One the most amazing things about running a blog is when people appreciate the work you’re doing. The Sunshine Blogger Award is the perfect example of this. This award is given by bloggers to other bloggers who inspire positivity, creativity and sunshine – sounds bloody fantastic right! We were incredible happy when Leah and Declan from Officer Travels told us they had nominated us for the award. It’s unbelievably motivating knowing that people are appreciating our rambling…
Before we get started with the award procedures you should check out Officer Travels, Leah and Declan are an inspiring couple and their blog is kick ass. We especially like their article on how to limit your plastic use!
Leah and Declan’s questions to us
1 – Is there anything that still scares you when you’re on the road?
We’ve had quite a few scary situations (usually irrational), like thinking a volcano we were hiking was about to erupt in Indonesia or chasing bag snatchers through the streets of Barcelona. One thing we always try and avoid is getting split up, so I guess getting lost from each other is a worry. This isn’t an irrational worry as J has a habit of wondering off…
2 – What made you want to start a blog?
It was something we always spoke about but never got round to doing. We live to travel and had always fantasised about setting up a blog but we were always too busy travelling. In June 2017 J’s Mum became ill so we left our home in Vietnam to be with family in the UK (she’s much better now). Although it wasn’t for the best of reasons, us coming back to the UK was the perfect time to set up the blog, since then we haven’t looked back!
3 – How did you come up with your blog name?
Veggie Vagabonds has been around long before the blog or any of our social media pages. Ever since we started travelling together we quickly adopted the name for ourselves because of our style of travelling and ethos in life. As the name suggests a lot of our travels entail wandering from place to place taking it one vegan meal at a time.
4 – What’s the best + worst thing about blogging your travels?
Bad or no internet connection is definitely one of the worst things about blogging abroad. I think we’d probably prefer to have no internet connection than try to get work done with bad internet connection – it drives us bonkers!
One of our favourite things is when people from the other side of the world tell us they’ve connected with our stories or tried one of our recipes – it makes all the hard work completely worth it!
5 – Do you have any advice for travellers looking to start up a blog?
We both agreed on this one completely. It’s going to be a LOT more work than you probably think. If you think it’s going to be hard work it’s probably still going to be harder.
I’d also say you should think of a clear direction and not try to do too many things. With all the billions of people in the world you’re better doing one small niche thing really well and being the best in your field.
6 – What is in your blogging kit?
SNACKS! We are both constantly peckish so we always carry around food with us. There’s nothing worse than sitting down to do some work and then your belly starts to cry!
Besides food we always have a laptop each, two phones, a Nikon DSLR, a Panasonic compact camera, a GoPro and a notepad. If we have any extra room in our bags we’ll normally take more food…
7 – I liked this question from Marya so I’ll repeat it for you guys; What would you say in a letter to your 15 year old self?
Do what you love not what other people tell you to do. If we had received a letter like this from our future selves we probably would have set up our blog a lot earlier.
8 – How do you afford to travel, especially for those who travel full time?
I think the most important thing is planning. Whether you’re rich or poor find out how much you’re going to spend and plan accordingly. If we’re saving for trips we’re both very good at budgeting and planning how much we need by what date. I think it’s also really good to have a travel fund. Neither of us have ever had high paying jobs but we’ll always keep money aside for adventures.
It’s also really useful to have skills which help if you run out of money on the road. We both teach English, something which can easily be done in almost any country in the world. We’re both ex-bartenders so we can find bar work and the most unusual but most enjoyable skill is street performances. J has been fire juggling for years and on most of our travels we take our juggling gear. It’s fun and easy to do fire performances in busy areas with a hat for tips on the floor. You’d be surprised how much you can make in the right spots!
Want to find out how we ended up fire juggling, drink serving and money making in Melaka, Malaysia?
9 – If you could move anywhere in the world where would it be?
We both have a massive burning desire to live somewhere in Latin America. Cuba, Colombia or Argentina we would happily have as our base!
10 – Is there anything you do on your travels or in your every day life to try to minimise your impact on the environment?
Mindfulness. Trying to maintain an awareness of the things you’re doing and the things you’re using is incredibly important. It’s amazing how much we do in life without even really thinking about it. When you stop and think you’ll usually realise that you either don’t need something or there is a more ethical alternative.
An obvious one is our vegan diets. In our opinion it’s the easiest way to lead more sustainable lives.
11 – Do you have any irrational fears that your travels have helped you overcome? How?
Well it’s not quite a fear but Sarah used to be pretty awful with spicy food but after travelling Sri Lanka for 3 months she’s now the chilli queen!
After being bitten and chased by dogs when hiking in South America J is not too keen on stray dogs. I wouldn’t say he’s overcome his fear but he’s learned to tolerate it and run much faster.
We nominate… (drum roll)
10 Mel B Travel
Our questions to you lovely bloggers
- If you had to summarise your travelling style in one sentence what would it be?
- Best vegan food you’ve ever eaten abroad
- If you had one month to travel before you died where would you go?
- Biggest travel regret?
- If you could only listen to one musical artist for the whole of your travels who would it be?
- What is the culture you’ve fallen in love with the most?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
- Are there any countries you wouldn’t like to go to?
- Convince me to go to your favourite country with a 8-10 line poem (get creative!)
- What is the funniest thing you’ve witnessed on your travels?
- If you could spend 6 months travelling with any famous person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
The Sunshine Blogger Award
One of the best parts about blogging is linking up with so many cool people around the world so it’s a huge big thank you to Officer Travels again for nominating us. We’re really looking forward to reading all of your answers and it’s been a blast looking through all your blogs – keep spreading the sunshine!