#4 Sebastian from “off-the-path.com”

Written by on May 31, 2013 in Uncategorized - No comments

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Today, We’re simply thrilled to welcome Sebastian from the popular travel adventure blog off-the-path.com.

Sebastian grew up hiking, swimming, sailing in a little town on the Spanish Island of Mallorca where he lived for nearly 14 years. Traveling is his biggest passion, and he flew the first time when he was three months old. Since then you can find him in a plane between 5 to 10 times a year discovering new countries and cities. here’s what we’ve got for you from one of the most exciting traveler in the world:

What is your favorite travel quote?

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page – by St. Augustine. I have this quote everywhere, on my business card, my website even on the wall in my apartment in Berlin! Having visited so many countries I can truly identify with this quote.

Let’s talk experiences – what has been the most
awesome travel experience you’ve had on the road? The
worst?

That’s difficult to say… I think both happened in Australia. The best was in Bunburry in Western Australia. I was a few days before christmas when I visited some friends who were working on a farm. The owner, Mario, was so kind to let us crush in their guest house and when we wanted to leave he invited us back for christmas. We didn’t want to accept, cause it’s a family holiday but he insisted. So we returned on the 24th and celebrated Christmas day together at the river in a huge house with beer and delicious food from 11 AM onwards. At around 10 PM, I was talking to one of the cousins in the garden and he mentioned that at the delta of the river the dolphins always swim and that if I wanted we could do it the next morning. I wanted to do this so bad, this was one of my big dreams and on top of my bucket list. To swim with wild dolphins. Unfortunately, I had to fly to Sydney from Perth the next morning at 8 AM. About 30 minutes later, he tapped me on the shoulder, handed over $300 and ordered to change the flights. I didn’t want to but he kind of forced me. Everybody in the house (About 30 adults) paid $10 so that I and my friend were able to swim with the dolphins the next day. We did and loved it, even being a little hungover… This definitely was the best experience ever. I was at the right place, at the right time with the right people.
The worst experience was in Sydney a few years earlier when my drink got spiked, I got robbed and hit by a car in one night… I spent about 2 weeks in hospital and was seriously injured. You can read all about it on my blog, but this time I was at the wrong place at the wrong time…

Who would be your ideal travelling companion?

A beautiful and smart woman that has the same interests. Since that is really hard to find, I’d say Bear Grylls… I’m not as crazy as he is but only because I don’t have the knowledge about all the survival techniques. I’d love to do a trip with him one day!

What would be your Dream trip?

Antarctica, Galapagos, New Polynesia, South Africa… there is just so much. Antarctica though is on top I think. I just fulfilled a dream trip last month when I visited northern Norway to see the northern lights. It was incredible to see the lights dance over my head.

What do you never travel without?

Pen and Paper. I also always have my phone with me and my laptop but it happens often that you have no battery or just cant use those things. Therefore I always try to have pen and paper with me and a knife… But I had to leave it behind at numerous airports already because I forget to check it in.

What would you do if you loose your passport, money
and phone in a foreign country?

I would be screwed. But all this happened in Australia when I got hit by the car. It costs you a lot of nerves and time but eventually you’ll be fine. I always try to have my national ID and Passport in different places. If you loose your passport, you can still travel with your national ID if the consulate gives you a letter with a special permission. That’s way faster!

Where are you going next?

I’m heading to Bologna in Italy for a few days and then will sail from Venice to Slovakia and Croatia. Excited to get out of the cold in Berlin. This winter has been dark and very cold.

What have you learnt from your travels?

So much. Too much to write everything down. I think the most important thing is that people that have nothing will give you everything they have. We live in a culture of keeping things to us. We have so much and we should give so much more away and be happy to share.

What advice or counsel would you give first-time
wanderers hitting the road?

If you are afraid of traveling alone, don’t, on your travels you will meet so many great people in hostels, tours or wherever that you probably will be happy if you have some time to be alone. A friend of mine did a tandem tour through south east asia. He picked up random people to ride with him. In 3 months, he was 10 days alone.
Also, don’t be afraid, to visit those so called “dangerous” places. Most places aren’t that dangerous as the media is saying. You have to be cautious but there is no reason to miss something beautiful just because somebody or something is badmouthing it. Just be careful and you’ll be fine. With normal common sense you’ll be alright!
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We would like to thank Sebastian for his time and participation to Travelers Nation, we highly recommend people interested in adventure travel to visit off-the-path.com and follow Sebastian on Twitter @offthepathcom


#3 Shaun Kuschel from “overyonderlust.com”

Written by on March 26, 2013 in Uncategorized - No comments

Today, we’re so excited to welcome Shaun from overyonderlust.com, Shaun and Erica are the couple behind the awesome rich in media travel blog, featuring beautiful photos, and excellent travel content, they both come from the tech industry, and dedicate most of their time to travel around the Americas, Europe and Japan, here’s what Shaun has to say:

What is your favorite travel quote?

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

Let’s talk experiences – what has been the most
awesome travel experience you’ve had on the road? The
worst?

The memory that sticks out most in my mind starts out as one of the worst, but becomes one of the best. This experience happened in Japan, on one of our first times out of the country. We were loving every minute of exploring this country, however, when we arrived in Hiroshima we felt a wave of guilt slap us across the face. Even though our parents weren’t yet alive when the atomic bomb was dropped, knowing how much damage was caused by our country was hard to process. We were spending an afternoon walking around Peace Park, learning details of that catastrophic event that they don’t teach us in school, when a woman who was old enough to have lived through WW2 slowly rode by on a bicycle. She stopped when she saw us and asked if we were Australian. We froze, as the words got stuck in our throats. After a moment we managed to reply “No, we’re from the US”. Once she heard our response, more wrinkles began to appear on her face- forming from the huge smile that pushed her cheeks into her eyes. “Welcome to Hiroshima” she said cheerily before getting back on her bike and riding off.

Who would be your ideal travelling companion?

Aside from each other, someone who is open-minded and willing to try anything/go anywhere. Oh, and someone with an instant-teleportation device.

What would be your Dream trip?

Our current dream trip is going to Antarctica. Getting to see penguins, SCUBA diving with seals, exploring the last untamed continent, yeah, that is the top of our list.

What do you never travel without?

For us, it’s cameras and computers to keep up with the blog. Although, traveling without technology is one of the most freeing ways to see the world. Using word of mouth instead of websites and staying with locals instead of at hostels/hotels is incredible.

What would you do if you loose your passport, money
and phone in a foreign country?

After freaking out? I guess it depends on where we are. The more we travel and stay connected with the travel community, the more people we know all over the world. The chances of us having a friend (or friend of a friend) to help us out is pretty high. Otherwise we’d cry at the Embassy until we could get everything squared.

Where are you going next?

We’ve had our fill of cold weather, so we’re heading to the Caribbean to spend some time in Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico- one of our favorite parts of the world.

What have you learnt from your travels?

I think the easier question is what haven’t we learned from our travels. We learn so much about ourselves, history, people, culture, food, etc., that we can’t imagine not traveling.

What advice or counsel would you give first-time
wanderers hitting the road?

Throw your itinerary out the window and just go. Be flexible and open and don’t get discouraged if things don’t work out. Every day is an adventure full of possibilities, if you’re willing to have them.

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We would like to thank Shaun for his time and participation to Travelers Nation, we highly recommend people interested in travel to visit OverYonderlust.com and follow Shaun and Erica on their exciting 365 Days Project, and on Twitter @OverYonderlust

#2 Dave Thompson from “DavesTravelCorner.com”

Written by on February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized - No comments

Today, we’re simply thrilled to welcome Dave from Dave’s Travel Corner, Dave has started his adventure blog in late 1996 as a result of a life-changing trip to Nepal in which he trekked near Everest Base Camp. He began writing a journal while he was on the trip and it was the notes from this journal that became the foundation for Dave’s Travel Corner. Let’s hear what Dave have for us today.

What is your favorite travel quote?

That would be my own! “Ownership of most things is overrated. Ownership of worldly experiences is not”.

Let’s talk experiences – what has been the most
awesome travel experience you’ve had on the road? The
worst?

My most awesome travel experiences revolve around a single theme – climbing beautiful tall mountains with good friends in an International location. You already have a certain camaraderie and you are all testing yourselves in conditions that often are much less than ideal. You work together to climb the mountain – you learn about your inner workings as well as physical stamina. And you learn how to help others. And you create and expand upon the bonds of friendship which will last a lifetime.

The worst is being so utterly sick while on the road – especially in areas that are gorgeous. I have reached the point either with altitude sickness in mountains or sea sickness (as examples) where I could not even enjoy the natural surroundings. I’ve also had food poisoning so bad I was constantly throwing up and quickly got dehydrated and then so weak that I could not even stand. It is miserable and worse when you are sick on the road rather than in the comfort of your own home.

Who would be your ideal travelling companion?

My ideal travelling companion would be someone who is outgoing and enjoys trying new things – whether it is new experiences, food or activities. This type of outlook and curiosity when traveling keeps things interesting and lively. It would especially be fun to travel with someone who has limited International travel experience yet is very much interested in seeking out new experiences. It would be neat to see how they react to everything that for them, is “new”.

What would be your Dream trip?

It is to visit Antarctica. I haven’t yet been to the “cold continent” because it is fairly expensive to get there, not to mention a 3 day ride through the often nasty weather of Drake’s Passage. Did I mention I get seasick very easily?!

What do you never travel without?

Besides a spirit of adventure and curiosity, it would be my core pieces of technology which are absolutely necessary for communication, my travel writing and maintaining my website. These are my lightweight ultrabook, SLR Camera and smart phone – and as much as possible, an Internet connection.

What would you do if you loose your passport, money
and phone in a foreign country?

I have dual citizenship – so I would go to whatever the closest embassy is for the passport I am using at the time – if there is even an embassy in that country. If not, I would go to an Internet cafe or beg someone to use their phone. I would then explain my situation until someone lets me borrow a computer at their Internet cafe or phone for free with my promise of paying them back.

Or if at an Internet Cafe I would try to find someone trustworthy who has a PayPal account (possibly the owner of the cafe) – send them money using my PayPal account and have them give me cash up front. Then I would call family or friends. I would be in a position where I would have to put the burden on them (possibly wiring money, contacting the appropriate embassy etc). It is not a situation I would ever want to be in. I keep electronic copies of both my passports backed up securely online and both physical passports are in separate places with me when on the road.

Where are you going next?

My brother just moved to Verona in Italy for a year so this week I’m off to visit him in Lisbon (a bit warmer than northern Italy this time of year and it will be first trips to Portugal for both of us). I enjoy wine, especially port, and am really looking forward to tasting the wine that Portugal is well known for.

What have you learnt from your travels?

Three main things: 1. to not let fear dictate where I travel 2. to embrace exploration and 3. appreciate how much world travel has broadened my perspective about food, culture, diversity, natural wonders and all the world has to offer, both good and bad.

What advice or counsel would you give first-time
wanderers hitting the road?

Don’t let fear, media or other people dictate your travels. Research an area, talk to people who have been there or live there (if possible) and be open to unpredictability. Most types of travel (especially Independent travel) are unpredictable. But this is what makes travel interesting! And always, trust your gut if you find yourself in uncomfortable or what might turn into an uncomfortable situation – your gut is an invaluable compass.

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We would like to thank Dave for his time and participation to Travelers Nation, we highly recommend people interested in adventure to know more about him and his exciting trips on Dave’s Travel corner, and follow him @DaveDTC

#1 Paul Steele from “Baldhiker.com”

Written by on February 24, 2013 in Uncategorized - 2 Comments

Today, we’re so exited to announce the first Travelers Nation Interview featuring Paul Steele from BaldHiker.com. Paul has been named the world’s most influential online travel writer. From the hills and mountains of his home country in Northen England to heights and trails around the globe he looks to see what will test him but also what will bring him learning, sights and experiences.


Paul has kindly accepted to be our guest on Travelers Nation, here’s what we got from him.

What is your favorite travel quote?

There are so many that I feel hit the spot. I love to just get away, be outside and head to places I have never been before. Be it alone or with friends so one in particular I like is “Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness” ~Ray Bradbury

Let’s talk experiences – what has been the most awesome travel experience you’ve had on the road? The worst?

There is never a ‘most awesome’ :) I am lucky to have experienced and seen some amazing things. Northern lights in the arctic circle, Uluru at sunset from a helicopter above, horse-riding ober the Saskatchewan Prairie in Canada.. I could go on and on ….

Who would be your ideal travelling companion?

haha there are no ideals. Everyone is different and makes each companion rich to have along in different ways. Someone thats not fussy or after just luxury would be a key. never narrow choices, you will never know what you are missing.

What would be your Dream trip?

I plan to walk to the South Pole in the next few years. Always been a dream.

What do you never travel without?

My smartphone ;)

What would you do if you loose your passport, money and phone in a foreign country?

Crikey! Well never need to panic especially if a country with a British Consulate.

Where are you going next?

I am packing right now to go trekking in New Zealand. Can’t wait. Plus getting ready to film some more videos with BaldHikerTV. Making high production travel videos for clients be it in Britain or locations abroad.

What have you learnt from your travels?

Pack light, get to know the real country you are visiting not just the tourist traps and enjoy the time you are given there.

What advice or counsel would you give first-time wanderers hitting the road?

A main key for me is to enjoy. If you are not enjoying a particular type of travel then change. Nothing wrong with changing track. Head where your heart wants not what others want.

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To stay updated with Pauls’s adventures and challenges, follow him on Twitter @paul_steele

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Written by on December 23, 2012 in Uncategorized - No comments

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