After five years of full-time travel, hosts Craig and Linda Martin take a few minutes to reminisce and highlight some favourite moments from their travels.
Camino de Santiago, Spain
The Camino de Santiago is a centuries-old pilgrimage path through Europe, terminating in the city of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (although it can be extended to Finisterra and Muxia on the coast). We walked this in April/May 2008 and had a blast. Long walks, countryside, some amazing people met … it was a real adventure, but also quiet enough to find space to think and process. The current, undisputed favourite thing for both of us.
We worked in Perth for six months over the summer of 2008-2009. This remains one of Linda’s favourite times because of the people she was working with and the great lifestyle we were able to carve out on Australia’s west coast.
Istanbul and Cappadocian towns, Turkey
We visited Istanbul a few times between 2007 and 2009. The warmth of the people and the “otherness” after years in Western Europe were absolutely stunning. With these two combined, Turkey remains one of our favourite places in the world. Let’s hope current politics don’t continue to hold it back.
Flitting around Europe
We were in Europe from March 2006 to September 2009. One year, however, stands out. In 2007 we started working for an English-teaching company which sent us on short-term contracts. In that year we visited 28 countries and the longest we stayed in one bed was 13 nights. Austria and the Czech Republic get highlighted.
Couchsurfing in South America
For four months in 2010, we couchsurfed our way around South America. For most of the time we travelled with one to three other friends and, because of the size of the group, we weren’t able to couchsurf everywhere. However, we did meet some fantastic people: often couchsurfers would connect us with their friends in other parts of the country so that we had local friends almost everywhere we went.
Road-trips in New Zealand
Our home country of New Zealand is absolutely stunning. We are, admittedly, biased but there’s nothing quite like the familiar turns of narrow state highways, secluded beaches and fascinating finds in small towns. Travelling New Zealand in your own vehicle (or hiring something like a Spaceship) is definitely the way to go and a constant highlight of our travels.