This travel loving couple has interesting experiences to share with the readers.
Let us start with your formal introduction and your interesting story on how you developed the interest for Traveling?
Hello, we are Steven and Jazmin of Travel To Blank! We met while studying our undergrad at the University of Colorado Boulder and have not stopped traveling since. While still exploring the wonderful cultures of the world, Jazmin Steven works as a consultant in digital marketing, creating digital content, PPC ads, websites, videos and more!
How often do you travel?
We try to travel as much as possible. While larger trips to the other side of the world might only happen every other month, there are many places we explore closer to home. Even over the weekends, we try to explore a new nearby city.
What’s your travel style?
Our main focus is walking each destination to get the best view and experience of the city, attractions, and culture. We try to keep our trips on a manageable budget. There are certain things we get with lower costs so we can spend more on other areas of the trip that are more important to us. For example, we might take an overnight bus between destinations and used the saved money to stay in a nicer hotel.
What is that triggers you to travel to an entirely new destination?
It can be as simple as seeing a picture or hearing about someone’s experience in a new destination to get me to investigate more. If the destination looks like it has enough great options to offer, it makes it onto the list of places to visit.
What you like the most about traveling?
The most enjoyable part of traveling is the never ending supply of new experiences, places to explore and cultures to learn!
What you dislike the most about traveling?
The hardest part about traveling is how tiring it can become. Being on the go from when you wake up in the morning until you go to bed leaves us more tired than when we are at home working regular hours.
How do you plan your destinations?
We start with some inspiration, whether it is friends, family, Instagram or a movie. There are always so many beautiful places to visit across the world. What specific destination we head to next depends on a mix of transportation costs and the season. We try to visit at the beginning or end of the busy season for the best combination of weather and prices.
What are the 3 destinations you loved the most?
Our favorite destinations have been Siem Reap, Jerusalem, Galapagos. Each one with its unique attractions and friendly cultures put them on the top of our list
What were 3 destinations opposite to your expectations?
- We did not have the high expectations for the city of Kathmandu, as we visited after its recent deadly earthquake. Yet, even with all the destruction and devastation the city, its people and attractions were moving forward with amazing spirit.
- Dubai was surprising as all we had heard about the city is the tall modern buildings. However, once we arrived, we spent most of the time exploring the historic city and did not even have enough time to visit its many amusement parks!
- Baños, Ecuador is described as a breathtaking entry into the Ecuadorian Rainforest. Known for its route of waterfalls starting at the edge of town. For us it was a let down as on the car ride there we honestly witnessed dozens of other waterfalls and landscapes even more beautiful that the ones in this tourist town.
Which 3 dishes from around the world made you fell in love with food?
The most delicious dishes we have tried around the world is tajine in Morocco dish, pad thai in Thailand and yampingacho in Ecuador.
How do you manage to get perks/upgrades/etc based on your traveling lifestyle?
The easiest way to get any sort of perk or upgrade is by simply asking. Courtesy can get you a long way in the tourism world.
How do you finance and manage your trips?
Simply put, we only have so much money to spend on a trip. Each destination has a varying cost level, which is an important part of how we pick our next trip. At the same time, we work with tourism boards, hotels, tours, and travel related business providing content production in the form of guides, photos, videos and reviews.
How do you save money while traveling? Can you share any 3 tips?
The first tip is to visit a destination during the off season. A week’s difference could mean prices of tours, hotel and transportation are slashed, but the weather is virtually the same.
The second money saving tip is to eat as the locals do. While it can be fun to eat out every meal at the nicest restaurants in town, keep this type of spending to a limit. Use a grocery store or local shop to save a bundle on your next trip.
The third money saving tip is to take advantage of the endless free activities each city has to offer. You might be surprised how many days you can fill without having to pay an entry fee. There are festivals, parks and even plenty of museums that do not charge an entry.
How do you manage when interacting with people without speaking their language?
It is all too easy while traveling to find yourself in a foreign land with a foreign language. The best way to get around is by carrying a paper map and simply pointing to the next attraction when asking for directions. We also try to quickly learn simple words in the local language like “hello” or “thank you” to help the often confusing interaction.
Any worst incident while traveling which you will never forget?
Something always goes wrong while traveling, the key is how you let it impact the rest of your trip. Our passports, camera and other valuables were robbed in Europe near the end of a month long trip. All our photos, gone. Visas, gone. Heading to the embassy it was clear the last few days of our trip were not going to be the same. While we spent two days dealing with the police and passports, it left us with one day before our flight. Rather than sit and be sad we still took advantage of our time as best as we could. Bad things can happen while traveling, but life still goes on.
What is the funniest story you experienced while traveling?
The funniest travel adventure was in Brugge, Belgium. On the tourist map we picked up in town, we saw a street called Hemelrijk street. The map highlighted it as the only unpaved street in the city. It was quite a walk from any of the other attractions, but we figured if the tourist map had it, it must be worth the walk. 45 minutes later we arrived to an empty gravel street with a brick wall on either side. There was nothing else there. We could not help but laugh at the ridiculousness of the situation and the “highlight” of the city.
Any ending note for travel lovers?
It is too easy to come up with excuses for not traveling! Put them aside and get out there and explore. There is no better time to travel than now.
With this, the interview session with Steven and Jazmin came to an end.
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