This week’s guest post comes from Road Unraveled. They explain ‘we’re on a quest to maximize our vacation time and see as much of this amazing planet as possible.Like many professionals, our wanderlust tendencies used to be confined to web searches and Pinterest. In 2009, we decided to change that by creating a list of places we wanted to see around the world and prioritize travel just like we prioritize our jobs, friends, and family. Fortunately, vacation time is something we both have, so now if we’re not on the road we’re probably researching or packing for the next trip! We’ve had some amazing adventures and we’ve learned a lot along the way. We hope to use this blog to share those stories and hopefully inspire others to use every day of their vacation time to go explore the world.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
We’re Stephanie and Adam. We’re based in Washington, DC, but we’re not originally from DC- Adam is from Portland, OR, and Stephanie is from Boston, MA.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
We’re part time travelers – in fact, our blog is based on the idea you don’t have to sell your house and quit your job to see the world. All things considered, we spend a lot of time on the road – between longer trips out of the country and shorter weekend trips in the USA, we travel 2-3 months out of the year! Between the two of us, we have visited 52 countries in seven years (with countries 53 and 54 on our list for the end of August 2016!).
3. How do you fund your travelling?
We both work fulltime, so that helps! Adam works in online marketing, and Stephanie works as an instructional designer and social learning strategist. Adam’s job is fully virtual, and Stephanie works from home part time, so it’s often pretty easy for us to coordinate our schedules and plan for our next trip.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
Easter Island! That was Adam’s top priority when it came to his bucket list, and when we found some incredibly low airfare a couple of years ago we couldn’t pass up the chance to make the dream a reality. We loved everything about it – the history, the tradition, the gorgeous scenery, the friendly locals, and the delicious food. Neither of us will ever forget what it was like to watch the sun set behind the moai on our first night in Hanga Roa. It was completely magical and really illustrated why we love to travel.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
As a couple, we really haven’t found a place we would call the “worst,” which we think makes us pretty lucky. As a solo traveler, Stephanie spent two weeks in New Delhi and didn’t really connect with the city. To be fair, she was there primarily for business, so her experiences in the city were colored by a handful of disrespectful locals and a pretty terrible city guide who took a nap during a visit to the Lotus Temple, but all things considered it wasn’t the easiest city to visit alone.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
We keep a running list of places we really want to visit, and we try to prioritize them based on factors such as the amount of time we want to spend there and how much it might cost us to get there. Right now, Antarctica, Greenland, and Jordan are at the top of the list.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
Between the two of us, we always have a smartphone, a handheld fan, and a scarf. The smartphone is an obvious choice: from taking notes about where we’ve been to snapping pictures of the places we see, life was a lot harder before the iPhone. Adam always carries a little handheld fan, which has been a life saver in some of the warmer climates we have visited. Stephanie always packs a scarf, which is perhaps one of the most versatile things a traveler can have. Scarves can dress up outfits, keep you warm, keep you dry, and in a pinch can be tied around your head to keep the light out of your eyes on long flights.
8. What makes you happy and why?
So much makes us happy. Wine tasting and tennis tournaments have been permanent fixtures in our travel itineraries, as have food tours; we really enjoy getting to know and love new places through the food they eat. The process of travel also makes us happy. Everything from planning and researching new destinations to taking the trip to coming home to sort through photos, write about what we experienced, and remember everything we did and achieved make it all worthwhile.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
Our very first attempt at blogging was during our honeymoon in Australia, where we started writing so our friends and family could follow along with our adventures. Road Unraveled was born a few years later. We were traveling so much and accumulated so many stories, tips, and ideas that we wanted to document what we were doing. Blogging has become a fun hobby that both of us love doing, which makes for a great partnership!
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
Road Unraveled is for all of the would-be travelers out there who want to take a different kind of vacation but don’t know how to get started. So many people visit the same beach or the same theme park year after year, and it’s not always because they love the tradition. Traveling to a new country can be daunting, and for a lot of people it feels like more than they can plan. Our mission is to make all of those dreams of seeing the world achievable. We take a lot of different vacations and we hope to inspire more people to do the same!
From ESLT – thank you Stephanie and Adam for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂