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.

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!

Direct download: Podcast_65_-_The_Ethical_Slut_Janet_Hardy.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 3:48am EDT

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.

Direct download: Podcast_64_-_Auditing_Your_Relationship_Over_Lunch_Mish_and_Rob.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 4:30am EDT

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.

Direct download: Podcast_63_-_I_Married_and_Foreigner_Linda__David.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 8:23am EDT

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.

Direct download: Podcast_62_-_Were_Having_an_Affair...And_Youre_Invited.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 4:30am EDT

So why do child-free couples hate kids so much? KIDDING! 

We don't hate kids, but there are some very well-thought-out reasons why we choose not to have them.

Parenthood should be a pretty conscious choice, don't you think?

We've always known that we didn't want to have children, but not every childless-by-choice couple comes to it that way, which is why you're going to find today's chat so interesting.


Happily Married but Living Separately (Episode #60 with Lise Stoessel)

Episode #60 comes to you from sunny Andalusia, Spain. Have you ever wondered if your relationship would improve if you lived in separate houses? Today we'll talk to a couple who did just that…and saved their marriage!

Absence makes the heart grow fonder."

Lots of people tell us they can't imagine our life of constant togetherness as we live, travel, and work together around the world.

That might be true, but let's imagine the opposite.

Can you imagine maintaining your relationship while living in separate houses? Many couples do this for practical reasons, like work, but we're talking to a couple today who did it to save their marriage.

After 23 years Lise and her husband were headed for a divorce when they decided to make a last-ditch attempt to make it work. Seven years later, they're still going strong with two separate house keys. You can learn more about her story and her book, as well as enjoy links to articles, interviews and TV spots, on her website: www.lisestrykerstoessel.com.

Want to hear how they do it? So did we!


Happily Married but Living Separately (Episode #60 with Lise Stoessel)

Episode #60 comes to you from sunny Andalusia, Spain. Have you ever wondered if your relationship would improve if you lived in separate houses? Today we'll talk to a couple who did just that…and saved their marriage!

Absence makes the heart grow fonder."

Lots of people tell us they can't imagine our life of constant togetherness as we live, travel, and work together around the world.

That might be true, but let's imagine the opposite.

Can you imagine maintaining your relationship while living in separate houses? Many couples do this for practical reasons, like work, but we're talking to a couple today who did it to save their marriage.

After 23 years Lise and her husband were headed for a divorce when they decided to make a last-ditch attempt to make it work. Seven years later, they're still going strong with two separate house keys. You can learn more about her story and her book, as well as enjoy links to articles, interviews and TV spots, on her website: www.lisestrykerstoessel.com.

Want to hear how they do it? So did we!


Today is our 10th wedding anniversary and we're sharing some big news with you. In this episode were talking about our annual love contract (as outlined in Episode #7), launching our 4th book (Married with Luggage: What We Learned About Love by Traveling the World), and announcing our European book tour.

We share insights on how it feels to make it to this milestone, one neither of us expected to reach. We share our candid thoughts about the ups and downs along the way and the love we feel for each other now as we enter a new decade together.

Plus, we are giving you a chance to win your very own European holiday. This is our biggest giveaway yet and you won't want to miss your chance to engage. Here is a link to jump straight to contest details: http://www.marriedwithluggage.com/contest.

Direct download: Podcast_59_-_Married_with_Luggage_The_Book.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 3:30am EDT


Spicing Up Your Sex Life (Episode #57 with Cecilie Kjensli)

Episode 57 comes to you from the sunny Andalucia region of Spain. Today we're talking about how to climb out of a sexual valley in a long-term relationship. It's gonna get spicy! We admit that we blushed often during this show, but know how important it is to share so we're anxious to put this one out there.

This is our most raw show yet so if you are concerned with the details you may want to skip this episode. You may find out more about us than you want to know.

Today's episode is our first, but certainly not last, time to dive into the realm of sexual intimacy. It's an important topic in any relationship, especially for long-term couples who may find their desire dropping and are seeking that "spark" to get things going again.

Our delightful guide and guest for this show is Cecilie Kjensli, a top sex educator and speaker in Norway with a mission to make sex enjoyable throughout your life. Cecilie has been dubbed the "Dildo Queen of Norway" and is a sex inspirationist providing aide to couples to improve their intimacy. To find out more about her products and services, check out CecilieKjensli.no. And don't worry - Google will translate the whole page to English for you with just one click!

Direct download: Podcast_57-_Spicing_Up_Your_Sex_Life_Cecilie_Kjensli.m4a
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 7:26am EDT