Pathfinder highlight: Maria and Katerina, It’s all journey to me

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Maria and Katerina exploring their residence metropolis of Athens © It is all journey to me

Whereas the lifetime of a full-time traveller could appear to be an idyllic existence, it’s not for everybody. Ties to residence – from household duties to a budding profession – would possibly hold us from committing to a nomadic way of life, nevertheless it actually doesn’t imply journey is off the desk.

We caught up with Pathfinders Maria and Katerina from It’s all trip to me to speak upcoming adventures, all issues journey running a blog and the way to suit your journeys round a nine-to-five.

Give us the low down in your weblog…

Myself and photographer Katerina each like to journey and have at all times been very keen on consulting journey blogs to plan our journeys. To us, a journey weblog at all times appeared like a superb approach to document our journey reminiscences and assist others create their very own on the identical time. So we mixed our passions for writing and pictures and right here we at the moment are, hoping to encourage individuals with full-time jobs like ourselves to journey extra and see the world one journey at a time.

Describe your journey type in three phrases…

Immersive, budget-splurge-balanced, short-term.

High three locations you’ve visited?

That’s a extremely onerous one however we’ll give it a shot. Tuscany in Italy, the Nile Valley in Egypt and London within the UK.

Catching the sunset in London Catching the sundown in London © It is all journey to me

What locations are in your 2019 bucket checklist?

We’ve already deliberate two separate journeys to Poland (Warsaw and Krakow) in addition to a visit to Istanbul, Turkey. We’ve simply began planning our massive 2019 journey: two weeks exploring the areas of Puglia and Basilicata in Southern Italy. A few quick journeys to London and Romania are additionally on the desk in addition to not less than two Greek Islands in the summertime. And in the direction of the tip of 2019 we’re planning our first ever journey to Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand. It’s going to be an incredible 12 months of journey magic!

Quite a lot of journey bloggers give up their jobs to hit the street; you do issues a bit in a different way. How do you suit your travels round your nine-to-five?

Who wouldn’t need to journey the world full-time? Nonetheless, we are able to’t afford to take action – not less than not for the time being. However we wouldn’t let our day jobs hinder neither our ardour for journey nor our want to weblog about it. We ensure we spend all our trip time (25 days per 12 months), public holidays and as many weekends as doable travelling. We plan a two-week journey to someplace new every year and a 10-day island trip each August to recharge our batteries. These apart, we additionally go on shorter journeys both overseas or in Greece (the place we’re based mostly) all year long.

Andros in Greece is one of Maria and Katerina's top choices for an island escape Andros in Greece is considered one of Maria and Katerina’s prime selections for an island escape © It is all journey to me

What recommendation would you give somebody who thinks they do not have sufficient time to journey?

There may be at all times time to journey! All of it comes all the way down to setting priorities and planning forward. To begin with, it’s vital to save lots of trip time for journey. We all know that generally life will get in the way in which and we could also be tempted to make use of our trip time to are inclined to unfinished enterprise or just keep at residence and relaxation. We really feel that trip time is hard-earned and ought to be reserved for journey.

Secondly, when travelling on a good schedule it’s essential to have pre-planned itineraries in order to not waste any invaluable time throughout the journey itself. Lonely Planet guidebooks and journey blogs filled with suggestions and data are one of the best sources of inspiration and invaluable instruments for individuals with restricted journey time.

And final however not least, journey requires adjusting to a brand new mentality and seeing issues from a distinct perspective. It doesn’t need to take a great deal of cash or time to journey. Begin by taking part in vacationer in your individual hometown and uncover all its hidden gems, the way in which we do in Athens. Then go on and plan weekend breaks or three-day getaways. Quickly you’ll realise that you simply even have time to plan that longer journey you at all times dreamt of.

Why do you like journey running a blog?

By means of journey running a blog we’ve learnt extra about ourselves and found abilities we by no means knew we had, that are consistently growing. Our favorite a part of journey running a blog although, is that it presents us many alternatives to satisfy like-minded individuals from everywhere in the world. No reward is bigger than having pals throughout the globe!

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