Traveling with a Mate

7 Questions with Traveling with a Mate

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Ok…so we posed our “7 questions” to Matt and Deborah:

1) How many countries visited between the two of you?

Over 40

2) If you had to travel with someone else besides your travel partner, who would it be?  (this person can be living, historical or mythical?.)

He Said: I’m torn between David Attenborough and Michael Palin. Both are travelling heros of mine. The anecdotes they could tell on long journeys would be fantastic.

She Said: A Philosopher I think.  Maybe Socrates, I would love to have his point of view on the whole travel experience.

3)What has been your favorite destination in your wanderings?

He said: It has to be Japan. I’ve been to some amazing places but nothing quite like Japan. The people, the culture, the history, even the language. I’d love to go back there and explore a lot more.

She said: With Matt it has to be Cambodia and the Temples of Angkor Wat, gives me tingles just thinking about our time there.  Before I met Matt I spent 6 months in South America and fell in love with all of it but The Galapogos stole the show.

4)  If you had to eat one last meal, what/ where would you eat?

He said: Sushi! I’m obsessed with it and could happily eat it every day. Granted my last meal would be the same as all the days before but I’d still love it!

She said: I would choose Ceviche on a west facing beach, sun setting and Matt by my side

5)How do you pick the places you visit?  Spontaneous vs. planned?

He said: We get so excited about a new adventure that it’s hard to ignore looking at all the places we could go, things we could see. The problem is you can never fit it all in and we like to cram in as much as we can. To do that you really need to plan an itinerary. You always need breaks from it though and many countries are never as efficient as you think they will be so you need flexibility to cover all the unexpected events.

She said: I guess most of our trips have been fairly well planned, although we do like some flexibility to change things as we go along depending on whether or not we like where we are.  We start with a rough itinerary where we both pick our “must sees” and go from there.

6) If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?

He said: It would have to be war. There are no heroes, only victims. It destroys not only lives but cultures, education, world views of places, tourism industries and the economy of countries too. The legacy of wars continues long after the battle is over.

She said: Ah so many which to choose.  I think I’d have to go for green fuels so that all Carbon emissions were eliminated overnight.  If only!

7)You knew it was coming….What has been your greatest travel fight/disagreement?

She said: We really don’t fight whilst travelling.  Small tiffs usually when we are running late to catch a train or bus as I get a bit angsty then.  On the whole we are very lucky as we want to see and do the same things at the same time.

He said: I too can’t remember any memorable fights while travelling. Part of the reason why we travel so much is because are able to do it so harmoniously. I believe common goals make a relationship stronger and travel is one of the best common goals you can have. Sorry to disappoint! :)