This week’s guest post comes from Jo & Mo, travel bloggers behind Best Captured. Mo explains ‘I have never felt more “alive” than when I am experiencing a new place, a new culture, a beautiful site, or a new learning opportunity and I just had to find an outlet to share these experiences with the rest of the world! I might pop with excitement if I keep them all in!’ and Jo explains ‘One of the things I love most about traveling to other places is seeing how small but how big the world is. The smallness comes out in the ways that all humans are alike in their stride for purpose, food, shelter, and a better life for their offspring while the expanse of the world comes out in the different ways that people go about pursuing these things. I recommend traveling to everyone, whether its walking down the street, flying around the globe, or anything in-between it’s all attainable with a little effort and planning.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
We are Jo & Mo Best and our home base is Raleigh, NC!
2. What sort of traveler are you? Full time/part time/business/backpacker etc?
Currently we are part time travelers taking every opportunity available for travel. Jo’s job as an engineer has fortunately allowed us to travel to many parts of Eastern North America. We also take personal time to travel abroad. When we travel we definitely incorporate backpacking since we attempt to see a lot in a short amount of time.
3. How do you fund your traveling?
Currently all of our personal travel is funded through careful budgeting of our existing day job incomes. We knew from the time we met that we wanted to prioritize traveling so when we got married we opened up a joint account that we call have labeled as our travel fund. Every month we make a base deposit to this account that we strictly use for travel expenses. We have found having a set budgeting tool for travel is a great way to balance out our everyday expenses and savings with our passion and desire for travel.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
It’s tough to narrow this to just a single place because we have been fortunate enough to visit so many unique places with lovable characteristics but if we’re look at the whole picture then we would give the gold medals to the following:
– Charleston, SC – Charleston is rich in history and flowing with life! There is always a new restaurant to try, new experience to be had and the scenery never gets old! This place just has a way of lingering in your memory. A few of our favorite things to do there are walk through the battery and historical district, checkout the surrounding beaches and enjoy a taste of the known restaurant scene.
– Playa Grande, Costa Rica – The beautiful beach at Playa Grande had a way of making us relaxed and craving more. The vibrant sunsets, local community and salt air left us wanting more the minute we left Costa Rica. The beach was often secluded which made us feel like we were on a private vacation except when the sun was setting and the community came alive with everyone seeking the same outcome, a sunset that promised to take your breath away each evening. The wildlife and untouched natural scenery was breathtaking and kept us exploring. Just a taxi boat ride away from the vibrant town of Tamarindo, we felt distant enough to feel separated but close enough to experience some energy if we needed. It was affordable and we felt like we were at Five Star Resort our entire stay!
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
The task of choosing a “worst place” is very difficult. We have been to many places and while we enjoyed some more than others we found uniqueness in every single place we landed. IF we chose one place that was lower on our list of places we’ve visited we would honestly have to choose Martha’s Vineyard. Martha’s Vineyard is a beautiful place and could easily be a destination of choice for those that have houses there or know someone who has a home they can stay at. With our experience, the lodging there was limited and we had to rely on their public transportation which was actually good but definitely determined how much we saw of the island. We visited in May so it was right before their busy season began. This could have determined a lot about our visit seeing that many of the local favorites (restaurants, shops, activities, etc.) were still not up and running. The weather was cold and rainy our entire visit and we just found the list of things to do limiting since we weren’t in a private residence and the weather didn’t allow for us to enjoy any beach time. It is certainly low key and can be exclusive for those with homes and land to enjoy the natural beauty. We would recommend going to Edgartown if you do decide to visit but we weren’t highly impressed with the rest of the islands offerings.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Of course we have a bucket list! What traveler doesn’t have their wish list of beautiful countries they dream of visiting if time and finances allow? Really, narrowing it down to only 3 is tough! If we had to choose though they would be:
– New Zealand
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
1. Flexible camera tripod with magnetic feet
– Stick Man (his given name)
– magnetic camera holder
2. Backup battery bank
– so that we never find ourselves without a camera or mobile device charge.
3. Playing Cards – these have become a staple of our trips and are a great way to wind down and unplug after a day of adventuring.
8. What makes you happy and why?
So many things fill us with excitement and happiness. It’s difficult to pick just a few but for us, experiencing a breathtaking view or a sunset, something that God has created that is beyond anything that we could have created always fills us with the most happiness and fulfillment. Aside from the natural beauty that fills us with happiness, being with our families, which are both so supportive and fun is a huge blessing that we always embrace and truly makes us feel complete.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
We have been blogging for about two years now. We began blogging as an outlet to share our travel stories, photographs and strategies with others at the recommendation of a few friends and family members. At the time we were already traveling frequently for fun, work, and missions. We loved our travels and the stories we were able to tell once we returned from these adventures and people were asking us all the time about our travels and how we make them possible. So, we decided if we started a blog it would be an outlet for all of those adventurous stories as well as a place for us to display our fun photos and travel tips.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
One of the unique components of our blog and travels in general is that we are still home based. Our goal is to encourage others to make a few simple decisions that will allow them to include travel in their current 9-5 lifestyle and not have to necessarily abandon their lifestyle for travel. We also want to inspire our readers that are already traveling to seek out more than the tourist brochure experience, to dig further into the local culture and sights while also checking off those well known sights in an affordable manner
From ESLT – thank you Jo & Mo for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂