Travel Tuesday with Alex from Career Gappers

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A smiling couple. the man with a dark beard and moustache and a grey beanie with white rim and a girl with blonde hair in front of a blue lake with snowcapped mountains in the background
Alex and Lisa in Torres Del Paine

My first Travel Tuesday bloggers for 2020 are Alex and Lisa who run Career Gappers. They aim to inspire people to take a sabbatical from their career to go travelling.

So over to Alex to answer my Travel Questions:

Q1 – When did you become a traveller?

I’ve always been curious about the world, but it took time for travel to become a big part of my life. I went on a couple of trips overseas as a child, but my first real taste of travel was an Interrailing trip around Europe when I was 18. I’ve been captivated ever since, and now I travel as often and as widely as I can. And I’m lucky to have an amazing partner, Lisa, who I can share it with.

Q2 – What kind of traveller are you? Full-time? Part-time? Anytime?

Absolutely anytime! I doubt we will ever be ‘digital nomads’. Lisa and I like to have a place we call home, but we’re aiming to build a life that allows us to travel as often as we can in between.

Q3 – Which country do you originally come from and where do you call home?

I’m from the UK and I currently live here, but I have close family from Nigeria and Austria, and family roots all over Europe. I’ve always felt like a citizen of the world.

Q4 – Is there anything you miss from home when you are travelling?

Friends, family, Sunday roasts and my own bed.

Q5 –  What do you love most about travelling?

The education it provides. The more you see of the world, the more you can understand it and appreciate that everybody comes from a different environment.

Alex and Lisa’s anniversary scuba dive

Q6 – And what is your pet hate?

Disrespectful or ignorant travellers. Thankfully there aren’t many – it’s a small minority. We all make honest mistakes, that’s natural. But I hate to see people wilfully disregard the local culture or neglect the environment in the places they’re visiting. It’s not ok and it gives the travelling community a bad reputation as a whole when it happens.

Q7 – Tell us about your favourite trip or place to visit.

Patagonia. For those who don’t know, it’s a huge region that is spread across Chile and Argentina at the extreme south of South America. Lisa and I spent a month there on our travel career break, and it was simply incredible. The scenery is mind-blowing – like nowhere else we’ve been. I could imagine us retiring there and seeing out our days on the doorstep of the great wilderness.

Q8 – How do you prepare for a trip, are you a last-minute packer or days in advance?

I’m always last minute with packing but Lisa likes to be prepared, haha. That can cause some friction! However, we both love to spend time planning things to see and do from the moment a trip is booked.

Q9 – What 5 things do you always take on your travels?

Packing cubes, playing cards, a corkscrew, a camera and an open mind.

Man wearing blue tinted sunglassed, grey tshirt and beige cargo trousers standing on top of a rock. In the background the mountains and clouds are reflected in a lake
Alex in New Zealand

Q10 – If money was no object, where would you live?

Somewhere in South America. Possibly Buenos Aires – we had a bad experience when we first arrived there, but we grew to love the city. It’s full of art, passion, music and amazing food, plus it would be the ideal launchpad for exploring around the continent. And with money being no object we could pop home and see everyone whenever we liked (or fly them out to see us!).

Q11 – Tell us more about your blog?

Career Gappers was born from our own transformative experience of taking a travel career break, and now we want to inspire more people to do it. Taking extended time off work to travel can help you reflect on your life and reshape it in whatever way you want. We’re here to give people the resources they need to make it happen.

Q12 – What three blogs inspire you?

Adventure In You is just brilliant. Tom and Anna were the biggest inspiration for us to set up our own blogging business. They started with nothing and have built a world-class platform for travellers that has enabled them to live a dream lifestyle.

These Foreign Roads is run by Mark and Kylee, good friends of ours who are globetrotting chefs from Canada. We love their style and their attitude towards life and travel.

Anywhere We Roam is a beautiful blog that has a socio-political angle. Mark and Paul have a great knack for telling compelling stories about local cultures and communities in the places they visit.

Q13 – And your go-to travel resource?

I always you Budget Your Trip to plan my travel spends.

Q14 –  What advice would you give first-time bloggers?

Don’t put it off – just get started. It doesn’t need to be perfect to go live, in fact, it never will be. You will always grow and improve. The sooner you can put it out there, the sooner you can begin the learning curve.

Alex at Cerro Llao Llao Bariloche Argentina

Q15 – Where are you off to next?

We are heading to Sicily in March for the TBEX travel blogging conference. There will be more trips in 2020, but we don’t have it all mapped out yet.

Quick lowdown of Alex’s favourite:

Favourite Airport? Singapore Changi

Favourite Mode of Transportation? Boat

Window seat or aisle? Window, always!

Favourite City? La Paz, Bolivia

Favourite Country? Chile

Backpack or Case? Backpack

Travel Book? In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

Quote? I’m a Game of Thrones fan, so I’ll go with this quote from one of my favourite characters, Oberyn Martell: “It’s a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us.”

Thanks, Alex xxx!

You can keep up with Alex and Lisa on:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/careergappers
Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/careergappers
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/careergappers
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/careergappers

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