Meet the Nomads – Steph and Andres of Discovering Ice

Discovering Ice is one of the newest blogs that I have been reading lately and it’s owned by a young couple named Steph and Andres. This is a great blog to follow if you’re thinking of visiting Colombia as they have written so many posts about this beautiful country. There are so many helpful travel tips that you will definitely find useful on your travel.

One of the things that I love about this blog is their journey towards developing sources of online passive income (and maybe active income source too in the future). One of their goals is to be able to venture to online entrepreneurship and they’re doing it one step at a time by doing various entrepreneurial “experiments”.

Learn more about Steph and Andres’s journey and follow their adventure at Discovering Ice.

But before you leave this page, check out my short interview with Steph and Andres.

Meet the Nomads - Steph and Andres of Discovering Ice

How did you discover your passion for travelling?

“I have always loved traveling. I don’t think there was a day where I suddenly realized I was passionate about traveling; it’s just always been there. Going on holidays to Spain with my family when I was young was always so exciting for me. I instantly fell in love with Spain and travel in general; the beautiful weather, the language, making friends from different countries. As I got older I started to travel with friends. I did an Inter-railing trip around Europe for 3 weeks with 5 great friends and it was one of the best times of my life! I loved every minute of it and never wanted it to end. Meeting new people, seeing new places and spending time with great friends is what motivates me in life, and travel provides me with all of those things.”

What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?

“We’ve been lucky that nothing really bad has ever happened to us in the last year and a half of travel together. Fortunately our worst experience turned out to be a positive one in the end. Andres and I lost BOTH lost our passports in Mexico City (or so we thought!). They were missing for a full two weeks before they showed up in the hands of a 5 year old in San Miguel de Allende. We had been there visiting friends so she must have taken them out of our bags or something! Luckily she kept them safe for us for two weeks!

We were also extremely fortunate that we hadn’t applied for new ones in that time. We were just so determined to find our passports, so we put off applying for new ones for as long as possible. Then, the day before we were going to go to our respective embassies, we got a phone call from our friend saying they were found! That turned out to be one of the happiest days of our travels too!”

What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?

“That’s really, really difficult to choose. I’ve been lucky to have many amazing experiences so far. I really love people, so most of my best travel experiences involve other people. Whether it was traveling with my boyfriend for the last year and a half, or traveling with my sister to Morocco, or with great friends inter-railing or to Greece, I have loved it all.

Ironically though I will go for the one time that I traveled on my own, as I am very proud of myself for that. When I was in India, I went to Nepal on my own for a few days. I was supposed to go with a friend but she got sick the last minute and I didn’t want to cancel the flight so I went ahead. I was nervous as it was the first time I traveled anywhere on my own. I remember walking out of arrivals in Nepal’s tiny airport and being terrified…I had no clue where to go next. Immediately people started helping me and from that moment onwards I had an incredible few days exploring Kathmandu. I was even invited to have dinner with a local family in their home; something I will never forget. It was such a beautiful country and everyone was so kind.”

Steph and Andres in Cartagena Colombia

What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?

“I think that everyone in the world is essentially the same. We tend to put up big barriers between ourselves and other countries and cultures, assuming that foreign people are nothing like us; that they are ‘different’ and we don’t understand them, that their religion, language or dress make them somehow alien. Actually, for me, it’s the complete opposite. Everyone in the world is essentially the same. Everyone wants the same things in life; to be happy, to be healthy, to be safe, to find love, to get a good education, to do the best they can in life, to be with their family etc.”

What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?

“Seeing as much of the world as possible keeps me motivated. I really feel like I am a citizen of the earth despite how borders try to restrict our movement. I feel like I want to see the entire planet that I call home and understand as much of it as possible. I want to see how other people live and how they can influence me. How could we live in such a beautiful home, and not want to know all parts of it?

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?

“Hmm, I dunno really. Maybe someone like Bear Grylls because it’d be more likely that I wouldn’t die that way…but he’d probably be too intense. Actually Steve McCurry, the famous travel photographer behind the National Geographic portrait ‘Afghan Girl’. I’m so inspired by his work. He takes such amazing photos from around the world that tell powerful stories. I would love to be able to travel with him and see how he captures such amazing images.”

Carnaval de Negros y Blancos Colombia

Where’s your favorite place in this planet and why?

That’s really hard to choose too. Many places hold special meaning to me for various reasons but it’s hard to choose a favorite. I think the Sziget Festival on Margaret Island in Budapest, Hungary is one of the greatest places I’ve ever been though. I have been to the music festival twice and although it’s more of an event, it’s also about the place. I could happily spend the rest of my life in a place like that. It’s so much fun, everyone is lovely and it just has an amazing energy, like you are currently living the best time of your life. Of course the music is amazing and adds a whole other level to the experience. The second time I was there, was for an entire 7 days of camping and at the end I still didn’t want to leave. I could have happily camped and lived on that little island forever.

One of my dreams is to do a music-festival tour of Europe one summer, attending all of the greatest festivals on the continent. I love combining music and travel.”

What’s your best tip for newbie traveler?

Don’t plan too much. Just go with the flow. If you plan every step of the journey, you won’t have any room for spontaneity. If you meet really cool people you might want to travel somewhere different with them for a few days, or you could hear about a place you didn’t know about before and want to check it out. If you can, leave room to be flexible.

What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?

“One of the funniest and silliest things was probably taking part in the Carnaval de Negros y Blancos in Pasto, Colombia. It is one of the oldest carnivals in the Americas and it was absolute mayhem! The whole city turns into giant playground for a few days every January and people have huge foam, powder and paint wars on the street. Everyone from little kids to the elderly take part and it is just amazing! Your clothes get destroyed! Going to that carnival was one of my favorite travel experiences!”

How do you keep yourself safe on your travels?

“We take a lot of precautions when traveling. It’s better to be over-cautious than sorry and it seems to have worked for us so far as nothing bad has ever happened to us in the last year and a half of travel. We basically try not to draw too much attention to ourselves. We dress modestly; we don’t wear anything flashy, like jewelry or fancy watches. We always keep our valuable possessions like our phones, camera, laptops and hard drives in our hand luggage so that we can keep them close. We try not to use our phones in public…we even bought a really cheap ‘decoy’ phone when traveling in Colombia, just in case we were robbed and forced to hand anything over! Most of all though, we listen to our gut; if we feel uncomfortable in a situation, we leave quickly. That has definitely saved us many times from a potentially bad situation.”

What do you think about yourself?

“I think I am an open-minded, friendly person who loves meeting people, seeing new places and learning about the world. I am a curious person and travel allows me to answer questions I have about the world.”

Meet the Nomads - Steph and Andres of Discovering Ice

Discovering Ice is a travel blog by Steph and Andres, a couple who both gave up their jobs to travel the world and find a way to make full-time travel a lifestyle choice, funded through online entrepreneurship. They talk about travel, making money online and location independence on their blog.” – Step and Andres

Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Steph and Andres.

Next: Chris and Angela of Tieland to Thailand Previously: Jessica Dawdy of Ways of Wanderers For more interviews with travel bloggers, check out the archives of Meet the Nomads.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the great interview and featuring us on your site Flip! It was great fun! 🙂

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