Travel: Newlyweds Erin and Brian Adams

Honeymooning on Bora-Bora.
Honeymooning on Bora-Bora.
Photo by Erin and Brian Adams 
After an engagement in Spain and an Australian elopement, Erin and Brian Adams are ready for more adventures abroad.
For a couple of newlywesds, Erin and Brian Adams certainly get out in the world. The Chicago pair married in high style in Australia at the start of 2018, and have already etched New Zealand, Bora-Bora, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, and Sint-Maarten on their “been there” list. Brian, 38, is in commercial real estate, and Erin, 39, owns a spa, but exploring new locales is where their union finds true expression. Phoenix-based Virtuoso travel advisor Judi Glass helps build their journey one adventure at a time.

Brian: Travel is an obsession for us, I’m not gonna lie. To walk around and get lost, to take in the world and learn – it’s what we love doing the most.

One of our first trips together, before we were married, was Barcelona. We arrived the day before the terrorist attack on Las Ramblas. It was a very somber time in the city, and we were in lockdown for a couple of days. Judi contacted us to make sure we were OK. But the best thing was connecting with our guide, Vincente. He had so much pride in his city, and so much resolve and optimism. What could have been a mournful experience turned into a visit full of hope. I proposed to Erin the next day.

Erin: We got married on New Year’s Eve at the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney. We’d been planning a big wedding, but it got crazy, so we turned it into a trip instead. The staff coordinated the officiant, florist, photographer, and videographer. It was just the two of us and some wombats and kangaroos.

The big day down under. 
The big day down under. 
Photo by Erian and Brian Adams 

Brian: Judi took the vision we dreamed up and helped cement it in reality. We thought we’d get married in Bora-Bora, but she said, “Why not do Australia and New Zealand first and then honeymoon in Bora?” Going there the second week after New Year’s cost half as much as it would have on December 31.

Erin: I always bring a travel journal with me. Writing by hand lets me get deeper into the details of the trip. I use an aqua leather-bound notebook I found in New Zealand.

Brian: And I can’t travel without my Bose noise-canceling headphones – in case there’s a screaming child or an overly talkative passenger on a flight.

Erin: Planning a safari was completely overwhelming: picking where you want to stay, coordinating small flights, deciding on how much time in each place.
But Judi knew exactly where to send us. In Kenya, we visited the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Maasai Mara. In Tanzania, we went to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. We ended in Zanzibar at a stunning, remote resort.

Brian: On Memorial Day, I surprised Erin with a trip to Amangiri in Utah. We’d been hiking at Zion National Park, which was spectacular, but not exactly luxurious, so we just stayed on-property rather than making day trips to the nearby parks. When you’re in a place as incredible as Amangiri, you really just want to settle in.

Erin: We both have our hearts set on exploring Iceland and Greenland, and would love to do a trip to Chile and Argentina.

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