About Us

We help travelers around the world by sharing city guides, tips & inspiration directly to your inbox!

How can we help you?

Live la Vida is a travel blog that provides you with first hand information from our experience visiting cities across the globe. We have visited 20 countries together (and counting). This blog is our place to share travel advice, reflect on our trips & inspire others to make time for adventure in their lives!

Our Story

We met during our Freshmen Orientation at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire and dated through college. Mark studied Psychology and Amanda studied International Relations. We both minored in Spanish. Mark played on the basketball team while Amanda was involved with the Institute of Politics on campus. We loved our time at St. A’s and met some of our best friends there.

After graduation, we decided to move to Spain to teach English for a year. This was when Live la Vida Blog was first born! Amanda had studied abroad in Sevilla her junior year of college and was eager to return to such an incredible city.

 We lived in a small town called Alcalá de Guadaíra outside of Sevilla. We loved our time so much that we decided to stay for a second year, working for the same school! Mark was even able to play for a basketball team for the 2 years we were there. They competed with teams around Southern Spain. We made lifelong friends that became our family while living abroad and cherish those memories we made there. 
After two years in Spain, we moved back to Boston, Massachusetts. Mark continued his love for teaching and currently works as a 6th grade social studies teacher. Amanda is a manager at Education First, a global travel and education company. After 8 years of dating, we got engaged in 2020 and are excited to continue our adventure together!

What do we write about?

We love to share our travel guides of cities we know well so you can learn the do's and don'ts before you visit. We also have curated specific one day itineraries for cities around the world, in case your time is limited while traveling. Lastly, we love to share our travel tips.  Whether it's how we fund and plan our adventures, to how we stay inspired and curious about the world. If you love to travel, you've stumbled upon the right blog.

Meet Mark

Meet Amanda

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