It’s always rewarding when our blog attracts the attention of others who have an interest in publishing our content to a wider audience. Recently, we were contacted by Brian Null, one of the editors at Travel Awaits, a content provider for the travel community, who asked if we’d be interested in completing a written interview which would be featured on the company’s website.
Some of the questions were intriguing, and got at the heart of our travel experiences and preferences. These 7 were our faves:
1. Where was the most unusual place you’ve ever stayed?
On safari in Kenya, our tent camp on the Masai Mara was one of our most unusual lodging options. The really fun part was when we wanted to leave the tent at night we had to wave down one of the roving Masai guards to escort us. There were no fences around this camp and we were just dinner on foot.
2. What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
We’ve taken a couple of round-the-world trips that were wonderful experiences. On the first RTW, we purchased our plane tickets in advance so our itinerary and schedule were set. However, the second trip was totally planned on the fly. And far and away, it was our favorite. Having the flexibility to stay longer (or leave early), and visit places on a whim was fabulous. Thankfully, technology has advanced so on-the-road planning is not only possible, but easy as well.
3. Is there something that you think travelers worry too much about?
Sensational news stories about political problems, protests, and internal disputes sometimes convince travelers to avoid entire countries. Of course, some of this caution is warranted, and it’s wise to do your homework to find out exactly what’s going on. But knee-jerk reactions to news reports can mean missed opportunities for adventurous travelers.
4. Do you specialize in a particular type of travel?
From the beginning, we’ve always preferred independent travel. Even though it takes more work on our part, we enjoy the freedom and flexibility to determine our own itinerary and schedule. And don’t get us wrong, we’re huge believers in travel, so if organized tours and cruises gets folks out on the road that’s a good thing.
5. What’s one place you’ve always wanted to visit?
Easter Island has always been on our radar. The Rapa Nui’s culture and their mysterious statues are intriguing and seeing them for ourselves continues to be on our list.
6. What’s one thing you ALWAYS pack when you travel?
We’re followers of the travel-light lifestyle, so what we take on every trip is important to us. In addition to our carefully considered clothing and multipurpose tech gear, we always take our “picnic kit.” This tiny set of plastic plates and silverware enables us to sample food from the local market or have a salad on a park bench or in our hotel room.
7. If you could only give a traveler one piece of advice, what would it be?
Always travel with an open mind and sense of humor. At its very core, travel is about the wonders and novelty of new cultures, and there’s no denying that a broader world view is better for everyone. But new experiences, perspectives, and ways of doing things may be outside your comfort zone, and can sometimes be disorienting and confusing. And one of the sure solutions to this stress is a sense of humor. Relax, smile, and cherish the fact that you’re lucky enough to be able to see the world.
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Travel lessons are frequently hard-won and are different for everyone. Have a piece of travel advice you’d like to pass on? We’d love to hear it.
James & Terri
PS. We appreciate Brian’s interest in Gallivance and his efforts to help us spread the word. If you want to read the original interview in its entirety, visit Travel awaits.
Photo Credits: 1. Amanda Slater 4. Ggia via Wikimedia Commons