One of the secondary goals of our trip is to connect with individuals that have lived or are still living unique, mobile lives. Vagabonds, Nomadic Travelers, Digital Nomads. Whatever you call them, we are interested in connecting with individuals that are making their way through the world in unique ways. We will be reaching out to a number of fellow travelers over the next year to share experiences and also to benefit from their wisdom. Think you have an interesting and relevant story to share? We’d love to hear it. Contact us!
We hope you enjoy the posts.
Discovering Ice is the blogging couple Steph and Andres. Similar to us, they are on a nomadic voyage, living a life less ordinary. They started their voyage in Andres’ home country, Colombia (we used their site heavily for travel ideas for our own adventures in Colombia) and have since moved north to Mexico and beyond. They are focused on enabling their travels through online businesses. Check out their budding section on Lifestyle Design and their first online business http://handmadecultures.com. Twitter users can follow them @DiscoveringIce or, of course, through their blog, Discovering Ice.
If Always Twirling were to have a godfather, it would be Rolf Potts. When I spent 4 months working and traveling in India with Susana, I took along a copy of Rolf’s Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel. In the book, Rolf explains the ethos of long term travel as he lives it; unstructured, honest and open to experience. It argues in favor of prioritizing life and the freedom of time over the needless gathering of excess money and shows it’s reader through simple tales and insights how joyful and free the life of the independent traveler can be. Little did I know how potent this literary cocktail would be.
Rachel and Andy are the blogging couple behind The OmniMail. Living in the UK, they quit their jobs with the intention to travel for a year. They have recently returned back to the UK after the first leg of their journey which saw them travel extensively through New Zealand and Australia as well as Hong Kong and Bangkok. You can catch their thoughts on New Zealand here or some of their thoughts on couch surfing here. They were kind enough to answer some questions for us.
Why did you start a travel blog? Did you have a regular blog before you started travelling? Or did the travel inspire the blog?
We Go RTW is comprised of Emily Sue and Dustin, a married couple in the last stages of planning a huge trip around the world. While this will be their first trip around the globe, they are not novices at taking some impressive travels. Dustin for example has biked across the United States. Check out their travel map and itinerary. You can also follow along on twitter or check out their facebook page. They both answered our questions so instead of just one perspective, this week you get two perspectives for the price of one! Thanks go to We Go RTW for taking the time away from their planning to answer some questions.
Four Jandals is made up of the Kiwi travel couple, Cole and Adela. They have been traveling the world for a few years but have only recently started to blog their experience. Despite being new bloggers, they have been able to build up a strong readership to their site. They have spent time as Ski Bums and also Raft Guides in order to pay the bills as they travel and have written a great guide about visiting Jasper. They are currently in Edinburgh where we caught up with them to ask a few questions.
Elizabeth Bird is the author behind the wonderfully named blog, L.appel Du Vide. Elizabeth is a part time traveler but you wouldn’t know it from her prolific blog. Indeed, even when she’s home in the United States, she still has the traveler’s mindset as she explores her own country (check out her recent post on the San Francisco Cable Car Museum for example). You can catch up with Elizabeth on twitter @ElizabethJ_Bird or check out her regularly running Misadventures entries. She was kind enough to answer some questions for us in between her fun learning mishaps.
Quipol is a fun little site that aims to engage audiences and get feedback through a very elegant yes/no poling app. If that sounds simple, that’s because it is. Where most survey tools can be quite complicated and over engineered, Quipol is extremely refreshing in its elegance and simplicity. You simply provide a yes or no question, add some media like an image or video and give it some optional context. Quipol allows for you to share these simple quipols across your world and gather the interactions through the answers and comments. It’s a simple way of interacting with your audience but one that has a huge potential. I have started to use quipol here and Always Twirling and as a result, was interested in reaching out to Max Yoder, the founder of Quipol to learn more. Max was kind enough to answer some questions for us.
Founded by Byron Dumbrill, former Director of Product for Yahoo! Video, and Rick LaRocca, a documentary filmmaker and adventurist, Tripline is a cool little site that lets you build map artifacts quickly and easily. It integrates smoothly with tools that Always Twirling uses on a daily basis like TripIt, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare. You can use it to create a map while you plan your travels, as you are traveling or something different like plotting the course of a tornado. I am always curious about the people that create the cool tools that I use to create Always Twirling and reached out to Tripline to ask a few questions. They were gracious enough to answer them.
Recently, I did a post about some of the limitations of TripIt. As a result of that post I was contacted by Andres Fabris, the CEO of a competing service called Traxo. Traxo is an online travel community application that allows you to gather and share your travel details with your friends. It integrates with existing services that I use including TripIt and Foursquare. I was intrigued and also curious to hear more about how Traxo started out, where it’s positioned in the market and how backpackers might use the service. I’ve since started to use the service and will do a review of it shortly after I’ve had a fair amount of time to test it out. In the meantime, Andres was generous enough to answer some questions about Traxo. I would encourage you to take a look at the service and give it a shot, particularly if you use a wide range of travel sites when booking your travels or want to show off your travel know-how through their Traxo score.
Johnny Ward has been on the road since 2006, living, studying and traveling through more than 50 countries around the globe. He uses his website, onestep4ward.com, to help travelers and inspire people to travel. His TEFL Business, Teach Dot Travel, allows people to study in Thailand to become internationally qualified English teachers. And his more recent site, Aspiring Backpacker, is a one stop site for would-be travelers.
Johnny was kind enough to share some of his experience by answering some questions.