A few years ago, I had a chance to travel around Europe for a few months. While there, I had the awesome opportunity to meet a lot of great people, two of which include Dan Tyrrell and Holly Davis. These two are living the dream, traveling for months on end, visiting new places, meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures.
I asked them a little while ago if they would be my first Guest of Honour on this new section of my blog and they gladly accepted. Thank you Dan and Holly for allowing me to interview you and I hope you enjoy the post!
1. Quick Facts:
- From: Heathcote, Australia
- Time Traveled: Dan – 1 year, 7 months, and 15 days, Holly – 1 year, 5 months, and 3 days
- Countries Visited: Dan – 31, Holly – 28
- Flights Taken: ~ 30
- Modes of Transportation: Plane, boat, car, campervan, bus, train, hitchhiked, donkey, taxi, ferri, coach, and camel!
- Favorite Destination: Dan – “I can’t choose! Each offers something new.”, Holly – “Every place has been great, but if I had to choose a top three, it’d be Peru, Portugal, and Greece
- Next Destination: Sri Lanka as we speak
2. What inspired you both to do this trip of a lifetime?
“We wanted to experience new cultures and test ourselves individually and as a couple. The time was right as well. We had saved up enough money, the time of year was right, it all just fell together.”
3. Many think that traveling is heaps expensive and it’s impossible to afford. How did you guys fund this trip?
“We worked very hard before with two jobs each to make sure we had enough to do what we wanted to do. We were also fortunate enough to find work quickly when we settled in London for 6 months of the trip and was able to find a snow season job which allowed us to do what we wanted while not dipping to much into saving. However, traveling on a budget is not too hard, there are some great hostels that are cheap, clean, and provide a great environment to meet like minded travelers.”
4. How much longer do you think you’ll be traveling for?
“We will head home before Christmas this year to surprise our family’s, so that date is a secret!”
5. Now that your travels seem to be coming to an end, is there anything you would have done differently?
“Not a thing – we did a mix of traveling styles, backpacking through some countries on our own and some organized tours. Tours are a great options for seeing a country really in depth and getting a local experience (I.e. Home stays and teaching English to disadvantaged children with companies like G Adventurers and intrepid which make an effort to give back to the community).”
6. What did you expect/want to get out of this trip?
“Lifelong memories, a bit of culture, and new friends.”
7. Best story you can tell us!
“We have been lucky enough to have so many amazing experiences throughout the trip, such as living in London in a house of 20 people, working a ski season in France, teaching disadvantaged children in Guatemala, and the inca trail and Machu Picchu in Peru.
A lot of the funniest stories, however, involve a high level of drinking and fun times with new and wonderful friends, particularly throughout Europe and Central America. A night out in Lagos, Portugal ended with one person passed out, locked in the bathroom, one trying to get lucky in the top bunk, and the other two throwing toothpaste and arguing about which McDonald’s burger is better. A more appropriate funny story however is when tubing in Veng Vieng, Laos. Dan was enjoying a beer Lao when a sneaking but rather large wasp decided to take a swim unbeknown to him in his beer. After taking a big gulp, he noticed there was something extra in his beer but before he had enough time to spit it out the wasp took offense and stung him on the tongue leaving him speechless with a swollen tongue for days!”
I’m very grateful of Dan and Holly for kicking-off my Guest of Honour section. I’m jealous of all their experiences, but hopefully – one day – I’ll be able to have those experiences of my own. If you have any questions for Dan or Holly, feel free to ask in the comments section below! I’ll be sure to ask them 🙂
Thanks for reading! Cheers 🙂