Twelve Travel Questions with Toby and Tamar

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Name: Toby and Tamar
Home Base: Barcelona, Spain… For now.
Last Trip: Australia to Spain, nearly a year ago. Wow, it’s really time to travel again.
Next Trip: New Zealand/Australia/South East Asia next February.
Website: tobyandtamar.wordpress.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tobyandtamar
Twitter: @tobyandtamar

1. What are three things you take on every trip?

Our Bialetti Moka pot—we like a nice coffee in the morning. Flip flops, because you never know where you will shower while travelling. And of course, our camera.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?

Coffee and alcohol, depending on if you need to sleep or to stay awake.

3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?

Check for bed bugs. We are still scarred after an encounter with those nasty little buggers.

4. What place has the best food? The worst food? 

The best: Singapore has amazing street food. There are so many different types of cuisine to try and it’s generally very hygienic which is nice! Naples, Italy has the most amazing pizza in the world. It’s absolute pizza heaven!

The worst: The Fish & Chip shop in Fairlie, New Zealand. Fairlie is a small town on New Zealand’s South Island. There is a small Fish & Chips shop that smells of old oil and both the fish and the chips are absolutely sad and soggy. Not to mention the hamburgers… Luckily Fairlie does have the best bakery in New Zealand!

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5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life? 

New Zealand. We didn’t expect it but after travelling through and working in New Zealand for 5 months we definitely changed in more than one way. We both already loved camping and hiking but New Zealand amplified that feeling. We also both felt more in touch with the simple things in life and love living with less possessions.

6. What is your favourite travel quote? 

“I suppose some of us are cave dwellers, some of us live in houses, some of us like to be loose footed” – Lemon Jelly

“Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us” – Anonymous

7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?

Here are a few songs that make us want to hit the road straight away:

“Camper Van” by Joaquín González.

“Since I Left You” by The Avalanches. (Although I like to imagine they sing ”since I met you” instead of “since I left you.”)

“See It All” by Fink.

“Ramblin’ Man” by Lemon Jelly.

“Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin. It’s all about rambling and was an influence in picking the name of our show and we love that it has a reference to Lord of the Rings which goes with our travels in New Zealand!

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8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

It might not be that crazy but it definitely still makes us laugh! After living in Barcelona for 8 months we left to travel Morocco and after that Italy and France before moving to Antwerp, Belgium. On our last night in Barcelona we hadn’t planned anything but somehow all our friends showed up for drinks and from one drink came another drink, followed by many more. It was a proper Barcelona Goodbye Party, since Barcelona is a city where the party never stops! The next morning I dragged myself and later Toby out of bed. We were both suffering and Toby was too sick to take the metro so we decided to take a taxi so he could stick his head out of the window. After throwing up in a bin in front of the bus station we hopped on the bus to Girona Airport, a trip that was painful to say the least. When we finally arrived to the airport we had to get through customs and since Toby had overstayed his visa, we were a bit nervous. Thankfully we made it through and got the right stamps to hop on the plane. We finally started feeling a bit better. When we arrived in Marrakech we took the bus into the centre. We had no idea where our Riad was but I thought, a touch naive, no worries, I’ll just ask someone. It didn’t take long to realise that things don’t work like that in Morocco, unless you want to pay people money. In our sorry, hungover state, it took us about two hours of wandering around, trying Google Maps in some dodgy internet cafe and searching for non-existent street names, to finally give up and take a taxi. Before we knew it, the taxi driver had summoned a boy from the street to take us to the Riad and though we refused several times, he walked us there through a labyrinth of streets. When we were finally at the door he asked for money and was not happy with what we gave him. Before we knew it his friend came from around the corner and I have to say, they were pretty threatening and we were certainly not up for that in the state we were in. So after handing over more money we were finally safe and sound in our Riad. Definitely a lesson learned there!

9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers? 

We think travel videos are a great source of inspiration and information. It allows you to see a little glimpse of what a place is like.

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10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos? 

We want to share with people what we love and to show them how amazing our world is. We want people to get inspired and realise there is so much more than what you see in your own hometown and in 2 weeks of holidays per year in an all-inclusive resort. Travelling is such a valuable experience and you can learn so much about the world and about yourself as a person.

11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos? 

Have fun with it. Don’t try to have everything perfect—just get out there and shoot. Doing it for yourself is the most important thing.

12. What is your best travel tip? 

Be open to meet new people, try new food, be streetwise but don’t let it stop you from having fun. Get out of your comfort zone!

Watch travel videos by Toby and Tamar here.

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