THE Most Amazing Traveller Ever

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“Oh Max,” I moaned to my 11-year-old son, “I want to write a post about someone amazing I met when I was travelling but I don’t know who to write about. Can you think of anyone?”

“I know Mum,” Max chirped back instantly, “why don’t you write about Dad?”

Clever Max’s idea made sense because, while I’ve met many amazing people during my travels, ranging from the most giving person ever to the nuttiest, I have only met one person who was so amazing that I’m still traveling with him 21 years later.

That person is Max’s dad, my husband and the man commonly refered to here as the Mucho Man. You can find out what’s with the nickname and how and where we met here, but today let’s just talk about what makes Mr. Rich Candy Esquire so amazing.

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Rich and I escaping from the kids for a date night at the movies – always a cause for celebration – we need to do that more often – much more often

1. Laid-back

Rich is so laid-back he’s practically horizontal which of course drives me nuts a lot of the time but is definitely a big attraction the rest of the time. He’s cool, calm and contained, no matter what’s going on around him so you can rely on him to diffuse the most difficult situations.

2. Clever

While being laid back is a great attribute for a travelling companion it might not be so great when choosing your life companion. But Rich is annoyingly smart as well as laid back.

When we met in Egypt he was a brilliant computer whizz who earned mucho dollares whizzing round the world setting up and fixing financial accounting systems for big companies. It was a big responsibility, a lot of work and a job which he was so good at he was in high demand. In fact we traveled a lot and in great style on the back of his computer whizz capabilities living in Atlanta, Bangkok and Paris.

3. Self-aware

While many stick to the safe path, especially when they’re high earners because it’s hard to turn your back on the security and lifestyle that offers, Rich had the confidence and self-awareness to follow his own path. When I was pregnant with our first child 14 years ago he decided to follow his heart.

Fed up of working for boring corporations and being obliged to dress up in a “monkey suit” every day then commute to an office he threw it all away to start our own business.

I still miss seeing him in a suit and tie and while our bank balance isn’t as bouncy as it once was we’re both happier living a barefoot and fluid lifestyle.

Those three characteristics that attracted me to Rich all those decades ago still amaze me. Each quality by itself is special, but when you combine all three, they become amazing.

Of course Rich has other qualities that I love too like boyish good looks, supreme confidence without being cocky and he even makes me laugh sometimes too but being laid-back, clever and self-aware are big three.

Those are the things that make him the most amazing person I’ve ever met during my 44 years of travels.

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Rich, Kiara and Me on holiday in New Zealand 2005

More Stories About Amazing People Met When Traveling by Some Super Hot Travel Bloggers

Today I’m trying something new – a little link up with some other hot travel bloggers. We all agreed to write about someone amazing we met on our travels then share the links to send each other some of our amazing readers – that’s right, that means you.

So I’d love if you check out these posts by:

Vago Damitio from Vagabond – The Most Amazing Person I’ve Met in My Travels

Kobi Klaf from Nomadic Family Travel – The Most Amazing Person I Met in My Travels

I know they’d love to see you there too.

How about you? Who’s the most amazing person you’ve ever met on your travels? 

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  1. Lisa October 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    How divinely sweet – what beautiful words to write about Rich.

    I must admit he is laid back and calm, so much that I guess taking you to the hospital all those years ago at 3am would have just about sent him into a tailspin – lol.

    But I must say he is devilishly handsome and such a polite geek, you are lucky to have married a super travelling partner x

    • Annabel Candy October 7, 2012 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Hi Lisa,

      Lovely to see you here. Ha, he’s so laid back he didn’t care if I had a broken leg – sleep first:) Gotta love him though!

  2. Seana Smith October 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Hahaha… I will check out these other stories. Having enjoyed a drink with your hubby, I can see why these are your favourite things about him BUT mine are that he is so speedy and clever and reliable when working on my blog. Hope he is with yours too!

  3. Doll October 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    Ii came from Sajshirazi and am glad to get in this hot spot. You have me as a reader.

  4. Agness (@Agnesstramp) October 9, 2012 at 1:03 am - Reply

    Awww you look so cute all together!

  5. Johanna October 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    This is such a lovely warm and fuzzy story :) Now I’ve met you, I Can’t wait to meet Rich one day too. I’d also have to pick my hubby as my best travel buddy – we’re coming up to the big 25 wedding anniversary on Halloween, with 5 years of desultory travel and meet ups before that :)

  6. Annie October 22, 2012 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Beautiful post! Hope that once I will be so happy as you are (because you’re unbelievable lucky girl and I guess you know it :) ). Even though I don’t know you personally, I’m persuaded you’re a great couple (and family) and wish you all the best!

  7. Alyson January 10, 2013 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Well, would you believe, I met my amazing husband and lifelong travel companion in Egypt, too! He’s Australian, I’m British. We’ve been together 13 years now and have had some momentous adventures. I’ve said this before, on my blog, he’s the best possible husband for me. I’m so glad I saw this post today, it made me smile and be grateful.

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