Twippers of the Week: Santa and Daniel from lets_do_this.de
Current city: Dobele – a small little village located in Latvia– it´s Santas hometown and we visit her family after our trip through Asia. Santa lived here during her childhood and never thought about going around the world. Latvia seems so big when you are a child. But later she moved to Germanyto work and then she met Daniel. We both came from a communist system and our parents were not able to travel a lot. We both discovered our passion to travel and so it all begun.
Age: Santa was born 1987 and Daniel 1978.
Total countries visited: 18 in total – 13 during the last year.
What makes you interesting:We quit our jobs to travel Asia for one year – Santa after a difficult heart surgery and Daniel after 20 years in the same office. Daniel came home and proposed the crazy idea of a trip around the world to Santa – after a bit of thinking she said: LET´S DO THIS! https://instagram.com/lets_do_this.de That´s how we came up with our name.
What brands do you love: We don´t have a favorite one but for cameras, we like Sonyand GoProand for software, we love Adobe– although we never had a drone we like the work of DJIand are always impressed of their achievements. Most of the time we buy what we love and what works but don’t care too much about the name on it. We are more focused on function and usability than on names.
What is the best part about having a travel partner?First of all, you are never alone and can share all the memories and adventures during and after travel. Your friends at home can´t relate to what you did our where you have been and what you´ve seen. Your travel partner knows exactly what you´re talking about and can add little details to your story. Also, you share costs and don´t have to sleep in a dorm. You keep pushing each other to break new boundaries but also have someone to take care of you.
What does “Travel” mean to you?Freedom – not knowing what happens tomorrow and still be able to figure a way to make it the best day ever. The best travel experience happens when you travel without a plan. Locals are the best resource and push you in the right direction – learn to trust them and find new undiscovered places.
What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels?Explore new places and see things that you only know from history or television – to meet people from different cultures and religions – talk to new friends about their travel goals and destinations – we found many places that we visited due to these conversations. We also enjoyed to just listening to the stories of local peoples life.
What are your travel pet peeves: When people see you as a walking ATM just because you´re white. Also finding good places to sleep was not always easy. If you have a lower budget it will get even harder. Pillows are hard, rooms smell or are dirty, mosquito nets are missing or broken and sometimes planes flying through your room. As a vegetarian, it is also a problem to accept that some countries see chicken as a vegetable.
Do you have any recommendations to help battle jet lag? Our most important tip is to travel slowly. Don´t travel long distances – travel in shorter ranges like 6 to 10 hours. We never did a jetlag flight – and we never will. Most of the time we traveled from one country to the next and stayed a month until we get to the next one. Otherwise just sleep, sleep, sleep.
Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling? In every country, we met interesting people with great stories but the most inspiring where Bethanne and Dough – a 75 years old couple that lives on a ship since 40 years and travel around the world with it. They raised two children on the ship and had so many stories to tell – best thing: we traveled 7 days together with them on the ship through the Andaman sea of Thailand. Our deepest respect to them.
Next travel destination: Germany – we traveled for one year without a break and want to come back for a while to work on our blog and write some stories down. During our travel, we had no time to do so because we wanted to enjoy our journey 100% without wasting too much of it on the computer.