I’m SO excited to have the NOMADIC BOYS as my guests here this week – I love these guys and admire their travels and success so much! Thanks, boys!
We are Stefan and Sebastien, gay couple from London – Seb is French and Stefan Greek. We quit our lives and jobs in London in 2014 to travel the world and have been going strong since. Nomadic Boys is our travel blog chronicling our adventures.
1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?
Nomadic Boys blog: http://nomadicboys.com
2. How did you come up with your website name?
After months of brainstorming several ideas, Nomadic Boys was the best fit. We wanted something short, no more than around 4/5 syllables, which would be catchy, domain name friendly. The “boys” hints at the gay angle a bit too. We tested it out and it worked so we stuck with it.
3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?
We started our travel blog in November 2013 as a platform to record our travel experiences and make fun of ourselves as we ate our way around Asia.
Nomadic Boys has since translated into a brand that has grown exponentially over the past year, particularly among the LGBT community.
Through destination guides, food and adventure stories, we create engaging and visual content designed to inspire our readers to travel.
We hope to build on this over the next few years as we take our brand over to Latin America.
4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?
We visited Boracay island in the Philippines for Sebastien’s birthday in May 2015 and learnt to swim like mermaids. We couldn’t stop laughing throughout the entire experience. It was Sebastien’s dream to be a mermaid since watching The Little Mermaid, so we made this a reality for his birthday.
5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
Favourite city is Bangkok. It has an excellent gay scene, great food, very affordable and an easy city to base yourself in for a long period of time.
Least favourite is harder to pin point: even the most drab of places like Irkutsk or Yekaterinburg in Russia were special for us because we had friends there who showed us round. This became the key to our travels – the people. This really can change everything.
6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
Balut is a 16 days duck embryo, which is eaten as a snack in the Philippines. It is absolutely disgusting. You can see the baby starting to form – bones, feathers. Seb managed to swallow a bite, Stefan spat it straight out.
7. Who are your travel idols?
Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads.
8. What’s your best travel tip?
If possible, travel slowly. We quickly gave up on the idea of ticking off a countries list and focused more on basing ourselves in places for long periods of time. This is not only better for the budget, but you learn the place better, make friends there and therefore likely to enjoy it better.
9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written?Please provide a link.
We always try to meet gay locals in every city we visit and publish their story of what it’s like growing up as gay there. The Sri Lanka one was one of our favourites: http://nomadicboys.com/gay-sri-lanka/
10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?
Enjoy it and just do! Our blog started because we wanted to keep a record of our travels and best photos, and it grew from there.
It’s hard work, but so satisfying when you get into it.