“Our plan is simple, we do what we want, stay where we want, and if we dont like someplace we leave.”
And we couldn’t agree more. We’ve been following Danika and her travel partner in crime, Chris for quite some time now and we just can’t get enough of their incredible travel photos and blog. Each post is full of life and insightful information and their story is inspiring. On March 1st, 2014 they left their home friends and family to set off to Europe with a one way ticket to Rome, Italy. Since then, they’ve visited over 90 different destinations around the world and are taking the travel blogging world by storm. Read on to learn more about Danika.
Your favorite place in the whole wide world?
That is such a tough question and is almost impossible to answer without breaking it into sections 🙂 My favorite place, is wherever my family and husband are…honestly we could be anywhere in the world, but always have fun, good food and tons of laughs! But..as far as locations go, I’ve noticed that there are about 4-5 places that always are on top of my list. Bali (specifically Ubud) is magical. It’s full of culture, delicious food and the people are just so warm, inviting and awesome! It’s a tie between Berlin and Amsterdam as my favorite place to stay for a long period of time. Thailand is the best for scuba diving and beaches…but I am currently writing this from our small expedition boat in the Galapagos and so far this place is pretty special! Ohhh a blue footed boobie bird just flew by!
The moment you realized you fell in love with travel…
It was actually our wedding day. When Chris proposed, we decided to get married just 4 weeks later on the beach in Mexico, with just a few close family members. For dinner that night, we sat around a big table, enjoying some of the best Mexican food and cocktails – I loved being out of my element, discovering a different culture, learning from the quirks a different city brings and understanding how no matter where you are in the world, food can bring people together. I never thought I would get married in a different country (it definitely wasn’t in my childhood dream journal) but putting ourselves somewhere different, seeing how traveling isn’t as scary or chaotic as people make it out to be (especially on your wedding day), I knew I had to see more. It was the start of a healthy addiction.
Who or what inspires you?
Different cultures inspire me. I’m fascinated that no matter how different we all are, how different our views and opinions can be, underneath it all we just want good food,,,and I thrive off of seeing those interactions and being part of it.I like to constantly show myself how beautiful the world is.
How has travel changed you? What growth experiences have you learned from it?
Where do I start… I definitely have become more tolerant of people and different cultures. I actually now know some geography (before I could only point out Italy on a map and that was only because it’s shaped like a boot). I have a HUGE appreciation for locally grown fruit and veggies – nothing beats the markets in Italy and France and I’m no longer afraid to use some spices and heat when I cook. My outlook on animals has changed – I now understand the importance of conservation and how not to unintentionally aid in the cruelty of animals. Most importantly, I’ve learned to appreciate the world and all it’s ups and downs, the pretty and the bad.
Where has travel taken you so far? Where to next?
We have been pretty much all over Europe and Asia (that took 2 years and we still have more to see). Now we are in South America traveling around and visiting a few major bucket list items for use, like the Galapagos, Machu Picchu and Patagonia.
What does being creative mean to you?
Doing what you want. I truly believe that if you don’t put limitations on yourself or other people, they can blossom into exactly who they are – which is creative in itself
What are some ways in which you make travel happen?
I’m not sure how to answer this question…we just do. We both do work, so that’s where the funds come from and instead of making excuses as to why we can’t go somewhere, we just figure out a way
How has exploring the world impacted your life?
I now understand how important it is to do something that makes you happy and that it’s okay to live a life less ordinary
What’s your best advice for aspiring travelers?
Figure out a way to work remotely and don’t be afraid to do something different and only listen to yourself 🙂