Here are a couple of renowned travel photographers, divers and a wife whisperer! Time to meet travel bloggers Jett and Kathryn Britnell of The Nomadic Tribes.
What is your name?
We are Jett & Kathryn Britnell. And yes, indeed, Kathryn is her real name.
Which country do you come from/call home?
We are both Canadians and make our home in Metro Vancouver.
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
We predominately travel for scuba diving adventures. However, the purpose of starting The Nomadic Tribes Travel Blog was to create a platform for us to expand our editorial reach into non-diving activities and topside adventures.
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
We pay for our own trips, or we do work on assignment for dive resorts, tourism boards or scuba diving & travel publications.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
For Jett it was a family vacation to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. For Kathryn, it was a trip to Manchester, England with her family.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Surprisingly, we never thought we would enjoy Paris as much as we did. As it turned out, we felt as if we had been there before. We absolutely loved it and completely identified with the culture. Preconceived notions about what others had said. Many believe French people are snobs. So, not true.
St Mark’s Square in Venice was a disappointment. They allow too many hucksters into the crowded square. They need to move them off site.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
Overall, truly nothing other than long flight delays and airlines cancelling flights after you have booked them. Too many airlines are increasingly growing more abusive to their passengers. The field seems wide open for an airline carrier who will change the status quo and provide an exceptional travel experience.
Do you have any funny travel stories?
Top of mind is a story from a few years ago. We were in line to board a flight from Cebu City back to Manila in the Philippines when Kathryn emerged from a store in the terminal. She was obviously happy to have purchased a major name brand cosmetic for next to nothing. I said to her it must be a counterfeit knockoff product. She was certain it was real until we were in our seats on the plane. We read the back of the packaging and the instructions were clearly in broken English. We both laughed our asses off as we were taking off.
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
We were not thrilled with Puerto Rico. Some lovely resorts, but we found the juxtaposition between wealth, poverty and crime to be extreme. Just a perception. It may be different for others. Hey, you asked.
How many countries have you visited?
Between us, we’ve travelled to 36 countries. Not counting the places where the only thing we saw was the airport terminal, we’ve been to several countries more than once.
Any favourite dish from your travels?
For dessert, the Bananas Flambé served up at Pepe’s Restaurant in Cozumel are to die for. For a meal, one of the finest restaurants we have ever dined at was the Halekulani’s La Mer restaurant. A totally high end establishment and the most celebrated of five diamond restaurants in Oahu, Hawaii. It features French-style cuisine infused with fresh, local, tropical ingredients and is renowned for its elegance and romance. Such fine memories as we dined there on our wedding day.
Who is your favourite travel author/writer?
For travel humor we really liked Chuck Thompson’s book, “Smile When You’re Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer.” And, of course, Hemingway. His book, “A Moveable Feast” inspired many people to move to Paris. Plus, he knew how to enjoy a good cocktail. What’s not to like?
What is your favourite music?
We listen to all kinds of musical genres, but The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Beatles are for us the “toppermost of the poppermost.” Google the phrase if you are not familiar with it.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
Tough question, but when we think about it, truly our favourite place is home. It is from there we plan our adventures and it is there that we have a point of return. We always enjoy wherever we may be. We are one of those seemingly rare traveling couples who never fight about anything. We enjoy each others company and tend to take everything in stride.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
Absolutely! Iceland, Norway, Cuba, Croatia, Greece, Patagonia, Vietnam and the Seychelles are top of our lists. Kathryn has never been to Fiji, Germany or Austria so these are also places we wish to cover too.
Can you imagine life without travel?
Neither of us could imagine a life without travel. We both have always possessed a sense of wanderlust. Even a trip downtown can turn into an adventure.
What is the one item you wish you could take traveling, but can’t?
Kathryn: More suitcases or a washing machine
Jett: One of my guitars. It’s just too much for us to bring as we have so much dive gear and underwater photography equipment we often take along.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
We would be writing and making photographs in my own backyard. We scuba dive locally in British Columbia whish has some of the best temperate scuba diving in the known universe. For Kathryn, taking cooking classes and making cooking videos online. Loose-leaf tea is also a passion of hers which has led her to take several tea sommelier courses.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
The Nomadic Tribes – Travel & Living The Life Fantastic! Travel blog.
When did you begin your website The Nomadic Tribes?
July 15, 2015
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
All of the above. Writing is something that just came. In order to get our photography publishes, we need to write stories for the magazines.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
We are internationally published travel writers, photographers, avid scuba divers, shark advocates, guest speakers, book reviewers, Oenophiles, marine conservationists, lifestyle connoisseurs and devil may care adventurers. Jett is also a self-proclaimed wife whisperer. It’s true; he lives and breathes it (he also wrote this). To which, Kathryn sighs with eyes turned skyward, “Where does this hedonistic bon vivant ever find the time?” Suffice to say… we travel, scuba dive, write & create breathtaking images. We have 56 magazine cover shots to our credit and are both card carrying members of the British Columbia Association of Travel Writers. Jett is also a nationally accredited photographer with the Professional Photographers of Canada and also a member of the prestigious Ocean Artists Society. And yeah, we simply love hanging out together!
Do you have any products or services to offer?
We are just beginning to add affiliates to monetize our site. Jett also has a few book outlines in the works.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
British Columbia’s Top 10 Dive Sites which highlights several of the best scuba diving attractions in Canada’s westernmost province.
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
There have been so many articles we loved writing. Truly, we love writing anything having to do with shark diving adventures. However, one story we enjoyed writing together recently was about our visit to Napoleon Bonaparte’s tomb beneath the Dôme des Invalides in Paris. One definitely feels a vibe there.
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
We have spent a lot of time aboard scuba diving liveaboards. Absolutely, love being on the water.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Just do it! There will always be people who can give you a thousand reasons why you should not do something. Ignore them. Life is short. Do whatever it is that makes you happy.
What has travel taught you?
That we are all connected.
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? Singapore Airlines
Favourite country? Oh, Canada!
Favourite city? Paris
Favourite Alcohol? In no particular order, wine, gin martinis, gin & tonics and cask strength Single Malt Scotch. Did we mention wine? We love chasing the vine.
Favourite beach? Just about any remote beach on this magnificent planet where you can stroll without running into anyone else.
Favourite food? Italian
Favourite language? Sign language for Scuba diving. Good to know when recreational shark diving.
Website url: www.thenomadictribes.com
Twitter handle: @Jett_Kathryn
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