This month we find out more about world travelers Talon and his son. Talon’s website, One Dad, One Kid is full of honest posts about traveling. We often stop by his website before heading to our next destination to see what kind of advice we can find. His story is inspirational and we encourage you all to check out the website here and find them on Facebook here
Tell us a bit about yourselves:
We are a father-son duo slowly traveling the world since 2011. So far we’ve been on 6 continents and have spent time in 28 countries, some of them multiple times. Some places we loved so much we stayed for a long time. We also do a lot of house sitting which gives us the opportunity to experience life in an area that the typical visitor wouldn’t get to see. Like when we spent 2 months on an oasis in Morocco.
What made you decide to go on a RTW trip?
I’ve always loved to travel. In 2009, I went to the Philippines on a medical mission and while there was blown away by the culture, the true spirit of community, and the great lack of materialism. I decided then that I wanted my son to grow up in different cultures. In 2010, I was in Peru at the same time as the Family on Bikes crew were pedaling their way down South America. Connecting with them helped cement my desire as well as my belief that this would be possible.
What has been your favorite place so far?
That’s a tough one, but the first place that comes to mind would be Morocco. Had we not had the house sit, I’m not sure I would’ve become quite so enamored with the country and its people. Living on the oasis was a very transformative period for me.
Where are you most looking forward to going?
So many places! We still have a lot of South America and Africa to explore. We’ve covered a decent amount of southeast Asia, but there are still some places I’d love to visit there, as well as go to the Far East. And, of course, we need to visit Antarctica. I’m hoping to do an ice dive there even though I hate diving in cold water.
Tell us about your favorite food or meal you have had on your trip.
I love food so much I can’t imagine picking out a favorite! We did a food tour in Kuala Lumpur, though, which was quite phenomenal. I’d probably have to say that would be my favorite meal experience over the last 3+ years.
What has been your best splurge?
While we were living in Romania, we went to a city on a kind of vacation holiday. We stayed in a 4-star hotel, something we’ve done maybe one other time, ordered room service a few times, and just kind of spoiled ourselves. We spent more in 3 days than we usually spend in a week, but it was so worth it. Sometimes you just need to do that.
What do you find hardest about long-term travel?
The lack of local community. Even when we know we’ll be in an area for a while, it’s hard to want to build up relationships because you know you’ll be leaving soon. I really miss having friends for get-togethers and so on. It was really hard when one of my friends was diagnosed with terminal cancer. We were on the other side of the world. I felt so disconnected and powerless. Yeah, you can Skype each other, and so on, but it just isn’t the same, especially at a time like this.
Other than family and friends, what do you miss most about home?
I can’t say I miss much really. Sometimes visa constraints make me miss home because there I can get a local job without extra permission, and I don’t have to be careful to make sure we don’t overstay a visa, don’t have to plan border runs, etc. Occasionally I miss specific food items or the ability to get almost any type of cuisine easily.
Any tips or words of advice for those dreaming about traveling?
The biggest fallacy that held me back from traveling as much as I wanted to before this nomadic lifestyle was that travel is expensive. It really doesn’t have to be. We’re traveling the world full time and living off less than 25% of my previous income. I make a lot less money than before, but my quality of life is far beyond what it was back home. There are so many ways to turn travel dreams into reality.