Featured Blogger: Brock and Tanj

This week we have a new traveling couple – a growing trend that I love! Welcome Brock and Tanj!

1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?

• website: www.brockandtanj.com
• facebook: /atravelogue
• twitter: @brockandtanj
• instagram: @a_travelogue
• pinterest: /a_travelogue
• bloglovin: /atravelogue
• e-mail: traveloguebytrubianos@gmail.com

2. How did you come up with your website name?

We started our blog to document our expat life so it’s easier to update family and friends on what we are doing and at least have an idea of where we live. Hence, the self named website (brockandtanj.com). Tanj started the hashtag #traveloguebytrubianos on her IG account and she decided to use it as the main title for our blog – A Travelogue.

3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?

A Travelogue by Brock and Tanj is a travel and lifestyle blog that shows our adventures around the globe, working and international living experiences through visual storytelling. The blog is geared towards aspiring and passionate travellers, with focus on photography + cultures +culinary explorations and most especially the expat lifestyle. The blog offers destination guides + tips, with a touch of personal experiences and accounts, about traveling as a couple.

Also, since both of us have traveled extensively for work and leisure prior being married, we have a lot of profound knowledge that we learned from our individual travels and adventures that we want to share.

We want to continue to share our adventures across the world and prove that wherever you are adventure is around you. We want to inspire others to find adventures – it can be a short weekend getaway, a staycation, long vacations or just simply being a tourist in your own city. We want people to know that there is a work and life balance, and that traveling is for everyone.

4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?

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The picture was taken last summer in Perast, Montenegro. Every summer has a story and this is ours. This trip has been one of the most memorable trips because we did a 25-day Balkan Road Trip, it is always has been on our bucket list to see off-the-beaten places in Europe.

5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?

Our most favorite city would be Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) because it truly surprised us. When you think of Bosnia, all you remember is the war. We came there and very unfamiliar of what the country has to offer and we have no expectations at all. We are happy that we had blank minds when we came here because Sarajevo painted our memories with the most beautiful views. Despite what people’s connotation about Bosnia, despite the indelible mark of the war, we think the country has moved way passed that. People should not be scared of visiting this country, it is safe, it has history, it has charm, and definitely a country that you have to put in your list of places to visit. Sarajevo, has it all. War torn country is definitely a thing of the past.

Our least favorite city is Belgrade (Serbia). It’s a city you can love or hate. We certainly do not hate it but we have this impression that this city is gritty and rough. We do not like to go out late and experience the nightlife so probably Belgrade is not for us, that is why it is our least favorite city.

6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?

We are both very open-minded eaters. We will always try a local delicacy at least once. Between the two of us, we’ve eaten balut (Google it), durian fruit, bugs, and animal innards.

7. Who are your travel idols?

Our travel idol might be overrated but we love him – Anthony Bourdain. We love to travel for food and eating our way through different places.

8. What’s your best travel tip?

Collect memories not things. Make moments! Celebrate your birthdays, anniversaries or any new milestones with the gift of travel. Photograph it and write about it. When you are old and gray, you are thankful that you did these things. We have spent numerous birthdays in awesome cities, anniversaries in exotic places and witnessed sunrise and sunset in multiple continents. This part of traveling we are most thankful of, the experiences we shared together.

9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written? Please provide a link.


10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?

Patience and expect the unexpected. Travel blogging is not easy, well at least for us. First, you have to learn a lot of new things so you need the patience to study something new. The World Wide Web has a lot of resources to teach you to do these things.

Second, expect the unexpected. At first, we thought blogging is easy. What is not easy about taking pictures and share it to the world?! Well, if you want to start reaping the fruits of your labor, you have to do a lot of legwork, networking, redoing pictures, retouching it, drafting and re-drafting an article, think of new ways how to write an overrated destination and the list go on of things to do. Bottom line is, there is a lot coming you’re way you did not expect so be prepared to do all this things.

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