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Welcome to our buried easter egg on the Liebster Award. If you have found this page you have probably seen the original post here. That is where we answer the questions that Josie from Six Year Gap Year actually gave us. Here was our first attempt where we accidentally answered the questions given to her. They are good answers so I didn’t want to erase them all but I didn’t want to broadcast what a ditz I can be sometimes. The compromise is this easter egg hidden page….

Do you keep a journey

Yes and no. We leverage social media updates, digital photography (even shots we know will never make the blog) and GPS tracking on cell apps to keep live notes of our activities. So far this has worked very well for us. We have an upcoming trip to Thailand where we are going to have little to no connectivity. We planning on using a Write in Rain waterproof journal on that trip so we remember everything.

What has been your most interesting travel experience?

(Ed) My most interesting travel experience was going on a caving expedition in Belize to survey caves for the Institute of Archeology. My experience on this project included:

  • Unnamed cave- Surveying and exploring ~2km of virgin cave passage that no person has ever seen before.
  • Actun Tunichil Muknal – Assisting a photoshoot of the Crystal Maiden and other cave highlights for the institute.
  • Barton Creek – Cave resurvey past the river passage
  • Actun Kabal in Chiquibul – Large room photography with high power strobes. (included camping in the cave in the middle of the rain forest).
  • Tikal – Off day adventure that included an overnight in the park and sunrise / sunset visits to the temples.
  • Caye Caulker – Off day visit that included an undersea visit to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Alley 

 

Where is your happy place:

Snuggling in bed with the cats. We love the road and adventure but we love our snuggle time too.

How do you promote your blog:

We participate in many peer to peer support groups across several platforms. This is a great way to not only get your work noticed and grow traffic but you can also make friends, network, get inspired, grow and learn from the fantastic people in this industry. Another thing we found that shouldn’t be overlooked is vendor relationships. When we review a company we make sure that we notify them of our story. Often times they will repost our review to their followers. We have seen quite a bit of traffic coming to our platforms from vendor support.

If you can go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

We always get tied up on this question because we want to go everywhere. Is it the next big trip (Thailand)? An expensive trip that the “anywhere” exception makes possible(Antarctica). I think the most genuine answer is Madagascar. It’s completely foreign and diverse. The island ecology has lemurs and is second only to Australia in endemic plant species.

Who is your dream travel buddy?

This might sound cheesy but we are each other’s dream travel partners. Jenn is the organized one. Ed is always positive. It’s a great pairing. The second choice would be Dave and Deb from PlanetD. They seem like cool folks who do fun trips. They could teach us few things too. (not to mention a little celebrity endorsement) 🙂

Have you ever traveled solo, and what was your experience?

(Jenn) I have traveled solo many times. From 18 to 35 I saw the west one ski resort at a time. Every two to three years I would move to a new ski mountain and start working (full list here). Many moves were a solo with very little money and no friends but I had my three cats. Though I would get lonely sometimes, I could alway call family or a good friend which helped a lot. I did learn to be comfortable doing a variety of things solo such as going to restaurants, movies, and even concerts. I think it’s really important to travel on your own at least once in your lifetime.I believe it is a must to enjoy your own company as well as to cultivate the self-reliance it takes to be out on your own.

What is your favorite book?

For me (Jenn) I am a big fan of inspirational books as well as ‘beat literature’. I love:
The Prophet- Kahlil Gibran
The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho
On the Road/ Dharma Bums- Jack Kerouac
Black Sun- Edward Abby
For me (Ed) my books are about heroes. One dimensional heroes from any Niven & Pournelle books are great, however, the books that really stuck with me are:
Atlas Shrugged- Ayn Rand: The funny thing about heroism in this book is I have always like Hank Rearden for his ability to feel and suffer. My last re-read I felt more connected to Franciso d’Aconia because of his encouragement to Hank Rearden to stop suffering. It was like my cool new self-talking to my old self when he said “All your life, you have heard yourself denounced, not for your faults, but for your greatest virtues. You have been hated, not for your mistakes, but for your achievements. You have been scorned for all those qualities of character which are your highest pride. You have been called selfish for the courage of acting on your own judgment and bearing sole responsibility for your own life.”
What Do You Care What Other People Think – Richard Feynman: Title says it all really.

Do you travel with hard copies of books or journals?

I like to have at least one travel book with me and I want it to be a hard copy. They are more versatile. I would read them in the rain. And in the dark. And on a train. And in a car. And in a tree. They are so good, so good you see.

What is your favorite travel quote (and life in general):

(Jenn) Once in a while you get shown the light In the strangest of places if you look at it right. (Ed) Just do it

Cat or Dog: Cat. Some day we’ll get a Bernese Mountain dog but right now cats fit our lifestyle (but just barely).