Stuart and Eloise and two Bristish backpackers who left their homes last 2011 to travel indefinitely around the world. They’ve been to unmerous countries already in Asia and have been to numerous countries already. They document their experience in their travel blog, Am I Nearly There Yet.
If you’re looking for travel blogs who write a lot about off the beaten places, motorbike adventures and enjoy a lot of beautiful travel pictures then you should definitely follow their blog. Stuart and Eloise also writes about a lot of helpful travel tips that you will definitely find handy.
Learn more about Stuart and Eloise and follow their adventure at Am I Nearly There Yet.
But before you leave this page, check out my short interview with Stu and Eloise.
How did you discover your passion for travelling?
“Honestly, it just happened! As soon as we left England back at the start of 2011 we were hooked. It was our first major trip away, we’d been to a few places in Europe but never as far as Mongolia! It was as if the lights were switched on and our life’s had just begun!”
What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?
“Without going into too much detail, it involved eating something bad in Kolkata, having to secretly change the bed sheets and being too ill to leave the hotel for a nearly 2 weeks! I shall say no more!!!!”
What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?
“Where do we start?! There’s been several best experiences – But if we had to single out one it would have to be riding a Royal Enfield motorbike through the rugged northern Himalayan mountains of India. Nothing can get close to
the sense of adventure! Totally untouched wilderness, beautiful landscapes and mountain scenes that make you feel like crying! (Eloise, not Stu!)”
What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?
“Without sounding too deep and meaningful, we’ve learned a lot about ourselves, and that you can live a happy life without the usual ‘stuff’ we obsess about in the developed world. We’re happy with the simple pleasures in life – Clean sheets, hot water and electricity after visiting so many destinations that lack these basic things! Travellers with First World Problems make us laugh, we feel very lucky that we’ve had the opportunity to see some of the world’s most beautiful places.”
What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?
“I think the main motivation for us is that we want to see EVERYWHERE in the world! Why would you not want to?! There’s 100 lifetimes worth of experiences to be explored – We only have one life, so we want to live it to the max and see what’s on offer!”
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?
Stu – “I’d like to say Megan Fox or Kelly Brooke! But then I’d get in trouble. so I’ll say someone inspiring like Jonathan Dimbleby or Michael Palin – two long-standing travel correspondents from the BBC!”
Eloise – “It would have to be Johanna Lumley (British actress and general charitable lady!). She’s been all over the globe and would have some great insights about the world. Plus she’s a vegetarian so shared meal times wouldn’t be an issue :)”
Where’s your favorite place in this planet and why?
“Laos has always been a firm favorite destination of ours. We’ve been twice, the first time seeing the popular places on the tourist trail, the second time off the beaten track. We could move there tomorrow! The Lao people are like no one else we’ve come across… kind, laid back, happy and content. Quite unlike the majority of the rest of the world occupants. The Wi-Fi isn’t that great in remote parts though!”
What’s your best tip for newbie traveler?
“Just go with it, don’t plan too hard. If something else comes up that you want to do that wasn’t on your original itinerary – Do it! Having a strict plan of ‘things you have to do’ will just stress you out when you realize you can’t do them all!”
What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while traveling?
Stu – “Funniest has to be drinking far too much local whiskey at the Full Moon Party in Thailand, and both being in bed by 9pm! It wasn’t funny the next day though!”
Eloise – “When a little boy on the Annapurna trail in Nepal followed us for about 10km because he wanted one of our biscuits! He kept saying “A biscuit? A biscuit? A biscuit?” a million times! Maybe you had to be there..but it
“The Silliest has to be loading ALL of our travel bags and equipment onto a small scooter we bought in Vietnam – Then driving into the mountains and nearly breaking the bike in two when we went over a huge bump because the bike was too heavy!!! That wasn’t funny at all!”
How do you keep yourself safe on your travels?
“We’re both pretty security conscious – We never let our bags out of sight when we’re on the road, we lock up our gear and keep our most important things close to us. Divide your money up, don’t be too flashy with your expensive equipment.”
Eloise – “On night trains in India, Stu slept with his portable USB HDD’s down his trousers to keep them safe!”
Stu – “I had 9 months of photos on them! I couldn’t think of anywhere safer to put them!”
What do you think about yourself?
“We think we’re pretty resilient travelers, not scared to get dirty and try something new and different! But we also like our travel treats – Like the occasional amazing hotel or expensive meal! You can’t always live on a budget 🙂 We think some of our Travel Photography is pretty bloody good, and we’ve both improved considerably since we started our travels!”
“Stu and Eloise are a British couple travelling our amazing globe long term, sharing their travel adventures through photography, humor, stories and advice!
Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Stuart and Eloise.