Guests’ Corner: Campbell and Alya, Stingy Nomads

As part of the next instalment in my Guests’ Corner, a new travel interview segment on Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, I chatted to fellow travel bloggers, Campbell and Alya.

Cambell and Alya are a South African-Russian couple who met in a dormitory, while surfing in the Philippines. Since that day more than three years ago now, they’ve been travelling and photographing the world – one country at a time. The couple recently tied the knot in South Africa and now their current mission is to explore their home countries, South Africa and Russia, and showcase them to the world.

Their travel blog, Stingy Nomads, is all about their nomadic adventures of travelling on a budget and still seeing the world’s best!

1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?

Campbell: I started travelling after doing fish research on Lake Malawi for
a couple of months where I met many long term backpackers/adventurers.

Reading many of their blogs inspired me to start my own, a diary-type blog
followed mostly by friends and family. Travelling with Alya, I was always
working on this blog, so we decided to start a proper blog together.

2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or something of everything?

Alya: We love the ocean and mountains and have travelled to do hundreds of hikes and dives around the world. Campbell has worked as a dive instructor at a few places. I love classical music and art and often take him to concerts, galleries and museums.

3) What was your most memorable travel experience in SA?

Hiking the Amatola Trails near Hogsback was fantastic. It is a breathtakingly beautiful trail and we did not see one other person the whole 7 days that we were on the trail!

4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening local travel experience and why?

Every time that I drive through the Du Toitskloof mountains from Paarl to Worcester I realize how humbling the beauty of nature can be.

5) Worst local travel experience (and if you are comfortable enough to, please explain why)?

We are very lucky that we have never had a really bad experience travelling around South Africa.

Alya’s backpack fell off a truck while hitchiking in the south of Patagonia. We were camping, it was cold and
remote and we ended up sleeping in one sleeping bag for more than a

6) Your top three travel destinations (or road trips) in SA are?

1) The West Coast is fantastic: fresh crayfish, nice waves and camping
right next to the beach.

2) The Garden Route is very touristic, but this astonishing area is amazing
to drive!

3) The Breedekloof is not on the tourist radar yet – unreal mountains,
stunning wine farms and good-value wines makes this area a winner!

7) Any useful travel sites/blogs, either local or international, you can recommend for following?

We use many travel apps while on the road. Life would be harder without: and XE Currency Converter.

8) If you could travel anywhere in South Africa – or the world in general – right now, where would it be?

We want to go to Raja Ampat in Indonesia.

9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city/province?

Capetonians are super friendly, make a local friend through couchsurfing to show you around. To see the city without a car, use the red City Sightseeing bus. It is an easy way to go to Table Mountain, around the City Bowl, as well as Camps Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard.

10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?

Don’t be afraid -the world is not as dangerous as it is on TV.

To read about all of  Campbell and Alya’s amazing travel stories and adventures, you can visit their blogOr follow their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Thank you very much, Campbell and Alya, for appearing in this guest travel segment. Until the next one… happy writing and reading, everyone!

Author: Tamlyn 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.

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