How did you meet and when did you both realize your love for travel?
We went to high school together and although we shared some classes were not overly close. It was two years later through mutual friends and social events that we began becoming closer. For both of us to travel and see the world has been a burning desire from a young age, fueled however by different sources.
Kayla: My entire childhood i was brought up in a small coastal town, very quite and remote which through the encouragement and dreams of my mum, having not travelled herself, made me eager to do so myself.
Jian: My childhood was extremely adventurous and free, growing up in an hippie town and my parents being fond of travelling took me on multiple trips throughout Asia.
Where was your first destination together and tell us about it?
We first travelled together to Thailand two years ago. Looking back now it felt like a very typical and comfortable trip. It was a break from our busy working lives and only consisted of laying by a pool, eating buffets and spending a lot of money. Oh how times have changed!
How do you share your work on the road? Who does what?
We both share the camera depending on our vision for the particular shot and its “generally” a mutual decision for what photos are used. When it comes down to the writing and blogging I (Jian) enjoy that side while Kayla takes charge of researching places to visit for potential content (scrolls through Instagram for hours).
How do you make decisions together for next destinations?
A lot of our travel destinations are simply based off a photograph. If we stumble across an amazing picture, which we both agree on, we basically rearrange our route to make reaching it possible. Even though we hitchhike, we believe anywhere is reachable and we are yet to prove ourselves wrong!
Have you noticed any changes in the relationship since you started traveling together?
We believe as time goes on there are always changes in a relationship but when travelling and spending so much time together it is emphasised. Being more comfortable around one another to having less patience, were things which had had the possibility to be negative or positive depending on how we approach them but we both believe all changes are a learning curve.
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?
Communication is the biggest factor in avoiding these things! But we agree when you spend 24/7 with another person these are most definitely unavoidable. Sometimes a little space, whether its just silence when disagreements arise are the starting point but we always reflect after these occur and focus on what we can personally improved on for the future.
What is the most beautiful moment you have experienced together while traveling?
Getting food poisoning together in Albania… jokes! Defiantly in Norway in the Lofoten Islands when we decided to hike and camp on top of the mountain Reinebriggen. It probably does not sound very beautiful but together it was the hardest thing we’ve pushed ourselves through and to sit back in our tent which was pitched on a small crest having a 360 degree view over the Lofoten Islands while watching the midnight sun set then rise in a manner of minutes, was truly magical!
What do you like the most about traveling as a couple?
You get get to experience everything together. That person is always there and going through the exact feelings you are. Happiness is only real when shared!
What do you like the least about traveling as a couple?
We both agree that is a hard one! Possibly the fact that because your always with that person, alone time is hard to come by. As traveling together continues we feel we depend more so on each others company as its what we’re so comfortable with and when the other wants a little space, it is hard to accept.
How do you keep the relationship spark alive on the road?
We are always laughing whilst pushing each other outside of their comfort zone, growing and evolving together and thats exciting. There are many layers to another’s personality and we are still discovering them in each other!
What is one piece of advice you’d give to any couple wanting to travel together?
Be patient! When communicating together, understanding one another or seeing the other persons point of view because there will always be indifferences. To be in a relationship is about compromise and adapting to one another so a little patience can go a long way!