Everyday we have the chance to meet amazing and unique people. Today I had the opportunity to show you guys an amazing interview about two inspiring individuals who would like to make a difference in this world. They are the people of today.
» Hello and welcome to Pretty, Wild World’s interview series “People of Today”. To start with, tell us something about yourself?
We are Heather and Matt. We met on Valentine’s Day in Tempe, Arizona, USA in 2011. A few days after meeting, we went on a day hike together and have been on the go ever since. We started out as holiday and weekend travelers and recently transitioned to traveling full time.
» Great, its a pleasure to connect with you! Lets talk about your blog– travelationship.com, and tell us the story behind it and why you created it?
We love to share our photos and stories with friends and family. Not everyone uses the same social media sites nor do they use each site in the same way. At first, we wanted a one-stop easy location for our friends and family to access our updates. Now, Travelationship.com is a way for us to not only share with our circle but with others by providing tips and information about traveling and travel relationships.
» Name two destination which gave you the ‘chills’ upon seeing it because of its beauty?
The WOW factor in Iceland was over the top. We spent 6 days driving the Ring Road, and we were left wanting more. We can not wait to go back. Iceland should be on everyone’s MUST VISIT list. The place is visually unbelievable.
Mürren, Switzerland in the spring was breathtaking. The flower filled green meadows outlined by the massive surrounding Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains made the location feel more like a movie set than a real place.
» In your travels, what is the three most memorable experience you ever had and why?
Heather’s: Volunteering at a center for street boys in Kigali, Rwanda changed my life. The boys taught me how and why my travel should and can make a difference. The experience shaped me to become a more ethical and conscience traveler. I still make plenty of mistakes, but I am actively trying and learning how to give back, make a difference and travel without leaving a negative mark.
Matt’s: We were in Addo Elephant Park in South Africa and a heard of elephants were moving to rejoin their larger group. We sat in our tiny car in awe as these massive elephants gently walked by and around us. A couple even tipped their heads as if to make eye contact with us to tell us, “we see you, but don’t worry we won’t hurt you”. At one point there were elephants less than a meter all around the car. We were in the middle of an elephant heard. An experience I will never forget.
Together: I had asked Matt to accompany me to visit the center I volunteered with in Kigali, Rwanda. He wanted to see the place and meet the boys who had given me such joy. At first he and the boys were doing fine together but nothing special. It took a few days but they all started to warm up to each other and really hit it off. I remember watching Matt playing with some of the boys and the looks on all their faces was pure happiness and acceptance. It was in that instance Matt looked over at me and it was the moment I fell in love with him. He saw it in my eyes, and he knew he had won me over along with all the boys.
» Tell us few amazing realisation you learned through travelling and your experience whilst on the move.
Don’t be so hung up on the destination. There is so much to see and learn while on the entire journey. We have met some of the most wonderful people while waiting or in transit.
Learning and practicing a few simple greetings in the local language will open the door to places you never imagined. We have been invited to homes and even weddings just because we smiled and said hello to a local in their language.
» Can you share to us some of the goals you wish to achieve with your blog and as well your life on the road.
Aside from providing travel and relationship tips, we would like to help people learn how to give back while on the road and how to travel more ethically.
We make it a point to volunteer as we travel. It is a great way to learn about the area, meet locals and help others. Time and availability isn’t always on our side, so we have also started to find and highlight local organizations helping their own communities.
We both do our best to educate ourselves regarding where we are going and the possible vendor or experiences we choose. We have made some regretful choices not because we didn’t care but because we didn’t find the correct information during our search. One of our goals is to help provide posts and recommendations on how to find honest and current information regarding ethical travel. We are hoping to collaborate with other bloggers and travelers to provide easier and more thorough suggestions and recommendations on where, when, how and why to travel ethically. It would be great to be able to provide a forum where people can asks questions without feeling judged or looked down on because he or she has questions regarding certain types of travel and locations.
» Undeniably you are already very inspirational, to start and run a travel blog is very stressful on its own – what advice you can give to people who wish to start one?
Be yourself. Embrace and write about what you have to offer. Be patient. A high number of followers doesn’t matter if they are not interacting. Grow your audience instead of buying your audience. Don’t fall for all the “get more follower” gimmicks. Network within the entire blogging community. Don’t limit yourself to bloggers in your genre. Any and all bloggers are great resources to help you grow and improve.
» Since I personally consider you as “People of Today”, a lot of youngsters are losing directions noting all the things the media has been feeding us – tells us something you wish you can do in order to inspire younger generations?
If we want generations younger than us to succeed or move forward we need to show them by our own examples. We hope by encouraging and educating others to give back and travel more ethically it will inspire others to do the same.
» Is there anything you wish to change in this world which you wish you can contribute and what is it?
So much needs to be changed. A great place to start is giving back to those less fortunate. Time is just as valuable as money. Don’t think you have the time? Start with an hour a month. Turn off the television, put down your phone, unplug and get out there!
» Can you send out a message to people who wish to travel and be inspired – a motivational piece! 🙂
Travel isn’t just about destinations far away. Travel can start in your own backyard. Every place is a destination with something to offer. If you truly want to travel don’t let time, money, distance or fear stand in your way.
» Thank you very much for this interview and more power to you and your blog! May your adventure continues and keep inspiring people <3
Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your People of Today series.
Pretty, Wild World is interested on interviewing more creative individuals out there to feature in this website. I want to share your talent, creativity and imagination to my readers and as well to this world because I believe that with a little imaginations we could live in a better world. If you’re a creative individual and is interested to get featured please click on this link or email me directly at contact(at)prettywildworld(dot)com.
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