We are very excited to catch up with Shereen and Dylan of The Travel Post Box, a great travel directory and website full of travel reviews. These two have always had a passion for hospitality and tourism, so it’s fitting that they have made travel their job! Their blog, The Traveling Postcard documents their personal experiences as they work and travel the world together. Let’s learn more about these two and their Love of Travel!
Tell us how the two of you met and when you discovered your shared passion for travel?
We actually met at work, we both worked for Blands Travel a Destination Management Company in Gibraltar, and so our love for tourism (and each other!) grew from there.
We too have degrees in business and hospitality / tourism, and worked in the industry. What ultimately made you decide to pack it all up and leave your jobs for full time traveling?
Individually, we had always had an urge to go travelling, unfortunately life hadn’t let it happen sooner. I (Shereen) would have loved going travelling directly after University, but things just didn’t work out. Having worked in the Tourism industry for a combined 5 years, together with this slowly awakening urge to do it, we just did. It was the scariest decision we made that we will never regret!
You are currently in SE Asia and have been exploring Vietnam. We look forward to visiting Vietnam later this year. What has surprised you about Vietnam and what are your top recommendations for visitors?
Vietnam was a wonderful blend of stunning views of paddy rice fields and chaotic motorbike filled city centres. It has something for everyone, we thoroughly enjoyed the South (Ho Chi Minh, Nha Trang and Hoi An) and as we went further North, felt the effects of communism grow larger. Hoi An is a must see for anyone, it is absolutely beautiful and understand why it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
How long to you intend to travel? Is it a set period of time or an indefinite journey?
At the moment we are only travelling through SE Asia until the end of June. We didn’t know if we were going to love this nomadic lifestyle or if we can keep it up financially, so we booked flights back home and have some family engagements to go to whilst we decide what our next steps will be.
Since leaving your jobs to travel the world, how have you (or your perspective on life) changed?
You realize the culture shock, when you live in the West you don’t realize that some commodities are not accustomed here. You also realize that your future life goals change in a positive way, you open your eyes to what was blinded to you before. A perfect example of this is when we undertook a Homestay on the villages by the Mekong River. One of us in the group brought a football to the village, the children were ecstatic. They probably had never seen a ball before and they spent hours playing with it..back home kids tend to play with footballs through a Playstation (ourselves included) so this was a lovely wake up call to life.
Your photography is stunning! What has been your most favorite photograph? Can you share it with us and describe it?
Thank you! We really enjoy photographing the world, it amazes me how a camera just stops time and lets you cherish that moment forever. Throughout our travels there have been so many images of sunsets that we never thought we would see (photo attached is our favourite sunset in Koh Tao, Thailand). However, my favourite image so far has to be the Angor Wat Sunrise photo because Angor Wat, Halong Bay and riding an Elephant were the three experiences we did this for, so that image in particular is special for us.
What advice do you have for others who wish to travel the world as you do?
If you want to travel, but haven’t done so yet, do it. If you think about it too much, it won’t happen. I spent 6 years thinking about whether I should have gone or not and after having done so, I do not regret it. Plan it and change your lifestyle to just make it happen. If you are already travelling, open your eyes, listen but do not commit and make your own decisions. To every town or city we have been to there is always someone trying to sell you something or other… a fruit shake, a tuk tuk ride, a transport ticket… take it all in and follow your gut.
* All photos were kindly provided by The Traveling Post Box
We want to thank Shereen and Dylan for sharing their Love of Travel with all of us. It is so inspiring to see fellow travelers accomplish their dreams of seeing the world, and we enjoy hearing about their unique perspectives and backgrounds. Be sure to follow along on their blog and check out the awesome resources and reviews on their website, The Travel Post Box to help you plan your next adventure!