Maria and Katerina exploring their home city of Athens Maria and Katerina exploring their residence metropolis of Athens © It is all trip to me

Whereas the lifetime of a full-time traveller might seem to be an idyllic existence, it’s not for everybody. Ties to residence – from household tasks to a budding profession – may maintain us from committing to a nomadic way of life, nevertheless it actually doesn’t imply travel is off the desk.

We caught up with Pathfinders Maria and Katerina from It’s all trip to me to speak upcoming adventures, all issues travel running a blog and how to suit your journeys round a nine-to-five.

Give us the low down in your blog…

Myself and photographer Katerina each love to travel and have at all times been very keen on consulting travel blogs to plan our journeys. To us, a travel blog at all times appeared like an excellent approach to report our travel recollections and assist others create their very own on the similar time. So we mixed our passions for writing and pictures and right here we at the moment are, hoping to encourage folks with full-time jobs like ourselves to travel extra and see the world one trip at a time.

Describe your travel type in three phrases…

Immersive, budget-splurge-balanced, short-term.

Prime three locations you’ve visited?

That’s a very onerous one however we’ll give it a shot. Tuscany in Italy, the Nile Valley in Egypt and London within the UK.

Catching the sunset in London Catching the sundown in London © It is all trip to me

What locations are in your 2019 bucket checklist?

We’ve already deliberate two separate journeys to Poland (Warsaw and Krakow) in addition to a trip to Istanbul, Turkey. We’ve simply began planning our large 2019 trip: two weeks exploring the areas of Puglia and Basilicata in Southern Italy. A few brief journeys to London and Romania are additionally on the desk in addition to no less than two Greek Islands in the summertime. And in the direction of the top of 2019 we’re planning our first ever trip to Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand. It’s going to be an incredible 12 months of travel magic!

Quite a lot of travel bloggers stop their jobs to hit the highway; you do issues a bit in another way. How do you suit your travels round your nine-to-five?

Who wouldn’t need to travel the world full-time? Nevertheless, we are able to’t afford to accomplish that – no less than not in the meanwhile. However we wouldn’t let our day jobs hinder neither our ardour for travel nor our need to blog about it. We ensure we spend all our trip time (25 days per 12 months), public holidays and as many weekends as doable travelling. We plan a two-week trip to someplace new yearly and a 10-day island trip each August to recharge our batteries. These apart, we additionally go on shorter journeys both overseas or in Greece (the place we’re based mostly) all year long.

Andros in Greece is one of Maria and Katerina's top choices for an island escape Andros in Greece is one in every of Maria and Katerina’s high selections for an island escape © It is all trip to me

What recommendation would you give somebody who thinks they do not have sufficient time to travel?

There may be at all times time to travel! It all comes down to setting priorities and planning forward. First of all, it’s vital to save trip time for travel. We all know that typically life will get in the way in which and we could also be tempted to use our trip time to have a tendency to unfinished enterprise or just keep at residence and relaxation. We really feel that trip time is hard-earned and must be reserved for travel.

Secondly, when travelling on a decent schedule it’s essential to have pre-planned itineraries in order not to waste any useful time throughout the trip itself. Lonely Planet guidebooks and travel blogs full of suggestions and data are the most effective sources of inspiration and useful instruments for folks with restricted travel time.

And final however not least, travel requires adjusting to a brand new mentality and seeing issues from a unique perspective. It doesn’t have to take a great deal of cash or time to travel. Begin by taking part in vacationer in your personal hometown and uncover all its hidden gems, the way in which we do in Athens. Then go on and plan weekend breaks or three-day getaways. Quickly you’ll realise that you just even have time to plan that longer trip you at all times dreamt of.

Why do you’re keen on travel running a blog?

By way of travel running a blog we’ve learnt extra about ourselves and found expertise we by no means knew we had, that are always creating. Our favorite a part of travel running a blog although, is that it provides us many alternatives to meet like-minded folks from all over the world. No present is bigger than having mates throughout the globe!

For those who’re a member of our Pathfinders neighborhood and would really like to share your story, drop us an e mail at pathfinders@lonelyplanet.com and inform us what thrilling belongings you’re up to in your blog.

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