Interview With Travel Bloggers Petra And Shaun Of The Global Couple @theglobalcouple

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We all have our favourite mode of transport. Today’s guest love travelling in a campervan. Please meet Petra and Shaun who are The Global Couple.

Petra and Shaun of The Global Couple

Petra and Shaun of The Global Couple

What is your name?
Petra Chappell & Shaun Pearce

Which country do you come from/call home?
New Zealand

Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
Three out of four! Backpackers, long term travelers, live and work abroad!

How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
Savings and work whilst traveling

What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
Petra: I was 6 and my family went to Cairns, Australia. We were the first people on the newly opened Skyline Gondola and were on the evening news!
Shaun: I was 11 and I went to the Gold Coast in Australia with my Dad. We went to the theme parks there and it was awesome!

Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Myanmar. We didn’t really know what to expect but it had a lot less outside influence than we thought it would. No global chains like McDonalds, 7-11 and so on that are prevalent throughout the rest of Southeast Asia. The only brands we recognized were Coke and Pepsi! It was so refreshing!

Local Pa'O woman in Myanmar hill country

Local Pa’O woman in Myanmar hill country

Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
Both of us getting food poisoning at the same time while in transit from Yangon, Myanmar to Bangkok to Koh Tao, Thailand. We had a flight from Yangon to Bangkok, a night in a hotel, then an overnight train, a 2 hour bus, and a 2 hour ferry from Bangkok to Koh Tao. Yuck.

Do you have any funny travel stories?
Too many! One that comes to mind is when we went on a road trip in the US and were in New York City, and to save money we slept in our van parked on the street in the middle of Manhattan. It only cost us $14 in parking instead of many hundreds of dollars in a hotel!

Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
We don’t have a ‘worst’ place, just some that are less awesome than others. One of our less awesome places is Fiji, where we made some bad decisions of where to go and stay and it was a bit of a let down.

Where is your favourite place in the world?
Ooh, hard one. Got to say Bay of Islands, New Zealand for this one (although NYC comes a close second!)

Beautiful Bay of Islands New Zealand

Beautiful Bay of Islands New Zealand

Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
Of course! You can check it out here: (it’s rather lengthy).

Can you imagine life without travel?
Heck no! Travel is the best thing we can think of doing.

If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
Wishing we were traveling and saving for the next trip.

What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
The Global Couple.

When did you begin your website?
November 2013, just before we went to Southeast Asia for six weeks.

Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
It started off as being a site where friends and family could see what we were up to, but it has grown into a real passion and creative outlet for us and also we love to give tips to other travellers.

What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
We’re a couple who loves road trips and adventuring around less-visited places. We have a variety of posts and great photos from New Zealand road trips, to setting up life in Canada, to diving in Mexico, to trekking in Southeast Asia.
We have a section called ‘Road Trips’ featuring road trips we’ve been on in different countries (, and another section called ‘36 Hours In…’ that features things to do in places all over the world ( ).

What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
Around the world in two months. A few years ago we did a round-the-world trip in just a few months, visiting 8 countries (it was such a short time because Petra was studying at university and Shaun could only take that time off work). It was an epic trip and we want to go back and visit so many of those places!

What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
We absolutely loved the experience of helping to dig baby turtles out of their nests and release them into the ocean in Mexico, and also it was our first attempt at making a GoPro video, so this post was heaps of fun to create!

What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
Campervan! We love road trips and getting to stop when we want, where we want. We owned a campervan in New Zealand (her name was Bessie) and another one in the US (called Rhonda Burgundy). We’ve written heaps of posts about road trips in New Zealand and the US:

Lake in New Hampshire USA

Lake in New Hampshire USA

Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Save as much as you can. Having more money to take traveling with you means that you can be more spontaneous with excursions, the occasional nice hotel, splurging on meals/drinks, and so on. Also, push your boundaries. Do something that you are scared to do – it’ll make you more confident in the future!

What has travel taught you?
To persevere, to be brave, to respect and understand different cultures, bits and pieces of other languages, to cope with last minute changes, to be better people!

What is the scariest situation you’ve been in while traveling?
We were in Bali, Indonesia in a rental car, and were pulled over by the police for apparently going the wrong way down a one-way street (although we saw other cars going the same way as us). They tried to take our passports and had Shaun against the bonnet of their car but we managed to get away by giving them $50. Scary but lucky!

Do you read other blogs for inspiration?
Yes, most certainly. We love getting suggestions of things to do in places we’re visiting, as well as photo inspiration and to improve our writing skills too! Favourites include,,

What are the best skills you’ve learnt from travel blogging?
How to take better photos and edit them, how to run a website, and graphic design.

Osparara Basin South Island New Zealand

Osparara Basin South Island New Zealand

Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? Air New Zealand
Favourite country? Myanmar
Favourite city? New York City
Favourite beach? Tulum, Mexico
Favourite food? Seafood tom yum soup in Chinatown, Bangkok
Favourite language? Spanish

Please provide the following:-
Website url?
Twitter handle? @theglobalcouple
Facebook page?

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  1. Neat note on Fiji guys. I loved Savusavu but can see that staying on the main island may be quite unlike what you’d expect from Fiji….or just picking the wrong spot 😉 I’ve been there in many countries though. As for NYC smart move! I am in New Jersey now and have spent about like 2,000 days in NYC over my life. Sleep in your car. Or get a house sit. Or travel in and out quickly like I do lol…..thanks guys and TG, loved the interview!


    • Thanks Ryan! Glad you had a good experience in Fiji – I think we were just in the wrong place because so many people rave about it. And lucky you getting to spend so much time in NYC, we love it there – such a pity getting a working visa for the US is almost impossible for us Kiwis, as we would live there tomorrow if we could!

  2. Thanks so much for featuring us! Have a fantastic day 🙂

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