Tell us a little bit about yourselves
Hi we are Kev and Jade from twotalltravellers.com we are both from the UK and met at University. I (Kev) am a BIG sports fan, there aren’t many sports out there that I couldn’t sit and watch all day long. I (Jade) love planning, researching and everything else associated with travelling the world. I would say my hobby is discovering the next thing we could do! Unfortunately that means we have plans for the next 10 years… Both of us are currently teachers in China which we have been doing for the past 2 years, however we are coming to the end of our stint in the Orient and Australia beckons to us for our next adventure.
What inspired you to travel?
We are a little different to the majority of travellers out there. We want to go home at the end of it all with a deposit for a house. That means that we have to MAKE a profit whilst we also travel the world. After looking at the opportunities out there we realised that, although it sounds too good to be true, it’s actually extremely doable. Now our inspiration comes from finding that next job somewhere else in the world that will allow us to explore even more.
Tell us about your blog
Jade told me one day that she wanted to make a blog of all our travels. I sceptically listened and then left her to it for the next 3 months. After I saw how much effort she was putting into it and how badly she wanted to succeed I got hooked too. Now every week we post new content showing; guides, experiences, tips and new places to explore! Oh and every now and again we upload a picture of how being tall can effect travelling. A little hint – It’s almost never positively.
How do you afford to travel? Do you blog full-time?
As we have already touched upon, we get a job in the country we want to travel. We then use that country as a hub for surrounding countries as well as the country itself. For example: being a teacher in China gives you easy access to the whole of south-east Asia. Next in Australia we will be getting some sort of farm or hospitality job. This will give us the money to travel the entirety of the east coast in a camper van. Then on to New Zealand where we hope their booming adventure camps industry will give us the same opportunities! What about working in a hotel in the Canadian Rockies? Skiing everyday and trekking one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. Then working on a plantation in Hawaii leading to a road trip around the tropical Islands. We could go on and on, I told you Jade had found plans for 10 years!
How do you like to travel?
We tried to think of an answer but we don’t have one! Our trips usually incorporate every one of those things. No one wants to be in a hostel for 5 weeks so we mix it in with a little bit of luxury. Beaches the whole time when you’re as white as me (Kev) is always dangerous so we chuck in a few cities to explore in the shade. I suppose we couldn’t go solo because there is two of us, but is two a group? The choices are just too darn hard. We have tended to go for 5 weeks, however in Australia i think that will increase to 1 big six month road trip coupled with 3 months working either side to pay for it. What I would say is look at your situation and work around that.
What has been your favourite destination, and why?
Kev – Bali in Indonesia for me. That place just had everything. I’m not a big city lover so the small beautiful towns surrounded by jungle and greenery got me head over heels. Everywhere you look was gorgeous, even the home complexes of the Balinese people were just incredible.
Jade – Thailand every time. The food, the weather, the people and the cost. Nowhere else we have been has every one of those things. We have been there more than once and I don’t thing that will be the last.
What are the top 3 destinations on your bucket list?
Kenya, Canada and Peru
Tell us about your best and worst travel experiences!
Best travel experience
We can’t think of a more perfect night that the one we spent in Koh Panghan on the beach. I (Kev) scoured the beach for firewood (that sounds boring but trust me, making fires is therapeutic as hell) and Jade watched on with the sunset drinking a cocktail in a deck chair. The light faded and the staff at the small rustic resort created a perfect beach BBQ seafood buffet. After that new friends and new arrivals sat on the sand around Kev’s moonlit fire chatting, laughing and getting drunk. Life does not get better.
Worst travel experience
Flying Air Asia. Wow! We remember the days when airlines crushed everyone in like sardines but we were 10 at the time and it didn’t matter. Then as time went on airlines increased leg room because of growing calls from angry customers. Air Asia did not get the memo. Suffice to say two 6’2″ people on one of these planes for 6 hours is a time we wish to forget.