This week’s If We Can Do It interview is with Rob and Kellie from Hungry Escapades. These guys are travellers after my own heart – if their love of food and Yorkshire Tea is anything to go by!
1. Why did you decide to take your grown up gap year? Was it a difficult decision to make?
Since we met three years ago we have dreamt about disappearing off with just our backpacks. Both of us have travelled separately around Thailand, Oz and New Zealand and love the feeling of freedom you get on the road.
It was actually a holiday to Thailand that made us decide that travel was the life for us and we needed to make it a reality! It wasn’t a difficult decision in the end, we believe you only get a short time on this planet and it’s up to us as individuals to make the most of it. The only difficult thing was working out how to put the plan into action.
2. What were other people’s reactions when you told them your plans?
We have had a hugely positive reaction for the most part, although Rob’s mum always does a really scared face when we talk about our travels and our plans to visit South America. Many of our friends have travelled as well, so they were very encouraging and completely understood why we needed to do this. Plus lots of people we hadn’t seen for years sent us warm-hearted messages supporting our decision, which made us believe in our dream even more.
3. How long will your trip take and where are you planning to go?
We are currently saving intensively for our travels! The excitement builds as each day we get closer to our one-way flight to Mexico. It’s an indefinite adventure, so we could be away for years or even forever! We are planning on seeing much of Central and South America. Along the way we are keen to do a live in language course so we can embrace the culture fully and we hope to get involved with some volunteer projects.
4. How will you finance your grown up gap year?
We are working hard and saving as much as we can for our adventure. We plan to save enough to travel for at least two years, hopefully during that time we will come up with a way to fund a non-stop travel life. Kellie is a Dr of Psychology, so we are currently looking at setting up an online counselling website, which would allow us to have a work place wherever we have internet access.
5. Will you go alone or with family/friends?
There will be just the two of us as we head off on that big plane to Mexico, but having started our blog we seem to have stirred the travel bug in a few friends so who knows, maybe we will see their faces along the way.
6. What is your travel style? (Ie. Budget hostels/Mid-range hotels/Luxury travel – less is more, travelling slowly/pack in as much as possible)
Mainly we plan to travel slowly on our journey, if we like a place we will stay if not, we will move on. Our deliberate lack of a solid plan excites us and heightens the sense of freedom we crave. We are also very keen on housesitting which means we could end up in completely unexpected destinations throughout our trip.
7. Do you go for tours or do it alone?
We tend to do it alone. We are not very big sightseers if we are honest. The journey for us is more about the people we meet along the way and unsurprisingly with a blog called ‘Hungry Escapades’ we are completely obsessed with food! We can’t wait to eat our way around the world!
8. What do you think will be the best thing about taking a grown up gap year?
For us right now it’s about escaping! We are basically working hard to achieve our dreams. We could stay and live a comfortable life in our 9 to 5 jobs, buy a nice little house and settle down, but where we would be the fun in that?! We want to live outside our comfort zones, explore new places and have as many adventures as possible. Travel is freedom.
9. And are you expecting any downsides?
We are hoping not too many. Of course we will miss our friends, family and a good cup of Yorkshire Tea. Thankfully we know we have the support of our loved ones and the wonders of Skype will help with this. Plus Rob’s mum sends him parcels of Yorkshire Tea wherever he happens to be in the world!
10. What advice would you give to anyone thinking of setting off on their own grown up gap year?
If you are thinking about it then you have to do it! If not you will live the rest of your life thinking ‘What if” or ‘I wished I had…’