For those who are thinking that marriage will be the end of your life of travels and adventures then you got it wrong. Check out Dan and Casey’s blog and be inspired of what this young couple have been through and have achieved together after their marriage.
Dan and Casey did a 7 week honeymoon road trip across USA, flew to Taiwan and lived there for two years and now they’re both working as digital nomads to sustain their travel lifestyle. Currently, Dan and Casey are cycling across Vietnam as well.
You’ll find so many helpful travel tips, stunning photographs and a lot of insightful stories about their journey.
Get to know more about Dan and Casey and follow their adventure at A Cruising Couple.
But before you click away, check out my short interview with Dan and Casey.
How did you discover your passion for travelling?
“We’re not sure there was ever one specific moment when we discovered the passion was there. It was more of a process, sort of like falling in love. We slowly developed this passion for traveling without even realizing it. It resulted from the state of constant discovery, ambling down roads we’d never been, making new friends, believing that anything could happen. We had both traveled extensively prior to getting married, but traveling as a couple was a whole new experience that only amplified our passion for travel.”
What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?
“Oh man! Casey’s least favorite memory is getting stuck on the side of a mountain in Ecuador. After her ‘guide’ lost the trail during a thunderstorm, they were forced to wander through the wilderness in the dark for over 3 hours. With only a cell phone light to illuminate the overgrowth and no food or water in sight, it was a nerve-racking predicament. After hours looking for a path, they finally stumbled upon an aboriginal home and received knowledge on how they could find their way to a road. Definitely not the day hike they had expected! Dan’s been pretty fortunate on his travels so far—hopefully it stays that way!”
What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?
“I would have to go with our honeymoon road trip across the US. There’s nothing that says bonding like spending every waking moment together in tight quarters. But truly, the two months we spent cruisin’ across America were amazing. We learned so much more about our home country and its diversity. Plus, it was our first extended time traveling together, so it will always be one of the most memorable.”
What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?
“Same same but different. It’s a popular saying in Vietnam but we like to apply it to travel. All people basically want the same things in life: love, happiness, success, and security. What those words mean and how to obtain them might vary greatly, but the foundations are the same.”
What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?
“For us traveling IS exhausting and therefore doesn’t count as a leisure activity :-p What a lot of people don’t realize is that we are working, we’re just lucky enough to be able to do it wherever we want. We try to prevent travel burnout by traveling slowly. This is necessary as we are trying to balance work and travel, but it also allows us to feel ‘normal’; we can establish routines, spend time pursuing hobbies, make friends, be open to the spontaneous moments that make travel so special. Essentially turning travel into a lifestyle is the key—and unfortunately it doesn’t involve mojitos on the beach every day. It also helps that we travel as a couple. We have huge respect for solo travelers. For us, the support system and companionship of each other is the ultimate cure during our low days.”
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?
Casey: Jennifer Lawrence. “That girl is hilarious. She seems so down to earth and easy to get along with; we’d be bound to have some interesting adventures! And after the Hunger Games, we wouldn’t have to worry about anyone stealing our wallets.”
Dan: “Morgan Freeman. He had a pretty epic bucket list, so traveling together would surely be just as awesome.”
Where’s your favorite place in this planet and why?
“Dan is totally convinced there is no place more beautiful than New Zealand. He has been dying to take Casey there ever since he went back in 2010. The landscape truly does take your breath away, and it’s so natural and untouched.”
“Casey’s new favorite is always the place she is currently in. However, she’ll always have a special place in her heart for Taiwan, as that’s where we spent the first two years of our marriage.”
What’s your best tip for newbie traveler?
“Don’t drink so much! Don’t get us wrong—we like to have a good time just as much as the next person, and you should count yourself lucky if you ever get to see Dan’s sweet dance moves. But we’re always shocked as to how many twenty-somethings waste their precious travel time (and budget) on alcohol. There is so much more to travel than happy hours and fifty-cent beers. Get off the touristy bar streets and actually experience the place you’re in.”
What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while
“We just finished up 2 years of teaching in Taiwan and during that time we really got into the KTV culture. Strangers have invited us to Karaoke sessions on multiple occasions, and of course, we always say yes. Although neither of us are exactly good singers, we found ourselves belting out pop songs from the 90s until the wee hours of the morning, normally backed up by old Taiwanese men.”
How do you keep yourself safe on your travels?
“People talk a lot about the dangers of travel, but we’ve found that travel is normally quite safe all around the world—provided you take simple precautions. Bad things can happen at home or when away, so there’s no sense worrying extensively about it just because you’re traveling. We do try to stay aware of our surroundings at all times though, and we often ask locals for their opinions on walking at night, carrying a camera, etc. We judge people by looking in their eyes, and if ever we feel a bit uncertain, we go our own ways. This has served us fairly well so far!”
What do you think about yourself?
“Oh gosh. Well we think we’re pretty fun and lovable. We’re always down to try something new, so I suppose that makes us a bit adventurous too. We like to think we’re talented bloggers, and of course we think we have a knack for uncovering the best-of destinations around the world.”
“We’re two lovebirds, slowly and indefinitely traveling the world. We share practical travel tips, top-notch travel photography and inspiring travel tales. Our aim is to inspire you to see more of this beautiful world we share. Anyone can and should travel. We’re here to help you do it.” – Dan and Casey
Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Dan and Casey.