If you’re so exhausted and overwhelmed by your status quo that you can’t even figure out a way to add GOOD things into your life, you need this weekly podcast. Hosts Betsy & Warren Talbot know how to remove what's not working so you can have more of what you love.

Treating your relationship like a lab rat isn't as weird as it sounds. You track what happens, learn from your mistakes, and improve over time. As nerdy as it sounds, you can improve your chances at love by paying attention to what you're doing right in the quest for love...and what you're doing wrong.

In today's episode, we start by revealing some of our more geeky relationship rules, lessons we've learned through trial and error:

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Episode 70 comes to you from the sunny Andalucia region of Spain. Today we’re talking about the 6-week Romance Experiment - what it is, how it worked, and how you can get in on the action.

What a fantastic adventure through Europe. For 6 weeks we traveled through Europe exploring romance in a variety of locations and ways to keep the spark alive in our relationship.

In this episode we share what we loved the most and how important this journey was to help us reconnect as partners. Plus, we introduce our Romance Bucket which you can use to inject a bit more romance in your relationships. You can download the list of 52 romantic ideas, one for each week of the year, by signing up to our newsletter list.

It's a fun show highlighting romantic adventures to help spark ideas to do with your mate. 

 

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Episode 69 was recorded in live on a farm in Belgium. Today we're talking to a couple who went from the city life to the farm life without ever having even owned a pet before.

Embarking on a big dream together requires a strong commitment to each other and a serious amount of communication. We're chatting about big life changes today and how one makes the leap from corporate life to stepping off the "standard path". It is a fun episode filled with cheese, and pigs, and baby goats...oh my. This is fun show for all of you who are dreaming of a new life or simply love the idea of going after something completely different. 

 

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Episode 68 comes to you from sunny Madrid, Spain. Today we're addressing the question we get all the time: How do you find someone to follow your dreams with you? You're going to love today's unconventional guest, and you’ll want to listen through to the end to find out how to win one of 3 copies of his new book.

How else are you gonna find other freaks if you don't out yourself as a freak? This is one of the key lessons we talk about in this episode, the importance of sharing your interests with others. We dive into how you can find people who share your passions and, ultimately, that big dream you have brewing in your mind.

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Episode #67 comes to you from the waffle center of the world, Brussels, Belgium. Today we're talking to a couple who's relationship has survived and thrived in the midst of a life-changing trauma.

Let's face it, the odds are that most of us will encounter illness or injury in our lives, and the odds go up as we get older.

Besides staying as healthy as we possibly can, how can we insure that our relationships are strong enough to weather whatever comes our way?

Today's interview is a refreshing and powerful look at how a couple can choose to handle a significant trauma together. You'll hear just a little background noise toward the end as Rachelle and Chris's dogs Peaty and Roger sneak into the interview with their favorite chew toys.


Episode 66 comes to you from the quaint village of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany.  Today we're talking about strong women and their nice guy partners. How do they learn to move toward the middle to get more pleasure and enjoyment in the relationship?

Are you a nice guy partnered who wishes his partner didn't always try to run the show? Or an outspoken woman who wishes her partner would take charge sometimes? Todays' guest is going to show us how to equalize this scenario – especially in the bedroom – to get more pleasure without compromising who you are.


In this week's podcast, we talk about our visit to a Viennese sex product store (and how it weirdly looks like an Apple store). Why did we do it and what did we learn about each other? Well, you'll have to listen in.

We're in Vienna right now as part of our International Love Affair tour, celebrating the release of our fourth book, Married with Luggage: What We Learned About Love by Traveling the World.  Vienna is magical, and we could easily imagine ourselves living in this gorgeous city.

But back to the topic at hand. To expand on the topic of sex and intimacy in a long-term relationship, we're talking today with Janet W. Hardy, coauthor of the landmark book, The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships and Other Adventures.

Even if you're not interested in adding more people to your relationship, you will learn a lot about communication, boundaries, and the expansion of love for your own monogamous relationship. We certainly did!

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Episode 64 comes to you from scenic Lucerne, Switzerland. Today we’re talking about how to have a quickie audit of your relationship if you aren’t quite ready for an all-out love contract negotiation.

First we want to update you on the International Love Affair, our tour of 10 cities in Europe by train (thanks, Eurail.com!). We’re sussing out the best love stories as we go through our own Romance Bucket List in honor of our new book, Married with Luggage: What We Learned About Love by Traveling the World. We’ve now visited Valencia, Spain; the Provence region of France; Florence, Italy; and now Lucerne, Switzerland.

On today’s show we have a celebrity wedding plus our own take on love Italian style.

Today’s interview is with a couple who’s known for getting to the heart of the matter, breaking it down into something doable and repeatable, and then moving on to the next big thing. They turned their attention to our annual love contract negotiation, and you’ll like what they share about this “quickie” that you’ll want to implement in your own relationship.

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Episode 63 comes to you from historic Florence, Italy. Today we’re chatting about what it's like to turn that hot love affair from your vacation into a lifelong partnership.

We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” ~ Ray Bradbury

Have you ever imagined falling in love with an exotic stranger while on a trip? Today's guests did just that, and we'll find out how they went from a fling to a wedding and what it's like to be married to someone who grew up speaking a different language.

But first, we update you on the International Love Affair, our tour of 10 cities in Europe by train (thanks, Eurail.com!). We're sussing out the best love stories as we go through our own Romance Bucket List in honor of our new book, Married with Luggage: What We Learned About Love by Traveling the World.

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We're Going on an International Love Affair in Europe (Podcast #62)

Why in the heck are we taking a 6-week tour of Europe by train? Because it is just about the most romantic thing we can think of doing to celebrate the release of our book, Married with Luggage: What We Learned About Love by Traveling the World (you have read it, right?)

In today's show, we'll share the itinerary (which includes George Clooney, a sex hotel, and pasta – though not necessarily at the same time). We also reveal what we're looking for during this journey and which one of us is the most romantic (you've probably already guessed which one it is).

You also get to hear a few of our "bucket list" romantic experiences for the journey.

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