One method of putting a roof over my head whilst on the road i’m yet to try is house sitting. This weeks interviewees however have utilized the requirement by others for house sitters to slow travel their way across the globe. Claiming it aids slower travel and helps with their budget, could house sitting be a the accommodation alternative for more of the digital nomads community have been looking for?
A relative newbie blog, its theme has me signing ‘black and yellow, black and yellow’ to myself on loop, whilst the photography rivals some of the big time players in my opinion. This is one blog and two people you might want to keep an eye on in the future.
HI, AND WHO MIGHT YOU BE?
2. Age? 25 / 31
3. Travel Blog? Wanderlusters.co.uk
4. Twitter Handle? @wanderlustersuk
5. Home Town? Horning, Norfolk, UK / Mönchengladbach, Germany
6. Current Location? Northland New Zealand
7. Your current location, business or pleasure? We are digital nomads so our lives are a daily balance of work and play. We’re currently house sitting in New Zealand and are catching up with work.
8. Can you tell us a little bit about what you’re up to at the moment? Best bits, worst bits etc.
Having spent the past twelve months on an epic road trip around Australia we recently flew into Auckland to begin the next leg of our Australasian adventure. We choose to travel at a slow pace and utilise house sitting assignments to keep within budget. Over the past two years we’ve looked after eleven stunning homes in six countries and during our assignments have qualified as PADI dive masters, flown light aircraft, learnt the basics of macadamia nut farming and been invited to the mansion of an internet billionaire.
LETS TALK TRAVEL
9. First travel experience?
Although we’d both been on holiday with family and friends our first real experience of travel together was an impromptu road trip through Europe. We packed the car with provisions for all weather conditions and caught a late night ferry from Dover to Calais. With no itinerary and just a French and German phrase book we had quite an adventure. Visiting France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Austria the trip gave us a taste of the nomadic life we now live.
10. Future travel plans?
We have one year working holiday visas for New Zealand and plan to spend the time exploring this incredible country. We’re currently committed to two house sitting assignments on the North Island after which we begin our Kiwi road trip. Our itinerary for 2014 is not yet set in stone. We’re scuba diving nuts so would love to explore some of the Australasian Island chains and their coral reefs.
11. If you could go anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?
Raja Ampat an archipelago of over 1,500 small islands just off the coast of New Guinea in Indonesia. The diverse marine life is yet to be fully explored and the pristine environment makes for some of the words best diving. We recently watched a documentary on the area and instantly added it to our bucket list. Marine surveys indicate that the area has the highest diversity of marine life anywhere on earth. It sounds like a diver’s heaven!
12. If you could avoid going anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?
We’re pretty open minded and would grasp the opportunity to visit anywhere on earth. The only thing which would prevent us visiting a region would be if there was a severe risk we would be in danger from a natural disaster or human attack.
13. What 5 items would you not go travelling without?
*A comfortable pair of shoes
*Ciprofloxacin – will cure anything you’re likely to pick up on the road
14. Best bit of advice you’ve received?
Take only photos leave only footprints
15. Worst advice?
We were both told we should stick with our careers and not leave the corporate London rat race. We still think that’s the worst advice we’ve received to date.
16. Best bit of advice you can give readers of this interview?
If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space. Find what makes you happy and work to achieve your goals.
17. Favourite ice cream flavour? Lemon sorbet / Peanut butter chunk
18. Apple or Andriod? We’re not loyal to any technology brand and would always choose the product that best suits our requirements. Being a loyal customer isn’t always the savvy option!
19. Blogger or WordPress? Wordpress
20. Hostel or hotel? Airbnb/Housesititng Why stay in a concrete box when you can live like a local for less.
21. Guilty pleasure? Adding to our bucket list. We really should stop it’s getting far too long.
22. Your chosen super-power? Flight, we’d save a small fortune in airfares.
23. Airplane seat – aisle, centre or window? Aisle, I hate flying. / Window, anywhere else and you miss the opportunity to see your destination from a unique perspective.
24. What song/album are you listening to right now? We went to the Eclipse Festival in northern Queensland last year and saw Fat Freddy’s Drop Live. Their chilled out vibe is great for long journeys.
25. Thank you for answering my questions, as a gesture of thanks I allow you one whole paragraph to shameless plug of your website …
http://wanderlusters.co.uk is a website packed full of wisdom for wanderers. Each week we share travel news and advice along with photography and tales from our travel journal. We’re a new addition to the online travel community although we’ve been nomadic for the last two years. Travelling at a slow pace we incorporate house sitting assignments into our itinerary and have looked after eleven stunning homes since leaving our own in 2011. We’ve explored six countries so far and are excited to continue on our wanderlust adventure.