New Series! A Rendezvous of Rovers
We’re starting a new series on Reflections Enroute called Rendezvous of Rovers. In a virtual meet-up, we interview our favorite rovers, travelers, and hopefully spread some true inspiration. Jade was gracious enough, even in the middle of her wedding and deep into preparations for her round the world adventure, to be our first interviewee. Let’s get started.
Where do you live now? Tell us a little about where you are from.
I currently live in the Dominican Republic. I’ve been here two years, just about. Before that I was in Montreal for 10 years, before that Maryland for about 10 years, before that the south of France for about 10 years. I’ve spent some time living in New Mexico, Spain, Senegal, Central America, and the Caribbean. I’m not sure where I’m from. I’ve loved most of the places I’ve lived, but all for different reasons. I miss the south of France most of all, I think it might have something to do with the light.
What inspires you to travel? What types of places call to you? How often do you get to travel?
Travel is hard to define within the bounds of a nomadic lifestyle. To me it’s become more like moving, or adventuring. The places that call to me depend on my mood at the time. Currently I’m longing for solace and solitude, and so the vast plains of Mongolia and mysterious scenery of Iceland have a loud voice, but I’d go just about anywhere. What inspires me most is the sense of discovery and communing with either Mother Nature or my fellow man. Mostly what inspires me is the motion itself. Landscapes have a way of just to painting themselves in front of you, and if you know how to look, you’ll always be impressed. My entire life is travel; travel is what I do.
Describe your travel philosophy. What is your style? Are you more of a luxury traveler or is backpacking more your style? Do you like to be in control and do all your own planning, or do you like to let go and go on tours or go to a travel agent to help out? Do you like to pack a lot into a day or take it easy and follow your whims?
Slow travel is definitely my philosophy. I don’t check things off boxes. Tours bore me, a tour means someone’s been there before. I prefer trail blazing. Planning isn’t a word in my travel vocabulary, it’s a word more commonly used for budgeting. My preferred method of travel is with my own means of transportation along a road everyone says doesn’t exist, if that means sleeping in a tree and eating off the land, that’s fine with me. Of course if there’s a comfy bed available, I won’t say no. The only thing I pack is a daypack prepared for whatever adventure comes my way.
What types of things are you interested in while you are traveling? Is it adventure/adrenalin or history/culture? Do you want to relax on the beach or hike around ruins?
I’m interested in all of it. God is in the details as they say, so if it has to do with the ground I happen to be standing on right now, I’d love to learn about it. Whether it’s politics, mythology, geology, or the natural sciences, I’m all ears. I don’t particularly seek history for history’s sake. I’d rather be in a forest than a fort, but rumored ancient ruins are a good enough excuse to trek a jungle by horseback for three days.
Everyone always asks the impossible question of what is your favorite, but just tell us a couple of places that you just love or surprised you, or a place you find yourself going back to, and maybe a place that was a little disappointing and didn’t live up to its reputation.
Yellowstone National Park. If the grandiose landscapes and wildlife which that very special part of Wyoming are know for is what the US was really like before the Old World invaded, take me back in time. Now.
I’m not yet well traveled enough to have seen such raw natural beauty anywhere else, and my heart longs for a world as free as the animals that inhabit this Holy Land. Also, Detroit was an absolute eye opener as far as the current status-quo of the very real economic impacts of globalization, and communities rising form the ashes; very interesting indeed. Winnipeg is the most underrated city I’ve ever seen.
As far as disappointments go, I’d say Costa Rica. Its tourism board would win a medal in green washing if one existed. Sure the country is as gorgeous as everyone says it is, but as far as all the environmentally friendly tourism hype goes, it’s a load of croc.
What is one funny, embarrassing, cute, or even frustrating anecdote from your travels?
I left my passport at a border crossing between Canada and the states once. That was pretty silly. 😉
Oh also, I found out the hard way that there are no tampons for sale anywhere on the Island of Roatan.
Other than travel blogging, what do you do to remember your travels? Do you buy souvenirs?
If locally made artisanal crafts do still exist in the place I’m visiting I will grab up some gifts for friends and family at the blink of an eye. Other than that I try to collect friendships.
What is your next destination and what are you looking forward to doing there?
We’re currently preparing for a RTW, as usual, the future is unwritten… We’re hoping for lots of unadulterated fun and adventure. We’ll take what comes our way 😉
Finally, if you could inspire someone to start traveling, which place would you recommend to him or her as a good starting destination and why? Are there any places that you wouldn’t travel to your first time out and why?
It doesn’t matter where so much as with whom. The travel bug can be caught from any other infected being. Now if you are traveling solo, then the where is already in your heart. Listen hard. For new travelers, I would avoid any conflict zone. Get your street smarts first before venturing into political hot-zones. Otherwise, go seek, beauty awaits.
Jade and Gabriel’s blog can be found at We Travel and Blog. It’s full of first-hand experiences, both endearing and a little on the edge. The photography and writing are stunning, and extremely inspirational. Go check them out! You can also find them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Jade, thank you again for being our first interview on our new series A Rendezvous of Rovers.
If you are interested in being interviewed on a Rendezvous of Rovers, please send me an email.