Traveller Tuesday with Claire & Glen from Couple Castaway

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1. For those who don’t know you, introduce yourself and your blog

We are Claire and Glen from Couple Castaway. We’re a mid (OK, late) twenties married couple who decided to give up our high flying careers in London to travel the world and make a go at earning a living online.





2. Are you a light packer or an over packer, what one thing won’t you leave the house without?

Definitely light packers! One thing we decided before we left home was that we didn’t want to check our baggage and risk losing our worldly possessions. We both have carry-on backpacks and carry only what we need.

One thing we wouldn’t leave home without (apart from our laptops):

Claire – Pack of cards. They can improve any situation! Pass the time on a boring flight or at a bus/train station. Sitting in a quiet bar you can whack out the cards and invite others to join. Internet gone down? Let’s play cards! Glen – Earphones. For those times when I’m working and need to zone-out or for when the toddler on the flight will not stop screaming I can put my earphones on and go to my happy place.

3. Do you plan trips or just go with the flow?

A bit of both. We kind of have a plan of places we’re going but they’re not concrete plans. We’re open to changing it up and going to different places if we get a do-not-miss recommendation or think we just REALLY need the beach for a week or two.

4. Where has been your favourite place to visit to date?

Claire – I have a joint favourite – Israel and Guatemala. The people were just so kind and amazing that I can’t wait to return. The beauty and food are also a bonus! Glen – Tunisia – I loved exploring the country, especially sleeping in a tent in the Sahara desert watching the sunset and sunrise. It was deathly quiet but with no light pollution the stars were an incredible sight!



5. Is there anywhere you don’t want to go?

Claire – Countries which are repressive of its people and women i.e. Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran etc. Glen – Pretty much the same as Claire including war torn countries. However, to state my own I would probably say the USA. I’m sorry! I have friends from the USA but I feel no draw to it and to be honest I would rather visit other places.



6. What is the most important item on your “Bucket List”, or if you don’t have one what one place or thing don’t you want to miss out?

Claire – Great Barrier Reef – As somebody who quite literally avoids the open water at all costs I would hate to miss out on seeing this natural beauty while it’s still there. Seeing all the different coral and wildlife is a dream come true. Glen – Not sure I can decide but it would have to be Scuba Diving in the Maldives (earning my Open Water PADI) or jumping out of a plane. As scary as it seems I have to jump out of a plane at least once in my life and I want to get PADI certified in a beautiful diving location.

7. What is the best experience you’ve had whilst traveling?

This is a difficult but great question. It took us way too long to think about this! Claire – Camping in the Sahara Desert – Just like Glen mentioned above, not only was this experience incredible in that we were surrounded by beauty but we were also surrounded by a kindness that we’ve never experienced before. We visited during Ramadan and our guides went all day in scorching heat with no water and when it was time to break the fast, they quietly joined up with others nearby and shared what they had with each other. We witness our guide pick up a carrier bag of food and join a group of men, one of which had nothing. They all shared what they had, spent 5 minutes breaking fast, and then came back to carry on looking after us. It was simple, no fuss, no questions asked kindness that was touching to see.

Glen – Shooting weekend in Switzerland – A colleague of Claire’s had a friend who had recently started a shooting weekend experience in Switzerland and we were invited to give it a test run. We were issued our very own Glocks for the weekend and got to fire them, and several other sub-machines guns including MP5’s (standard issue for UK firearms officers – you’ll see these at the airports) and AK-47’s (the famous one all the baddies seem to use). The staff were absolutely brilliant and instantly taught us to respect the weapons. We fired over 200 rounds each over the weekend. It was brilliant!



8. What tip would you give other traveller’s?

Feel the fear and do it anyway – in day to day life, everybody will stop themselves doing something for some reason or another. I (Glen) am a complete introvert and something as simple as saying “have a nice day” to the barista in Starbucks filled me with dread. This is Claire’s favourite phrase and she lives by it. If more people felt the fear but did it anyway then more people would experience a new adventure every day.

9.If you had to choose one place to live forever, where would it be and why?

Claire – Spain – I already speak a little Spanish and have completely fallen in love with all things Spanish. The slower pace of life, food, music and language is something that wins my heart each and every time! Glen – Spain – I have to agree with what Claire said. The food and culture is a huge pull for me. I’m also trying (not very successfully) to learn Spanish. They say that home is where the heart is and if you combine the food, culture, music, language and each other then we’ll definitely feel right at home there.

10. What’s next for you…?

We have visited many destinations over the 10 years we have been together (teenage sweethearts, aww). Many of them hold dear memories to us but the true adventure started 1st January 2015 when we left home for Chiang Mai, Thailand, with no return ticket. We’re loosely planning to visit several countries in South East Asia in 2015 and then South America in 2016, but hey, plans could change! We’re doing Chiang Mai until the end of February, then moving south to do some Thai island hopping before moving on the Malaysia. After that, well you’ll have to check out our blog to keep up with us.


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  1. Thanks for having us Sammi! Much appreciated :-)

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    1. Welcome, Glen! Thanks for being interviewed!

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  2. Very interesting about Israel and Guatemala being the favourite - I'd love to go more off the beaten path to visit these places!

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  3. Great to "meet" this traveling couple! I like learning about other traveling couples :)

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  4. Great interview :) the Great Barrier Reef is also high on my bucketlist!

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