Interview With Caz and Craig of Y Travel Blog
•What made you want to start ytravelblog.com?
We had been living and traveling around the world since 1997 and had run out of working visa options. We didn’t want to give up our nomadic lifestyle so began looking for other options.
As a traveller, we were always sharing with other travellers so travel blogging was a natural progression for us.
We know that travel can benefit your life in so many ways and we had so much information and inspiration to share, we thought a travel blog would be a great way to do that.
•In all of your travels, in your opinion what country has the best food? and the worst food?
Thai food is hands down best for us. We lived in Bangkok for six months and loved eating Thai food for breakfast, lunch and dinner and could happily do it for the rest of our lives.
The worst food for us was Turkey. We found it really meaty and heavy.
•If you had to choose one favourite destination, which one would each of you chose?
We would definitely choose Africa and South East Asia. Both regions offer so much adventure and diversity. The people are warm and friendly.
In Africa, you can’t beat seeing the animals in the wild and in South East Asia, you cannot beat the cheap, relaxed lifestyle.
•What has been the least exciting destination you've travelled to?
Athens. I probably didn’t give it much of a chance, but I have been there twice and just found it dirty, dusty, polluted and unfriendly. Even the Acropolis wasn’t enough to get me excited. I would like to try it again now that I am a little older.
•Did you both always have a love of travel or did you develop your passion for traveling as you got older?
I did not travel a lot when I was younger, but always enjoyed our rare family holidays. I went on my first overseas holiday when I was 19 and was hooked from then on. My love grew and grew from that point on.
Craig travelled a fair bit with his professional rugby league career and so always had a passion for travel and exploring other countries.
•What impact has ytravelblog.com had on your lives?
A huge impact. It is allowing us to do what we are passionate about. We have met so many amazing people and have built a warm and friendly travel community around what we do, just like we always experienced in the road.
Y Travel Blog has opened up some incredible opportunities for us like working with one of the biggest airlines in the world, Qantas, meeting Jeremy Stoppleman, the founder of Yelp, and working with different Tourist Boards to help promote their destinations.
•What has been the most surprising destination you've been to? Meaning, you had a specific mindset about a certain destination but it was totally a different experience than you had imagined.
Istanbul. I really did not know what to expect from Istanbul, but I thought it would be just another big, crowded and polluted city.
We spent a few days there and I was blown away but just how great it was. There was so much to explore with their mosques, palaces, and markets and then there were the unexpected discoveries from wandering their streets.
The people in Istanbul were so friendly and so welcoming to Australians. I loved our time there.
•If you had to decide which destination has been the most influential in your lives, which destination would you chose?
I think living in the US for four years had a huge influence in us. It helped us to discover what we really wanted to do with our lives and to follow our dream of living a permanent nomadic lifestyle.
It is the country we could most see ourselves settling down in, so that must mean it had a huge influence on us.
•What advice would you give to a newbie traveller?
Travel with an open mind and don’t plan too much.
•In 10 years, do you see yourself still traveling or slowing down?
I can’t see myself ever slowing down with travel. Travel will obviously change for us once our girls get a little older and will be in school, but we will just learn to adapt to that and travel in a different way. I can see myself still jet setting when the bones start shrinking a little.
Thank you Caz and Craig for the interview. Please visit there blog @ Y Travel Blog