This week’s guest post comes from Simon and Cindy, travel bloggers behind Free Two Roam. They explain ‘we travel as much as our jobs have allowed. We love the thrill of touching down in a new country and setting out to explore it. We enjoy meeting the locals, discovering new towns and cities, and embracing the local way of life. So far between us we’ve visited 45 countries, but our list of places to visit keeps getting longer and longer. We attempt to mix up our holidays, alternating between island getaways with snorkelling and plenty of relaxation, and action packed trips where we walk all day, move from city to city, and really get to know a country. We started Free Two Roam to share our travels with you, to show you fantastic places you may not have heard of, to highlight their history and culture; and to inspire you on your own travels.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
We are Simon and Cindy Collins and we live in Melbourne Australia. I was born in France and come from a small village near Le Mans and my husband Simon was born in the UK but has lived most of his life in Australia.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
We are currently part-time travellers. We try to escape from Melbourne whenever we can for a weekend away in Victoria, a long weekend interstate, or a few weeks overseas. However, we are aiming to become full time travellers in the near future.
Now that we’re older we prefer to stay in comfortable hotels or Airbnb apartments instead of hostels. But we do like to try different things and usually choose location over anything else.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
We currently fund our travels by working, Simon works as an IT Consultant and I am a vet nurse.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
That’s a really hard question, we loved so many of the places we have been. If forced to choose just one place it would have to be the island of Kauai in Hawaii. For a small island it has so much to offer in terms of beauty and outdoor activities.
The Napali Coast is like nowhere else on this planet and snorkelling off the beach in Poipu and having an endangered monk seal swim past us on his way up to the beach was probably one of the most amazing things we’ve experienced. We also did a doors-off helicopter ride around the island which was breathtaking. It’s something we are looking forward to doing again!
Of course I have to mention Mexico and Cuba as well because of their culture, their people and Mexico’s delicious food.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
There hasn’t been any places in the world that we really disliked, but if we had to choose one that we had mixed feelings about I guess it would be China. It it was very polluted, busy, busy, busy and rather dirty. But we still really enjoyed our time there especially when visiting the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. As an animal lover that was the highlight for me! We liked China enough that we would go back given the opportunity. It’s such a huge country and in just under three weeks we only just scraped the surface of it.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Yes we do have a bucket list, actually we have two. One for the countries we want to visit and one for experiences. Those two lists keep getting bigger as we read other blogs and talk to fellow travellers!
At the top of our country bucket list are:
At the top of our experience bucket list are:
- Cruising the Galapagos Islands
- Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia
- Polar bears photo safari in Churchill Canada
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
– At least one camera. I would never go anywhere without a camera.
– The Lonely Planet for the country we are visiting. We use it for its maps, its recommendations and general information.
– Our iPhones to keep in touch with our friends and family while we are away.
8. What makes you happy and why?
This will sound a bit obvious but traveling is definitely what keeps us happy. We love to explore new places, experience new culture, and meet new people. The more stamps on our passport the bigger the smiles on our faces!
Our two beautiful Bernese Mountain dogs Murphy and Meggy also keep us happy with their bushy tails always wagging to greet us whenever we return home from travelling.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
It has been fourteen months since we started the travel blog. I read many travel blogs and one day I decided that it would be fun to create our own, especially because we plan to travel full time in the future. Since we love to read about different travel experiences and to look at other people’s travel pictures we thought that others might be interested in our travels too.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
We try to make our blog unique by showing the places we visit at their best. Rather than stating the things we disliked about a destination, we look out for the positives that are always present and we try to show them in our photos and in how we describe the place. We also try to visit places that are a little less popular and we hope that it inspires our readers to do the same.
From ESLT – thank you Simon and Cindy for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂