Once upon a time I would publish a travel blogger interview pretty much every week.  These days, the interviews are a fair bit more sporadic, more like once a month, but quality over quantity right?  … and this one is definitely quality, in fact you’re kinda getting a 241 interview here.  #win

So, whilst I spend my Monday morning preparing my flat for a potential flood at the hands of the English summertime downpours, you can read all about a summertime spent enjoying Madrid, and how these two travel bloggers found their way to sunny Madrid in the first place. Enjoy!

HI, AND WHO MIGHT YOU BE?

Snowboarding in Valdesqui¦ü outside Rascafria1. Names? David Brown and Auston Matta

2. Ages? 27 and 32

3. Travel Blog? TwoBadTouritsts.com

4. Twitter Handle? @twobadtourists

5. Home Town? Phoenix, Arizona

6. Current Location? Madrid, Spain

7. Your current location, business or pleasure?

David: English teacher/travel blogger, Auston: freelance Engineer/travel blogger

8. Can you tell us a little bit about what you’re up to at the moment?  Best bits, worst bits etc.

Best: At the moment we’re living in Madrid and just got a new place in the Malasaña neighborhood, which is hipster-chic and still close to Chueca, the gay neighborhood where we go for the gay bars and clubs in Madrid. As same-sex marriage is legal in Spain and not in our home state of Arizona, we’re also planning to take a day trip from Madrid to Rascafria, one of our favorite small Spanish towns, soon to get married later this year.

Worst: Some not fun stuff we’re up to is visa applications. Always applying for visas! I’m renewing my residency card here in Spain which is just needless back and forth paperwork bureaucracy. Yet Auston has it a bit worse and has to go back to the States in September to apply for a visa since his is a new freelance visa and I’m just renewing my current student one.

two bad tourists Agra India

LETS TALK TRAVEL

9. When did you fall in love with travel?

I grew up being intrigued by travel as my older sister traveled around Asia and my dad always told me his stories of traveling around Europe. I really fell hard for it after my first time abroad the summer before freshman year when I went to  5 different countries in Europe with my school and then to the Dominican Republic with my church. Auston got suckered in when he traveled to France as a child to visit his grandmother’s family.

10. What are your future travel plans?

We’re planning various trips around Europe to attend Pride festivals. Currently we have Stockholm and Reykjavik coming up. We went to Stockholm Pride last year and loved it, but it will be our first trip to Iceland so we’re super excited about it.

11. If you could go anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?

I’d definitely head to an island. I’m particularly interested in islands that are quite isolated and therefore have abundant endemic plant and animal life found nowhere else. My current dreams are Madagascar and Socotra. Auston would head to Japan again as it’s both our favorite country.

12. If you could avoid going anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?

New Delhi. We just did not enjoy each other’s company.

13. What 5 items would you not go travelling without? (assuming your passport and cash are a given)

iPhone. That is all I need.

14. Best bit of advice you’ve received whilst on the road?

Don’t forget your iPhone.

15. … And the worst advice?

To pack super light. We read a lot of travel blogs and articles about what to pack when backpacking and kept things super basic when we left. However, we soon realized that the extra bit of weight was worth it to have some of the things we wanted: an extra pair of shoes, some more clothes, and a laptop. Still to this day I pack more than Auston does. I think it’s good to keep things light for long term travel, but you know yourself better than anyone and if you know carrying the extra weight is worth it and you can handle it, then I say do it.

16. What is the best bit of advice you can give readers of this interview?

Don’t let the challenge of traveling or moving to someplace abroad stop you from doing it. Money is almost always a person’s main challenge for travel and yet can be the easiest to resolve if you take control of your finances. Another challenge for us was moving to Europe. It seemed really tough at first for Americans to move to here, but after some research and sorting out how to apply for a long term visa for France as well as getting a student visa to teach English in Spain, it became surprisingly easy. It’s a lot of work – aka paperwork – but it’s totally worth it to us to travel and live wherever we please.

Two bad tourists

QUICKFIRE

17. Favourite ice cream flavour? David: Hazelnut, Auston: Cookies ’n Cream

18. Listen to your ipod or read a book? read a book on my iPod

19. Bunkbeds, top or bottom bunk? Bottom, it’s easier to put on my shoes and I get up to pee a lot in the middle of the night.

20. Ideal travel companion? (can be a real person or fictional character) Each other. I know that’s couple-y and gross but we don’t like other people.

21. Guilty pleasure? David: trash reality tv, Auston: staying in a nice hotel in a new city and not sightseeing

22. Your chosen super-power? David: telekinesis because I’m generally lazy, Auston: flying so he never has to book a flight again

23. Airplane seat – aisle, centre or window? Aisle

24. What song/album are you listening to right now? AJR – I’m Ready

SHAMELESS PLUG

25. Thank you for answering my questions, as a gesture of thanks I allow you one whole paragraph to shameless plug of your website …

Along with my husband Auston, we run the travel blog TwoBadTourists.com where we share stories and travel tips regarding festivals, events, and gay travel. We started out on a one year round-the-world trip that was supposed to find us back to “normal” in the States but it has now turned into life-altering, indefinite travel. As we currently live in Madrid, we’re mostly traveling around Europe these days but will seize the opportunity to head anywhere. Our travel is half backpacking, half rolly-bagging; just depends on the destination and itinerary.

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