Today’s community post is a travel blog interview with Kelly of Real World Travelers. Kelly has been kind enough to provide us with a look into her and her husband’s world of living abroad in Japan while teaching English and seeing the world. Please check out their site at Real World Travelers and subscribe. They’re an inspirational couple that show us that it is possible to do long term travel with your partner and have a blast doing so.
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What are the main themes that you discuss and why should we check your site out?
My husband and I currently live and teach English in Japan, and we talk primarily about our travels throughout Asia. Our site is still pretty new and fresh (we launched it at the beginning of February), but we hope to branch out into sharing our personal itineraries, along with tips on how to save money while traveling.
You should check out our site out because while the idea of a travel website is not new, we feel like as a young married couple still paying off student loans and working full-time, we have a different perspective from someone who is able to travel full-time without any other “real-life” obligations.
Where has the best food?
Ooh this is tough. Japan has amazing food, and Taiwan night markets are amazing, but as someone who hasn’t been in America for one full year, I am craving Chicago Deep Dish Pizza something fierce.
Lou Malnati’s, I’m dreaming of you!
What’s been your best travel experience?
My best travel experience so far has been road-tripping out West. We visited 15 National Parks in 2 weeks, and had the most amazing time really taking in the beauty of America. That trip was unforgettable.
We hope to one day re-create that trip with our kids, along with visiting every National Park in America.
What has been your WORST travel experience and why?
My worst travel experience was going to the tuna auction at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.
Everything we read and watched told us that seeing the tuna auction at Tsukiji was a MUST SEE. This is a lie.
We waited in line outside the Tsukiji Reservation Office from about midnight until 2 a.m., waited with 120 other people in a cramped inner sanctum-type room until 5 a.m., and then were ushered into the auction area for a 20 minute viewing slot.
Afterwards, we had to walk back to our Airbnb (about an hour walk away), because the trains weren’t running that early in the morning and the market itself doesn’t open until 10 a.m.
I’d go back to Tsukiji to see the market, but I would never recommend going to the Tuna Auction.
Where have you gone this year? What has been your favorite?
We ended 2016 in Taipei watching the fireworks show off of Taipei 101, went to Nagano to see the famous snow monkeys, hiked through the Zao Snow Monsters in Yamagata, and are planning to visit Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka, and Nara (and a few other places I can’t think of right now) for our Spring Vacation at the end of March.
My favorite so far has been the snow monkeys! The monkey park was really off the beaten path, and the monkeys get SO close to you! I had never seen a monkey up close in the wild before, and I was just blown away. It was incredible.
Where are you most looking forward to going soon?
We are going to Thailand for Christmas! I’ve dreamed of Thailand for years, and I cannot wait to spend time playing with elephants and eating mango sticky rice.
What are your aspirations for travel? Where do you see this taking you?
To be honest, I want this to be a source of extra income.
We eventually want to be missionaries, and from what I’ve seen, not many missionaries have a legitimate travel website or YouTube channel, and so I’m excited to see how my love for photography, video editing, and travelingwill fit into that goal, and where it will take us.
What has been the most challenging aspect of your journey, either as a blogger or a traveler?
Living overseas isn’t always been easy, and culture shock really hits you once you realize you can’t just pack up and move on to a new city. Being away from family is difficult, and acknowledging that you don’t know everything is tough, and very humbling.
There’s also the fact that I’m trying to keep up a website and YouTube channel while also working full-time as an English Teacher. Sometimes it’s hard to remain present in my actual job, because I’d much rather be doing something else. AKA traveling and writing about it.
What is one thing you cannot live without while travelling?
My camera. I don’t know how I ever lived without it, and I don’t want to go back.
I have a Canon 5D Mark II, so it’s pretty bulky, but DEFINITELY something I never go on a trip without.
Any last words? A favorite quote? A piece of advice?
My favorite life quote is by none other than Lemony Snicket. It says, “If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.”
So you want to travel more? Do it. What if you have kids? Take them with you. But what if you think traveling is expensive? Re-evaluate your budget/monthly spending, and start saving for that dream trip.
Don’t believe the lie that living adventurously is impossible, and start making choices that will help you live out your dreams and accomplish your goals.
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