In my endless pursuit to chat with all the most interesting people in the world, I started studying up on travel bloggers. These folks spend their days traveling across the US or globetrotting around the world. They capture their adventures through writing, photography or video. Some of the more popular travel bloggers do this full-time and their vagabond lifestyle is fully funded.
After they’ve built a loyal audience on their blog and through social media, they’ll get hooked up with sponsors and affiliates (like hotels, resorts or automotive companies) who will financial support their travels. Some of them even write their own travel books based on their adventures. Can you imagine roaming the world, seeing all that our beautiful earth has to offer and having all of your travels be fully funded?!
I decided to reach out to a couple that was doing this because I had to learn more. It was just too interesting of a topic for me to leave it alone.
Four years ago, Jonathan and Kach Howe met each other while they were traveling the world. Jonathan was from the UK and Kach was from the Philippines. They both shared a love for travel and a love for adventure. A a few years of traversing the globe together, these two world travelers got married last July. At the time of my interview with Kach, they had traveled to 77 different countries together and recently completed their dream of visiting ALL 7 continents (yes, including Antarctica).
Kach and Jonathan started documenting their journey through a travel blog called Two Monkeys Travel in late 2014. They shared their favorite destinations, stories about their adventures and provided helpful travel tips to their readers. Their blog following and social media following grew and grew over the years. Today, they have about a ¼ million Facebook followers, their inspiring global travel/love story has been covered in major media outlets like CNN, BBC and Forbes and their adventure continues.
What are we covering today?
On the show today, Kach and I discuss:
- How her and Jonathan started this journey together
- Financially, how is their endless vacation feasible
- And where in the world they are going next
In true world traveler fashion, I caught up with these two as they were on a boat in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. You can’t stop adventure even for a quick interview!
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Two Monkeys Travel Group: Kach and Jonathan’s website and travel blog.
How to Start A Travel Blog: Kach’s post on everything they learned when starting their blog.
How to Monetize from Travel Blogging: Kach shares their approaches to making money while traveling around the world.
Guest Bio: Kach and Jonathan Howe
We had both started out on the same path before we ever knew each other existed. We both decided to leave the nine-to-five career lifestyle, sell off our possessions and travel the world. Our paths first crossed in the small, historic town of Luang Prabang in Laos.
I (Jonathan) was on a budget motorbike trip around Asia, while Kach was backpacking with her brother and sister. We spent a lot of time together for a couple of days, visiting waterfalls and exploring the countryside on my motorbike, but then it was time to continue on our separate ways.
Kach traveled on with her brother and sister for another month, before starting a month-long yoga retreat in Thailand and I traveled on to Hanoi, Vietnam to look for work teaching English. We kept in touch online, talking every day and I convinced her to come visit me in Hanoi for two weeks. Well, two weeks came and went and we’ve been together ever since! After seven months of teaching English to save money, we flew to India, where we studied to become yoga teachers and Ayurveda massage therapists. Since then, we’ve traveled to over 70 countries and all the 7 continents together.
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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” -St. Augustine of Hippo