AN INTRODUCTION – WHAT IS SIMPLY TRAVELLED ALL ABOUT?
Simply Travelled is a travel blog dedicated to helping people like YOU break the mold. We want to inspire you to question the status quo and get the most out of life!
In short, Simply Travelled encourages people to take a LEAP! – an adult gap year, career break, sabbatical – call it what you will. We’re leading by example and want to motivate you to take 6-months or 1-year out of your daily routine to travel the world and really experience life!
No bullshit. Simply decide to do it, plan for it, and make it happen! And we’re here to help you every step of the way.
YOU’LL BE THE SAME PERSON IN FIVE YEARS AS YOU ARE TODAY EXCEPT FOR THE PEOPLE YOU MEET AND THE BOOKS YOU READ. – CHARLIE “TREMENDOUS” JONES
Maybe you need a break from it all, maybe you just want to learn a new language whilst being emerged in the local culture, or maybe you want this to be the start of something bigger. While you are planning for the trip of a lifetime, stay motivated by travelling vicariously along side us.
THE JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES STARTS WITH A SINGLE STEP. – LAO TZU
HOW WE GOT STARTED
OUR TRAVEL STYLE
Following on with the name of our blog, we enjoy travelling simply. Of course, our travel preferences are also reflected in our budget, which is an important piece of the puzzle.
If we had to summarise our travel style in a single word, it would be “balanced.”
For accommodation, we can sleep almost anywhere, but of course, we do have our standards. Being married for nearly 8 years, we’ll opt for private rooms over bunk beds any day. But, at the same time, we won’t hesitate to sleep on a couch, in a hostel, at the airport, or in a tent, if the situation calls for it.
When it comes to eating, we try to immerse ourselves in the local food, which is easier in some places (Thailand for example) than others (umm, Mongolia). We’re not street food snobs by any means, and in fact, some of our best meals have been on the side of the road. However, we’re only human (although Rob wishes he were a robot), and when we get the chance, we definitely take advantage of Western food (a lil’ taste of home never hurt anyone). We also make it a priority to spice it up from time to time, treating ourselves to a fancy meal as part of our date nights. Of course, we frequently enjoy washing our food down with a couple of “cold ones” too 😉
We’d much rather spend money on experiences than things. And whilst we incorporate certain actives (ie. museums and local attractions) into our daily budget, we also have a separate allowance set aside especially for adventures (ie. diving, jungle trekking, and canyoning). Where possible, we prefer independent travel, though understand sometimes organised tours are the best way to get an authentic adventure.
Having time on our side, we typically prefer to travel like the locals. That frequently means buses over planes, and walking instead of getting a taxi. For us, the travel itself is half the fun!
LIFE IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION. – RALPH WALDO EMERSON
SO, WHO IS KIM?
Kim pens most of the articles and is the primary creative force behind Simply Travelled.
Kim enjoys yoga, Tennessee football (Go Vols!) and playing cards (as long as she’s winning).
Bless her – she’s extremely clumsy! She can’t ride a bicycle (she even used to fall off her tricycle growing up – sad, but true!) and her partner-in-crime, Rob, frequently reminds her that, “walking is not made for everyone.”
Despite her klutzy nature, she believes life is all about balance. Because of this, she sees things from both sides, sometimes contradicts herself, and gets stressed trying to decide what to order off the menu.
She is the queen of awkwardness, and her carefree nature shines through in each interaction. Kim focuses on continuous self-improvement and embraces every second of life!
MEET ROB, KIM’S BETTER HALF
Rob is the editor in chief and the director of all things technology.
Rob is not often found without a connection to the digital world (yes, it can be annoying). And I’m certain, he would leave me for his precious iPad if it were possible, haha.
Before a recent knee reconstruction, you could find Rob spiking on the volleyball court or attempting to play basketball. He’s always watched football (Aussie Rules) and is a die-hard Geelong Cats supporter!
Rob is constantly ebbing and flowing between fitness and food on our travels…with food often winning out!
The more analytical part of the dynamic duo, Rob has recently found his love for coffee and enjoys anything from Kopi Luwak to 3-in-1’s.
Rob doesn’t take life too seriously and can often be seen dancing on tables or busting a move on the dance floor!