Meet the Travel Bloggers: A Couple Travelers

Meet the Travel Bloggers catches up with travel bloggers Dave and Vicky of A Couple Travelers as they couch-surf the world.

When, why and how did you start your travel blog?
We started traveling in September 2012 and started our blog a few months earlier. We knew we wanted to blog about our travels because we like writing, storytelling, and wanted to keep our friends and family in the loop. We were also hoping that it might turn into a bit of a side income for us.

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Vicky and Dave at the airport ready to go, photo/courtesy A Couple Travelers

How did you get the name and what does the name mean to you?
A Couple Travelers is fairly straightforward – we’re a couple and we’re traveling. We also start that it might be nice to start with the letter A so we’d be at the top of everyone’s links pages lol!

How do you divide up the blogging work?
I do most of the writing and anything technical related to the website. Vicky does the photography and most of the Social Media. When we do videos, which is not often, I do them.

You met in high school and went your separate ways. How did you reconnect?
Vicky went to Boston University and I went to Harvard so we were always right across the river from each other and stayed in close touch. We’re also from the same town so would see each other when we went back. We started dating as juniors in high school, split up in college, and got back together at the end.

You travel full time, how do you finance the vagabond lifestyle?
After college we moved to DC to work for two years while we saved up money. Right now our blog also adds significant income to our travels. While we are in Asia and vagabonding is relatively inexpensive (about $1k per person, per month). We are actively pursuing other businesses and hope to branch into other areas in 2013.

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Couchsurfing meetup in Vietnam, photo/courtesy A Couple Travelers

You’re together 24/7.  That much togetherness can get pretty intense, what do you do to make that work?
We’re pretty much together 24/7 and it’s true, it isn’t always easy. Still, we lived together in DC so it’s not like we aren’t used to spending a lot of time with each other (even though we worked at different places). On the road I think we’ve gotten used to each other’s company full time and if you are willing to compromise on activities, etc it makes everything a lot easier.

You’ve been on the road since September, is there an end-date for the trip?
We have a tentative end-date for September 2015, though of course, I don’t think we’ll ever stop traveling completely.

How long do you usually stay in one place?
We have a pretty aggressive itinerary that takes us all over Asia and Europe. We’re lucky if we stay in one place for more than 2-3 days.

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Couch surfing with a Japanese family in Kyoto, photo/courtesy A Couple Travelers

Of the countries you’ve visited so far, what’s your favorite?
Both of us really enjoyed Vietnam for the month we were there in December. The people are incredibly friendly, the food is fantastic, and let’s face it – it’s cheap and you can get a nice room for the night for $15-$20 total.

What excites you the most about travel?
I really enjoy meeting new people and hearing about their story. We’ve met a lot of people on the road from different backgrounds. Some people are more stationary, like expats living abroad or locals. Other people are travelers passing through, who have been to places Vicky and I are heading to or missed altogether. It always makes for interesting conversations.

What type of accommodations do you lean towards?
Mostly we seek bargain accommodations so we do a lot of hostels and couchsurfing. In some instances we might opt for a hotel because, as a couple, it tends to be fairly cheap since you pay per room and not per person. Part of why we loved Vietnam so much was because you can get a really nice hotel for next to nothing!

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Dave and Vicky in Greece photo/ourtesy A Couple Travelers

What are the most important things to you on a trip? Do you seek out some experiences more than others?
Both of us like to mix it up a bit. It really depends where we are but we love nature, hiking, bike riding, etc. If we’re in a city, we’re definitely going to go to the museums and I love learning about history – particularly war where lots of countries are involved.

Is being in your comfort zone important to you?
It’s very hard to answer this one. On the one hand it’s nice to get out there, try something different, and maybe embarrass yourself a bit. On the other hand, familiarity is also very nice. I remember recently I was dancing in Peoples’ Park in Chengdu with a large group of middle aged Chinese women (who all knew the dance). Certainly that isn’t normal for me but it was fun, and sometimes in order to have experiences you have to be open to something different and silly.

What’s your most memorable travel experience?
Naturally there are so many but one we always like to tell is about going to a restaurant in Greece. We walked about an hour, getting lost along the way, and finally made it to our destination. After dinner it was getting late and we were really dreading the walk back, as well as being a bit worried since it was our first night on Santorini. Almost out of the blue the restaurant manager offered up his nephew to drive us back to our hotel. It was an incredible display of hospitality we’ll never forget.

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Hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge in China photo/courtesy A Couple Travelers

What’s your favorite place on earth? Home in Ashland Massachusetts has a lot of memories for both of us and I don’t think any place will ever supersede it as our favorite.

Where are you off to next?
We’re currently in Laos, heading to Burma, and then to Cambodia.

What’s the biggest item on your bucket list?
We both have bucket lists that we’ve written about on our About Us pages. I think I’d really love to see all of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and Vicky wants to go hang gliding.

Dave is the co-owner and co-author of A Couples Travelers, a blog which he shares with his high school sweetheart and travel partner Vicky. This blog is full of useful information for those interested in learning more about the personal experiences of people using Couchsurfing on their travels. They also write about the world of travel blogging. If you are interested in starting a blog or earning money through blogging, their site may inspire you. You can also find them on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to “Meet the Travel Bloggers: A Couple Travelers”

  1. Dave
    March 1, 2019 at 5:31 am #

    Thanks for the interview!

    • Billie Frank
      March 1, 2019 at 8:21 am #

      Thanks to you and Vicky for doing it. Can’t wait to read about the rest of your adventures on the road.

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