Hello! Welcome to Active Travel World. We have been working behind the scenes for a few months now to get this website up and running to bring you tips and tricks from our favourite destinations around the world and all of the best ways to stay active when travelling.
Whilst we appreciate a good museum or gallery as much as the next person, when travelling we like to be outside and active as much as possible, whether that is zip-lining, hiking, kayaking, climbing waterfalls or a tabogon down the side of a Swiss mountain, there are far more exciting ways to stay active around the world than walking. Here at Active Travel World we (that is Dave and Dannii) will be sharing all of that with you.
You can read a little about how this site came to be on our About section, but for our first post we thought we would do something a bit fun and answer some travel related questions. Below you can read some questions and answers about our travel experiences and our views on how we like to travel.
What is your favourite thing about travelling?
We have to be honest, it’s the food. We are total foodies and we love to try as many different flavours as possible. We like to think we are fairly adventurous too, although there were a few things at the night markets in Thailand that even we couldn’t stomach.
(Thai omelettes cooking in Chiang Mai’s night market)
Which country is your favourite?
Without a doubt, for Dannii, it is Switzerland (Dave hasn’t been yet). It is such a stunningly beautiful country that has a great quality of life.
(The Swiss Alps)
Dave’s favourite country is Thailand – not only did he love the food, he has always been interested in the culture.
(Yaksha, the guardian of the Grand Palace, Bangkok)
What is one place on your travel bucket list?
For a relaxing holiday it would be Bora Bora, staying in an overwater bungalow. But for something a little more crazy, it would have to be Tokyo. We are hoping it tick off both very soon.
If you had to give up your passport and get another country’s passport, what would you pick?
We are pretty happy with our British passport, due to the amount of countries it allows us in to, but the German and Swedish passports allow more, so maybe them.
If you couldn’t ever travel again but could pick any city to be confined to, where would you pick?
It would have to be NYC, because it has little parts of the whole world within the city. You can see influences from everywhere in the food, buildings, and you will meet a different person on every corner.
(View of the New York skyline from the Top Of The Rock)
What was the first trip you took as an adult?
The first trip Dannii took without parents or as a school trip was to Malia in Crete with her uni friends. It was far from a cultural trip, but fun nonetheless.
Dave took a trip to the Greek island of Skiathos with his friend and got to experience the island before it became the tourist trap that it is today.
What do you know now about travelling cheaply that you wish you’d known earlier?
AirBnB is amazing. It’s not that we didn’t know about it before, but that it’s a fairly new thing and we wish that it had of been round for a lot longer. We used to do the whole couch surfing thing, but AirBnB gives you much more privacy, but still allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture.
(AirBnB accommodation, Nashville)
Are there any social norms or practices you’ve encountered on your travels that you wish were normal in your native culture?
Street food isn’t really a thing here in the UK, although it is becoming more popular, and it’s such a big part of the culture elsewhere in the world. Apart from the odd burger van, we are seriously lacking here in the UK.
(Pad Thai cooking on the streets of Chiang Mai, Thailand)
What is one food you could now never eat in your home country again because you’ve tasted the original version in its country of origin and you’ve been forever spoiled?
We still do eat this food, as we couldn’t give it up in our country totally, but our travels have definitely spoilt it for us:
– Pizza in Rome: The Italians don’t over complicate their pizza, and that’s what makes it so amazing. They don’t do meat feasts, stuffed crusts or 10 toppings per pizza. Just classic flavours and sitting around a fountain whilst eating it helps too.
(Real Italian Pizza)
– Curry in Bangkok: Sitting on a crate in front of street food cart in the heart of Chinatown, you will find some of the best curries that this country has to offer. Vibrant flavours and an absolute bargain too.
(Four types of curry, Bangkok)
– Tacos in Mexico: It’s not just the hand rolled tortillas, or the succulent spicy meat, but the variety of different salsas in Mexico is incredible. We really struggle to find any Mexican food that comes close to this in the UK.
For you, what are the most and least liveable cities you’ve visited?
We would have to say that NYC is the most liveable city, as it has everything that you could want right on your doorstep and it’s so easy to get around. But for it to be liveable, that means being able to afford to live there. Chiang Mai, Thailand is somewhere else we could see ourselves living, but a complete contract from NYC.
Least liveable is a difficult, but we might have to say New Orleans. Simply for the reason that the temptation to go out and party and constantly go out to eat would be too strong!
(Bourbon Street, New Orleans)
Best meal you’ve eaten anywhere?
We had a really incredible chicken and potato yellow curry in a place called Barrab in Chiang Rai, Thailand. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, we weren’t expecting anything special, and the restaurant was pretty basic, but the flavours were incredible and it was insanely cheap for what you get. We are not ones for 5-star fancy restaurants; for us it is about atmosphere and this local place was bursting with it.
What’s the most overrated city you have been to?
That’s a hard one to answer, but maybe Boston. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Boston, and we don’t want to offend any Bostonians, but it just wasn’t what we thought it would be.
What do you think the most useful travel resource is?
It might sound obvious, but probably TripAdvisor. It has helped us find some amazing hotels to stay in, and eat at some restaurants that we might not have discovered otherwise. Saying that, we have eaten in some incredible restaurants that didn’t get the best reviews on TripAdvisor, so sometimes it pays to just go with your gut and try something that not everyone is raving about.
What is one item you would hate to forget on a trip?
Our camera bag (with the camera and lenses of course). We love being able to take great photos on your travels to share with you all, but to also keep as memories to look back on in years to come. All our equipment is fairly weighty, but it’s worth carrying and we would be lost without it on a trip.
(Taking photographs, Ios, Greece)
What do you do to stay healthy when you travel?
We still indulge in all the local food, but we try to workout each day, whether it is in the hotel gym or out for a run and we walk everywhere. When we are on a more relaxed beach holiday, we try to do lots of water sports to start active.
What’s the best travel advice you have ever been given?
It’s not something anyone has told us, but something we would tell other people. Slow down and take it all in, and remember to look at the everything from outside the camera lens. We can all be so eager to get the perfect shot that we only see things through our camera or phone.
(Rick’s Cafe in Negril, Jamaica)
What’s something you pack that’s not absolutely essential but you like having it?
Probably way too many shoes, and that goes for both of us. You just never know what you are going to be doing, and what shoes you will need for it.
What is one thing that is too large or impractical to travel with that you wish you could bring with you when you travel?
Not a material thing, but our cats. If it weren’t for our cats, then we would probably travel for much longer each time than we actually do, but it’s not fair to leave them for that long and we miss them too much. We encounter many cats on our travels though, so that keeps us going until we get home.
What has been your favourite travelling memory?
Climbing up Dunn’s Fall in Jamaica will always stick in our memory, because we were full of rum and had no idea what we were doing, just putting our faith in the guide.
(A small section of the 55m tall Dunn’s River Falls, Ocho Rios, Jamaica)
Visiting 3 countries in one day in South East Asia was something we always wanted to do and managed to hop over to Myanma and Laos from Thailand.
(Standing in Thailand and looking over Myanmar to the left and Laos to the Right)
The main travelling highlight has to be seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland. It is a major bucket list item for so many people and it was the top of ours. It was absolutely freezing, but magical.
So now you know a little more about us, leave a comment with some of your own answers or ask us some more questions.
Keep an eye out for all our upcoming posts and follow us on all our social media (links a the top of the page)