How did you meet and when did you both realize your love for travel?
We were both studying in Brisbane and met at a joint birthday party for Endre and a mutual friend 9.5 years ago and bonded over our love for the English Premier League. After dating for three months, Endre invited me to visit him in Norway while he was back home for the Summer (it was my first time in Europe) and four months after that we travelled to Vanuatu together, so I guess you could say that’s when our love for travelling (and in particular travelling to exotic paradises) began!
Where was your first destination together and tell us about it?
As I mentioned above, Vanuatu was our first holiday together. This tiny little nation off the east coast of Australia was an island paradise neither of us had experienced before. Each new day was filled with a new adventure and it definitely sparked our desire to see more of the world and all the beautiful places that exist.
How do you share your work on the road? Who does what?
Basically I’m the one running the social media aspect of it, Endre’s always tagged in a lot of photos but rarely has to upload anything himself! BUT he is my instagramhusband, he makes me look good in my solo posts 😉 For now, all our adventures are just shared on Facebook with our family and friends and my travel Instagram account, maybe one day Endre can start a blog, he is the writer in the marriage afterall!
How do you make decisions together for next destinations?
Our holidays always have to be a mix of relaxing and exploring. So we try to find a place that can tick both of those criteria’s. That’s why beach destinations with lots of history and culture are usually on the top of our list. Also, it doesn’t hurt if the place has amazing food as well!
Have you noticed any changes in the relationship since you started traveling together?
We’ve always gotten along really well since the beginning of our relationship as we started off as friends and it’s only gotten stronger as the years have gone by and each new adventure we go on.
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?
Every relationship has disagreements and misunderstandings whether you’re on the road together or not, it’s apart of life, but I remember hearing a saying “don’t go to bed angry” and I think we always try to stick to that. If there is tension due to a misunderstanding or miscommunication then we always try and talk about it before the end of the day, little things can snowball into something more if you let it fester! Communication is the key!
What is the most beautiful moment you have experienced together while traveling?
It would have to be while we were traveling through Central America with Gadventures this January. We were on a snorkeling day trip in Caye Caulker, Belize and spent the day sailing around in the clearest waters we’d ever seen, snorkeling with turtles and nurse sharks, and hanging out with new friends we’d made on the tour. It was already such an amazing day but to top it off, as we sailed back to the island a pod of 20 something dolphins came swimming up to our boat! It was the most insane thing to witness! That really was the icing on the cake! What a great start to the year! It’s a day we’ll never forget!
What do you like the most about traveling as a couple?
Being able to share the experience with someone you love! I enjoy traveling on my own or with friends as well but each time I experience something amazing on a solo travel I always wish Endre was with me cause I know he’d love it too! That’s why I have a few trips that I need/want to retake because I want to share those moments again with him 😉
What do you like the least about traveling as a couple?
Honestly, neither of us could come up with anything. We really enjoy traveling together and we’re good at compromising so it just makes the trips we go on together quite easy and enjoyable!
How do you keep the relationship spark alive on the road?
Seeing each other’s faces light up when either one of us experiences something new and exciting or conquers something that they never thought they could do is what keeps the spark alive during our trips. It doesn’t even have to be something big either! Maybe I’ve taken a bite into a dessert that’s just beyond words and my eyes say it all or Endre’s used an outdoor rain water shower for the first time in his life, it’s the little things during our trips that makes both of us fall in love with each other all over again!
What is one piece of advice you’d give to any couple wanting to travel together?
I think it’s good to choose trips where you both have something to look forward to! Your partner might get fed up easily if the trip revolves around doing just want you want to do, compromise and you’ll both be happy during the holiday.
Get to Know the Couple:
Wantana & Endre: @wantanatierney
Travel Blog: wantanatierney.com