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The Globetrotter Guys
We are Sion and Ben, a married gay couple from the UK. We left the UK in January 2018 and set up The Globetrotter Guys to document the best in gay travel and adventure. In the last few months we have travelled extensively through Central America hitting every country along the way. Ben absolutely loved Costa Rica and I (Sion) loved Nicaragua, especially the Corn Islands! Next on our agenda is Europe where Pride season is about to start!
What is your earliest travel memory?
[Sion] My earliest travel memory was my 3rd birthday in Disneyland Florida. I don’t remember lots but I do remember one of the Disney characters stood on my foot and that I was very annoyed! I also remember losing a toy whale (the famous Shamoo) at the beach and having to go back and dig it up! [Ben] I’m not quite sure how old I was, but I distinctly remember that whenever we went on holiday to a beach destination, me and my sister would beg and beg for our parents to buy us fishing nets. We would then spend the rest of the holiday around the crab pools trying and failing miserably to catch fish and crabs.
Have you ever cried at the airport?
[Ben] We first went travelling in 2011 for 9 months and this made us both very emotional leaving our families behind at the airport for such a long time. There were definitely a few tears, especially as my niece had just been born and we would not see her for a long time!
What’s your travel style?
[Sion] Our travel style has developed over the years with age. Back in 2011 we would have been content in a dorm room or somewhere quite basic. However now, at 29 we definitely travel with more style and enjoy our luxury hotels and destinations. We also make sure to seek out the best adventure activities for the destinations we go to. We love a day on the beach, but also love to be flying through a forest on a zipline!
What is your favourite city?
[Ben] My favourite city without a doubt is New York. I love the busyness, the vibe and the fact that there is always something happening. There is also something surreal when you are standing by one of the iconic landmarks that you see on movies, whether it be Times Square, the Statue of Liberty or the Brooklyn Bridge. It also has some great gay nightlife and plenty of stunning rooftop bars to watch the sunset.
What is the weirdest thing you carry while travelling?
[Sion] That’s a hard one. We couldn’t say anything weird, we have our whole lives in our bag so there is no room at all!
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done on holiday?
[Ben] The most adventurous thing we have done on holiday was volcano boarding in Leon, Nicaragua. You spend about an hour hiking up an active volcano, dressed head to toe in your bright volcano boarding suit, before flying down the side of the volcano on your board at breakneck speeds! At the end of the volcano boarding we had lost half the sole of our shoes from trying to use them to slow down!
What do you collect when travelling?
[Sion] We used to collect a token from each country that represented our trip. For example, in New York we got a small Statue of Liberty and in Gili Trawangan we bought a set of turtle shaped coasters (because we had seen so many!). Now we have left the UK we can’t keep up this practise as we have nowhere to store all these trinkets!
If you could time travel, which era and area would you choose?
[Sion] Another hard one! But if I had to choose, I think I would love to travel back to Ancient Egypt, and see how they constructed the Pyramids. The whole culture is fascinating too so it would be amazing to experience this first-hand – maybe without the mummification though!!
Which is your favourite international meal?
[Ben] I absolutely love Italian food! I think I would have to say that lasagne is probably one of my favourite meals. [Sion] We also love Thai food. They use a lot of ginger, garlic and chilli, three things which we love. If we had to be more specific we would say Lamb Massaman curry!
What do you miss most about home when you travel?
[Ben] We obviously miss our friends and family. Back home in Manchester we had a very close-knit group of friends that we used to spend a lot of time with almost every weekend, and so we definitely miss that social side of things. But apart from people, I think we miss the concept of a ‘home’. It was nice coming home from work and having a ‘living space’ to sit and watch some trashy TV. You just don’t get that same feel when you’re constantly on the move.
How does travel make you feel?
[Sion] I’m just going to list adjectives here – free, excited, exhilarated. Also satisfied, satisfied that we are doing something different with our lives other than the social norm of a Monday – Friday 9-5.
Where is the best party scene?
[Ben] We have experienced so many! We loved the gay scene in New York, they had a fantastic cowboy themed bar where the bartenders danced to country music on the bar which was pretty awesome! And most recently we had a great night out in a mega-club in Rio de Janeiro. We will soon be heading to Pride in Barcelona, Sitges and Madrid so we are really looking forward to experiencing the party scene there.
What is your favourite travel-related book?
[Sion] To be honest we don’t really have a favourite travel book. If we need advice about a particular destination we tend to just research online, especially using other peoples blogs for advice and travel tips. That being said, if we are ever somewhere with a nice beach or pool and we have some downtime, we do thoroughly enjoy relaxing with a fast-paced crime novel or a murder mystery!
Worst piece of travel advice you’ve received?
[Ben] We haven’t really had any bad advice directly. But a lot of people we have met whilst travelling seem to talk up the idea of having the next month planned out down to the every minute. Whilst that might work for them, we really don’t like travelling like that. Unless we really have to book something quite far in advance like a flight, we much prefer to take it one day at a time. You never know who you may meet along the way, someone who could suggest some place you hadn’t originally planned to visit. Or you could just fall in love with where you currently are and decide to stay for longer!
What’s your ritual when you get to a new destination?
[Sion] Not so much a ritual, but without fail, our suitcase explodes and the rooms never stays tidy for long! We always research the best place to eat with TripAdvisor, I won’t eat out otherwise in case I am disappointed!
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