Travel Blogger Series: ThePlanetD

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Take a journey around the world with full-time travel writers Dave and Deb


	Deb and Dave

Deb and Dave

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Nov 23, 2012 —  While constantly researching the greatest places to go around the world, we often come across incredible writers and photographers who share in our neverending quest. We thought you should meet some of the best we've discovered along the way:

Dave and Deb are a travel couple who live by the motto "adventure is for everyone" Married for 15 years, they've visited over 70 countries on seven continents.They aim to inspire people to follow their dreams and push their boundaries and have appeared on TV as regular travel experts, been featured in such publications as (The National Post), (BBC Travel), and (National Geographic) and have spoken around the world about pursuing your passion. Follow their journeys on their travel blog ThePlanetD.

How did you get into travel writing?

Before travel writing we worked in the film industry in Canada. Being freelancers, we had the freedom to escape the cold Canadian winter each year to travel abroad for months at a time. We started to feel more at home on the road than we did when at home and began to look for ways to make travel a full time career. It was in 2007 that we signed up for the 2008 Tour d'Afrique, the World's longest cycling race. We decided to market ourselves as an adventure couple and knew that we needed something to help us stand out from the crowd. Initially we wanted to host a travel show to highlight an average couple doing extraordinary things. The TV show didn't work out, but our blog took off. People enjoyed our story and started to follow our travels around the world. We found that we could still showcase being an ordinary couple doing extraordinary things, but on our own terms.

Tell us a brief story about the strangest/craziest/funniest thing that’s happened to you while writing about travel?

We've had so many crazy things happen during our travels, it's difficult to choose one. However, I am going to talk about the time when we were cycling in the Sudan. Even though the people were extremely friendly in the Sudan, we were always very aware of our surroundings. There was a civil war going on in the south after all. One day we were cycling on a long deserted road and a pick up truck drove past us. In the back was a group of guys with machine guns in their hands and one giant automatic gun was mounted on the back of the truck. They pulled ahead of us, slowed down and had the barrel of that mounted machine gun pointed at us as we cycled. They drove slowly, looking at us for a long time, as we kept on cycling. We weren't quite sure what to do. After a few minutes, they all smiled and started to wave at us. They laughed and pointed and were probably wondering what the heck these crazy people in spandex were doing in the middle of the desert? We waved and smiled and kept on cycling. They stayed with us for quite awhile, just watching us ride our bikes. The machine gun was still pointed in our direction (since it was mounted on the truck) and all we could think was "please don't let that guy's hand slip by accident and take us out."

What’s your favorite part of writing about travel?

We love to inspire people. It took us a very long time to find our purpose and calling in life and we want to inspire people to never give up on their dreams. If we can do it, anyone can. We all have fears, setbacks and problems, but if you do what you love, you will eventually find success and happiness. When we share our stories and show people that we started from scratch with nothing but a dream and a plan, it lets them know that average people can fulfill their dreams. Writing is our outlet and our voice. When things go wrong, we don't sweep it under the rug and pretend it didn't happen. We tell our readers about our failures and success and they can relate to us knowing that "hey, things go wrong for everyone, but great things happen to everyone as well. Especially when you are open to it."

What are your favorite travel destinations and why?

Each destination is different for us and it's impossible to choose just one. So I'd like to break down a few different destinations for different reasons. We loved New Zealand for the adventure, Antarctica for the scenery, Sri Lanka and Jordan for the people, Tanzania for nature, Nepal for the challenge, Mongolia for the Landscape and China for the surprise.

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