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Interview – Paula and Gordon (Contented Traveller)

Today we would like to thank Paula and Gordon from Contented Traveller who have kindly given their time to interview with us, providing some great insight into their travel background and their passion for travelling the world.

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We would like to give a special THANK YOU to Paula and Gordon for taking time to interview with us!

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Name: Paula and Gordon

Introduction: We live in Wollongong, NSW about an hour south of Sydney, Australia. We live on the beach in a very beautiful city that has an escarpment running along one side and the ocean on the other.

Website: Contented Traveller

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What is your favorite aspect of traveling and if you are a travel blogger, why did you decide to create your website? 

Gordon and I had always travelled prior to meeting one another. When we did meet we went overseas within the first few months – to see if we were compatible. This was a big thing because if we weren’t well-matched travellers it would have been a deal breaker. It worked out exceptionally well and we are totally in sync when we travel and what we want to do and to see. We love to meet local people, do different things and we love to eat local food. We are great people watchers.

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When I finished teaching I considered what skills I had. It came down to travelling and orgnaising it and I enjoy writing. So much as I knew nothing at all I decided to start a travel blog. I have learnt a huge amount in the 11 months that Contented Traveller has been operational. We still have a lot to learn but we love it. We are starting to get ready for our 1st birthday celebration of Contented Traveller.

How many continents have you visited? 

Three

How many countries have you visited? 

30+

What is your favorite destination in the world and why? 

Too difficult to specify just one. Our gauge tends to be, do we want to return. We have returned time and time again to Japan for the skiing, the people and their traditions, the onsens and the food. We have been to Bali numerous times.

We have been to Thailand a lot and we will go there again and again. Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland are also repeaters. I am sure Turkey and Vietnam will get another run also.

If money/time was no object and you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you travel to and why? 

That is a big one and our answers are different. I would love to live in Europe for a year or so … It is just a lot easier to get to a lot of places than the very long journey from Australia that we have to take a few times a year.

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Gordon says sailing leisurely around the Caribbean at our own pace, stopping where and when we like. I think we will go with both.

Which of the following gadgets do you take on your travels? 

Camera, Phone, Tablet and Laptop. Gordon used to be the gadget geek now we both are.

What is your preferred method of transport? 

Walk! Our second preferred method is definitely rail. Nothing beats walking around a place and then catching a train to another.

Complete the following, “Everywhere I go, I visit….” 

We walk around and watch what is going on. We get lost and we find something exciting or different generally. That’s why we are big on serendipity. Some of the things that we have happened upon have really been amazing.

A fire fighters parade in Takayama, a ploicemans march in Istanbul, a crazy little back water café come in Cambodia, and a cock fighting village near Ubud in Bali have all made our travels special.

Here is your chance to sell yourself and your website! Tell us some more information about yourself, what your travel philosophies & future plans are and anything else that people may find interesting to read about… 

We love to travel our way and at Contented Traveller we share how people can do it themselves and not compromise on what they want. I think that my writing style verges on the quirky and at times irreverent but that makes people want to read more…. hopefully. It is not rocket science that we may be a bit more mature (!) but that certainly does not stop us doing whatever we feel like. Skiing, diving, trekking in jungles, eating unusual food and chatting to whoever.

I hope that other people realise that they don’t need to compromise on what they want and that mainstream travel is not the only option. For our delightful younger readers, I am pretty sure that they believe that there might be light at the end of the tunnel 🙂

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Tuesday 17th of February 2015

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Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

Friday 4th of July 2014

I'm a big fan of Contented Traveller blog, which I read all the time so it's great to learn more about their journey and story!

Chris

Wednesday 9th of July 2014

They really do have a great blog don't they Shikha! We always enjoy reading their very unique opinions and experiences on their travels!

Tam Gamble

Monday 30th of June 2014

We would love to travel to Japan! I love the fact that they took the plunge as a couple and went off travelling together to see if the were compatible. If that is your passion in life to not want to compromise on that is so important and travelling clearly makes them who they are - I love reading their quirky stories. A great interview! :)

Corinne

Friday 27th of June 2014

Paula and Gordy are very inspirational and like-minded travelers. I love the people-watching aspect and a Japanese onsen! Great interview!

Chris and Heather, I would love for Jim and I to be interviewed on your site!

Hannah

Friday 27th of June 2014

I love that part of testing the waters to see if they were good together was to go abroad- only travellers would know how important that is!