They believe that the biggest obstacles to travel are fear and the “I’ll do it later” attitude. Today’s interview is from Jade of OurOyster.com who travel with her family; Daniel, husband, and Jacob, son. You can also follow them on twitter, facebook and Google plus.
First of all tell everyone a basic background of who you are…
The OurOyster team consists of couple Daniel and Jade and of course their young son Jacob. The site was originally started by Jade after five years of travel when she moved to New Zealand. After a year in New Zealand she moved to Australia where she met Daniel and they got married. Now they travel and blog together.
How did you get into traveling?
My first international trip was when I was 17 to the Dominican Republic. But I didn’t catch the travel bug until I moved to Europe when I was 20. I ended up spending over three years in Europe before briefly going back home to Canada before setting off to New Zealand.
Of all the places you traveled to, what was your favorite?
Daniel and I recently spent five months traveling around the world with our baby. Our favourite place, and my all time highlight was Iceland. It is just one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We were there in winter, so it was quite cold and many of the roads were closed, but despite that we still got to experience some truly breathtaking scenery.
What is one place that you regret going to?
I don’t really have any particular travel regrets, although I did have some pretty bad timing when I visited Fiji. I ended up being there right in time for a major tropical cyclone and ended up getting trapped with no water or power and dwindling food supplies while roads were rebuilt and airplanes started returning.
What places are still on your bucket list?
Russia and Mongolia are huge on my bucket list, as well as most of South America. In the near future we are hoping to cross some more Pacific Islands off our list, and Vanuatu will be one of those highlights.
I noticed you mention budget travel on your about page. What are the most effective ways you limit costs when traveling?
We try to limit our costs by staying in budget accommodation. We are usually out and about exploring all day so we don’t need a fancy hotel or anything like that to enjoy ourselves. My only requirement is wifi though!
Are there any budget travel strategies that you tried but decided weren’t for you?
I know a lot of people will self cater for almost the entire period of their trip to save money and that just isn’t for me. Experiencing the local food is one of the biggest pleasures of travel for me, and I like to eat out at least once a day while travelling.
Does Australia have decent airline miles credit cards to take advantage of?
To be honest… not really. I am Canadian so I know that there are tons of options out there for Canadians and Americans, but there really isn’t that much in the way of choice for Australians. All of the airline points credit cards that I have seen here have a fairly hefty annual fee attached to them which just makes them not worth while.
What’s the best travel advice you’ve ever received?
“Say yes more”
What led you to start your blog?
Like most people, I started my blog for family and friends and as a way to record my own experiences, but it quickly grew into what it is now – a great source of information and inspiration for others.