This travel blogger interview features Felicia and Wesley of Feather and the Wind. They are a couple of Canadian backpackers travelling through Mexico.
What is your name?
Felicia and Wesley from Feather and the Wind
Which country do you come from/call home?
We’re both Canadian: Wesley is from Vancouver and Felicia is from Toronto.
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
We’re backpackers currently nearing the end of a 6-month trek throughout Mexico.
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
Mostly savings but also paid travel writing, stock photography and YouTube earnings.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
Felicia: I was only 6 months old when I first went to Mexico. My mom is Mexican and we’ve been going to visit family during the winter holidays for as long as I can remember. Most Canadians might hope for a white Christmas but I’ll always prefer palm trees and sunshine for the holidays!
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
We were so surprised by Guanajuato, Mexico. We had zero expectations and liked it so much that after 2 days we decided to rent an apartment and stay to live there for a month. It’s a beautiful colonial city full of charm, colourful buildings and gorgeous views. Our month there flew by and we had so much fun living in Guanajuato and enjoying the city in our little apartment.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
We’ve had a couple of minor mishaps like missing buses and some rough hostel nights but recently our tour van encountered a road blocked by protestors in Mexico. After going to Hierve el Agua in Oaxaca, the driver had to take back ‘roads’ to avoid a highway that was backed up for hours due to this protest. It wasn’t all that bad but definitely an experience we’ll remember after several locals had to use machetes to clear bushes for the van to get through the back roads.
Do you have any funny travel stories?
In Slovakia we were waiting for our bus to Prague and, after 20 minutes, it still hadn’t arrived. No one at the station spoke English and we thought it was weird that we were the only 2 people waiting for that bus. Half an hour later, a man walked up to us with a piece of paper that had both of our names on it. We couldn’t understand what he was saying but we followed him to a parking lot just outside of the bus station where his small van was parked with other passengers. He said, “Big bus – kaput! Little bus take everybody!” The van was stopped twice on our way to Prague too: once for a police search at the border and once by police because our driver wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. It was a memorable day that we can laugh at now!
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
We learn something from every city we visit but the crowds in Paris put us off a bit. Because it is such a touristy destination, we found it hard to enjoy all of the sights while waiting in long lines and trying to dodge big crowds.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
We don’t have an actual list but we’d love to ride the Trans-Siberian Express, spend a summer in Italy and try safari camping.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
If it weren’t for travel, we’d probably start looking for a place to settle down. We know we want to build a tiny house in the future but we just haven’t decided where yet!
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
Feather and the Wind: http://featherandthewind.com/
When did you begin your website Feather and the Wind?
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
We write to share our experiences on budget travel and help give readers an alternative to expensive tours. Travel is more accessible than some people think and the more we save on the road, the more we want to share with our readers.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
I think people can relate to our site because we’re just a fun-loving couple that decided to leave our jobs and start doing what we love. We’re sharing everything we learn as we go and we’re very transparent in our travel videos too. Readers can benefit from our money-saving tips on how to avoid pricey tours and explore on a budget.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
One of our most viewed is a budget guide for visiting a set of islands in Mexico called Las Marietas. Most people take long tours from Puerto Vallarta but small boats can be rented early in the day from the nearby town of Punta de Mita for a fraction of the price and that way you can beat the boatloads of tourists!
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
We recently wrote for Canadian Traveller about why it’s great to be a Canadian abroad. Writing it made us realize that we’re lucky to be able to travel the world as Canadians and it made us appreciate our home country even more.
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
We usually take buses to save money on transportation and, even though they take longer, they’re a great way to enjoy the scenery in a new country.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
If you’re just starting out, flexibility is key for long-term travel. The more flexible you are with your dates and destinations, the farther you’ll be able to travel for less money than you think!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned to date?
We’ve learned that it’s best to plan less. We had a pretty detailed itinerary for our first month in Europe and after that we basically threw our plans out the window and started travelling more spontaneously. Now we’re open to opportunities as they come and have more fun on the road.
What inspired you to start making videos?
We started our YouTube channel after visiting a local market in Guanajuato, Mexico. It was a Sunday afternoon and there were so many exciting food stalls in town that we thought it would be fun to buy a bunch of local foods and eat them in front of our camera. We haven’t tried Dorilocos since then but after that video we just kept on going!
What do you miss the most when you’re away from home?
Felicia: Aside from friends and family, I miss hot showers with good water pressure! Wesley: I definitely miss the beef dips in BC.
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? Air France (unlimited baguettes!)
Favourite country? Wesley: Hungary Felicia: Fiji
Favourite city? Wesley: Munich Felicia: Toronto
Favourite beach? A nude beach in Mexico: Zipolite
Favourite food? Wesley: Mexican Tacos al Pastor Felicia: Pizza
Favourite language? Wesley: Russian Felicia: Italian
Please provide the following:-
Website url? http://featherandthewind.com/
Twitter handle? https://twitter.com/featherandwind
Facebook page? https://www.facebook.com/featherandthewind/
Google+ profile/page? https://plus.google.com/u/0/+FeatherandtheWind/posts