As part of the next instalment in my international version of Guests’ Corner, I chatted to Jamie and Jessie, the travel blogging power couple behind He Travels She Travels.
Jamie and Jessie of the inspirational He Travels She Travels blog are a Canadian-born couple with a real passion for travel and exploring new places.
After a six-month-long wait, this brave, travel-loving couple have finally moved to Malaysia to kickstart the next exciting chapter in their lives and travels alike. With Jessie having accepted a job at a Canadian international school in Johor Bahru, the pair packed up their life and are thoroughly looking forward to exploring this beautiful new country and the rest of South East Asia.
Their biggest strength is that both Jamie and Jessie see things from different points of views, so while they may cover the same topics – their readers and followers are provided with fresh perspectives. Their no-BS approach makes their blogging even more interesting, giving you honest, authentic reads and photos.
Join them on their new journey – and beyond – as they travel the world together, offering you individual, insightful points of view!
1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
I don’t think anyone specific inspired us to get into travel blogging.
We fell in love with a documentary series by two Canadians called Departures – and this inspired us to want to travel even more so… Travel blogging was a way for us to try and sustain travelling, as well as to keep a diary of our experiences.
2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or some of everything?
We are a little bit of everything. It depends on the type of travel we are doing, and the purpose/location of the travel. Sometimes, we want to explore and immerse ourselves within the culture; other times we want to just relax on the beach and go diving.
3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
1. I would say Greece, as this was our first major trip together and it was amazing exploring the culture of Athens, to the relaxing sunsets in Santorini.
2. Costa Rica/Nicaragua was also very memorable, as we were there during Christmas and New Year’s – as well as this is where we got PADI certified.
3. A five-day road trip, which was from Winnipeg, Canada to Quebec City, Canada. We went through the USA and stopped in a major city each day and briefly explored them (Minneapolis, Chicago, Cleveland, Syracuse and Quebec City).
4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why?
The most humbling travel experience we both would have had isn’t quite an experience of travel – but an experience of being forced to travel.
In May 2016, we were living in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada and the entire city of 88,000 people was evacuated. During the ‘travel’ to Edmonton (which took 14 hours, but normally takes four hours), the highway was gridlocked, and seeing the courtesy, care and genuine concern for one another made us have faith in humanity again.
5) Worst (local) travel experience?
I cannot say we have had a local experience or any experience that fits in this category. Sure, things don’t always go as planned or expected – but that is the fun of travel, along with finding the positive out of a negative situation.
Each experience is positive, as it becomes experience to prepare us for the next challenge.
6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
1. Santorini, Greece
2. Petra, Jordan (bucket list)
3. Morocco (bucket list)
7) Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?
1. These Foreign Roads: They are also from Edmonton, where we both once lived. They have great travel advice, experiences, as well as recipes since they are both chefs!
2. The Social MS: The 11 Rules of Blogging No One ever Told You: I read this the other day, and it is a great inspiring post, as well as reassuring that blogging is not easy.
8) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Morocco: This is a place we feel has an immense amount of culture, with a beautiful landscape. We would love to spend unlimited time there to learn about the food, the people and the cultures!
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
Our current city is Johor Bahru, Malaysia and we are still too new to comment on this city. We moved from Winnipeg (recent city), Manitoba, Canada and tips for a trip or day out are: visit in the summer… otherwise it is cold!
As well, plan ahead as there are often events happening within the city to make it more fun and entertaining.
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
Advice for locals/tourists spending a day out in Winnipeg is, be ready for it to be windy. There is plenty to do within the city that is either cheap or free.
A day out to Lake Winnipeg (45-minute drive away) is a perfect way to spend a summer day and have a beach BBQ!
To read about and see all of Jessie and Jamie’s travel stories and experiences, you can visit their awesome blog. Or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Thank you very much, Jamie and Jessie, for appearing in this guest travel segment.
Author: Tamlyn Amber Ryan
Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. And, despite a national diploma in Journalism, in her free time, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.
Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.