Remember this day! Because today is the day when we start our interview series. And we start it with this wonderful couple, Nicole and Michael from Suitcase Stories.
Generally we plan to interview other traveling couples like us, but of course this series is opened for everyone.
Can you start by giving us a little bit of background about yourself and your blog. How did you start traveling? When did you start blogging, and what did you expect readers to get out of it?
We are Nicole and Michael, a nomadic couple from Australia. We sold our possessions and quit our jobs to travel the world indefinitely in March 2012. We started our blog SuitcaseStories.com in February 2013 to share our experiences with the world and to inspire others to live the life they dream of. We want to show people perpetual travel is an affordable lifestyle if you know ‘the tricks’.
Nicole and Michael in Cancun, Mexico
What has been the best experience you’ve had on the road? The worst?
We have fantastic experiences all the time. Some that really stick out are:
Seeing snow for the first time in New York – Coming from the tropics in Australia we never see snow; Time Square at night time after seeing a Broadway show – There is a buzz in the air that can not be put into words; Seeing a sloth in real life – We are huge wildlife fans and very a big soft spot for sloths; Seeing the Eiffel Tower – Yes I know, very touristy! But a dream come true for Nicole.
Paris – Eiffel Tower
We are very lucky that nothing horrible has happened to date. I (Michael) lost my iPod with thousands of songs on it in Costa Rica. That was a bummer, but not the end of the world.
What was your favorite or the best place so far?
Michael – I loved Barcelona. Just a really beautiful city with lots to do. We use to spend all day walking around looking up at all the pretty buildings. I also really love going to places with nice beaches such as the Caribbean or Florida.
Nicole – New York City hands down. Every time I go there I never want to leave. Unfortunately my bank account tells me I have to! The city is always abuzz and I love the atmosphere.
What place was the worst?
We haven’t yet been somewhere we have disliked. We always find something good about everywhere we go, even in places we would have least expected.
What’s the most extreme thing that you have ever done?
Michael – We are very tame. No bungee jumping or sky diving here.
Nicole – I think the most extreme thing we have done is giving up all material possessions, our home, cars etc to live this life. It takes guts to give up everything you have worked for to live a life of the unknown – That’s pretty extreme!
What destination are you looking forward to the most on your next trip?
We are on a constant trip! In terms of what’s coming up that we can’t wait for, our road trip through Europe starting August 1st! We start in Amsterdam, head east through Germany then through a few Eastern Europe countries, before heading down through Croatia and Italy. It’s going to be one hell of a ride. It’s our third road trip since we left Australia (USA and Costa Rica being the other two).
From your blog we can learn that you are strong advocates of house sitting type of traveling. Can you explain why you prefer this way to travel over the others?
There are so many reasons to housesit! The obvious one is saving money but that’s really just the beginning. You are living as a local when you housesit and therefore experience each country in a different light than if you simply a ‘tourist’. We also adore animals and most housesits include pet care so we really enjoy that side of it. And then there is the space! When you travel with someone 24/7 and are in a hotel room, it can become, shall we say challenging. So having the space of a whole house as apposed to a small hotel room makes life a lot more comfortable in many ways!
What are some of your interests outside of traveling?
Michael – I love my sports (Basketball and Australian Rules Football) and playing a bit of Poker
Nicole – When I am not blogging, which is always, I like chilling out on the beach. I get my ‘zen’ on listening to the waves crashing, smelling the salty air and feeling the breeze on my face.
Can you give some advice to our readers, especially to couples, which want to start traveling?
If you want it, you have to make it happen. Don’t just think to yourself “one day we will travel”, because life will get in the way. You need to put a plan in place and stick to it. It involves some immediate scarifies (e.g. not spending money), but comes with a big payoff (seeing the world!). Also, it’s never too late. Don’t think to yourself “I should have traveled when I was younger”. Do it now, because in 10 years you will say to yourself “I wish I traveled 10 years ago”.
Nicole, and her husband Michael, are an Australian couple, who gave up their careers, sold their possessions and left their ‘conventional’ life behind for a life of travel. They have been living a nomadic life for 15 months and see no end in sight.They launched Suitcase Stories to share their stories, travel tips and destination guides. They hope to inspire others to travel and to show people how long term travel is not only possible but affordable.
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We are Gadi and Tun - the midlife runaways. We regard our selves as a “world citizens” and currently we live and explore in China. We've decided to start this blog to share our awe and adventures with friends, family and all the people who love to travel. Feel free to comment and to join. And most important, don’t forget the state of “Being in Awe” with the world.
Hi there! We are a couple, and we like to travel. We regard our selves as a “world citizens” and currently we live and explore in China. We’ve decided to start this blog to share our awe and adventures with friends, family and all the people who love to travel. Feel free to comment and to join. And most important, don’t forget the state of “Being in Awe”.