May 2, 2022

126 | Trek Simple | Travel For REAL People


Show Summary:

Have you noticed that everyone else's vacations seem way better than yours?  Is your social media feed filled with perfectly posed sunset heart hand pics?  Does all of this make travel seem overly complicated, expensive, and not for you?  Our next guests are on a mission to spread the message about travel for REAL people.  In today's episode of the Fat & Broke Podcast, we welcome Maggie and Caren from the blog Trek Simple to share with us their approach to travel and how we can all make exploring the world a reality.

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About Our Guests:

Caren Merz:

Caren is a tech writer that would rather be travel writing. DIY-er, gardener, fantasy nerd, and a lifter of heavyweights. Heading towards FIRE and traveling cheaply while doing it.

Caren’s Profile Page

Maggie Gunther:

Maggie Gunther is the co-founder of TrekSimple, a travel blog “for real people,” and an economic development communications professional and Realtor. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Florida Atlantic University. 

She is involved in various community and charitable organizations in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. In 2016, she was named 40 Under 40 by the South Florida Business Journal. In 2019 she was named 40 Under 40 in Economic Development by the IEDC.  

When she’s not working or volunteering, Maggie enjoys exploring new places, writing for her blogs, learning about history, taking in live entertainment, including concerts and theater, and spending time with friends, family, and her dog Mollie.

Maggie’s Profile Page

Topics Discussed:

  • Travel
  • Saving Money On Travel
  • Eating Healthy While Traveling
  • Travel Scams
  • Exercising While Traveling
  • Trip Planning
  • Negotiating Travel Rentals
  • Vacation Grocery Shopping
  • Travel Influencers

Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Caren Merz Profile Photo

Caren Merz

Tech Writer/Travel Writer

Tech writer that would rather be travel writing. DIY-er, gardener, fantasy nerd, and lifter of heavy weights. Heading towards FIRE and travelling cheaply while doing it.

Maggie Gunther Profile Photo

Maggie Gunther

TrekSimple Co-Founder

Maggie Gunther is the co-founder of TrekSimple, a travel blog “for real people,” as well as an economic development communications professional and Realtor. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Florida Atlantic University.

She is involved in a variety of community and charitable organizations in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. In 2016, she was named 40 Under 40 by the South Florida Business Journal. In 2019 she was named 40 Under 40 in Economic Development by the IEDC.

When she’s not working or volunteering, Maggie enjoys exploring new places, writing for her blogs, learning about history, taking in live entertainment including concerts and theater, and spending time with friends, family and her dog Mollie.