About

What is TheBoodLife

TheBoodLife is about traveling in luxury and style while traveling smart. Our goal is to give you the information you need to do just that. We’re here to help you, not sell you something.

There are a lot of things you want to do, places you’re dying to see, and new experiences you’re dreaming about. No matter your budget you want great value for your money. We’ll show you how to get that without sacrificing quality.

Next to your health, time is one of your most precious commodities. Whether you get two weeks a year or can go for as long as you want, we can help you get the most out of your travel time regardless of what you spend.

TheBoodLife isn’t primarily about traveling cheap. There are a million great sites that can help you do that. TheBoodLife isn’t about backpacking, staying in hostels or sharing bathrooms. It’s just not who we are. Spending more may not guarantee a better travel experience but it can help and we know that sometimes only the best will do.

TheBoodLife wants to help you enjoy a better, different, more varied, more interesting and more memorable travel experience, always in high style and always fairly priced. In short TheBoodLife is: More for less, always the best

Who are we

TheBoodLife is the creation of John “Bood” Salzmann. Don’t ask me where the “Bood” came from because nobody seems to know. I’m a lawyer living in suburban Washington D.C. with my wife Elizabeth, a software sales executive. I graduated from Colgate University and Albany Law School of Union University, practiced law in New York before meeting Elizabeth, getting married and moving to Atlanta for two years, and then on to DC. I grew up in Kingston, New York, in the beautiful Hudson Valley, about 90 miles north of New York City, at the foot of the Catskill mountains. I love travel, great food, cooking, cycling, the outdoors, hiking and golf.

Elizabeth and I have spent the last 20 years traveling around the world, sometimes for business, as often as possible for pleasure. Our travels have taken us to every continent except Antarctica, traveling heavily in the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the U.S. We’ve stayed everywhere from a Maharaja’s palace in India to a small tent in the Yosemite back country. Our trips have been as short as a day and as long as four months. We’ve been pampered (and ignored) in the first class cabin and ignored (and occasionally pampered) in coach, traveled in luxury on the bullet trains in Spain, Japan and China, and scrambled for a seat in third class in Thailand. We’ve dined at Michelin 3 Star restaurants, eaten street food the world over, and everything in between.

We’ve loved it all, learned a lot and are always learning more. We want to share what we’ve learned with you and, hopefully, learn from your experiences too.