Meet Matt & Andrea

I’m a writer, filmmaker, photographer and digital media enthusiast. I have a degree in journalism and a masters of communication in digital media, and World Walk About is my brainchild and pet project! I’m also half of the duo that creates the style blog A.M. Refresh. I spend my free time stalking travel and fashion blogs, taking pictures (mostly of my cats and my food), reading every book I can get my hands on, obsessively checking plane ticket prices to anywhere and everywhere, and trying really hard not to shop online. 

I’m a teacher, coach, runner, scientist and sci-fi nerd. I have a degree in biology and a masters in teaching, and I only post on this blog when Andrea makes me. I spend my free time reading nerdy books about dragons, playing video games, reading The New York Times, spoiling my wife, and going for runs when I can muster the motivation.

We met in 2007 through mutual friends, and when on that first night Matt picked all the pepperoni off Andrea’s pizza (because he knew she didn’t like it), she knew he was a keeper. Almost exactly four years later, we tied the knot on a sunny day in our beautiful Seattle. We both have nearly obsessive love affairs with books, cats, traveling, and of course, each other.

We embarked on our second big adventure soon after our wedding–we quit our jobs as a marketing copywriter and a high school science teacher, put our wedding gifts in storage, left our home in Seattle and moved to South Korea to teach English. We spent a year learning Korean, trying new foods, using a lot of make-shift sign language and exploring as much of Korea as we could squeeze in! After our contracts in Korea ended, we took off on a nearly three-month adventure through Southeast Asia–eating street food, wandering through temples, and sunning ourselves on impossibly beautiful beaches.

Now we’re back in the USA and seeking out travel and adventure in our own country. We’re not sure where our wanderlust will take us next, but we can’t wait to find out. We hope you enjoy walking about the world with us!

Happy travels,

Andrea & Matt

P.S. Don’t know where to start? Here are our most popular posts, enjoy!

5 Things No One Tells You About Living in Korea

Why Do Men in Korea Think I’m a Prostitute?

Angkor Wat: Visiting The World’s Largest Religious Monument

The Big Announcement: Our Travel Plans!

Andrea’s all-time favorite posts:

A Purrfect Day: Visiting a Cat Cafe in Seoul

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things…

He Says, She Says: The Best & Worst of Southeast Asia

What Coming Home Looks Like

17 Responses to “Meet Matt & Andrea”

  1. Robin Jean Marie April 13, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    Now’s the time! So glad you’re following your dreams and indulging that wanderlust–enjoy!

  2. wanderinggenie May 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Best of luck dear friends. May your path be smooth, the wind always at your backs, and the soft glow of wondrous sunsets fill your eyes for years to come. Welcome to the wandering band of vagabonds. Cheers

  3. Spiritual World Traveler May 14, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    Wow! Sounds like an adventure! Looking forward to following along. 😀

    • andreasherrodd May 14, 2012 at 10:39 am #

      We’re having fun so far! Thanks for following 🙂

  4. Janice June 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Jillian is in Belgium as we speak and will be making her way to see you shortly! She introduced me to your blog and I’m loving it. I am SO insanely jealous that you guys have the guts to do what I am terrified to do. Just because I did 5 years in the Military and traveled to different countries doesn’t mean I have the guts to quite my stable job in the US and live my dream. For now, I’m hoping I can live vicariously through your experiences until I get so tired of reading the amazing adventures that I will seek my own. Thanks for taking the time to share and unintentionally giving me courage and hope of accomplishing my own dreams of traveling the world.

    • Andrea June 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

      Thanks Janice, I’m glad you like it! I think you are incredibly brave, we’re each brave in our own ways 🙂 I hope you do get inspired enough to go do what you want–and if that includes a international jaunt sometime in the next year or so maybe we can meet up! Hope all is well with you, and thanks for reading. 🙂

  5. Clement Dampal August 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm #


    Greetings from the Philippines!

    Wow! Sounds really interesting and amazing! Good job for that. I am really amazed and inspired for both of you being a travel-oriented couple.

    Keep it up!

    By the way, I hope you can visit my country- the Philippines because we offer more spots to our visitors. Feel free to check my travel site and just navigate around. 🙂

    Best regards,
    Clement Dampal
    Clement Dampal recently posted…GUEST POST: The Best Holiday Apartments in the PhilippinesMy Profile

    • Andrea August 31, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

      I hope we can get to the Philippines someday too! It’s definitely on our “want” list…but then again, where isn’t?? 🙂

  6. Susan (Janice's mom) :) December 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Hi Andrea ~ Janice told me about your blog months ago at Jillian’s wedding but I never took the time to check it out. I have finally done that and enjoyed it very much.
    With much admiration for both you and your husband, Matt,
    P.S. Thank you for sharing your adventures and a little of yourself. 🙂

    • Andrea December 3, 2013 at 10:33 am #

      Hi Susan! Thanks for reading, how sweet of Janice to recommend! I hear you two just did a little traveling yourself, it sounded like a lot of fun! Hope all is well, thanks again for reading 🙂

  7. Aarti December 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Hey Andrea….I love your blog…I was just going through some pictures on Google of france and i came across your blog…Firstly,would like to really appreciate the great work you’ve done in presenting it…Just loved it!!!Secondly,your travel list made me a bit jealous 🙁 I am from India…Me and my husband are also a big time travel fans….The only mantra for us is to live travel enjoy every bit of this beautiful world.Hope to learn a lot form you!!!!

    • Andrea December 31, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

      Aww, thank you! I’ve never been to India, but it’s definitely on my list of places I’d love to visit! Thanks for reading 🙂

  8. Shelley January 26, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    Lol, Matt sounds exactly like my hubby, who only posts when I force him to, even though it’s OUR blog. 😉
    Shelley recently posted…3 Things I love about Seoul, My Favourite CityMy Profile

    • Andrea January 27, 2015 at 9:13 am #

      Haha, well I say it’s “our” blog, but really, it’s always been more my blog! When we were traveling full time he was much more involved, now it’s mostly my project 🙂

  9. Sarah Kanter February 23, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    Hello Andrea!

    I hope this finds you well.

    My name is Sarah Kanter; I am a casting producer for the Emmy nominated, unscripted television production company, BSTV Entertainment. I am a huge fan of your blog!

    I am looking to put together a series concept featuring awesome travel blogger/vloggers like yourselves. We are currently focused on creating fresh travel series – and I love that your journey has a story and I love the rapport between you and Matt.

    I would love to set up a Skype call with you and Matt if you are available and interested.

    I look forward to hearing from you – safe travels!



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