This week’s Travel Blog interview:
1. Who are you and where are you from? My name is Tricia & I am originally from upstate NY. Keith was born in upstate NY but raised in SC. We’ve lived in a plethora of states and currently call Oregon ‘home’.
2. Favorite thing about your hometown? My hometown has the best junk food out there. In fact, Rochester is known for its garbage plate, which I adore. They also have the best pizza (Pontillo’s), the best wings (Jerimiah’s) and the best custard (Abbot’s). Keith’s hometown is Beaufort, SC and his favorite thing about that is Seafood and Beaches, you can buy seafood right off the boat for cheap and there are a ton of beaches to relax on.
3. #1 Reason you travel? It’s our primary addiction. 🙂 We both love experiencing new sights, food and people.
4. Job you left behind? I am a Software Quality Engineer and Keith is an Information Security Architect. We both left good jobs and plan to either try to find remote work, or when we run out of money, contract until we have enough to travel again.
5. What thing(s) did you give up to save money for travel? We don’t really give up much, but rather have scaled our life over the years to live off one paycheck. All we own fits in an RV, we have one car, and don’t have a lot of material items. We gave up a lot of our things, tools, furniture, kitchen appliances and kitchen tools. Looking back on it, most of it was junk and we live without it easily – although we have replaced and missed a few kitchen items!
6. What kind of backpack do you carry and why? Does a camera backpack count? We’re not backpackers (currently) and travel in our RV.
7. Funniest Travel/WTF moment? Narrowing it down to just one = impossible. We stayed at Oliver Lee State Park in New Mexico. According to the web site the space wouldn’t fit our motorhome but after talking with some friends that are also RV’ers and had stayed there we booked it anyway – they assured us we’d fit. When we arrived it was all serious hills and while the spot looked OK the route to it was harrowing. As Keith pulled into the spot the RV tipped precariously and felt and looked like it was going to tip over. We did finally get settled but after talking to some of the other campers and host we heard two comments. The host gave us a admiring look and said ‘good job getting in there’ and one of the other campers said ‘I moved to another park, because the only site available here was the one you’re in’. It was a spectacular stay and the picture on our home page is of the camper there.
8. Favorite ‘Off-the-beaten-Path’ place: Anyplace that doesn’t have wifi for awhile. Recently we visited Union Peak in Montana – an operating fire lookout that had the most amazing views.
9. Your MUST HAVE(s) while on the road: Good coffee, good beer, good food.
10. Laundry: Send it out or use the sink? ….or use the laundromat, which is our method. We cheat this question because we also have a washer / dryer combo in the RV.
11. Favorite book: Tricia : “The Stand” by Stephen King – Keith: Friday by Robert Heinlein
12. Stay out late or get up early? Depends on the day (but I am more of a morning person & Keith is a night person so we usually split the difference)
13. DSLR or Point & Shoot? What brand(s) and lenses do you carry? Both, along with our smartphones. We have a Canon EOS Rebel with 3 lenses, a Sony point & shoot, an iphone & a Samsung Galaxy Note 2– we don’t like missing a shot!
14. Favorite kind of Pizza: Pontillos in upstate NY, although for the first time I’ve had decent pizza west of the Mississippi at Biga Pizza in Missoula, Montana. Ditto for Keith – actually Biga is the better of the two!
15. What is your average daily budget? We budget monthly but it works out to around $170 a day. We don’t do a daily budget, but rather budgets for different items, ie ground rent, eating out, alcohol, clothing.
16. How many countries have you visited? We are focused on the states right now since we have a dog Samantha & a cat Jasmine to take care of. 9 more states & we’ve seen all 50! We have done some international travel & have seen Bermuda, Kiribati, England, Mexico, & Canada. Keith was also in the Navy & traveled extensively via ship for 6 years around the world. Once our beloved animals pass on, we plan to switch our focus to international travel