This week I’ve got the awesome couple from Wandertooth! Katie Matthews and her husband Geoff are permanent nomads on the road since 2013. After using Prague, Czech Republic as a temporary base from which to explore Europe, they traded Pilsners for tacos, and are currently wandering through Mexico. In addition to blogging, they published their first book, Travel Between the Lines Adult Coloring Book, in December 2015.
1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?
2. How did you come up with your website name?
Geoff came up with the name, and it stuck. Even though people occasionally ask us if we’re travelling dentists (we’re not!), we love the name Wandertooth.
To us, a wandertooth is a noun – you know, like a person, place, or thing. In this case, it’s a thing. Like a sweet tooth, only with travely goodness instead of sugary goodness. It’s a fondness or desire for wandering or travel; an unquenchable desire; a craving that — once satisfied — only leaves you salivating for more.
3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?
I currently post 3 times a week, talking about our lives as full-time travelers on Mondays, travel destinations we love on Wednesdays, and the ups and downs of building our coloring books for travelers business on Fridays.
I’m also starting a new series soon, called Awesome People Doing Awesome Things, where we’ll talk about just that: people driven by impossible-to-ignore passion to bring amazing things to life!
4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?
Geoff and I met abroad in 2006, when we were both living in Taiwan, and did a lot of traveling together, but this was our first long trip together! Needless to say, we were hooked.
5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
We have a massive list of favorite cities, it’s hard to choose! We absolutely love Berlin, because we have friends there, and it’s a really young and fun city, with a lot of energy. Same goes for Krakow in Poland. Lisbon, Portugal, is also a favorite, as it’s so colorful!
In South America, we’d have to go with Buenos Aires, because it has such an energetic vibe to it. In North America, we love Portland, because: beer and food trucks! In Asia, we really like Kuala Lumpur, because of the weather, the multiculturalism, and the huge range of things that are always happening! We haven’t been to Africa or the South Pacific yet, so we’ll have to wait and see on those regions.
As to cities we haven’t liked, we weren’t too into Sucre in Boliva, although Geoff got quite ill there, so it might not be a fair judgement.
6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
I (Katie) once drank my own urine at a yoga retreat in India. It apparently has health benefits, although I couldn’t get over the idea of it. Geoff is not “food motivated” and is a pretty cautious eater, so sampling strange things isn’t high on his agenda whilst traveling.
7. Who are your travel idols?
Anyone and everyone who gets out there and explores, whatever that means to them.
8. What’s your best travel tip?
Always travel with a carabiner and a squash ball. Carabiners are great for hanging dirty flip-flops and shoes off your bag, and squash balls are great for massaging your neck, shoulders, back and hamstrings after a long bus ride or flight.
9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written?
Without a doubt, it’d be the post where we introduce our adult coloring book for travelers to the world!
10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?
Take the time to find your voice, niche, and place in the blogosphere, and don’t beat yourself up if you need to take a break. It’s a massive undertaking, and the last thing you need is to add extra pressure.
Mostly: have fun! We’ve met so many friends through blogging, which is the very best part for us.