This week’s guest post comes from Steven at The Well Travelled Man. Steven explains that he ‘grew up in South Africa to a diverse family, an Afrikaans speaking father and an English speaking mother. Living in the city (Pretoria) we were fortunate enough to often visit our farm, the beach as well as the Kruger National Park. No country has since come close to matching the big five, especially not the foxes and squirrels that roam the streets of London!’ Steven lists the things he loves as ‘Exploring the world. Double Macchiato. Cobblestone streets. Dogs. Red Wine. Hiking. The smell of the ocean. Tennis. Grapes. New ideas. Snow. Whiskey. Unplugging. Instagram. Laughter. Summer. People watching’. Check out his blog for his (and his wife Jenna’s) thoughts, memories and reviews of the places they have explored, enjoyed, and loathed over the last few years.
1.What is your name and where do you come from?
Steven (thewelltravelledman) and Jenna (thewelltravelledwoman) du Preez
Having lived in Pretoria (South Africa) as well as London (United Kingdom), which both have a great deal of benefits, I am proud to be able to call Sydney, Australia, our home!
Australia is a naturally stunning country with so many places familiar to everyone, from the Great Barrier Reef to Uluru to the Great Ocean Road! The only downside is just how ‘down under’ Australia really is, so we have endured plenty of long haul flights and will have many more as we continue to explore this amazing world!
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
Many of our friends and family consider us to be full-time travellers, however the harsh reality is that we are part-time travellers – constantly reminding ourselves to make the most of our available time with a year planner stuck to in on our lounge room wall!
3. How do you fund your travelling?
Work hard play hard!
My (Steven) career, which is with one of the big 4 accounting firms, has taken me to a few places in the world which I believe triggered this love affair of seeing the world. I have worked in Brisbane (Australia), Sydney (Australia), London (UK), Budapest (Hungary) as well as Atlanta (USA). Living abroad can benefit your career, but more importantly benefits your personally. The people, the culture and things you see every day expands your thoughts and somehow creates a common connection with almost anyone and everyone you meet.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
Being fortunate enough to have travelled to so many different countries and cities, picking the best place is incredibly difficult!
Winter: If you’re into skiing, then Val Thorens in France is a must! There is a piste for everyone and the après ski is incredible!
Summer: It would have to be somewhere with incredible beaches and for this category, I would have to suggest Sardinia, Italy. The beaches were some of the most incredible we’ve seen in our years of travelling. Not to mention, the Italians are welcoming and the food is delicious!!
Adventure: Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock would have to be the most amazing outdoor adventure holiday! The 2 hour hike to reach the top to watch the amazing sunrise is amazing – it is hard to find words to describe the beauty of this part of Norway.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
The worst place … surprisingly less challenging than the previous question! The place that jumped to my mind would have to be Naples, Italy. Great place to fly into for a visit to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast! However, Naples as a city itself does not have much to offer, it’s rundown and dirty. Don’t get me wrong the pizzas are delicious but I wouldn’t recommend anyone spending more than half a day exploring the city.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Absolutely!!! The ‘Bucket List’ is what keeps us going and looking for our next adventure! The top three places for us are:
- Machu Picchu, Peru
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
The three things we always travel with are:
- Adventurous attitude! Remember you’re there to explore and take it all in, do as much as you possibly can!
- Credit card, and a back-up for when your bank decides to block your card for suspicious activity (or perhaps freeze and snap in your ski jacket when it hits -20 °C!)
- Camera and GoPro – you need to be able to capture every amazing moment!
8. What makes you happy and why?
Knowing that we have some great travel plans on the horizon. It is important to have something to look forward to, especially since we both work full time in an office. Travel forms part of your life experience and broadens your horizons. You get to understand different cultures and even pick up bits and pieces of other languages. You definitely get a sense of accomplishment when you have travelled somewhere slightly out of your comfort zone.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
We started blogging in June 2015 to capture our memories and hopefully inspire some fellow travellers or people wanting to start travelling!
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
Yes, another couple of travel bloggers, we may be travel blog number 10,930,983 but I honestly believe the world can’t have enough. The number of times we have stumbled across a blog which has genuinely helped us plan some of our trips, which beach to visit, how to get to places has been invaluable – if we can help even just 1 person to achieve something amazing, I would love to hear about it!
From ESLT – Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions Steven. I know I’ve said it to you before but I’ll say it again – I am genuinely jealous that you call Sydney home. It’s an awesome city that I MUST return to one day 🙂 You’re not the first person to recommend Sardinia as the perfect summer destination. I must admit it looks fantastic and I love Italy so I need to check it out ASAP. Your Bucket List is awesome, I too would love to visit Machu Picchu I just need to get Mr ESLT on board. I also love the idea of Alaska and Antartica but I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of the cold! It sounds like we have the same aim for our blogs – to hopefully inspire someone to take a trip and help them if we can. Keep up the great work!