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Interview Series: Skott and Shawna From GetUpAndGlobe

1. Can you start by giving us a little bit of background about yourself and blog. How did you start traveling? When did you start blogging, and what did you expect readers to get out of it?

You bet – we are Skott and Shawna from Saskatchewan, Canada! We met at work in 2008, were married in 2010, and took off on this RTW adventure (which we like to consider the Ultimate Honeymoon), in June 2011.  Since then we have circumnavigated the globe, spent time on five continents, and are currently in Cali, Colombia taking salsa lessons for a couple of weeks.

We were definitely motivated by other travel blogs before we left and as we were planning, so although we knew very little about putting one together…. (ok, actually we knew nothing about putting one together), we really wanted to give it a shot. We launched Get Up and Globe six months before we left, and are so incredibly happy we did. From the beginning though, this trip has never been about our blog. It’s been about us, and having the most incredible experience that a newly married couple could ever have. We are very honoured that we do get emails from people saying that we may have inspired them to travel or have given them ideas on things to do while abroad, but we never set out to obtain millions of readers. It’s been a great way to share our adventure with family and friends. Hopefully our readers find our blog motivational, and on a lucky day they may even think we are funny.

in Jordan, wrapped in 'magic mud' from the Dead Sea

Jordan, wrapped in ‘magic mud’ from the Dead Sea

2. It’s really interesting that this is a a honeymoon for you guys – what were some other options you were considering for your honeymoon?

Honestly the best answer to this question you will get is by reading our very first post, Honeymoon Gone Crazy. In a nutshell we started by allowing family and friends to eliminate countries one by one from a randomly selected list, and the last country standing is where we would go for our honeymoon. While this game was taking place however, we started to think of how much fun it would be to visit more than one country, and that evolved into our RTW journey. As it happens, we didn’t even end up making it to the country which was selected for us (Madagascar) this time around. We are now saving that for our second honeymoon. 🙂

3. Let’s talk experiences – what has been the best experience you’ve had on the road? The worst? The most dangerous?

Tough choices…best experiences could include riding camels across the Sahara with nothing but the moonlight to guide us, painting a new school in a local village in Northern Ghana, walking 800kms of the Camino de Santiago in Spain, learning Spanish while living with a Mayan family in Guatemala, and possibly even the salsa lessons, but we will have to keep you posted on that.

Worst experiences usually have to do with injury and sickness. Skott throwing himself off a motorcycle while learning to drive it in the middle of Ghana, or eating bad meat and enjoying all the fun that comes with food poisoning in Morocco. Take your pick.

Most dangerous would probably be our time crossing through Mauritania and the security police asked our caravan to camp for the night with them as they felt their were may be some troublesome characters in the area. We went ahead anyways, but it was a very nerve-wracking drive. We had a lot of fun telling this story… it is actually our newest post: A Travel Story We Probably Shouldn’t Share With Our Parents

4. What’s been your favorite country thus far?

When asked this question, Shawna always answers Israel and Jordan, simply because they were never on our vague itinerary until about two weeks before we arrived. Two incredible countries that we would go back to in an instant.

My stock answer is Guatemala. It has a lot to do with the people we lived with while we were there learning Spanish, but this country will always be really special to both of us.

Truthfully though, we genuinely do not have a country we disliked. Every place has something incredible to offer, and we always try to make sure we pull the positive out of it.  From Liechtenstein to Morocco to Vietnam to Panama we haven’t found a lot to complain about.

Chiang Mai, Thailand riding elephants

Chiang Mai, Thailand riding elephants

5. Had you guys ever traveled together before? How have you been managing on the road thus far, and do you have any advice for couples traveling abroad?

I had spent two years in Australia many years ago, and Shawna has traveled independently to both Ghana and Finland.  Before this trip our most exotic adventure together was an all-inclusive resort in Mexico.

As far as tips are concerned, it sounds so cliche, but it is communication. We are both so much better at letting the other know when one of us has annoyed the other than we were before. Tell the person you are not amused, figure out how you are going to deal with this, and move on… there is no need to stew. When traveling together, we can guarantee that you will be placed in many situations where you don’t see eye to eye, so it is important to be able to work it out and then forget about it.

We also have another list of scientifically proven ways to successfully travel the world together… are we allowed to give you another link?? Please? Last one, I promise. Here it is: How To Travel The World For One Year And Stay Married For Two.

6. What are some of your interests outside of traveling?

When not touring the globe, Shawna can be found teaching spin classes at our local gym or running a quick 5 or 10 kms around Wascana Lake. Skott usually chooses the golf course over the running path, but he can be tricked from time to time as well. If not there, he will probably be working on a few renovations in one of the rental properties which he owns with his brother.

7. What are your upcoming plans, both travel and non travel?

Our future non-travel plans include going home within the next couple of months, finding jobs, hosting dinner parties (hey – you’re all invited), and thinking about starting a family.

Our travel plans for the next little bit are being kept under wraps… yup, top secret stuff here. Just keep reading… we promise to tell you soon!

8. What do you miss most about being away from home?

Shawna – friends, family, and routine

Skott – his nose hair trimmer

9. What’s your biggest fear about returning home?

No fears whatsoever. Returning home is going to be incredible. We were lucky enough to have pretty great lives in Saskatchewan before we left, and we see no reason why that needs to change.  In fact as we are slowly coming to the end of our adventures, we are thinking more and more about how awesome it will be when we get back.

We are blessed to have a very close network of family and friends back in Regina, (including a brand new nephew – shout out to Beck – born only a few days ago!) and we are very excited to reconnect with them and become a part of their lives again. Go figure, but we are actually even looking forward to getting jobs again!!

The only potential ‘downer’ about heading home from an adventure like this, is that often you fall back into the same patterns and routines that you had before your trips, and that it all happens so quickly that it almost seems as though you have never left to travel. We recognize that this will probably happen to us as well, but we do know that what we have done and seen can’t ever be taken away from us. Travel is an important part of who we are, and it will continue to play a role in how we live our lives, but we will also be balancing this with all the other amazing things life has to offer!

Santiago, Spain after completing the Camino de Santiago

Santiago, Spain after completing the Camino de Santiago

Recently married, Skott and Shawna left Saskatchewan, Canada in June 2011 on the Ultimate Honeymoon to explore this incredible globe! Follow their journey at Get Up and Globe.

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