Every Thursday, A Dangerous Business will be shining the spotlight on a world nomad, travel blogger, armchair adventurer, or just someone really cool in the travel world. This week, the travelers are Adam and Darcie of Trekity.com. Adam and Darcie got married in 2008, hit the road, and never looked back. They currently run Trekity.com, which helps you find, plan and share your next adventure, and also run Travel Blogger Academy and the wildly irreverent Dueling Destinations series. They currently live… um… somewhere.
1. How do you define the word “traveler,” and why would you consider†yourself one?
Travelers are connoisseurs of places. Since we’ve been on the road these past four years, we’ve sampled some of the world’s finest… but it only makes us hungry for more.
2. What has been your favorite travel experience thus far?
Darcie: Hiking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, drinking sparkling wine in Champagne, and exploring U.S. National Parks.
Adam: Pub crawls in London, “experiencing” Amsterdam in my early twenties, and doing a 10-day meditation course in India. I’m not a hippie. Seriously.
3. How about your proudest travel moment?
Darcie: Crossing the Thorong La Pass during a 17-day trek. Or holding my own at Oktoberfest.
Adam: Cycling across Ireland. We had a one-man tent, hybrid bikes (not ideal for touring) and zero experience cycling. But we still did it.
4. Have you had any travel mishaps or bad experiences? If so, have these influenced how you view the place where they happened? Would you go back?
Traveling through Rajasthan during the summer. Adam got sick so we were stuck in Pushkar for a few days. Then, as we left for the bus there was a torrential downpour. I mean it was pouring buckets of water… and as we were walking in the rain towards a bus a motorbike came by and clipped me. I wasn’t hurt, but it was such a shock. That was the only time where we felt like calling it quits. I don’t think we’ll go back to Pushkar.
5. Name one thing you can’t travel without.
Laptops. Since we both run our business online, we need to stay connected a lot more than your average backpacker.
6. Name one thing you wish you COULD travel without.
Laptops We’d love to ditch the damn things and hit the road without. But hey, it’s better than an office!
7. What do you think has been the biggest thing youíve learned while traveling (about yourself, a destination, a culture, travel itself)?
Darcie: I’ve learned travel can be a way of life… not just a two week vacation. You can live on the road and always enjoy new surroundings and cultures.
Adam: I’ve learned people are essentially the same. Friendly… or at least not evil. Whether it’s Hanoi or Holland, Buenos Aires or Bangkok, people will help you get by if you make an effort. A smile gets you by in most cases.
8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
We travel very slowly (1-3 months in each location) so it’s very much like “living” instead of “traveling”. But we’ve considered Antigua, Guatemala, the central coast of California and Austin, Texas.
9. Name one place youíd like to see or one experience youíd like to†have before you die.
Just one?! How about 15?
15. Drive across Canada.
14. Spend one month each in 12 major cities (Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Sydney, St. Petersburg, London, Rome, Tokyo, Tehran, Johannesburg, Vancouver, Madrid and Berlin) and write a book about it.
13. Make wine in Tuscany. Or at least drink a lot.
12. Brew great beer (we’ve tried, but it was far from great).
11. Learn to fly fish in Chile.
10. Renew our wedding vows on top of the Rockefeller Building in New York.
9. Visit Antarctica.
8. Help build a school in Africa.
7. Ride the Trans-Siberian railway.
6. Hike the full Appalachian Trail (unlike Bill Bryson, who tiptoed the first part and wrote a book about it).
5. Learn to fly in Alaska.
4. Cook a gourmet meal for 50 in Paris.
3. Sail the Mediterranean.
2. Scuba dive the world’s top 10 dive spots.
1. Go scotch tasting in Scotland.
10. If there was one thing you wish somebody would have told you before you started traveling, what would it be?
Darcie: Pack less. Large bags are a hassle to carry, don’t fit well on buses and half the time you don’t use all that stuff.
Adam: That I needed a visa before visiting Vietnam. I got there and was promptly sent back to Singapore on the same plane. Oh well, lesson learned.
Are you a travel blogger who has something to say on these topics? Do you know of somebody really interesting in the travel universe that you’d like to see interviewed? Speak up! The Thursday Traveler needs some interview subjects.