Travel Blogger Thursday: Sam & Zab of Indefinite Adventure

indefiniteadventure1Sam and Zab on the Salar de Uyuni

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For our second installment of Travel Blogger Thursday, we interviewed Sam and Zab of Indefinite Adventure. They are a British couple who have been traveling together since January 2013. We felt an instant connection with them as they consume a vegetarian diet and write a weekly column called Food Porn Friday (spoiler alert: a guest post of ours will be featured in this column very soon!) where we get to see all of the yummy veggie food they’ve been eating! So far, Sam and Zab have visited many countries throughout South America and Europe.

indefiniteadventure2Zab kayaking, Bariloche

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How did you both meet and is travel involved?

We actually met in Europe’s largest gay club in London, called Heaven! Zab had just moved back to the UK from living in Germany for almost five years and I was studying at university there. You don’t normally expect a chance meeting like that to last into a nine year relationship, but I’m so glad it has!

What inspires you to travel and what do you enjoy most about traveling?

One of the main things is discovering where stuff we use or eat every day comes from, and seeing how it’s harvested or produced. Having a better understanding of how the world works as a result is something that we value very highly and wish to educate ourselves in further.

Where is your favourite destination and why?

If we’re picking entire countries, Zab’s answer is Sweden, because he loves the environment (both socially and ecologically speaking) and his best friend lives there. Mine was certainly Syria, where I travelled before the start of their civil war, and I found it to be a fascinating country with the friendliest, most hospitable people I’ve ever met.

Why did you start your blog and what do you enjoy most about blogging?

We started our current blog just before we left on our trip to South America at the beginning of 2013 in order to keep friends and family up to date on where we were and what we were doing, though after a few months I realized I’d like to try making it into a small business. Through this blog, I’ve connected with so many other great bloggers and have developed some wonderful friendships, some in person and some only online, but all very valuable and I feel very honoured to be part of this wonderful community. Connecting with readers who are interested in travelling to places we’ve written about is also very enjoyable – swapping experiences and giving further recommendations can be quite satisfying!

indefiniteadventure3Sam and Zab in the Desierto de Dalí

What do you like to bring back from the places you’ve visited?

As little as possible. We try to be minimalists, and don’t collect things. We prefer to take pictures and have good memories to take away from the places we visit.

What are your future travel plans?

The rest of 2014 will likely be spent mostly in Europe, though exact plans are not decided just yet. We will be in Berlin for the rest of May, then I’ll be working in Austria for June, though I haven’t been told exactly where yet! July is undecided, but we do have our first ever housesit at the beginning of August in Stockholm, just before we’re due to come back to London for a little while. In September, we may pop over to the Netherlands to visit Zab’s family there, and in October, we’ll likely be back in Berlin. If we can get organised enough, we hope to be heading to Asia by the end of the year, probably with a visit to Sri Lanka first!

As Justin and I are both vegans, we are very interested that you post about vegetarian food.

What are your reasons for choosing a vegetarian diet, and how long have you been vegetarian?

I was vegetarian for several years as a teenager because I decided I didn’t like the taste of meat, though I later reverted back to being an omnivore for several more years when I realized it was not too bad. Recently, I decided to become vegetarian and dairy-free for a couple of reasons: it’s generally cheaper not to eat meat (at least good quality meat) and I’m used to cooking entirely vegan for myself anyway; I am convinced that there are good environmental reasons not to eat meat or other animal products; I generally feel healthier for not eating meat or dairy and so I’m sticking to it. Zab is a bit less strict than me, but he cannot eat red meat or large amounts of dairy anyway as those things make him ill, so his motivation to be vegetarian is almost entirely health.

In your travels, where are the best places to find vegetarian and where are the worst places?

In South America we found it surprisingly easy to find good vegetarian and vegan food, especially in the big cities like Buenos Aires or Lima, which is something we didn’t necessarily expect. Chile and Uruguay were a little more tricky though, as the food options were generally more limited. In Europe it’s generally very easy in most places we’ve visited, though London and Berlin seem to be two of the most vegan-friendly cities here. Probably the least vegetarian friendly place I’ve ever visited would have to be the Philippines where meals seemed mostly to consist of rice and mystery meat, which wasn’t terribly appealing, even though I was an omnivore at that time!

Thank you to Sam and Zab for the excellent interview – it was great to learn more about the both of you! You can check out their travel blog at Indefinite Adventure. There are also lots of ways to connect with them via social media:

Blog * Twitter * Facebook * Google+

Every Thursday, we’re going to be featuring a fellow travel blogger and highlighting their journeys around the world. If you’re a travel blogger and would like to be interviewed for this weekly series, please contact us.

16 Responses

  1. vegan miam
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    Awesome interview!

  2. vegan miam
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    I actually find Philippines quite vegetarian-friendly only in Manila centre and a lot of vegetarian dishes are Chinese. And as for Buenos Aires, I find it very difficult to cook vegan in the kitchen – most products are found at different stores (takes multiple trips) especially the prices increase over time due to the horrible inflation. Awesome that you guys went to Lima – we were just there in March and that cafe you mentioned was the same one we went to, too!

    • ardenttraveller
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      That’s cool you found better food in Philippines than I did; I wasn’t in Manila at all. And yes, of course the inflation in Argentina is awful – I feel so sorry for the locals.

      • vegan miam
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        Awesome interview though, you guys! I like the story how you guys met! Keep it up!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      That’s awesome – I keep reading about how Philippines food isn’t veg-friendly, but that’s good to know there are some options out there!

  3. Angela Anderson
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    Great interview and bloggers. I am a somewhat picky eater, but I think that having diet restrictions could make it hard. However, you both still make the best out of it, which I love!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      They’re great aren’t they! Thanks for stopping by, Angela! :)

  4. Agness
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    I really enjoyed reading this interview. New bloggers to follow for me, cheers! :). I’m also a picky eater, but I keep fighting with myself and try to be as adventurous as possible :-).

    • Justin and Lauren
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      I used to eat way less variety of foods, but sometimes you try something new…and you really like it! Or it grows on you. I know there are a few things I will never enjoy though. Good for you that you’re trying new things!

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    Hi, nice point of view, for me, there are some things to learn from you here, especially how to plan a trip, i feel that everything are well done even before you start the trip ! That is great ! before trip, my preparation is usualy based on improvision plan , mean no plan, just go ahead , now i think maybe i have to change my travel method

    • Justin and Lauren
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      Sometimes improvising can work really well, and sometimes planning can work well, too! I think a bit of both doesn’t hurt. Sometimes when things don’t work out as planned, you’ve gotta improvise (we’ve been there!) :)

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        Hey thank for reply, anyway, most of my improvised trip was abit overpriced, compared to my two first tours in Group plan where i spent really nothing

        • Justin and Lauren
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          Sometimes it is good to plan in advance so you can find the best tours and the best deals! I’m glad that so many blogs exist for this, I do lots of research by reading other travel blogs. Sorry to hear that your trip was a bit overpriced, but we live and learn and hope you still had fun!

  6. Lisa
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    Always good to hear tips on vegetarian eating while traveling!

    • Justin and Lauren
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      I’m always on the lookout for them as well, and Indefinite Adventure has been helpful for planning my future travels for sure!

  7. Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)
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    I agree with Sam that the Philippines is not vegetarian friendly… not a problem for me as I’m not veg, but even still, I noticed that their definition of “vegetarian” was not what most would consider acceptable. Maybe Manila is ok, but elsewhere? Not a chance! We saw many restaurants with vegetarian sections that included items like “spaghetti with tomato & meat sauce”… pretty much this was considered a veggie dish because it had vegetables in it! So, as much as I love the Philippines, I think that if you are a vegetarian, it would be quite difficult to eat well in most places there.

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