Welcome to round 72 of ‘Meet a Random Traveller’. The series dedicated to bring attention to fantastic people all around the world doing their thing.
Random Traveller 72
Who are you?
We are Nicole and Cameron Wears, a married couple from Vancouver in beautiful British Columbia. Our exposure to travel began at young ages, with Cameron living in Nairobi, Kenya at age 12 and Nicole backpacking around Europe at age 19.
We consider ourselves very fortunate to have traveled to over 50 countries together in the past 7 years, fulfilling many of our life goals and dreams along the way.
Professionally, Cameron is a franchise development manager for an industry leading company and Nicole works on the marketing team for a private Canadian accounting designation.
What’s the deal?
In the summer of 2008 we made a bold move. We traded our great jobs for a backpack and a long checklist, which has proven to be one of the greatest decisions we’ve ever made. That life changing adventure was the inspiration for creating our travel blog – Traveling Canucks
Travel means different things to different people. To some, it’s a one week vacation to an all-inclusive hotel in the Caribbean. To others, it’s strapping on a backpack with no plans or itinerary. Our hope is that our readers find travel inspiration and motivation through our travel stories and photos, regardless of their travel style.
Now you are managing careers and a love of travel, how do you find the time to make the most of both?
After spending over a year on the road in 2009, we no longer have the desire to live out of a backpack indefinitely. We are not digital nomads on a trip that never ends. We have a home in beautiful Vancouver and go to work every day like most people – we just choose to not sacrifice travel for work, and vice versa.
We are career focused, young professionals that have a passion for travel and adventure. We are proof that it is possible to build a career and family AND travel the globe and chase your dreams. It doesn’t need to be one at the sacrifice of the other – you just need to find your balance.
In 2011, we welcomed our baby boy to the world. Now, our adventures will revolve around traveling as a young family, which is a whole new adventure! There’s much more to consider when traveling with an infant but we look forward to introducing him to our wonderful world.
Has there been somewhere you wanted so much to love but couldn’t?
We heard amazing stories about Vietnam and many travelers told us that it’s their favourite SE Asian destination. We are of the opposite opinion – it’s our least favourite destination in SE Asia.
Maybe it’s because we had such high expectations? Maybe it’s because we liked Thailand and Cambodia so much more? Maybe it’s because we didn’t have a “this is incredible” moment?
Whatever the reason, we just didn’t connect with Vietnam. We love SE Asia and will definitely return, but the likelihood of us returning to Vietnam is slim.
Is there anything unusual you carry round with you when you travel?
The one item that we always travel with, and rarely see other travelers using, is a protective duffel bag cover for our backpacks. It’s the perfect protection for your backpack when you’re in transit.
We just drop our backpack into the protective duffle bag cover and lock it up. It’s lightweight, easy to store and there’s only one entry point, preventing thieves from rummaging through the many pockets and compartments of our backpacks. For us, it’s an essential travel item.
Our next big adventure will be traveling to Europe this summer. It will be Baby B’s first long-haul flight and our first multi-week family adventure. Our current plan is to start in Switzerland, visiting some of its smaller alpine villages. Then, we plan to visit southern France where we plan to explore its countryside on a private river boat. Our trip will finish in southwest Germany, where we plan to attend a wine festival in the Mosel region.
We also plan to travel to the Hawaiian Islands, visiting Maui and either Lanai or Molokai. We might also visit Roatan in Honduras before our trip to Europe – but those plans are still loose. It’s going to be a busy summer!
We recently published a post about our travel wish list, highlighting 30 travel goals that we hope to achieve in the next 10 years. It will be interesting to look back at this list in 10 years to see what we were actually able to accomplish.
A big thanks to Nicole and Cameron for taking part, great to have you.
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