I always love meeting other couples who love to travel as much as me and Mike. Anu, from Country Hopping Couple answered the following questions on behalf of her other half, Sri.
If not traveling, what is your 9-5 life like?
We both work full time, Sri as an IT Professional, and I work in Human Resources. When we are not travelling, we are at home doing our chores, spend time with friends, playing board games or cards, or watching movies. Recently, Sri started playing Table Tennis and I play Badmitton twice a week.
Who, or what, inspired you to travel the first time?
To me, it has to be my father, who inspired me to read books. His interest in history and geography always amazed me and has deep imbibed in me too. He has travelled a lot, and took our family to a lot of places within India. And as a grown up girl, I loved the freedom that travel offers and how independent it makes an individual. Sri has been travelling a long time too, and he simply loves the new atmosphere, seeing new places or doing some adventure activities.
How have you changed your life to travel more?
We chose an expat lifestyle to travel more, experience a country from close quarters and live like a local. It has been our lifestyle ever since the two of us got together. Albeit, we miss our family, friends and home! We stay in rented apartments and we are always prepared to move location or even countries. Since we do not have a permanent home, we make sure whatever we buy is small and something we can carry. We do not spend extravagantly on home decors, interiors or on a luxury car. But we are not too calculative either. We both are impulsive buyers and spend a great deal of money on gadgets. We spend, enjoy life for that moment, and save the little money to spend them on travel again. We are always very happy with our decisions and choices.
How has travel changed your life?
We are risk takers, and are not afraid of what life throws at us. We have lived in three countries, and every time we move, we are only excited about the change and new place. We know however difficult the situation is, it shall pass on, and we will learn how to keep our heads cool during these times. We are both spend thrifts and we are glad that travelling is making us cultivate the habit of saving money. We now know that smiles, head shakes and gestures are sufficient enough to make new friends and language is not a barrier wherever we are! We start appreciate cultures and different types of people we come across while travelling, and are amazed at their lifestyle. Be it the local fisherman in Malta, or the unknown man who helped us with directions.
What is your main purpose/goal of your travel blog?
We want to inspire and inform the world that travelling is possible with a full time job. We want to give them the best tips and ideas on travelling, share the best kept secrets and hidden getaways. We want to help them understand that travelling is not about going far off exotic places and staying in expensive resort. It can be as simple as a weekend gateway to somewhere close to where one live. We want to persuade people to do what they love, and not just live a life to pay the bills.
This or That:
Backpack or rolling suitcase? Rolling Suitcase
Cities or Open Spaces? Actually both; we would love the combination of both.
Salty or sweet? Salty, always!
Sandals or Snow Boots? Sandals
Comedy or Drama? Comedy
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