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The Story Behind Us: Bianca & Brett

How did you meet and when did you both realize your love for travel?

We met at the 21st birthday party of a mutual friend roughly 5years ago.

Growing up both Bianca and I were both exposed to a small amount of travel. I think these experiences planted the wandering seed deeply in our DNA. We get itchy feet if we don’t have some trip to organise or look forward to. After university travel was our next logical step.

Where was your first destination together and tell us about it?

We had small trips to Australia together although more as holidays. Our first real on the road travel together began in Switzerland where Bianca has plenty of family who looked after us. We then made a small tour through Central Europe including Amsterdam and Paris.

How do you share your work on the road? Who does what?

Bianca is the main trip researcher and blog fact queen. She scours other blogs and online resourses for the best information. We truly believe Information is power. Having information gives us the freedom to choose our routes and destinations along the way.

Brett is the photographer and chef blog editor. There is a snowball of photos and writing we constantly run on top of. It is a balancing act to stay up there while on the go traveling to new places taking more photos and experiencing more great destinations.

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How do you make decisions together for next destinations?

A few factors comprise on where our next destination will be:
Wish list, Money and is it en-route for our next stop.

We both have bucket lists we would like to ‘tick off’. We factor these into our decision making along with the information we have gathered and all the hostel gossip about hot stops we may not have known about.
Bianca and I want to see the entire world so the next destination is always being researched and just around the corner.

Have you noticed any changes in the relationship since you started traveling together?

In our opinions, we think it is a lot harder to travel with someone over an extended period of time, than it is moving in together. We are constantly together everywhere where we go… even in the bathroom. We have now adapted to our surroundings and each others space, lets face it there are no longer any boundaries we just need to respect each others alone time, which can be very rare. We have unfortunately been in a few situations when problems arise, being in a non-English speaking country with no internet/wifi and poor facilities. We’ve had to be there for each other and put our noggins together solving each problem. This has been a real test on our relationship but this has also made us stronger and we know we are ready for any hurdles that will hit us in the future. There is no other person I could travel or experience this with.
Brett’s mum has said to us, “when you have found the prefect partner, they turn you in to a better a person.” We both bring out the good in each other so are thankful and blessed we get to share this adventure together.

Living and traveling together 24/7 can sometimes be stressful and relate to moments of disagreements or misunderstandings. How do you cope with these situations?

Travelling as a couple is the best thing we have ever done. Sharing all these magnificent experiences together is something we can fondly look back on in the future when we are old and grey. That said, sometimes there will be friction. When living in each-others pockets 24/7 you can step on each-others toes, especially when you are as clumsy as me. Our advice is simple.

– Work together and pull your own weight, don’t be a sack of potatoes expecting everything. That’s no fun and your partner deserves better.

– Keep everything in perspective – Sometimes we get frustrated just because… Long bus ride, constant movement, partners irritating smell or noises. Your travelling after all so take a good look around. Is there another place you would rather be?

– Take some time out every now and then. Just have some ‘me time.’ Listening to music, reading a book, or just having a conversation with someone who has a different voice can bring you back to earth and alleviate any silly frustrations.

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What is the most beautiful moment you have experienced together while traveling?

Swimming with Dolphins in the San Blas Islands.
Bianca is a dolphin nut! They are her passion, her favorite thing in the world! So having the chance to swim in the wild with dolphins gave her such an amazing experience. Being there beside her and feeling her excitement and energy made the experience just as special and amazing for Brett. The smile on Bianca’s face afterwards was from ear to ear and going nowhere.

What do you like the most about traveling as a couple?

Being with the other person 24/7 is as taxing as it is rewarding. Sharing the little moments and inside jokes with someone along the way makes traveling as a couple so much fun. Being there for each other, experiencing the highs and lows together makes all the memories so much richer. When we are old we will still be able to fondly remember this time together.

We totally recommend traveling with someone who you love.

What do you like the least about traveling as a couple?

There isn’t much downside. We share the load and love each other’s company. Brett’s smell and Bianca nasal sensitivities after a few days in the bush or after a long bus ride are probably when we are at our lowest.

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How do you keep the relationship spark alive on the road?

Every now and then we will go out on special date nights, just the two of us. It is something we would usually do if we were back home. It’s nice to keep that sense of normality and excitement, dressing up and enjoy a nice glass of wine together. We think especially on the road it is a nice treat and who know what comes after that

What is one piece of advice you’d give to any couple wanting to travel together?

Living in the moment is essential. Enjoy the best part of your life with your own eyes. After finding your angle and snapping some great shots, it’s time to take it in and simply enjoy being on the top of an ancient temple with your loved one and not under an office desk with your work colleagues.

Get to Know the Couple:
Bianca & Brett: @kiwisoffcourse
Travel Blog: www.kiwisoffcourse.com

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2 Comments

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    JASCHEN
    October 25, 2016 at 3:09 am

    Discovered your blog from Instagram. You guys share such heart-warming stories, it’s a delight to read them!
    Jasmine | http://www.mysuitcasejourneys.com

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      Travels and Chill
      October 25, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks so much, Jasmine! We’re so happy you enjoy them! 🙂

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