As you may have read, I’m in America at the moment at a summer camp so created a series of blog posts all about some incredible women who work in the travel industry. Every other week throughout summer, I am focusing on a different area of the travel industry and this week I am interviewing the incredible Twins that Travel. Claire and Laura are UK travel bloggers who also run a podcast called Twin Perspectives as well as the Twins that Travel Tours. To find out more about them, have a look at my interview below and I’ll also leave all their links at the bottom of the page!
We didn’t really! At the time of opening up our Instagram account and blog in July 2014, both of us were actually too anxious to travel. Having suffered with anxiety for many years, the thought of being travel bloggers was actually quite laughable! On reflection, we opened up our account as a sort of alter-ego to who we wanted to be: confident women who travelled the world. A sort of ‘fake it ’till you make it’, we became full-time travel bloggers by accident. Our online community gave us the confidence to travel.
The best thing about our job is not knowing week-to-week what might happen. Often press trips come in last-minute, meaning we might start the week at home and end the week unexpectedly in the Caribbean! The worst thing about our job is juggling home-life and travel and finding a healthy balance between the two.
The impact frequent travel can have on our environment! It’s made us re-assess our travel and focus more on microadventures and trips closer to home.
1. Scandinavia: for adventure and fresh air
2. Florida: for the softest, sandiest beaches to relax on
3. Italy: for eating! Nothing beats a glass of red wine and steaming bowl of pasta in the hills of Tuscany.
Fluffy socks! The most important item in our hand luggage for a long-haul flight.
Swimming with manatees in Crystal River, Florida.
Authenticity and making sure you’re embarking on travel blogging for the right reasons. Travel blogging is a slow game, meaning if you’re looking simply for a free trip, it’s unlikely this opportunity will present itself for a number of years. Having a genuine passion for travel is key to your success.
It depends if we’re travelling or not. For a typical day at home, we work hard to keep a routine. This usually means beginning the day at the gym, before working in a local cafe or at home. Being away so often means that we often crave routine and love the more ‘mundane’ aspects of life when we’re back home.
We’d probably still be doing the jobs we did before taking our blog full-time. We both worked for charities in the marketing and fundraising sector.
Netflix! We have hundreds of hours of programmes downloaded to our phones when travelling. We find short, 25-minute episodes the easiest to concentrate on when travelling so a lot of the Netflix series are ideal.
We had the idea to start the tours last year, when we were eager to find an opportunity to promote travel that interests us and reflects our values as travellers. This meant travelling sustainably and supporting women-led initiatives when in a country.
Roadtrip or cruise? Roadtrip
Ski or beach? Beach
Citybreak or weekend in the country? Citybreak
Planner or spontaneous traveller? Spontaneous
Backpacker or luxury hotels? Luxury
Kindle or paperbacks? Paperback
Sunrise hike or sunset cocktails? Sunset cocktails
Suitcase or backpack? Suitcase
Thanks so much to the Twins that Travel for taking part in my interview series! You can find their links below and all imagery belongs to them! As always, I’m away at summer Camp in the US at the moment so any shares would be much appreciated! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram here and I’m also on Pinterest too!
I post once a week covering topics such as solo travel, working and living abroad and also creating Gabriella’s Guides to places I have been. I cover topics under the following categories such as Planning and Packing, The Travel Diary, Travel Inspiration, Photo Diaries, Gabriella’s Guides and Working Abroad.