Featured Blogger: The Roaming Renegades

This week we’ve got a traveling couple on the blog!


We are the Roaming Renegades, a husband and wife team of bloggers who are quitting our jobs in the new years to travel the world and pursue a life less ordinary by following our passions! 

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

http://www.theroamingrenegades.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Hilditchshortexplore

https://www.instagram.com/the_roaming_renegades/

https://twitter.com/Travel_Explore1

How did you come up with your website name?

Well it was a long brainstorming session, we needed something that was catchy, different and also put across the idea of not only travelling but also the idea of rebelling against mainstream society and the normal way of living .

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

It began as a university project for my Masters in Art and Design and a way for me to figure out how all the things I did from travelling to urban exploring linked in the with idea of “Questioning normality” which was the main theme of my work. It evolved from there and became a dedicated travel blog but I still wanted it to keep that element of rebellion to it. It is at its heart about our escape from the 9-5 and the creation of a life of passion through our travels! Our goal really is for it to inspire others to go for their dreams!

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

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Wow, well it depends on how far you want me to go back. I had some great times as a child but I never really got infected with wanderlust until I went to Paris. I grew up knowing I wanted something different from life than the office job but never knew what it was, I didn’t get what else travel was than lying on a sunbed until then. But at 19 I went to Paris with college and me and a bunch of friends were kind of just let loose to explore. I felt wild having that freedom for the first time on our own in a big city that we didn’t know. I never felt scared though, just exhilarated by it and enjoyed just getting lost and discovering new things! I guess it changed my life that trip!

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

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This is such a hard one. To pick a favourite is so difficult because so many places have left an imprint on my heart for so many different reasons. It’s a bit like choosing your favourite child! But ok, I’ll pick one for today (it changes daily)… I’ll go with Tokyo because it was such a culture shock, it’s so crazy but at the same time so serine. It’s just a complete sensory overload! Least favourite, hmm, I hate to say because I don’t think we have ever actually hated anywhere, we always seem to find something interesting to do and see. But it would have to be Kos in Greece simply because it was too touristy and we were kind of forced to go by family!

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

Well, being Vegetarian this is probably not as exciting as many others you have but sometimes it does result in some interesting situations and often we end up getting lost in some completely random area of a city looking for a tiny restaurant! But, we haven’t always been veggies and in fact it was after this trip we ended up becoming vegetarians.  We were basically freaked out a lot of the time by the food in Japan but we tried it anyway. One night we headed out in search of some rice balls thinking there were a safe option, the guy was a bit cautious and surprised by our enthusiasm. Turns out that inside each ball was a wrapped up squid tentacle!

Who are your travel idols?

There are a few bloggers out there who were a real inspiration in both our blogging, travelling and also in giving us the belief that we could also make traveling a lifestyle for ourselves. I know for a while we never knew it was even possible and reading about their travels and lives opened this whole other world for us:

Johnny Ward (Onestep4ward), Jonny Blair, Wandering Earl, Next stop who knows. Bruce Parry, Our mates Alex and Bruce!

What’s your best travel tip?

Always keep an open mind. I think in life this is a great tip but too often people are too quick to judge, too quick to say no or write something off before it’s even begun. Never say never, leave room in your plans for spontaneity, embrace other cultures, reserve judgement, push yourself out of your comfort zone…and get lost on purpose!

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

There are a few that stand out but this one “The Dangers of the safety net…when it becomes a chain” stands out because it is one of those posts where I am really speaking from the heart about something I am very passionate about. It kind of sums up what the blog is about in many ways and what we want from life, to live on our own terms and not let work and the perceived path trample our dreams!

http://www.theroamingrenegades.com/2015/10/the-dangers-of-safety-net.html

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

Write from your heart first and foremost, do it because it is something you enjoy and then look at all the technical stuff and how to make money. You have to have a passion for it or it’s just another job at the end of the day. Its also harder work than many think too, so don’t go into it thinking you will be a professional blogger, start off for the right reasons.

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