Hi there! We are Marty and Michelle, the creative souls that run two travel-focused content creation companies, That Texas Couple and Totally Texas Travel. We inspire people to enjoy a life of travel via our travel guides, travel tips, photography, and videography.
Hi! I am the girl with all of the curly hair that you see everywhere. I am “the voice” behind That Texas Couple, meaning I do all of the writing and the social media management. I am happiest sipping wine in Italy or relaxing on a beach somewhere. My friends say my personality and smile are contagious. I guess I like to sprinkle a little glitter everywhere I go.
Hi. I am the guy that is typically behind the lens with my ball cap turned backward. I am the photographer and videographer for That Texas Couple. I am happiest while traveling and spending time with my wife. My friends would tell you I am the most laid-back person you will ever meet. I think I have to be to balance Michelle.
Our Fairytale Love Story
I met Marty when I was 15 years old and we dated until I moved off to college. Life took us in separate directions for years until we reconnected. Instantly, we picked up right where we left off and have been inseparable ever since.
We were both born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and still proudly call it home today!
The Start of Our Travel Blog
During our first year back together, we visited all 3 coastlines of the United States in a matter of a few weeks. This whirlwind trip sparked a fire in us that we vowed to continue to burn.
We then honeymooned in Europe for several weeks, igniting our love for Europe. All of our family and friends wanted to know how we were traveling so much and how we were doing it without spending a fortune. That is what started our travel blog, That Texas Couple. We simply wanted to share our tips and tricks for travel with our family and friends!
The Story of the Traveling Dip Kiss
While taking our wedding photos, Marty surprised me and suddenly dip kissed me (photo is above in “Our Love Story”). This turned out to be one of my favorite wedding photos.
When we started That Texas Couple, we decided that we would continue that tradition. In order to do that, we started taking dip kiss pictures in front of famous or fun places during our travels.
Our travels have given us so many amazing experiences together.
So far, we have:
- Repelled down waterfalls in Mexico
- Stood in awe of the Roman ruins in Italy
- Stayed in a castle in Scotland
- Ate gelato in Venice
- Sipped wine in the Rhine Valley and Tuscany
- Celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans
- Escaped from Alcatraz Island in San Francisco
- Had a picnic under the Eiffel Tower in Paris
- Tried our luck in Las Vegas
- Saw the Crown Jewels in London
- Explored the Emerald Isle that is Ireland
- Visited numerout National Parks
- Explored so many great cities in Texas
- And more!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you make money doing this?
Yes! The next question is always, “how?”
Well, I’ll tell you. That Texas Couple has several revenue streams. These include:
Advertisements: We have partnered with an ad company, Mediavine. We get paid for people visiting our website thanks to the ads that appear on the pages.
Affiliate Links: We make a commission when you buy through the links that we have included on our website. This comes at no additional cost to you.
Sponsorships and Partnerships with Brands: We work with various partners to promote their business through content creation. We are compensated to share about their brand on our blog and/or social media channels. Don’t worry though, we always disclose our partnerships and only promote brands that we trust and love ourselves.
If you want to learn more about starting your own blog, or monetizing your existing blog, be sure to visit the blogging tips section of our website.
Do you pay for all of your trips?
If it isn’t a sponsored trip, then, of course, we pay for our trips. And remember, we always disclose if a trip was sponsored.
Why is your blog named That Texas Couple?
I wanted something quirky and fun for people to remember us by. Being from Texas, we are proud of our state, so I thought, what about That Texas Couple. Then if people are trying to remember us they can just say, “you know, That Texas Couple we met!” 🙂
How did you learn to do this?
Honestly, we are self-taught. I knew NOTHING about building a website. I taught myself using YouTube and online tutorials. Marty taught himself photo editing using Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop tutorials.
Can I repost your blog post and use your images?
While we are flattered that you love our work, you cannot use it without express written consent from us. You can, however, share a link to our website or a particular blog post.
Who takes your photos and what gear is used?
(The links noted below are affiliate links)
We use a Canon 7d Mark II and love it. We have the lens kit you see in the link and several other lenses for it that we use according to the project.