Inside the Hemingways Lobby

Looking for questions pertaining to The World Pursuit and their travels? Like how are they traveling so much? Good question! Here are some of our most frequently asked world travel questions. 


How long have you two been together?

We have been dating for four years.  Two of those four years have been traveling internationally together, which to us seems like an eternity with each other.

Did you meet on the road?

Sorta. We met a few weeks before Tasha was about to take off on her first backpacking trip around Europe. The plans were to go alone, so Cameron figured he may as well fly to Europe too. Our second date was in Norway, so we pretty much got to know each other on the road.

How long have you been traveling?

Continuously, it has been just about two years. Total? We have spent more than 38 months of our lives abroad with many more months to come.

Where have you been so far?

You can see the full extent of our travels here. So far we have visited 6o countries, across six continents. With the least amount spent in South America.

What is your favorite country?

This is such a tough questions because obviously, every country is different. It’s hard to compare apples and oranges. We like to answer this by being asked: “where could you live?” Tasha could easily live in Japan, Italy, TurkeyThailand, and New Zealand. Cameron could easily see himself staying in Italy, Turkey, and Costa Rica.

What is your least favorite country?

Also, a hard question as there are usually things we love and hate about many places. There is beauty in every destination; however, Tasha is in no rush to get back to Morocco and Cameron could give a skip to Latvia.

What destination have you been most surprised by?

Both of us fell in love with Mozambique. Before we went we had heard many negatives things involving travel in the country, but only came back with beautiful memories of our time. GO TO MOZAMBIQUE!

When will you go home?

Ah, the age old question that our parents would love to know. We actually have no immediate plans to return to the US. Our goal is to eventually settle down somewhere abroad (but don’t ask us what continent). For the time being, we will continue to travel the world until we find a place to call home.

What is on your travel wish list?

We both have dreams of traveling to Bhutan, but unfortunately, at the incredibly high price to travel there for Americans, it’s not in our sights anytime soon. Cameron has been daydreaming about traveling to Japan for years, while Tasha dreams about Nepal and Tanzania. We’ll be crossing one of those countries (Tanzania) off the list this year. (UPDATE: We loved Tanzania).

Where would you recommend we take a honeymoon?

Although we aren’t engaged/married and have never been on a honeymoon we still get asked this question a lot by friends as it’s very relevant to our age group. It’s a very vague question that requires more info. What is your budget? What’s your time frame? Are you a beach person? Do you prefer activity or relaxation? Despite all these questions, one place you can’t go wrong with visiting, are the Seychelles. They really are paradise on earth!

Where do you stay when you travel?

When we were younger we actually stayed in a lot of hostels. Now that we are a bit older and further into our travels we stay in private rooms or apartments. A good nights sleep and comfort now outweigh the cheaper cost of a hostel. Actually, since we travel as a couple most of the time, it is usually cheaper for us to get a private hotel room somewhere than two single beds. For longer term stays we try to rent out an Airbnb (Click here to get $30 off)  and base ourselves in an apartment so that we can cook and relax. In Europe, we like to use booking.com to find hotel rooms, while in Asia we use Agoda.

Hostels are still great for travelers. Here is why we still love them! 

Do you guys ever get homesick?

We wouldn’t necessarily say homesick, but we do miss our friends, family, and comforts of being home.  We do miss the comforts of our old “normal life” – going to the gym, owning a pet, dinner with friends. Traveling isn’t always easy, but it’s a small price to pay for traveling the world.

Do you two have a certain travel goal?

Well, it used to be to travel every continent in the world. Then it changed to seeing 100 countries before we turned 30. Now we have abandoned these goals and just strive to see new places and actually spend as much or as little time as we want in them. Forget goals related to travel, going where the wind blows us is a much better style for us.

What’s your budget per day?

We aren’t on a “backpackers” budget, but we don’t have an endless amount of money so we do travel on a fairly strict budget. If we spend over $40 a day per person then it’s a pretty bad day for us. In saying that we always try to stay somewhere that is $50/night or less, try to cook meals in when we can, and travel during the off-season. We do have a weakness, though, and it is sitting at a cafe for a nice cup of coffee. Fortunately, you can get an absolutely amazing cappuccino almost anywhere for cheaper that you can in the states.

How much did you save up before leaving the US?

We saved up $50,000 between the two of us to travel. Read more about that here!

How long did it take you to save that much and how did you save?

It took us both a little over a year to save that much. We both had full-time entry level jobs in New York City, but believe us that was not enough to save much in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Tasha had picked up a job waitressing and Cameron worked weekends. On top of that we lived below our means, cooked all of our meals, and rarely went out.

We sold all our belongings and made saving a priority with traveling the world the end goal. Was it easy? Surprisingly yes, when you know what an amazing thing you are saving for a night out at the bar doesn’t seem so great anymore. Read more about how much it cost us to live in NYC here. 

How can you two afford all this travel?

Besides our personal savings we work anywhere there is a stable internet connection. A big portion of our income comes from this website. Any product that we love and recommend we write about and if a reader goes on to buy the product, we get a small commission. We also are freelance travel writers and have even sold some of our photography!

How much do you spend on traveling?

A lot less than you would think actually. We spend less than half of what we spent living in New York. Like mentioned above we try to spend less than $40 a day per person, so that’s about $14,000 a year on average. Somedays we spend more than $40 a day and some days we spend less – but it all balances out in the end. Everything depends on which area of the world we are traveling in. Western Europe, Africa, and Australia cost more than traveling in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe.

Occasionally, we work with lodges, restaurants, and tourism boards in exchange for providing information on our site. That way when we recommend something we are always giving first hand, up to date, and honest information. Read more about how much it cost us to travel the world here. 

Do you have any hacks for free travel?

We have opened countless credit cards with big sign up bonuses over the years. We now have a pretty hefty little bank of airline miles all gained by just doing our normal spending on a credit card. Our favorite credit card that we have stuck with over the years is the Capital One Venture. But you can read more about our favorite travel hacking credit cards here. In addition to racking in airline miles. We have become involved in the travel sharing community. That is websites like Couchsurfing, Bla Bla Car, and Workaway.

How do you access your money abroad?

We do all of our banking online. We consistently check all of our credit card bills and always pay in full and on time to avoid any additional charges from them. We try to pay for most expenses on our credit cards so that we can get more air miles. We get pretty upset when we have to pay for big purchases in cash. Unfortunately, in parts of Asia and Africa, a credit card is just not possible. For 5 years and counting, we have been using the Charles Schwab debit card (for Americans) to access our cash abroad. Charles Schwab reimburses any and all ATM fees from anywhere in the world so we never have to worry about getting charged to go to the ATM.

How in the world do you pack for a life full of travel?

Well, first we got rid of almost everything we owned and now the rest is residing in our parent’s attic. We picked out everything we needed that could fit into a backpack. We detail what is in Natasha‘s and Cameron’s pack in separate posts.

 Do you both travel with backpacks or suitcases?

We both have always traveled with backpacks. Sure, they may be heavy and we may look a bit ridiculous wandering through Milan. Despite this, traveling with a backpack is so much easier for us to get to a destination.  We both have Ospreys and swear by them. We’ve done a ton of research and testing to find a good backpack, and have written all about that here.

How do I get around the Schengen Zone?

The dreaded Schengen Zone dilemma that faces many people trying to backpack Europe for an extended amount of time. Since we have spent over a year of our lives in Europe, we have come to know the Schengen very well. Here are our best tips on traveling in the Schengen, as well as some info on the Balkans (a favorite region of Europe!)

Do you two ever travel apart?

We do! It’s always liberating to travel solo and also helps us meet new people. We find that when we travel as a couple we meet fewer people as we don’t try as hard to make friends. It’s a terrible excuse, we know, and we work on putting ourselves out there every day.

Traveling apart also keeps us from killing each other and makes up for 24/7 time we get together on our other adventures.

How do you determine where you are traveling?

Most of the time we see where we can find the cheapest flight to. We determine what area of the world we are interested in going to and then scour search engines for weeks or months in advance to work out the most affordable deals. This recently led us to travel to Latvia as we scored a one-way ticket from the US for $250. On our latest adventure, we found a great layover deal to the Seychelles for cheaper than it would cost us to fly direct. Of course, we couldn’t say no!

We gather a lot of travel ideas from books and movies. The movies please the eye and the books please the soul.  It may seem cheesy, but a good travel quote can also push us to keep on with something difficult.

What kind of photography gear do you travel with?

At the moment we travel with a DJI Phantom,GoPro Silver, Canon 5D, and a Fujifilm XT10. It seems like a lot, and it is, but we use all of it extensively. Be sure to check out some of our photography!

Do you have travel insurance?

We both travel with travel insurance through World Nomads. Thankfully we have never had to make a claim, but you never know when you could need it. We also have property insurance for all of our electronics through Clements Worldwide. Again, we have never had to make a claim, but the small price is worth a good nights sleep knowing all of out possessions are insured.

Do you take medicine while traveling?

Depends on where! In Europe, we don’t need any medicine. Through parts of Africa, Asia, and South America we stock up on doxycycline (for malaria) and other medicines. We are also up to date on all of our shots. I know medicine is expensive, but we have found that if you wait and get your vaccinations and pills abroad they are significantly cheaper than in the US and most don’t require a prescription. We are no doctors, but here are the vaccinations we got before traveling.

Are you both sustainable world travelers?

We do our best to have a minimal impact on our earth. We travel with a range of environmental friendly accessories as well as give strong preference to lodges and hotels that are dedicated to conservation. We also always choose local vendors and food from markets instead of supermarkets when we can. We are also very conscious of our plastic consumption.

Do you have any tips for first-time travelers?

This is one of our most asked questions, so we wrote a whole post on it! Feel free to email us if you want to ask about specific destinations.