Meet the Nomads – Rob and Lina of Erohisms

Rob and Lina just recently celebrated their 1st year on the road last week and shared the highlights and the challenges of their experience. If you’re planning to embark on a long journey as well, I highly recommend that you check their blog – Erohisms.com.

Rob and Lina writes about destination specific travel tips and they also share how much they spend in their destinations. I find these posts really helpful especially to those who are currently planning their trips. To those who haven’t decided yet if they’re going to travel or not, I also recommend that you check their blog as you’ll find many gorgeous pictures that will surely enthuse you to pack your bags, book a ticket and fly.

Get to know more about Rob and Lina and follow their adventure at Erohisms.com.

But before you leave this page, check out my short interview with Rob and Lina.

Rob and Lina of Erohisms

How did you discover your passion for travelling?

“It happened at different times for each of us. For me (Lina), the bug came when I was studying abroad in London. Every other weekend, my friend and I would get a cheap flight to wherever EasyJet or RyanAir was having a sale and have the most amazing weekend exploring a new city in Europe. It helped that leaving London was cheaper than staying in town, which meant we went away quite a bit!”

“Rob realized he loved travel the first time he went out of the country with me. We did a two-week trip to Costa Rica that was filled with trekking, ziplining, beach hopping, and whitewater rafting. He was blown away by the amount of things you could experience in such a short time, especially when you compare it to what you do to two weeks at home.”

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

We’ve broken down in a tuktuk in on a rural road in India (twice) with my mother in tow. I’ve been followed by groups of Indian men who wouldn’t leave me alone. We’ve gotten super sick to the point where we couldn’t leave our hotel room. (Also in India. Do you see a pattern emerging?) But the worst experience is likely when we were pulled over by crooked cops in Vietnam who wanted us to pay them off. We did nothing wrong, but because we were white, they figured we had money and that we’d just give it to them. I grew up in Russia, so I know a decent amount about bribes, but we refused to give in. Eventually they left us alone, but the whole experience was pretty scary and off-putting. (That said, Vietnam was one of our favorite countries to explore!)

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

“We hate this question. They’re all amazing! When we started traveling we did a monthly update on our blog that shared our best experiences from that month, and even selecting those was hard enough. Diving with schools of barracuda and tons of turtles and sharks in Sipadan. Completing the Three Passes trek in Everest. Watching the sunrise in Bagan, Burma. Chilling out on Cambodia’s beaches. Exploring the far north of Vietnam on motorbike. Island hopping in the Philippines. Being treated like royalty in Jaisalmer, India. But if we had to pick just one, we would say traveling with a best friend anywhere and everywhere is the best experience. Is that cheating?”

Rob and Lina of Erohisms

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

“It’s a big world out there and if you have a curiosity gene, you’ll likely die before you see enough of it! Also, it’s really different being a tourist versus a pseudo local somewhere. We’ve been living in New Zealand for the past three months and our experience here is completely different than our previous travels. One, we’re house-sitting so we live in a neighborhood and have pets. Two, we cook instead of eat out. And three, we actually have Kiwi friends with funny accents!”

What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?

“This is a funny question to us because most of our friends and family members think we’re on a perpetual vacation. But yes, traveling is tiring and it takes a lot of planning, patience, and effort. If you’re ever feeling burned out from travel, consider stopping in one place for a while and taking a break. We did just this in Penang before going to India. We figured we’d need all the patience we could muster for India, so we rented a room for three weeks in Penang and explored the island from top to bottom. Plus, we ate. A lot. For so so cheap. YUM!

Just realized we didn’t answer the question. What keeps us going is that curiosity gene. Never go somewhere just because it’s the new hot spot. Go there because you want to see something, learn something, do something. Travel for yourself, not someone else’s bucket list.”

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?

“Being on the road for a year means we don’t watch much TV or keep up on celebrity gossip, so we’re not exactly sure who’s considered “hot” right now. We hear Britney has a new show in Vegas?

Just kidding. To be honest, we wouldn’t travel with a celebrity because they’re typically high maintenance and require an entourage. I (Lina) worked with a ton of celebs in my past life and they’re just never as cool as you think they are. What we would do is travel with a local who has a firm grasp of the language, history, and culture.”

Rob and Lina of Erohisms

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

“Sonoma wine country. The wine is delicious, the grapevines are organized in neat rows, and the sun is (almost) always shining. If you’re about to have a panic attack or need to escape San Francisco’s atrocious summers, this is the place to be. Forget Napa… that’s where the tourists go!

In general though, any place next to an ocean brings us a sense of great calm and reminds us of all the possibilities in this world.”

What’s your best tip for newbie traveler?

“Don’t over-plan. The best experiences happen when you’re not looking for them. (Isn’t that how life works in general?) Also, if you’re traveling for a while, bring ExOfficio underwear. Seriously. We’ve been wearing the same four pairs for a year and they still look amazing. Is that over-sharing?”

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

“We had an epic dance party at the top of one of the Three Passes on Everest. We were about 5400m high and we couldn’t believe that we’d actually made it up there without porters. So one of our friends brought out a little speaker and we all went crazy dancing up there, jumping up and down on the snow. It was amazing and after a while, some other trekkers and porters joined in. It was worth the breathlessness for sure.”

How do you fund your travels?

“We don’t accept ads or sponsored posts on our blog, so our funding pretty much comes from savings. We own our apartment in San Francisco and rent it out, so we have a bit of income from that. Rob also day trades, which keeps our net worth level.

We’re also working on a product to help tour operators more efficiently manage and increase reservations, so hopefully that makes us some money down the line!”

How do you keep yourself safe on your travels?

“The same way we kept ourselves safe on the streets of San Francisco and New York. Stay aware, don’t flaunt obviously expensive things, and never drink so much that you can’t walk home.

To be honest though, people act like traveling the world is a super scary thing. For the most part, we feel safer abroad than we do in our neighborhood at ‘home’.”

What do you think about yourself?

“A little bit crazy. A lot adventurous. Curly haired. Short and tall. Into yummy food and craft beers. Love tall mountains, epic coral reefs, and white sand beaches (with umbrellas for Rob). Into meeting people who love the world more than they love themselves. And a tad bit delusional—isn’t everyone who’s not a bore?”

Rob and Lina of Erohisms

“We’re Rob and Lina Eroh, and we’re the voices behind Erohisms (pronounced “arrow-isms”). Read our stories as we go from well-employed to well-traveled on $1000/person/month. If you’re into adventure travel, awesome photography, and behind the scenes exposés, you’ll love following our journey.” -Rob and Lina of Erohisms

Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Rob and Lina.

Next: Brian Barry of Wandering Previously: Beth Williams of Besudesu Abroad For more interviews with travel bloggers, check out the archives of Meet the Nomads.

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