Just when I think the TBI series has finally faded away, another incredible blogger (or two) pop up out of nowhere and breath new life into it. Brilliant stuff! However today’s post isn’t about my site, its about travel bloggers around the globe and whats going on with them, so without further adieu, here are those amazing soles that performed CPR on the TBI series so that it may continue for at least one more week. Read and enjoy!
HI, AND WHO MIGHT YOU BE?
1. Name? Kimmy & Drew
2. Age? 37 & 35
3. Travel Blog? http://afterglobe.net/
4. Twitter Handle? @AfterGlobenet
5. Home Town? Forestville, CA & Portland, OR
6. Current Location? Portland, OR
7. Your current location, business or pleasure?
For now, it’s our home in Portland while we work to pay off all of our debt and sell everything, including our house, to travel the world long term. In other words, it’s a whole lot of business.
8. Can you tell us a little bit about what you’re up to at the moment?
We are currently working our butts off to pay off our debt and sell all our belongings to travel the world long term. Until then, we keep ourselves happy by taking weekend road trips working our way through our Pacific Northwest bucket list. We are finally seeing everything we’ve been meaning to see and do here, but haven’t. We also take trips along the West Coast and to Hawaii that we are able to do for a fraction of the price thanks to free flights with our airline miles and timeshare stays. It’s all about traveling on a dime and not putting ourselves into anymore debt to do it.
LETS TALK TRAVEL
9. First travel experience?
Kimmy– I don’t remember my first travel experience. You could say, I was born into travel. The first time my mom felt me move inside her she was on the back of my dad’s motorcycle near Death Valley. My dad also had an old school bus he’d removed all of the seats from and converted into living quarters complete with a kitchen. We went to different places around the US in that bus. I have no memory of it, but there are pictures of me with my parents holding me in front of that bus in places like Yosemite.
Just before my second birthday, after my parents had separated, my mom moved us to Hawaii. We island hopped between Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. We camped and stayed with people we met along the way. My youngest travel memories are being there. I remember the bright blue water, white sands, and warm rain. I also remember hiking through jungles and geckos crawling on me. And sleeping with the sound of the ocean in the sunshine.
Drew– My parents took me to Maui when I was 9 months old, though I don’t remember it my mom says I was running up and down the aisles on the plane. I’ve seen photos of my dad holding me wearing a jersey that says Maui, as well. There is also a picture of me running on the grass in Maui (at 9 months, apparently I was ready to move at an early age).
There was another trip I do remember some of and that was a road trip to Disneyland in Anaheim from Portland, OR when I was 5 years old. My parents had a silver Pontiac Grand Prix with burgundy interior. I really liked that car. I remember playing games and sleeping in the back seat that I had all to myself.
10. Future travel plans?
We will kick off our travels around the world at the beginning of 2015 with a 4 month road trip through the US. After that we head to Hawaii to volunteer on different islands for almost 11 months before we fly over to Tahiti to see more of the Polynesian Islands.
We will keep moving forward from there- New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, India, Africa, Europe, UK, back to the US, and then Central and South America. Our plan is to travel for many years. It’s hard to say exactly where we will be when. We really only have an idea of what direction we are heading.
11. If you could go anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?
Kimmy– I’m excited to go to Southeast Asia- especially, Thailand. I’ve wanted to go to Thailand since I was a little girl. I had this old postcard of the girls in their traditional dress with super long fingernails doing one of their traditional dances. I thought they looked so beautiful and wanted to see them in real life. The more I learn about Thailand and the more pictures I see, the more I want to go there.
Drew– I think I’d like to be on Maui tomorrow. Swimming in the surf, paddle boarding, walking in the sand… Yeah, that would sure be nicer than the nasty cold, wet rain we are getting right now in Portland and all those leaves I’m gonna have to rake up.
Kimmy– Oh, yeah. I agree with Drew. I’m always up for being on Maui tomorrow.
12. If you could avoid going anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?
Kimmy– Work! I’m so over having a 9-5. I’ve worked since I was 12 and I’m so over it. I’ve been in social work for over a dozen years and to say I’m burnt out is in understatement.
Drew– I’d like to avoid going to work tomorrow, I’m ready to be traveling full time.
Kimmy– As you can see, we are both more than burnt out in our jobs.
13. What 5 items would you not go travelling without?
Kimmy– Camera, smart phone, iPad, headphones, and toothbrush. What can I say? I’m a digital traveler and I like fresh breath.
Drew– A hat, sunglasses, sandals, swim shorts, and camera with video.
14. Best bit of advice you’ve received?
Kimmy– Life is too short to not go after what you really want.
Drew– When packing clothes, pack everything you think you’ll need, then take out half of it. Essentially, pack light.
15. Worst advice?
Kimmy– Stay home.
Drew– Not really advice but, to not be prepared for where you are going, not planning ahead and not researching your destination can be a mistake.
16. Best bit of advice you can give readers of this interview?
Just say yes. You will figure out the rest later.
17. Favourite ice cream flavour?
Kimmy– Why is this so hard for me? Oh, because I love ice cream and always think what I’m eating is my favorite. I’m usually drawn to ice creams with caramel and coconut in them. Even better if it’s salted caramel. Mmm, salted caramel. Ooh, I just had this caramel, coconut, macadamia nut ice cream on Kauai that I LOVED.
Drew– Hard to choose just one flavor. I prefer having flavors of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and coconut with a little crunch, like macadamia nuts.
Kimmy– Apparently Drew and I are the same person when it comes to ice cream.
18. Apple or Andriod?
Both. We have both and like and dislike things about both of them.
19. Blogger or WordPress?
20. Hostel or hotel?
Timeshare. We bought into a timeshare years ago that has locations all over the world. Everywhere we plan to stay; our timeshare has had a location. We really enjoy staying in the timeshares because they have full kitchens, laundry facilities, pools, and basic supplies. It saves us lots of money while we travel.
21. Guilty pleasure?
Always food related. It’s hard to not want to try all of the great foods in an area you are visiting. Eating out too much can really break the budget sometimes. If only it didn’t taste so good!
22. Your chosen super-power?
Kimmy– To breath underwater.
Drew– To fly would be amazing!
23. Airplane seat – aisle, centre or window?
Kimmy– If we are sitting in a row with more than two seats, Drew always makes me happy and sits in the middle so I can have my window seat. Poor, Drew.
24. What song/album are you listening to right now?
Kimmy– We picked up the CD Sea of Love by Raiatea Helm last time we were on Maui. Every time I want to be back there, I put the CD on and it transports me. Instantly chills me out and makes me happy.
Drew– At this moment I’m listening to The Doors – Morrison Hotel, “Queen of the Highway”.
25. Thank you for answering my questions, as a gesture of thanks I allow you one whole paragraph to shameless plug of your website …
At the end of 2012, we took a good, hard look at our lives and decided it wasn’t what we really wanted. We’d bought into this idea of the American Dream and the only thing it got us was too much debt, jobs we were burnt out on, and not enough time off. Simply put- we weren’t happy with our lives. To change this, we drafted a plan to get out of debt, sell almost everything we own, and leave to slowly travel the world. AfterGlobe documents our progress, helps others get out of debt to travel, and shares travel information to all the places we’ve been lucky enough to visit.