Today’s travel blogger interview features a couple of thrifty, hitch-hiking travellers who decided that they should go to the other side of the world to travel. Please meet Taran and Hannah of NomaderHowFar.
What is your name?
Yo!! We are Taran & Hannah, nice to meet you 🙂
Which country do you come from/call home?
We were both born in the UK, lucky enough to grow up on the south coast..
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
We are technically backpackers, we have only been on the road for about 4
months now, but we plan to keep travelling for as long as possible. So we
are aiming to be long term travellers!
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
Well we both had low paid jobs back in the UK, but we worked super hard for
a year to save up enough to get us on the road and allow us to start our
travels 🙂 We have now started to get low on funds so we will be doing some
farm work soon to top up the bank balance.
Travelling as a couple long term can be difficult, with the risk of lots of fall outs. What tips do you have to stay happy with each other when travelling for so long together?
It can be difficult at times, because you are each others main company,
comfort and you can’t always get the valuable space that keeps you both
sane! Travel holds a magnifying glass up to your differences, without a
doubt. But also, not being able to be too far apart at any given time
forces you to fix conflicts sooner, and in the end, you become much closer,
and all the good stuff about your relationship is magnified too.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
Not really so far, we kind of enjoy the bad experiences as they make the
the good times even better and they make great stories 😛
Do you have any funny travel stories?
Well we hitch-hike a lot, so we do meet quite a few interesting
characters… One couple (who we were already a little weary of) turned
around to us while driving and asked us if we “believed in karma?” in a
creepy voice.. Luckily we are still here!
Why did you choose to go to Australia?
When we first decided we were going to start travelling, we planned on
going around Europe for a few months, but the more we planned the more we
wanted to travel for longer.. In the end we decided that going to the other
side of the planet would have to be the best place to start!
Can you imagine life without travel?
We get scared at the thought of it to be honest! There’s so many amazing
places to see, and being bloggers we are always reading our fellow
travellers blog posts and falling in love with their instagram posts. A
life without travel would just be missing a vital piece of actual living,
but that’s just our opinion, some people get by with short trips and
holidays, but we’d like it to be our main lifestyle for the foreseeable
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
We’d both still be working I would imagine, Hannah as a dog-walker and
Taran in manufacturing window-blinds. But I like to think we’d be trying to
seek adventure other ways, maybe changing careers or moving somewhere
different in England. It’s hard to comprehend a life without travel though!
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
We came up with the name Nomad’er How Far http://www.nomaderhowfar.com 🙂
When did you begin your website?
About January 2014, Just after deciding that we both wanted to travel long
term, and that’s when we discovered how many other travel blogs there were
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
The site is primarily a personal blog. It’s us honestly capturing our lives
playing out as we travel, and so its as unpredictable and exciting for us
as we hope it is for our readers. But we would like it to become something
with genuinely interesting tips and guides for people who would like to live
a similar lifestyle. There’s much of the same things being said on travel
blogs, but we all have our personalities and approaches to bring to telling
You describe yourself as “Minimalist, Nomadic and Thrifty”. What are your top 3 “thrift” tips for long term travellers?
Our top 3 tips revolve around some common-sense things such as travelling
with as little as you can in your backpack, but also encourage you to step
outside the comfort of hostels and greyhound buses; spend as little as you
can on accommodation (via work for accom or couchsurfing), and try new ways
of getting places, like hitch-hiking or ride-sharing. These save you money
but you definitely meet people and gain experiences you never would have.
We have lived with a friend we met hitch-hiking, and may travel together
one day, you just never know where being thrifty might take you.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
“Minimalism Will Make You A Calmer Person: Cleaning Out Your Home” Seems to be our most popular post so far! (clue is in the title as to what it’s about)
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
Our feet!! If we need to go long distances then we hitch-hike, so far in
our 4 months of travel we have hitched about 700 miles!
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Don’t pay for the group adventure tours, we have spoke to so many people
who have done them and we witnessed one happening at a campsite/backpacker
resort, pretty much all the people we spoke to said they hated all the
rules and wished they had just done it all themselves. Unless you are after
a party atmosphere that resembles something you would find at a 18 to 30s
club, then just do it yourself 🙂
So far, already it’s taught us about being confident, outgoing and just
trying new things, because each new effort or adventure leads on to others.
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite country? Hannah- North America. Taran- Australia.
Favourite city? Hannah- New York. Taran- Not sure yet!
Favourite beach? It used to be Crantock, Cornwall, England, but we are
always looking for a new favourite!
Favourite food? We both agree that Italian and Mexican food are scrummy
and we could eat them forever!
Favourite language? We’d love to learn more languages, Taran attempts to
learn Chinese and I usually give up, but I’d like to learn Italian
(obviously it’s a beautiful language) and maybe Spanish!
Please provide the following:-
Website url? http://www.nomaderhowfar.com
Twitter handle? http://twitter.com/nomaderhowfar
Facebook page? https://www.facebook.com/nomaderhowfar
Google+ profile/page? https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/101266716028853990231/+Nomaderhowfar-travelblog/posts