We had some questions to Megan from mappingmegan.com Travel Blog.
We asked her and here are the answers:
Why did you start travelling?
For the adventure mainly, and because I wanted to see as much of the world as possible. Watching the sun streak across the pyramids of Giza on television isn’t the same as actually being there. Reading about ice-skating atop the Eiffel tower is completely different from actually doing it yourself.
I wasn’t satisfied with hearing about how wonderful the world was, and reading about it in books. I wanted to actually get out there to explore new lands, get lost in the Amazon and skate on the Eiffel Tower. I wanted to taste, to touch and to feel new cultures, cuisine and countries for myself.
What is the most important during your travels?
Staying connected with everyone at home. Because Mike and I are full time travelers, it’s very easy to spend long periods of time without contacting or keeping up with the ones you love back home. It’s one of the hardest things about traveling too. It’s incredibly important to me that my 1 & 4 year old nephews still remember my name even though I’m never there. We use Skype, Facetime, and social media to stay in contact with everyone and make sure we know what’s happening in everyone’s lives.
It’s a hard lesson to learn, but you have to remember that the world back home doesn’t just stop and wait for you to return.
What is the most important experience that you had during your travels?
Meeting my now husband. It’s definitely the travel experience which changed my life the most anyway! Mike and I were both traveling individually throughout Africa when we met. We ran into each other at a hotel bar after having summited Mt Kilimanjaro, stayed up all night talking and laughing, exchanging stories about travel and life. A mere 12 hours later we both said our goodbyes and went off to catch our respective flights home, though swapping email addresses before we left.
What was one chance meeting then turned into emails back and forth, phone calls late at night, roses sent from the US to Australia, and a lot of round the world travel to spend time with each other. After a 2 years of successfully maintaining a long distance relationship we got married under the stars in Hawaii (see pictures from our destination wedding here), and now travel the world based out of the US.
What is the most beautiful place that you have been to?
Iceland by far! Inspiring scenery at every turn, extraordinary landscapes, and astounding natural wonders; we left the country determined to one day return! Majestic glaciers grind their way through cracked lava fields, gushing geysers explode with a powerful force, glittering ice caps pierce the sky, and vibrant green fjords rise from the mist of geothermal lagoons. Oh and the waterfalls and just straight from the pages of a fairytale! If you want to see what Iceland’s all about check out our 2 minute video!
What do you avoid when you travel?
Tourists!! We absolutely cannot stand getting caught up in large crowds, and try to avoid super touristy locations like the plague. We make a genuine effort to travel during off season and to hit up locations which are off the beaten path. Not only does this mean our travel is generally cheaper, but we’re also never fighting past hundreds of people for photos.
What is your biggest travel dream?
Antarctica. Easily! I would absolutely love to make it to Antarctica one day and witness the stunning landscapes and exotic wildlife for myself. It’s my biggest dream.
What are you favourites travellers? What blogs do you read?
I love to read adventure travel blogs, which generally gives me further ideas for my own travels. Blogs like Wander the Map, Wanderlusters, True Nomads and the Legendary Adventures of Anna, are always inspiring me to get out there and travel more!!
Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging around the world for the last 7 years to inspire others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home. Meg authors “Mapping Megan”, an adventure travel blog which aims to give you the best tips and advice on travelling, volunteering, living, working and holidaying abroad.