Buckle up, make sure your tray tables are up! We are going to introduce you to a travel blogging couple that is always on the move! So, what do you get when you mix two marathon runners, a beach comber, a run with bulls in Spain, and a lust to wander? Answer: Jillian and Danny of www.Ishouldlogoff.com. Each month we highlight a couple that are living their dreams….and telling everyone about their adventure. Meet Jillian and Danny:
Jillian and Danny Tobias spent 21 months traveling around the world. Together they have explored 50 countries, covering famous overland routes like Capetown to Cairo and the Old Silk Road. Traveling mostly overland, the couple experienced the eccentricities of the world and lived to tell the tale! From eating grasshoppers in Mexico to exploring underground tombs in Sudan and hand carved grottoes in Western China, they took life by the horns. They blog about their travels and adventures off the computer at their website: www.IShouldLogOff.com. You can find them on facebook: www.facebook.com/ishouldlogoff or follow them on twitter: @ishouldlogoff.
We put our infamous 7 questions to this wandering couple. Here are their responses:
1) Tell us about running with the bulls!!!!
It was actually much easier than you’d think. I had had a ‘procedure’ done to my foot the day prior so I played it safe but basically I waited for the gun shot announcing the bulls were off. Everyone started stampeding and so did I. Next thing I knew, there were bulls and everyone was standing to the sides of the street. The bulls ran by and we kept on running after them, now singing triumphantly!
She Said: Indiana Jones – you know every day is going to be an adventure!
He Said: Ben Franklin. Not sure why, it’s just what popped into my head.
1000Fights: Ben Franklin? Are you into kite flying?
He said:Africa. Everyone always asks for a favorite country and it’s just not possible to choose one as they’re all so different. Africa on the whole though, felt like legitimate travel where something unexpected could and did happen each and every day. It was difficult and challenging but in hindsight it was also the most rewarding.
She said: Africa without a doubt. I loved the adventure of traveling somewhere seriously off the beaten path. It was certainly a challenge, but we were fortunate to meet lots of great people and our overall experience was amazing. Traveling in Africa really opened my eyes to true hospitality – it is a very humbling experience to be offered food and water by those touched by famine and tragedy.
4) If you had to eat one last meal, what/ where would you eat?
He said: I don’t care, so long as I’m with my closest friends and family.
She said: One last meal ever? I’m depressed even thinking about it! I think I would get fish tacos in Baja, Mexico. Delicious, fresh, spicy… I don’t think I could ever get enough, those were incredible!
She said: HA! Sometimes it takes us a long time to get that right. At the Taj Mahal we kept having Indian families sneak into our picture. It became somewhat hilarious; eventually we gave up and walked closer to the Taj where we took the “perfect” picture after six more attempts! In Beijing we tried lining up the shot before handing it over to a Chinese man who didn’t speak English. He took shots of the sky before handing the camera back to us. Eventually we found an English speaking tour group and just asked. By the time we finished the trip we were experts at timing!
He said: Education. There are a lot of stupid people all over the world, but mostly it’s that they haven’t been given a real education and base their knowledge on things like MTV and the movies. This is a problem everywhere, in all countries, and it’s a shame.
She said: Education is a good one, but I think clean water is really the next big step the world needs to make. Having access to healthy drinking water will save so many lives, and have a trickle down effect giving children the opportunity to go to school and women the opportunity to participate in economic development.
She said: Well we certainly bickered a lot. It is hard to stay mad at someone or have a big blowout when you depend on someone so much. Most of our fights revolve around the idea of too many captains on the same boat… We both like to control things. Let’s say we don’t tandem kayak well together…every time we get in a tandem boat we begin fighting, almost instantly!
He said: I’m not allowed to talk about that….
1000Fights: that’s a little bit of a cop out! A huge thanks to Jillian and Danny for sharing!
One Great lesson we can learn from Jillian and Danny is to get out there and see the world. What a great example to couples.