Rather than delving into the lengthy tales of our lives, we’ve answered a few personal, travel and advice related questions so you can have a better understanding of where we come from and what makes us tick. To learn more about Our Story click here
What is your greatest childhood memory?
Tyler: Going out of town to play in hockey tournaments. My family had to travel quite a few weekends in the winters and I loved staying in the hotels with my team.
Rebecca: Camping! My family went on amazing camping trips all over southern Ontario when we were growing up. We canoed, hiked, sat around bon fires, played games, jumped off cliffs into clear cool water, swam in waterfalls, laughed and danced. It was the best!
What is the best concert you’ve seen?
Tyler: In my late teens I went with a group of friends to a big outdoor festival in Toronto. Nas, Kanye and Mos Def rocked a great show, it was an amazing time.
Rebecca: Stripped/Justified tour with my bestie, my Mom and my Aunt
What book would you recommend?
Fiction – Aztec by Gary Jennings. Jennings spent close to two decades traveling around Mexico researching the Aztec empire and wrote an epic story that follows the life of the main character Mixtli. Think of a Forrest Gump type life, but with a lot more hearts being cut out and sacrificed.
Nonfiction – That’s a tough decision. As I read more and more inspiring books there seems to be so many great ones. But I love the classic The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris or The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau.
Rebecca: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
What is your favourite quote?
Tyler: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs.
Rebecca: “Do or do not, there is no try.” – Yoda
What has been your most challenging travel experience?
Tyler: Getting into an Indonesian city late at night, without anywhere to stay. We were trying to ditch some sketchy guy that was following us, only to realize we left a backpack with our camera in it a few blocks back. It was a pretty low point when that sunk in, but the amazing part was when we went back to look for our bag there was a guy hanging on to it waiting for us to come back. We ended up finding a great place to stay shortly after. (You gotta have faith in people and know that everything will work out in the end)
Rebecca: We arrived at a bus station in China. It was on the outskirts of a city rather than the core/downtown and we had no idea how to get into the city. When I tried to ask for help, I was surrounded by Chinese people laughing and pointing at me which made me really upset. I told them it was rude to laugh at someone who was crying and it only made them laugh more. I have never felt so out of place. I was embarrassed, angry and helpless. This is the first time on our trip that I realized – being a blue-eyed blonde in Asia – I really did stick out.
What is the greatest thing travel has taught you?
Tyler: To be open and to trust. There are so many amazing people to meet and experiences to enjoy if you are open to them. Traveling also forces you to put a lot of trust in complete strangers. I’ve found most people to be genuine, helpful and not all that different from myself.
Rebecca: Have faith. I wasn’t raised going to church every week, I practice no one religion. But travel has taught me to always have faith. Faith that it will work out, that it could be worse, that we will find our way.
What do you miss most about home when you’re away?
Tyler: Of course friends and family. It can be hard when you’re missing out on some big life events; and the food. Living on noodles or rice and beans for an extended period can really make me miss some classic Canadian barbecue.
Rebecca: Mom, Dad and Eric (my brother). My sweet sweet family who – up until Tyler and I started travelling – have been there for every exciting adventure of my life. Everywhere we go I think “Dad/Mom/Eric would love this”. They are always with me in spirit. I love you forever and always.
What piece of advice would you offer for someone considering long-term travel?
Tyler: Plan, but not too much. It’s good to read about a country you would like to travel to. Get an idea of what it takes to get around, how much things cost (like accommodation, meal at a restaurant, transportation) and what you would like to see. But don’t try to decide how you’ll spend each day. Remember you have lots of time, so be flexible and open to new opportunities. You will find some of the best experiences on the detours you couldn’t have planned for.
Rebecca: Just breathe. Travel can knock you down as quickly as it can pick you up. As long as you remember to breathe you will get through everything.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Tyler: In a place where I have more control over how I spend my time. Ideally owning my own business and starting a family.
Rebecca: Where is a tough question. The trip we are embarking on will decide that for us. We will likely end up living somewhere in Central or South America and I will be a wellness warrior. I’m already a yoga teacher but I want to expand into other areas of healing. Now that I’ve opened my eyes and have become a student of the school of life I’m so very excited to absorb as much knowledge as this world has to offer.
Do you have any questions about us? We can always expand on this list! Don’t be shy… ask away!