Nicole and Cameron Wears, authors of Traveling Canucks is an inspiration to couples out there who dreams of travelling around the world and maintaining a career and a home at the same time.
They left last 2009 to travel around the world and came back after a year to settle and build their careers.
This is a good resources for those who wants to keep a balance of traveling, having a career and having a home.
Get to know Cameron and Nicole more and visit their blog at Traveling Canucks.
Here’s my short interview with Nicole.
How did you discover your passion for travelling?
“I’ve always wanted to experience the world. When I turned 19, I was working with a friend and we were chatting about our plans for the upcoming summer. She mentioned she wanted to travel to Europe and I thought it sounded like a great idea. Within 3 months we had quit our jobs and were on the plane for a 4-month backpacking trip around Europe that had us visiting 10 countries. Since then, I haven’t been able to stop. Now Cameron and I travel as a team, which is so much more rewarding.”
What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?
“I’ve been very fortunate to never have had a terrible experience (knock on wood!). The most nerve racking time was when we showed up to the airport in Dubai with connecting flights to Egypt and then Greece (which were purchased with air miles through a different airlines). We were informed that we weren’t on the flight and did not have a reservation. It was a horrible situation because if we didn’t get on the plane, we would have lost our connecting flights or suffered an expensive penalty. On top of that, we had family members waiting for us in Greece that had other arrangements that were already made. Thankfully, even though the flight was completely oversold, luck was on our side and we got the last 2 seats on the flight.”
What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?
“There are too many to pick just one! I would have to say our destination wedding in the Mayan Riveria of Mexico. It was the perfect week. We spent time vacationing with family and friends, while enjoying a life changing experience. It stands out as my best travel memory because it’s so rare to have all of your favourite people together in a different country, celebrating our marriage and enjoying each other’s company.”
What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?
“That the world is not a scary place. Media often paints the wrong picture of a country and its people, choosing to focus on whatever makes the best headline. Traveling has allowed me to see the world through my own eyes, which has often changed my perception of countries I originally thought were too scary or dangerous.”
What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?
“I love seeing things in real life. I can’t tell you how many times I had seen the Taj Mahal on television or travel brochures. But it always felt unattainable and too far away. I will always remember seeing the tip of the white marble dome for the very first time. It felt surreal and overwhelming. To actually touch the walls and walk inside the Taj Mahal was like living a fantasy. It’s just not the same without being able to experience these sites in person. That feeling of accomplishment is what keeps me going and motivates us to continue discovering the world.”
This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?
“I really don’t have any one person that I want to travel with. Though it would be nice if this person had a private jet or a luxury yacht!”
Where’s your favourite place in this planet and why?
“The question of all questions! We get this question all the time. It’s too difficult to choose just one place, but we have made a list with our top 7 favourite countries. They can be found here – http://travelingcanucks.com/2010/05/our-favourite-countries/”
What’s your best tip for newbie traveller?
“Always have cash on you. Bring an extra $100 in Euros or US dollars and tuck it away in your backpack. Don’t touch this money, it’s for emergencies only. But if you do need to spend it, replace it at your next opportunity. Money talks whenever you run into trouble!”
What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?
“That’s a good question. I would say the time that I stood on top of a camel in Egypt. It was actually pretty scary and dangerous, but we wanted a funny photo in front of the legendary pyramids. It’s one of my favourite pictures and it made a great memory.”
What do you think about yourself?
“I’m a planner. I like to plan and be informed. I don’t like being unprepared, it drives me crazy.”
“Traveling Canucks is a site dedicated to travel, adventure and world discovery. We highlight fun travel stories, interesting travel tips, photographs and video of two Canadians exploring our world!” – Nicole Wears
Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Nicole.