Sam and Zab on the Salar de Uyuni
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.
Zab 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!
Sam 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:
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.