Random Traveller #49

by Poi on June 18, 2011

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Welcome to round 49 of ‘Meet a Random Traveller’. The series dedicated to bring attention to fantastic people all around the world doing their thing.

Random Traveller 49

Who are you?
We’re Danny and Jillian Tobias. We lived in Washington, DC before setting out on our RTW adventure and have recently settled in South Florida.

On a boat in Aswan

Danny and Jillian

What’s the deal?
The name of our blog- I Should Log Off- tells it all. Before our trip we were both rather adventurous people, we spent our free time mountain biking and competing in adventure and orienteering races. We took our RTW trip to “log off” of the normal path of life and do something different. We traveled through 50 countries in 21 months, blogging as much has possible. Rather ironic given the title of our blog, huh? The website quickly became something more than just reaching out to friends and family. We loved connecting with other travelers and locals through our blog, so we’ve keep writing since returning from our adventures.

One of the most frequent questions we were asked was how we got the money to travel. When we were researching in 2009 very few people were actually discussing how much they were spending on their RTW. We decided to be completely transparent and post our complete spending on our site, what financial tools we were using (like credit cards and banks). That drew a lot of positive attention from other travelers and hopefully helped other people plan their RTW budgets.

You both seem like very active people, what adventure travel have you enjoyed during your travels?
Our whole trip was geared towards adventure travel. On our blog you’ll read our attempts to find good whitewater kayaking, mountain biking and hiking around the world. We did a few multi-day treks on our trip, mostly organized through local operators, all of which were pretty awesome. Favorite adventures? The Death Road in Bolivia and climbing Kilimanjaro in Tanzania!

Really though, traveling it’s self is an adventure! We spent a night camping by pyramids in Sudan, met kids playing in a field in Lesotho and watched old men play games in Central Asia. Life is an adventure.

Royal Palace Phnom Penh

Royal Palace Phnom Penh

What has been your most rewarding travel moment?
It sounds a bit self-serving, but it was very rewarding to realize we had actually accomplished our goal and made it around the world. We were on the road for nearly two years, traveling like that can be really hard, so I was incredibly proud to have achieved our goal.

Perhaps our most rewarding travel moments were through couchsurfing. We met so many great people through couchsurfing and no matter where we went we were welcomed by open arms. Sharing my culture- not MTV’s depiction of America- with them was incredibly rewarding.

Have you any regrets about past travels? Something you missed or could have done better?
There are always things you look back on and say, “I wish we did this,” or “We could have done that better.” We took some time to reflect on this once we were back a few months and in the end we realized you can’t do everything and there’s always something you can regret. Budget was our biggest limitation on our RTW, and we concluded that it hadn’t kept us from doing things differently. Thankfully we don’t have any big regrets from our RTW. We’re pretty content with how things turned out.

I should log off - Ethiopia

Road side in Ethiopia

Whats the plan?
Oh well what travelers isn’t planning the next big adventure?? Right now we’re still focused on readjusting to normal life. It’s been a big change and we’re still finding our way.

A big thanks to Danny and Jillian for taking part, great to have you.

Be sure to check them out:

Blog: I Should Log Off
Twitter: @Ishouldlogoff
Facebook: /ishouldlogoff

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures June 18, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Awesome and inspiring interview as always!!! 50 countries in 21 months is super impressive!

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