“We are 2 twenty-somethings embarking on a quarter-life-crisis world trip. We were living in East London until we decided to quit our jobs (Dave, an audit accountant for KPMG and Sophie, a digital marketing exec for Barnardo’s) to see the world. We hope you enjoy sharing this adventure with us.” – Sophie and Dave
🦄: What is your story (short version)?
🐒🌍: We are Sophie (24) & Dave (25), we quit our jobs in London and are currently on a year long trip around the world!
🦄: Why do you travel?
🐒🌍: To hear different languages, experience different cultures, see different wonders and to learn more about different ways of life.
🦄: Where have you been and what is next on your bucket list?
🐒🌍: Together, we’ve been to England, Switzerland, Italy, Barbados, Indonesia, Egypt, India, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore and Australia. But we’ve also both been to a fair few other counties separately before we met.
Top of both of our bucket lists is New Zealand, which coincidentally is our next stop! We would also love to go to Japan and China though that isn’t on our itinerary this year.
🦄: Have you ever experienced difficulties in your travels and how did you overcome it?
🐒🌍: Sophie’s answer is yes, I have anxiety and get panic attacks. Meeting new people is especially difficult for me. Before travelling, I wouldn’t dare strike up a conversation with a stranger but that’s slowly changing the more places we go and the more I practice. I wouldn’t say I have overcome it as I still have panic attacks but I try to remember they are only temporary and are much less frequent than when we were living in London! I think a change in environment can be a really good thing for some people with anxiety. Dave’s more brutal answer is yes, food poisoning and Imodium was our best friend.
🦄: How do you budget?
🐒🌍: Dave is an accountant so he’s good at keeping track of our spending. We have an aim for maximum accommodation, food, transport and activities spend depending on the country we’re in. It helps when we might have to go for a pricier accommodation (e.g. to ensure they have security lockers), we know we have to make the difference elsewhere.
🦄: Train, plane or bus?
🐒🌍: We have done a lot of all three, the preference would have to be a quick, cheap flight!
🦄: What do you do to stay healthy while living abroad?
🐒🌍: We’ve cut down on our alcohol consumption for both financial and health reasons. Pretty much every day, we are walking around somewhere, whether it’s just pottering around a town or going hiking.
🦄: What song most represents this time in your life?
🐒🌍: Happy – Pharrell Williams
🦄: How do you travel (fast paced, slow and steady, exploration of nature, museums galore, walking tours)?
🐒🌍: 99% of the time, we are on a quest to see local wildlife. We like going just the two of us rather than in a group so we can go at our own pace and can stop to take as many photographs as we like.
🦄: What is your favorite travel quote?
🐒🌍: We actually both have a shared hatred of cringey travel quotes. If we had to pick one, it’d be a revised version of “Not all those who wander are lost”, we’d change it to “Not all those who wander are lost, but we usually are”.
🦄: What is your most memorable travel experience?
🐒🌍: There are so many! One of our favourite places we’ve been is Bagan in Myanmar. It’s a sandy plain with thousands of ancient temples. We rented scooters and had the best few days just driving around exploring when we were the only people there.
🦄: Can you share a funny travel experience?
🐒🌍: We spent a week volunteering with elephants at the Cambodia wildlife sanctuary where we stayed in the jungle. The first time we each went to the loo, we both jumped out of our skin; Dave pulled down the toilet roll and a frog jumped out, and a lizard came out of mine! It got to the point where I would take my camera on expeditions to the toilet because there would always be an animal lurking around.
🦄: What/ who inspires you?
🐒🌍: David Attenborough!
🦄: What is one piece of advice that you have for first time travellers?
🐒🌍: Can we give three?
1) Buy packing cubes for your backpack, it will change your life.
2) Download the app Maps.me (it’s like Google maps but it works offline and has all the random hostels that don’t normally show).
3) Don’t bother meticulously planning, you probably won’t be able to stick to it anyway. When you arrive somewhere, you’ll get so many tips and advice on must-see places, you’re going to want the flexibility!
🦄: What is next for you?
🐒🌍: We are 4 months into travelling, our next countries are Fiji and New Zealand. Then we fly to South America where we’ll be spending the next 5 months. We end our trip in the US and have a few days stop over in Iceland before going back to London! Who knows after that…
A big thank you to Sophie and Dave for this insightful and at times hilarious look into their travels around the world. Join them on their journey at www.travelflavel.com to watch their videos and amazing photographs.
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