Today I am delighted to feature a couple of aspiring full time travellers who love Ireland and are not adverse to sleeping in a car. Enjoy this interview with travel bloggers Dave and Angela of The Dang Travelers.
What is your name?
We are Dave and Angela.
Which country do you come from/call home?
We are both from Illinois in the United States. Dave from Rockford and Angela from Chicago. We currently call the south suburbs of Chicago home.
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
Angela quit her full-time job in 2014 since Dave has the ability to work part-time. He just transitioned from working full-time to part-time in 2015. As of right now he is planning to work 4-6 months out of the year (we will still travel on his off days) and long-term travel the rest of the year. It is a very exciting time for us!
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
We believe in financial independence so we saved, saved, then saved some more. Then made the decision to go part-time as a trial run for some day being able to travel full-time.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
Dave – When I was one year old, my parents sold everything and became missionaries. We lived in a converted school bus. My younger brother was actually born in this bus turned motorhome. My family traveled as missionaries until I was old enough to go to school. I spent my first few impressionable years living on the road thinking that I had a normal life, and that everyone else lived this way.
Angela – The first trip I remember was camping with my family, I was maybe 5 or 6 years old. I remember swimming, laughing and campfires. It was great.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Maui was a bit more urbanized than we thought it was going to be. It was still amazing, but it was not what we expected. We thought it was going to be more untouched nature with local stores, not touristy towns with chain restaurants. Don’t get me wrong, the road to Hana, Haleakala and the black sand beaches were incredible, we were just surprised at the rest.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
We’ve been pretty lucky so far. Very minor issues like getting smooshed in the metro doors in Paris, running through airports not to miss connections and ending up in some sketchy areas while exploring.
Do you have any funny travel stories?
Our first stay at a B&B didn’t go too well. We thought we were going to have a romantic night with a cozy fire and wine, but ended up almost burning the place down!
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
I don’t know if we’ve ever visited a bad place. Each has had something to offer even if it wasn’t exactly what we anticipated.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
We both fell in love with Ireland and its people. We loved its dramatic landscapes, green rolling hills and welcoming atmosphere. We can’t wait to get back there to spend some quality time exploring around.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
We do, but it’s too long to write here. The highlights are the El Camino Santiago hike in Spain, butterfly migration in Mexico, Cinque Terre hike in Italy, bicycle trip along the Rhine, to attend the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and to go on an African safari.
Can you imagine life without travel?
Absolutely not! We both enjoy traveling and cannot wait to see the world one place at a time.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
Angela would be working as an accountant and Dave would be flying for a major airline.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
The name of our blog is Dang Travelers. URL is http://www.dangtravelers.com/
When did you begin your website?
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
We write to share our experiences and hope to inspire others to travel more. Over the years we’ve had many friends and family ask advice on where to go or what to do. We found we loved sharing our stories and helping them plan their trips. It’s always nice to make money doing something you love, but that is not our goal.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
I think the fact that Dave and I are so different makes our blog well-rounded. For example he prefers biking, beer, will eat almost anything and is the more frugal one of the two of us. I prefer walking, wine, am a super picky eater and definitely see value in certain things like direct flights versus sitting in an airport for 15 hours. He would like to sell everything some day and travel the world indefinitely. I, on the other hand, want to travel, but am not too sure I want to do it full-time. I’m willing to give it a try, which is the ultimate goal and I’m sure that will present itself with some great writing material!
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
My favorite article is 16 Things I Wish I Knew Sooner – Letter to My Younger Self. It was a self-reflective post about the things I’ve learned over the years. Dave’s favorite article is Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Truck Camping. We get some strange looks when we tell people we sleep in our car sometimes!
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
We love road trips so I guess a car. We love being able to stop or deviate whenever something jumps out at us and not having to keep to a schedule of taking trains or planes.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
My advice would be to stop making excuses and just get out there. It doesn’t have to be some huge round the world trip necessarily, it can be a staycation even to the city closest to you. Travel is exploring a place you’ve never been or experienced so just get out there and be adventurous.
What has travel taught you?
Where to begin… travel has taught us so many things. It really enlightened us as to the small bubble you find yourself in when you don’t travel. It helps you see your significance in this big world. It has also taught us patience; not everything, always goes your way! It has taught us that there is so much joy and love in the world. It’s easy to forget that when you turn your television on or read a paper and it’s always negative, but when you get out there and start living you really get to see the greatness in people.
What’s the most exciting trip you’ve taken this year?
Even though we’ve visited many US cities and have taken a Mediterranean cruise this year, we’d have to say the two month road trip we are on right now. It’s a chance for us to dip our toes in the water of full-time travel. We’ve always traveled a significant amount, but with Dave now working only a few months out of the year we have the chance to see how long-term travel works for us. Basically we get to see how far our money will stretch and if (or when) we will be ready to kill each other!
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? Right now we are spending a lot of time exploring the US so Southwest Airline because of their Companion Pass.
Favourite country? Ireland
Favourite city? Dave – Chicago, Angela – Paris (that’s where we got engaged so it holds a special place in my heart)
Favourite beach? Dave – Turtle Bay Beach in St. John, Angela – Plum Beach in St. Martin
Favourite food? Dave – Thai, Angela – Pizza
Favourite language? French, not that we understand a word, it just sounds so romantic!
Please provide the following:-
Website url? http://www.dangtravelers.com/
Twitter handle? https://twitter.com/dangtravelers
Facebook page? https://www.facebook.com/dangtravelers