One Modern Couple,
defined by Carolann & Macrae are modern couple which means they share their passion of travel -type of lifestyle – the digital nomad lifestyle. A Canadian couple who connected from their firsthand shake and realized they are a modern couple with travel bug. In addition to travel, they are food lovers.While traveling, Carolann is perpetually on the lookout for popcorn, a decent cup of tea and, pretty regularly, a delicious burger, while all Macrae needs is a good cup of coffee…Here is what they said in Travel Blogger Interview we did with them:
Which country do you come from/call home keeping in mind you are #travel blogger ?
We come from and call our ‘home’ Canada, although we’ve sold pretty much all our belongings and now travel full-time. For us now, home is really wherever we are together.
Are you a backpacker/long-term traveler/business traveler/luxury blogger?
We are long-term travelers. While we tend to explore often, we are starting to follow a more slow-travel lifestyle – staying in one country for longer periods of time (2+months). We blog about a variety of travel styles though, with options and suggestions for backpackers, business travelers, flash-packers and luxury travelers alike.
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
We started out on just our savings but are building our way to online ventures and various income streams through freelance work.
How do you think traveling and writing came to you? Do you remember the moment you realized you were hooked on travel?
Both of us have always loved to travel and had done our fair share of it before meeting each other. One of the things we bonded over was our love of travel. When we realized we needed to travel more than just our 2-week vacations a year from work we combined our interests in websites and writing and took it on the road!
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
Nothing serious so far. We’ve had moments of discomfort and frustration but we try to maintain a positive attitude and focus on the fact that we are doing what we love. Our worst experiences are when we are sick or when our flights are delayed.
Do you have any funny travel stories? Share an instance with us.
We find ourselves laughing a lot while we travel. Whether it’s a crazy situation we’ve got ourselves into, a humorous attempt on our part to speak a new language, or a variety of random circumstances we’ve got a growing number of funny travel stories.
One of our favourite stories happened on our first day of full-time travel in Beijing, China. We made a friend at the hostel we were staying at and decided we would all travel to the Great Wall of China the first morning after we arrived – but we wanted to get there on our own and not with a tour company. We were advised this wasn’t the best idea as there are lots of scams set up for foreigners trying to get there on their own. After running into a few on the way there, we managed to get to the gates of the Mutianyu portion of the Great Wall and decided to stop for lunch at a dumpling shop that was at the entrance.
Unfortunately, the waitress didn’t speak English and we hadn’t learned a word of Mandarin yet. We tried to order six (6) dumplings, two for each of us, and ended up ordering 6 plates of dumplings for a total of 60!! A local at the table behind us spoke English and told us that the waitress probably knew what we wanted but took the opportunity to sell more. We had a moment of frustrated silence before the 3 of us broke out laughing at the ridiculous number of dumplings in front of us!
During your travel, you definitely must have received tips… What is the best travel tip you’ve ever received?
Perhaps not necessarily tips we’ve directly received but two things we’ve learned and choose to offer as tips to others are:
DON’T: Look at other cultures through the lens of your own culture and experiences – there’s no place for judgement!
DO: Look both ways when crossing the road – it’s easy to forget which side of the road a particular country drives on!
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
We often discuss what we think of less than amazing experiences when we travel and have come to the conclusion that even the places – the most frustrated, the most shocked or the most ready to leave -were still amazing experiences that we wouldn’t want to change. They showed us a different part of the world and forced us to be a little more culturally sensitive and aware so we don’t really classify anything as a ‘bad place’. Having said that, riding the subway in Beijing, especially during rush-hour (although it seems like every hour is rush hour) would probably top the list of places we wouldn’t rush back to anytime soon.
Being travel blogger, you must have had a bucket list! Where is your favourite place in the world? Share with us both.
While we don’t have a formal bucket list, there are definitely places we talk about wanting to visit sooner rather than later. We’ve checked off some already but we’ve got lots to go and we just keep adding! We’re hoping Europe will be our next stop and we can cross off a few more.
We actually don’t have an absolute favourite place! Most places end up in our hearts for one reason or another, but surprisingly, one of our favourite places so far, has turned out to be Taipei. While we never put much thought into visiting Taiwan (we ended up there in a spur-of-the-moment decision not to travel to Vietnam and instead stay in Taipei, or layover destination on our flight to Hanoi) it quickly worked its way into our hearts. We love the people, culture, food, and atmosphere of Taipei and hope to be able to visit again soon.
Can you imagine life without travel? If not travel, what you would have done.
We honestly can’t imagine our lives without travel. Even before we left home to travel full-time we were always planning road trips, long-weekend vacations and any other mini-trip we could fit in. If we weren’t travelling, we’d probably not be close to as happy as we are now.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
One of our most successful blog posts was the one titled “The Day I Paid For Torture in Thailand” It was about Carolann’s experience getting a Thai massage. It described, in detail, her fear and pain during the massage and it definitely left an impression on those who read it!
What has been your favorite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
Our favorite article would have to have been a Koh Phangan, Thailand featured in Southeast Asia Backpacker Magazine. Carolann got to review and write about great burgers on the island (a favourite food of hers while away from home) and Macrae got to write about great places to watch sunsets with a drink (something that we both enjoyed researching).
Do you have an inspiration for traveling or writing?
It seems as though each new place we visit offers inspiration for our writing and for continued travelling. We’re inspired by the people we meet, the friends we make, the new food we try and the incredible sights we’re fortunate to be able to see. The world is such a big place and there seems to be endless opportunity to experience, learn and grow.
What is your favorite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
That’s a tough question. We love road trips, planes get us to faraway places, trains are an amazing way to travel and boats can allow you to see a totally different side of a destination. For us though, we’d probably prefer to use our legs. We try and walk as much as possible, even for hours on end. It allows you to see the different communities, neighbourhoods and intricacies of a place you are travelling and really immerse yourself in that location.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Just do it. We started off waiting for the perfect time to leave and start travelling and realized that it would never feel like the ‘right’ time. The moment we landed at our first destination we realized we had made the best decision and our fears disappeared.
What has travel taught you? What is your travel motto?
Travel has taught us so much, as individuals and as a couple. We have learned to face our fears, live our lives to the fullest and to choose to do the things that make us happy. We’ve learned that people are generally good and that a smile can go a long way.