Today’s fabulous couple began blogging to document their honeymoon travels. Three years later they are still travelling and blogging. Please meet the delightful Dan and Casey, of A Cruising Couple!
What is your name?
We’re Dan and Casey.
Which country do you come from/call home?
Home for both of us is Cary, North Carolina. We went to the same high school actually, which makes quick visits home super convenient since both of our families live within a few miles of each other.
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
We’re ‘digital nomads’, or long-term travelers that fund our location independent lifestyle by working on the Internet.
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
We saved a significant amount of money in Taiwan to help us pay off our student loans and get started with our travels. We make our lifestyle and travels sustainable by working as we go along. Our blog and freelance services now provide our full income.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
The first ‘major’ trip abroad I did was when I was 17. I flew to Prague all by my lonesome, and then continued to live and volunteer there for my two-month summer vacation. Before that I had been to the UK for a brief two weeks with my best friend’s family—I always tell them that was the trip that fueled my wanderlust! Dan’s first trip he remembers was a family cruise to the U.S. Virgin Islands at the age of fourteen.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
I’m not sure! Everywhere we go we learn new things and are surprised by something. We would probably say Cancun though. We went there on a press trip, and while we were hoping for the best, we expected the popular vacation destination to be all about all-inclusive resorts and spring breakers and not much else. Cancun has those things, of course, but we were surprised by the numerous cultural and adventure activities easily accessible in the surrounding area. We would love to go back to Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula to explore more of the culture there.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
Dan’s camera was recently swiped from a train in France. That was pretty unfortunate. I’ve been held up by screwdriver, which is surprisingly scarier than it sounds. I’ve also been lost on a mountain before—so lost that the fireman and police couldn’t find us and we almost had to spend the night without food or water. But that’s an entire story in itself. We have found that we tend to be more aware of our surroundings when we travel as a couple; even if one person is tired or off, normally the other one is paying a bit more attention. This has helped us to steer clear of most bad experiences during the past three years of living and traveling abroad.
Do you have any funny travel stories?
Oh gosh. One time we were in the grocery store in Taiwan trying to buy flank stank and we ended up taking home frozen cow stomach. We didn’t realize what it was until it had defrosted, and boy was that a surprise! Dan always wins dance competitions (accidentally) no matter what country we are in, which is always funny for me.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
This answer typically changes with whatever place we are currently in, but I think for a while we will be saying Rio de Janiero. The city is absolutely gorgeous, and there is so much to do outdoors, like hiking, surfing, rock climbing, etc. There’s also great music and nightlife, friendly people, and of course, caipirinhas! If we had to choose one place to live full-time, it would definitely be Rio.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
We do! I’m not sure where it is at the moment though. We have a lot of the typical bucket list items on it, like hike Machu Pichu, walk the Camino de Santiago, hike to Everest Base Camp…a lot of walking, come to think of it. But we also have things like run another marathon and even own a yoga retreat center one day.
Can you imagine life without travel?
No way. Especially for me, traveling has always been deeply imbedded into who I am. I’m so fortunate to have found Dan, who is as inspired by travel as I am. Still, one day I know we will ‘settle down’. We both deeply miss having routines and a place to come home to. But our lives will never be without travel completely.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
If we had the capital to start it, running our own yoga retreat center. That’s sort of our super-long-term plan, though it is a bit of a secret plan that not even all of our friends and family are probably aware of! For us it would be a way to tie all of our interests together, including business, tourism, management, yoga, and holistic living.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
A Cruising Couple
When did you begin your website?
We began our website in 2011. It was a way to document our honeymoon road trip, two months of driving across the United States. Rather than registering for ‘stuff’, we asked for experiences, hotels, and gas cards as wedding gifts to make our honeymoon possible. We were blown away by the support we received, so we decided to start a blog to say thank you to all our friends and family, and to show them about the experiences that they had made possible. And from there, it just sort of kept growing!
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
It sounds selfish, but first and foremost we blog for ourselves. One day we say we will have our blog printed to make the most epic coffee table book of all time. Having traveled solo extensively before Dan and I got married, I truly regret that I don’t have photos and blog posts to document all that I did. Memories are great, but they do fade, especially when you travel as much as we do.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
We like to think we’re unique in that we never had the 9-5, the white picket fence, the perfect job on paper, etc. etc. We didn’t have to give up a lot of stuff. We just graduated college, got married, and went abroad. Three years later, we’re still going strong. We also like to hope that we’re loveable, and that our photography, writing, and travel tips are top notch.
Do you have any products or services to offer?
We do! And we explain most of them on our services page. But in summary, we offer content creation, photography, and social media management services, and we’re starting to do a bit more consultancy now on request of our readers!
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
Our most recent posts about Reflections on One Year of Nomadic Living have been pretty popular. In addition, our blog post releasing our free eBook, 101 Tips to Living in Taiwan, remains one of our most successful posts, as do a lot of our guides, like The Ultimate DIY Guide to Cycling Vietnam and 50 Cool Things to Do in Paris.
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
I really enjoyed this article I wrote for Vagabondish: 8 Ways to Connect With Locals on Your Travels. It was a fun way to reflect on a lot of the amazing memories we have had with locals.
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
Car. A lot of people think ‘Cruising Couple’ refers to cruise ships, but it is actually a reference to going cruisin’ in a car. We love road trips and the flexibility they offer to stop when you want, get lost when you want (and don’t want), and just generally explore.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Just go! Don’t worry about your job situation when you get back. Don’t worry about if you’ll be safe. Don’t worry about what your family will think. Don’t even worry about where the money will come from. Don’t wait until you’re older. Just go. They say travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer, and I couldn’t agree more.
What has travel taught you?
How all people are essentially good, and we all want the same basic things out of life. How the world can surprise you with its beauty again and again. That no matter how much you think you know about a place, there’s always new nuances to discover. That we are capable of living our dreams with enough pluck and determination. That the Internet has changed the way we live and travel, and that’s not always a good thing. Be patient—deep breaths can solve anything. Smile. Let your joy radiate. Do something everyday that scares you.
What’s your tagline? What does it mean?
‘Adventure travel with a dash of class’
We believe adventure travel is for everyone – it’s all in how you look at life. We also believe you can live life to the fullest without having to sacrifice a bit of style and comfort in the process. That’s why we are bringing our readers the best of both worlds with adventure travel with a dash of class.
What’s one thing you wish you had to make your travelers easier?
An EU passport. We would love to stay in the EU for longer than 90 days.
What’s one thing you dislike about traveling full-time?
Always getting sick. We really put our immune systems through a lot, and even with green smoothies and a regular yoga regimen, we seem to constantly fall ill when we travel to a new country. Luckily 48 hours later we are fine, and I suppose it’s the price you pay for eating street food and local produce and all the things your doctor tells you to avoid (but of course you’re going to try anyway).
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? We used to say Delta, but now we would have to go with American, mostly because of their liberal system for redeeming frequent flier miles.
Favourite country? Norway
Favourite city? Rio de Janeiro
Favourite beach? Whitehaven, Whitsundays (Australia)
Favourite food? Mexican
Favourite language? Spanish, mostly because it’s the only language other than English that we know.
Please provide the following:-
Website url? http://acruisingcouple.com
Twitter handle? @acruisingcouple
Facebook page? http://www.facebook.com/ACruisingCouple
Google+ profile/page? http://plus.google.com/+Acruisingcouple