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Our interview with Sam Wood from

Why did you start traveling?

Because there are just so many amazing landscapes to see, hidden corners to discover, people to meet, food to try and experience to have out there. Although the world is getting smaller, they’re still not all going to come to you!

What is the most important during your travels?

Finding good wifi…?! Not really, but sometimes it seems like our days are dictated by that, especially when working online and running a travel blog! Food is a central part of our travels, and I spend a lot of time trying to find interesting, unique and healthy places to eat or buy food from. And of course, the interactions we have with other people as we travel is also very important to us, be they old friends we’re visiting in their hometown, other travellers exploring a place with us or locals showing us what life is like for them.

What is the most important experience that you had during your travels?

Very soon after arriving in Bolivia in 2013, our expectations of the country were completely turned on their head, in a positive way. Since then, we’ve tried not to pre-judge a place before going.

What is the most beautiful place that you have been to?

Wow, there are so many! Let me restrict my answer to places we visited during 2013 in South America: parts of Argentinian Patagonia were really breathtaking and the south west of Bolivia was also stunning, though extremely harsh. There are so many more, but those were definitely highlights.

What do you avoid when you travel?

Staying in dorms. We like meeting new people as we travel, but we prefer to have some privacy, especially to sleep. I am very sensitive to noise when I’m sleeping, so I don’t like sharing my sleeping space with strangers. We also generally tend to avoid places that are overhyped. Being told that I must visit a place actually makes me want to visit it less!

What is your biggest travel dream?

We don’t have any big obvious dreams like “sail across the Atlantic”, “scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef” or “visit the Taj Mahal”, we’re more interested in the small, everyday details of travel and the sense of freedom it brings. I guess our biggest travel dream is simply to never stop travelling!

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What are your favourite travelers? What blogs do you read?

Oh, again there are so many! The first travel blog I read was Wandering Earl, who really inspired me. I had the chance to meet him in Syria a few years ago, which was great. I also followed Globetrotter Girls and Never Ending Voyage for a long time, as I found their style entertaining but the information they provided was also very useful and the kind of things I wanted to know about potential future destinations. Others I really admire (and have had the chance to meet) are Travels of Adam, Bridges and Balloons and Uncornered Market.

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