As part of the next instalment in my international version of Guests’ Corner, I chatted to travel bloggers, Sandra and Adam of Tyre Track.
Along with their gorgeous Maine Coon and personal travel cat, Lukrecja, British-Polish husband and wife team, Adam and Sandra, travel the world together, hoping to show that traffic jams don’t need to stop you from travelling the world or getting to the open road!
Their lovely blog, Tyre Track, offers a wonderful visual glimpse into the trio’s adventures, as they attempt to, quite literally, drive the world!
Best of all, their strengths are evenly split. Sandra handles the travel photography and writing, as well as their Instagram, Pinterest and travel tips, while Adam is responsible for the driving (and tyre changing…) side of their adventures, as well as the SEO, Twitter and videos.
As for Lukrecja, well, she handles the modelling (she’s stunning and clearly knows it), fetching and professional climbing – talk about a talented travelling trio!
Follow their travels as they navigate the world, one road trip at a time!
1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
Honestly, nothing that we could name. It’s most likely a combination of lots of little things, like not wanting to be one of the sorts of people who retire after having been to most countries in the world – but then realise they haven’t actually seen them.
We also decided that we don’t want to wait until we are old and wrinkly before we go around the world… People usually say that you should wait until you have retired before you properly start to see the world, but then, when the time comes to travel, they have another excuse and then another – and before you know it, you haven’t been anywhere!
2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or some of everything?
Well, we road trip around the world with our cat, so I’m not too sure what category that falls under. Although she does seem to enjoy the finer things in life…
We still don’t let her go near leather furniture in hotels though – so I guess you could say we aren’t adrenaline junkies…
3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
Journey to North Cape: We thought we would save some money by getting a tent and living the Scandinavian dream. We gave up after two awful nights, one in a farmer’s field in Germany and the other in a proper camping place in Denmark, where we woke up in a puddle.
We can see the appeal of doing it, but I think we’ve been rather put off by a bad first start… and the general conditions of the bathrooms in those sorts of places!
Drive to the Sahara: We did this trip in an old Renault Megane, which managed to not break or stutter the whole way there. Sandra also did a wedding session for us there! We got rid of that car soon after, doing that journey without really having air conditioning and having to worry about breaking down took its toll in the end. And soon after, we had a relatively big upgrade to a Land Rover Discovery 3 (so that next time we drive to the Sahara, we aren’t the only people not in a 4×4…).
Drive to Greece: This is where I proposed to Sandra. There were other things about this trip – but this is obviously the thing I’ll always remember it for.
4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why?
Well, this one is for Adam.
I decided that I would study in Belfast for a year and at the same time, decided that I would start to try and make money from singing. So I found a few adverts and went and did some auditions for bands that were performing around the local area.
I managed to get into one quite easily and they agreed to pick me up and drop me off once or twice a week and pay me quite well (I spent it all on pizza – but that’s not the point!).
One night, I ended up with them down the fool’s road. Which, for those of you who don’t know, is a big meeting point very much in IRA territory. Given that I was with a bunch of guys and girls, who were pro-union and I have quite the British accent I was rather… apprehensive.
Half way through the set, I see a guy at the back on the bar pull on a balaclava and start walking towards the stage. As he gets closer, we see him put his hand down the back of his trousers and pull out a handgun.
At this point in time, we are looking at each other on stage and came to the conclusion that to run would be the worst thing and that we were going to be like the band abroad the Titanic.
He stands there for about 10 seconds, as we keep going, gun in hand, now pointing at one of the band members.
Out of nowhere, he decides to start dancing around, gun in the air, swirling his balaclava around his head to the cheers of the rest of the audience.
After that, I decided to stop singing…
5) Worst (local) travel experience?
When we were staying in Birmingham, we were woken up by some seriously loud banging (at the door) from the neighbours.
Adam decided he could fall back to sleep again, but after the third time of being woken up, I decided he couldn’t fall back to sleep any more and had to go and have a look at what was happening.
He went to the door and couldn’t see anyone through the peep-hole so decided to open it and have a look around.
From what he tells me there was a rather small, but very naked woman, who had been locked out of her room… Being very British, he got very awkward and called reception trying to say in the politest possible way that there was a naked woman screaming in the corridor.
Someone from the hotel came up in the next few minutes – unfortunately for her, it was a rather big, male security guard, but she got let back into her room.
(Looking back on the situation we should have given her something to wear from the room etc., but it wasn’t something that we thought of at the time, it has to be said.)
6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
All of them because of their natural beauty – simple as that really.
7) Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?
Honestly, we don’t really spend all that much time reading travel blogs, we spend a lot of time reading and researching about our actual jobs (both of us have several – from Forex to photography) – and we use travel writing and running the blog as a way to do something fun together.
It would actually be nice if you could give us some suggestions for who to follow – preferably within our niche – because having some travel partners would be great!
My response: Thanks, guys! Happy to suggest some for you…
And finally, any of the local South African and international bloggers I have featured on my Guests’ Corner series. They are all seriously lovely people, have been so great to connect with and each offer wonderful insights into different aspects of travel blogging! You can find them all here. 🙂 )
8) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Faroe Islands because we still haven’t seen the Northern Lights, despite having been in Iceland for a week and the Arctic Circle for another week. We always seemed to miss it by a day or so.
The other reason is just because it looks completely different to what we’re used to – and that’s the whole idea really, isn’t it?
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
That depends on what you mean by your city because we currently live in Szczecin, Poland, but neither of us are from here.
Honestly, it’s not a tourist sort of place, even if we do love it. I’m sure if you come, then our cat can guide you to the best places though.
If you do mean London, though, then we have quite a few articles about it given that it’s a rather huge topic.
Perhaps the best advice for London though is to know where you’re going before you set off, especially if you’re from a city without an underground… For some reason it always seem to confuse people and they end up on the wrong side of the city.
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
Speaking as a language teacher and someone who is making quite good progress into Polish, I would say that the advice of ‘learn a few words of the local language’ is okay but can be improved on.
For some reason, people think that a few words in a foreign language will impress everyone and it’s not, strictly speaking, true. In some countries it might be – ones where no one really bothers to learn – but, if you are trying to impress a French person in Paris with a few words on the local language, no one will really care…
So, my advice would be, if you want to impress someone by using the local language, at least learn enough to manage a ‘situation’ properly. For example, checking in at a hotel or ordering a taxi or everything you need to order food in a restaurant. They will assume you know the language just as well in all other situations and you’ll get some rather nice compliments!
Rather cheeky, but if you do want to learn a language, then I recommend
having a look at becoming fluent in three months. Or at some of the stuff Tim Ferris has written about language learning; I use it every day with students and personally as a learner.
To read about and see all of their travel stories and experiences, you can visit their awesome blog. Or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Thank you very much, Sandra and Adam, for appearing in this guest travel segment. Until the next one… happy writing and reading, everyone!
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.