In this edition of Celebrity Travel Addicts , we speak with traveling blogger Audrey Bergner, also the founder of one-half and That Backpacker of those travel vlogging duo known as Audrey and Samuel! We speak with her about how Sam’s passions for journey and her began her blog has evolved over the years, the significance of immersive journey, and more. Check out her best travel advice where she and Sam are headed 16, and find out!
How did your passion for traveling begin?
When he was in university for Sam, it began. As among his tasks, he decided to begin tutoring English and many of his language pupils were from Korea. Sam became buddies with his pupils, and they, then, got him interested in the possibility of teaching ESL abroad. Find out how he enjoyed it and before Sam graduated from university, he decided to travel to Korea. He spent researching Seoul and knew he needed to come back. He already had a job, Prior to commencement rolled around. That began a cycle of teach traveling, replicate!
How are you travel in any given calendar year? What are the types of places you like to see?
The traveling obsession began even sooner. I was raised in a really global household with relatives scattered across continents. I was always intrigued by the languages they spoke and also the tales of everyday life in their lands that were favorite. I think it helped that my parents loved travel and took us children along with them! By the time I was in university, the majority of my savings have been traveling on a budget, going into traveling; only one or two major trips per year, tinkering with friends, and exploring new areas. It wasn’t long after graduation that I also accepted a teaching job in Korea, which is where Sam and I met, and the rest will be history!
You began your site, That Backpacker, even though you were at university. What makes That Backpacker stick out ? Has it evolved and developed since then?
When we first began traveling, we used to spend on the street, only returning home to Canada for summer and Christmas vacations. This was fantastic from a travel perspective, but it wasn’t really conducive to getting work done. We like to invest the other half of this year and about half of the year traveling at home these days.
The two of you Transferred into Seoul, South Korea to teach English.
How did this experience shape your own lives and travels going forward?
As for the forms of areas we like to see, we found ourselves attracted to quieter and more lesser-known destinations. We really enjoyed mega-cities’ power when we were in our 20s, but today we prefer smaller destinations which have access to outdoor activities and are near to nature. We recently spent 3 weeks and we particularly chose smaller cities which don’t necessarily see a whole great deal of worldwide tourism — it was great going off-the-beaten track and being amazed by areas that we knew nothing about.
In your YouTube station, you immerse yourselves in the culture of the areas you visit sharing money-saving hints and while diving into the cuisine. What makes immersive journey so important and unique ?
I did! I had been obsessed with traveling while I was in university and I would work with Summer Break, Reading Week and every Christmas Break to travel everywhere I could. I soon discovered there was this journey community on the market, and it became a means to connect with people who love traveling, although I began my blog for a means to papers and look back on these excursions.
What do you want viewers learn and to get from your job?
The structure of this site has definitely changed over recent years. As people began finding my blog, I also started getting e-mails and opinions from readers asking additional methods and tips on the destinations I’d been to, and that took my own site in a new direction. When I am composing a blog post, I share the destination according to my experience, however, I also try to scatter travel hints.
That is true! We met while we were both teaching ESL in the province of Gyeonggi-do. The adventure of living was just like a little taste of traveling — new foods, new culture, fresh vocabulary, and possibilities . The job also enabled us to save money so that when we finished our contracts, we were able to go travelling to the Middle East Southeast Asia and then Europe. We have not looked back since and have a taste of this traveling life.
Give us a’Top 5′ record for one of your best 3 destinations. Just like a mini-guide or even a to-do list of types. It may be anything from your favourite resort, the best spot to have lunch, the best sightseeing, etc..
There is a quote by James A. Michener that states,”If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home” and people wholeheartedly concur! Travel is all about immersing ourselves in the destination, linking with of course which in turn opens the door, and locals. We’re foodies through and through so you are always going to find us seeking new dishes in restaurants, sampling the street food, and scouting the markets. Eating is the pleasure of being in a new location!
How many nations have you seen so far?
We would like to help individuals experience to! One of the key characteristics of the job, be that our videos or articles, is that we attempt to share all of the info you would need to really go and have these same experiences. We’ll explain to you how you can get there what the location is like, if we enjoyed it, and then people can decide whether it is someplace they’d like to grow their itinerary.
What are your top 3 favourite perfumes?
We have but I will share 3 countries whose arenas pulled us away: South Africa, Kyrgyzstan and Jordan.
What’s your favourite restaurant on the planet? What dish do you advocate?
Okay, I’ll go with Jordan:
What’s your favourite traveling movie?
We’ve got lots of tips, so you can check our Jordan traveling itinerary out throughout the length of the nation, if this sounds like someplace you’d like to see.
What’s your favorite airport?
We’re state repeaters; therefore our nation count is very slow-growing if we love a location, we’ll go back again and again and again.
Which city had the friendliest people?
Korean, Peruvian and Vietnamese.
Who’s your favourite traveling companion?
If there’s one restaurant we keep going back to again and again, it is Bodegón Norte in Buenos Aires. There is nothing fancy about the area; it an old-fashioned, family-run restaurant which specializes in classics, however the food is significant, the parts are large, and the employees treat you. It is like you have gone over to a grandparents’ area on a Sunday afternoon and everyone is gathered for a huge feast. That is the feel of this place and it . We love speaking with the proprietor, Rogelio, anytime we are in town — if you move, tell him you were sent by the Canadians! ????
What’s the ideal way to kill time?
Lost in Translation.
I am pretty sure that’s what sparked our interest in seeing with Japan.
What’s the most exotic location you have been taken by your career?
Incheon International Airport in South Korea.
It is such a modern and efficient airport, plus there is so much to do in case you’ve got a lengthy layover. They have a lot of cultural experiences where you are able to try to do on the traditional Korean dress (hanbok), learn how to create unique crafts, see the joys of a Joseon dynasty imperial parade, plus they hold concerts which vary from classical music into K-pop.
What’s your bit of traveling suggestions for someone who wishes to, or is about to, embark on a life of traveling?
Can I reply with a nation?! I’m going to say Argentina. We have spent months and we are always surprised at how simple it is to meet people and make friends. Argentineans love to chat and we find ourselves striking up conversations, if we’re there. If you end up travelling via Argentina, take people’s invitations and you might end up creating a friend.
What are 4 things that you might never travel without?
Each other! As simple as it sounds, we’ve been doing this travel thing we’ve learned to work together no matter what our way throws and ever since we met back in 2012.
What’s your ultimate dream destination?
If we have we wish to attempt to get employment, make it video editing, composing blog articles, or editing photos. If that’s not an option, we’ll listen to audio (Sam) or a audiobook (Audrey).
What’s your favourite traveling quote?
Where are you headed next?
We travelled there in 2016 to attend a sporting the World Nomad Games and cultural event which showcases the rich tradition of culture.
We have a taste of this life with horse hiking and some yurt alive in Song Kol, and then we came back two years later eat our way across Karakol to research the south coast of Issyk Kul and do some more hiking.
Focus on the solution, not the issue. Travel tends to throw a lot of surprises your way and it instructs you to become a quick-thinker and problem solver.
Camera, notebook, headphones…and sunscreen! Everything we will need to film and edit…and keep Sam from getting a sunburn.
We both agree about a cruise to Antarctica. It is the continent we to visit!
“Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” -Paul Theroux
Our travels have involved with our train derail in a tunnel in the center of the Thai jungle, riding buses without a AC through the Cambodian countryside, while travelling in Poland, along with breaking our camera gear. Travel isn’t always simple, nor does it proceed according to plan, however it causes good stories which you could laugh about, and in retrospect, although the terrible experiences do not look that bad.
Journeys in Canada!
We been prioritizing exploring our home nation. Following up, we are flying out west and performing a road trip across Vancouver Island, after spending this month in the Maritimes. That is where Sam grew up and I have never been before, so it’ll be really great to learn more about the staircase together.
We Are Audrey and Samuel!
We’re originally from Canada but’ve been traveling the world ever since meeting back in 2012. We want to record our travels so that you can locate us on Youtube in both English and Spanish. For a few updates that are behind-the-scenes, you can follow along.