Look at these two, aren’t they lovely?! And that is a pint glass that Will and I like a lot! Today we go back to our Travelling Couples theme and talk to Cole and Adela of Four Jandals. These guys get stuck into as much adventure as possible and we simply love them.
1. Could you briefly introduce yourselves and your site?
We are Cole and Adela, the Kiwi Adventure Couple who have been travelling for the past two and a half years with our trusty Jandals (New Zealand slang for flip-flops).
We have shown that everyone can do adventure travel activities through the Four Jandals Adventure Travel Blog.
2. Tell us the story! How did you guys meet and what made you choose to write a travel blog?
We are both water lovers and actually met poolside while playing Underwater Hockey (and yes it’s a real sport)! I guess Adela just couldn’t resist me in my speedos J
We started travelling over two and a half years ago in Canada but didn’t start our blog until only 8 months ago. We thought it was about time to start sharing our adventures and from there our adventure travel blog has just continued to grow.
3. Individually, what are the things you are best at when it comes to your blog?
When we started it was just Cole who did everything from web design, writing, social media and taking the photos. Luckily he was well stocked up with food and support from Adela. Now that we have grown Adela has begun to get a lot more involved with writing and takes some of the best photos.
We are still trying to build a video section on the blog and this will be the next big focus for us.
4. What has been your favourite place so far?
Overall it would probably be in Jasper high in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We lived there for 10 months and was so hard to leave. However, we just returned from two weeks in Turkey and fell in love with the food and the scenery on our Sail Turkey trip.
5. Tell us about the best cultural experience you’ve had? And what’s been your worst moment?
The best cultural experience would have to be our trip to Egypt. Seeing the Pyramids in person and floating down the Nile is something we will never forget.
But not all travel is as fun. In Marrakech, Cole became really sick after kissing a snake and lost 10 kgs in just 2 weeks. Unfortunately these things happen but it means Cole doesn’t want to go back to Morocco now.
6. How do you handle spending so much time together? Any secrets to share?
Alone time is the key. It may sound weird travelling as a couple because you don’t really get the chance for alone time. But having a short break from one another to do your own thing works. For example, Adela is quite happy to sleep in while I have to get up and out there. So will often have an hour or two to kill some time.
7. What are your biggest challenges with travel blogging?
There is not enough time in the day for travelling and blogging. Ironic considering we have to travel to blog! I find it really hard to sit down with the laptop at the end of a hard day of travels and needing to edit photos, write posts, reply to emails and then spend a couple of hours on social media! But somehow we still love it all.
8. This is the dangerous one… Is there anything you would change about your partner when it comes to your experiences travelling? (Now no fighting please, criticism is productive remember!)
Cole needs to learn to pack earlier than the last minute! While Adela needs to be a little bit more careful with some of Cole’s precious gadgets like his camera! Luckily even though we do fight when we travel we will often get over it and make up quickly. You can’t be mad at someone when they may be the only other English speaking person in hundreds of miles J
9. It’s a common sweeping statement in the travel world that ‘you’re not really travelling if you’re with a partner’. Seeing as so many people travel as a twosome, this seems a little odd to us. What do you have to say about this?
We actually admire solo travellers that can head off into the world by themselves. But think that is a ridiculous statement because we love to share every experience with one another. And so often you will find that solo traveller end up meeting up with other solo travellers to partake in activities together anyway.
10.What’s next on your agenda? Do you have any travel goals for the year?
We are actually about to take off on our next adventure to Italy at the beginning of June. We have 6 weeks to tour around with a couple of press trips to various areas of Italy. And then we will be enjoying (maybe enjoying is the wrong word) Running with the Bulls in Spain. After that we actually have no idea but should be returning to Edinburgh, our current home base, and Cole will be trying to blog from there full time.
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