I’m delighted to feature a couple who are often invited to dine in people’s homes. To find out why please meet Travel Bloggers Amanda and Antonio of The Adventure Junkies.
What is your name?
We’re Amanda and Antonio.
Which country do you come from/call home?
Amanda is from the U.S and Antonio is from Spain. We met while we were living in New Zealand. At the moment home is wherever we are both together.
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
We started traveling the world by bicycle in 2013. Since then we’ve developed what we like to think of as an infinite travel lifestyle. It’s a combination of traveling, working and living in different countries. We don’t have many plans we just know that we love what we are doing and want to keep doing it.
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
We are both scuba diving instructors. A few months out of the year we work and then spend the rest of the year traveling.
What is the first trip took together?
Taking trips was really how our relationship developed. We both wanted to get out of Auckland on the weekends so we would load up Antonio’s car with food, camping gear and a few of our mates and take off. The first one was to Mount Maunganui where we spent the weekend learning to surf (more like swallowing a bunch of saltwater!)
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Costa Rica. Before we arrived everyone was telling us about how expensive and “Americanized” the country had become. We were told that the people are just money driven and would only see us as walking ATMs. While it was true that the prices were nearly double that of it’s neighbors we found nothing but amazing people in Costa Rica. Many people invited us into their homes and offered us food without ever expecting anything in return.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
Not at all. Sure, long term travel isn’t always glamorous but nothing ever is.
Do you have any funny travel stories?
Well, we crashed a wedding once…in our pajamas. While we were living in New Zealand we had gone on a road trip with a group of friends. We had been surfing all day and were camping out on the beach. There was a wedding going on nearby and some of the guests came by to invite us over. We had already changed into our pajamas but no one cared. Next thing you know we have drinks in our hands and we’re on the dance floor having a good time.
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
Every place has it’s highs and lows, we can’t pinpoint one as being the worst.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
New Zealand for it’s natural beauty and laid-back, “no worries” culture.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
There’s so much out there to experience in the world! Here’s just a few…kayaking with orcas on Vancouver Island, an expedition to Antarctica, diving with great white sharks in Guadalupe Island, working as volunteers on Coco’s Island, cycling Patagonia and experiencing the Amazon.
Can you imagine life without travel?
No way. Traveling has changed our lives in so many ways, without it we would have never met!
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
If we couldn’t travel we’d like to be outdoors. Whether working as hiking guides, scuba instructors or expedition leaders.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
The Adventure Junkies (http://www.theadventurejunkies.com)
When did you begin your website?
Last October we completely redid our original website which was called Cycling el Mundo. We transferred over most of the content but the new name and look of the site all took place in 2014.
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
We started writing for fun, a creative outlet while we were off the bike. Also for the reason I think most people start writing, to connect with family, friends and other travelers. Making money is a bonus but it doesn’t drive us to write.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
We do a lot of D-I-Y adventures. We love going off on our own for a few days and just making it up as we go along. There is a lot on the internet but there is a lot that is not, so we always try to fill the gaps and help create their own unique adventure travel experience.
Do you have any products or services to offer?
Recently we’ve opened a store which contains some of the gear we personally use along with books and courses that we think are worth while. Check it out here.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
5 Facts I Love Since I Quit My Job to Travel the World. Antonio writes about how travel has changed his life for the better.
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
In general we love writing articles that inspire people. The ones that get a lot of interaction and stir something in people. We really enjoy receiving emails from our readers who tell us that our work has inspired them to take on an adventure or make a significant change in their life.
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
Bicycle, hands down. It is the ultimate way experience freedom while traveling. There’s no bus to catch, no waiting or haggling. You just get on your bike and ride, whenever, wherever. Eat when you are hungry and sleep when you are tired.
The world really opens up around you when you are on a bicycle. There is no barrier between you and your surroundings. It’s nearly a daily occurrence that someone invites us into their home to share some food and a place to rest. So many times we say to each other, “This would never happen if we were backpacking.”
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Just get out there and start having your own adventures. It’s easy to get caught up reading about what other people are doing and spend all of your time dreaming. Our motto is: Don’t dream it. Live it.
What has travel taught you?
The more we travel the more we find out what makes every human connected rather than the superficial things that make us different.
Where are you headed next?
In just a few days we are taking a boat from Panama to Colombia. We hope to spend a few months exploring and cycling the northern countries of South America.
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? Air New Zealand
Favourite country? New Zealand
Favourite city? Amanda: Amsterdam Antonio: Jerusalem
Favourite beach? Amanda: New Chums in New Zealand Antonio: 9 mile beach in the west coast of Barbuda.
Favourite food? Amanda: Pizza (especially after a long day of cycling) Antonio: tortilla de patatas
Favourite language? Amanda: Spanish Antonio: Italian
Please provide the following:-
Website url? http://www.theadventurejunkies.com
Twitter handle? https://twitter.com/The_AdvJunkies
Facebook page? https://www.facebook.com/CyclingElMundo
Google+ profile/page? https://plus.google.com/u/0/+Theadventurejunkies/