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Here’s flip’s short interview with Akila and Patrick.
How did you discover your passion for travelling?
“Akila began traveling at age 3, from Pennsylvania to India, and elsewhere across the world. Patrick, on the other hand, took his first flight when he was 21 on a trip with Akila to New York. We don’t know exactly where our passion for traveling came from because there was no “ah ha” moment where both of us thought, “Oh well, this is it, we should be traveling.” I think that we have always been curious people, interested in pretty much everything, and traveling fills our curiosity.”
What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?
“We have had all sorts of tough experiences —- being stuck on buses for 6 hours straight between smokers and no chance to use the bathroom, lost in random cities, hungry because all the restaurants have closed down —- but none of them have been horrible. We are very lucky that we have never been injured or robbed while traveling. So, keeping our fingers crossed, no horrible experiences yet.”
What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?
“For Akila, jumping off a bridge into a canyon in New Zealand. She loves the feeling of flying.
For Patrick, blowing up balloons for children in the tiny towns of Cambodia. The children came out of their houses, surrounding Patrick like he was the Pied Piper, and smiled and played with the round balls of color.”
What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?
“The world is big. Really, really big. Much bigger than our brains can comprehend.”
What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?
“The fun, the adventure, and the diversity of the world keeps us going. There is so much to see and experience, that we are willing to put up with all the other hassles.”
This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?
Where’s your favourite place in this planet and why?
“So far, our favorite country has been New Zealand. We love the raw astonishing scenery, the great hiking, and the laid back towns.”
Best advice for new travellers?
“Plan, but not too much. A smile and politeness will get you farther than any other foreign currency. Be as open minded as you can be because, often, you may be the only non-local in a town.”
What do you think about yourself?
“We think we’re pretty neat. Except for very early in the mornings, when neither of us have the capacity to function, we like each other quite a bit.”
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