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Travel Blogger Feature: Jade and James – Our Oyster

January 30, 2012

This Monday’s Newcomer Interview is with Jade & James of Our Oyster. Their travels are inspiring as they often look for the best experiences while keeping the budget and their environmental footprint in control. They have great resources on budget travel all over the world, and with your truly doing a contribution about Budget Travel in the Philippines.

Here’s my short interview with Jade and James of Our Oyster

Jade & James - Our Oyster

Name – Jade Johnston and James Cook
Where are you from? – Jade is from Canada and James is from England
Twitter Handle: @our_oyster
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Can you tell us a bit about yourself ?

Jade is 25 and has so far been to over 30 countries during her last five years as a traveller. James is 23 and has travelled the world since he was 16, when he joined the merchant navy – although in some countries he has only seen the ports. We met while both travelling through New Zealand and ended up living in New Zealand together for one year before recently moving to Australia.

Why did you decide to start a travel blog? 

We both has separate blogs before we met each other, and we didn’t really think to combine our efforts until James ran out of space for photos on his free hosting account. Once we started blogging we quickly became addicted to it.

What’s the most challenging part of being a travel blogger?

Travel blogging is the biggest killer of free time. If I’m not actively working on the blog, I am thinking about it. One of the most challenging things is figuring out all the technical aspects of blogging, and of course, the biggest time killer is social marketing. I think we actually spend the least amount of time on the actual article writing!

Jade & James - Our Oyster

Can you tell us about your first travel experience?

Jade’s first travel experience outside of Canada was to the Dominican Republic when she was 17. She went there over Christmas holidays with a Dominican friend from one of her Uni classes. It was your typical relaxed, beach side type of holiday.

James’ first travel experience was in Portugal when he was 4. It was the first family vacation away and they celebrated by letting James eat loads of ice cream. He consequently threw up all over the waiter. Things haven’t changed much since then….. (with the eating of lots of ice cream I mean…!)

What’s your favourite destination and why?

Jade’s favourite destination is more of a region. She loves travelling in Eastern Europe. The people are so friendly and the food is incredible! Spain is another of her favourites, its just a really chilled out place to visit with lots of great art and culture.

James’ favourite destination is Zimbabwe and Africa in general. He loves all the wildlife that can be spotted, and the friendly and open people.

 If you can travel with a real or fictional character, who will you travel with and why?

Jade picked Phileas Fogg from Around the World in 80 Days, because despite all the obstacles put in his path he never got upset or phased and always found a way around them (unlike Jade you gets stressed), and he was rich… haha!

James was going to pick Phileas Fogg as well (as we both just read the book and he came to mind) but then decided that he travels far to fast (Around the world in 80 days that would be far to hectic!), instead James would like to travel around with Diana princess of Wales. She was big in volunteering and an inspiration to many people!

 What’s your favourite travel quote (from a book, film, TV show etc)?Jade & James - Our Oyster

James like Bilbos quote of “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to”

Jades is “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness” by Mark Twain.

If you have one flight ticket to go anywhere in the world tomorrow, where will you go?

For Jade it’s Mongolia! She wants to get there before the nomadic culture disappears. For James it’s Antarctica… although I think that might be more of a boat ticket than a plane ticket.

What is the strangest thing you have eaten, drank or experienced on your travels?

One of the strangest things that Jade has experienced was a parade in Malaysia where the people participating had large metal poles piercing through their lips and cheeks, and one was even pulling a cart by hooks in his back. The strangest thing that James has eaten was a meat pie … but the meat was possum meat.

Advice to fellow newbie travel bloggers 

Don’t give up! It takes a lot of work, and a lot of time to be successful, and you need to be prepared for that. Also, don’t forget to get as involved as possible in the travel blogging community.

Jade & James - Our Oyster

“Jade Johnston and James cook are travel writers and can be found writing at their website for budget travellers and long term travellers. “

All photos in this post are Jade and James’ property but are hosted on this blog’s flickr count. All rights remain with James & Jade.

Do you want to be interviewed on our next session of Talk with a Travel Newcomer? The only requirement of course is that you have to be a newbie travel blogger.  Contact me  if you’d like to be featured!

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