WHO IS HALF THIS WORLD AWAY?

 

Hey!

 

We're Megan & David - 2 Scottish food & travel bloggers. 

 

We're a couple of newly weds approaching our late twenties, but still have absolutely no desire to settle down! We buy plane tickets instead of houses and hiking boots as opposed to hand towels. 

 

We've been together for over 10 years, lived in 4 different countries and travelled through over 40 countries together, with no intention of slowing down. 

 

Throughout the past 10 years together we have backpacked across South East Asia and lived in the beautiful New Zealand for 2 years. Then we spent a year living in the Czech Republic, before moving back to Scotland for 1 year where we called the beautiful city of Edinburgh home. We got married in August 2017, and it was on our honeymoon in Africa that we decided we wanted a new adventure, so we decided to make 2018 the year we finally explored South America! Between January and May of this year we travelled through Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Chile. 

 

Half This World Away was created in December 2015; originally we blogged part-time along with our serious, career jobs and after 2 years of endless multi-tasking we decided to take the plunge and go full time! We've now been blogging full-time for 7 months and we absolutely love it, there is nothing better than being your own boss! 

 

HTWA is a space for us to share stories from the road, we want our photos to inspire you and our advice to help you find the courage to go to all those places you've always dreamed of!

 

Megan

Megan in the Masai Mara, Kenya
Megan in the Masai Mara, Kenya

 

I am a 27 year old travel addict. I am also incredibly scatty, unorganised and impulsive. I love good food, good coffee and good company. 

 

Growing up, I never really knew what I wanted to be. The only thing I've ever really wanted to do is see the world and 7 years ago, I decided to make that happen. 

 

Lets rewind to 2011 - I quit my job, packed a bag and booked a one way flight to Madrid, Spain. My plan? I was going to teach English. 

 

Did I have any teaching experience? No. 

 

Did I speak Spanish? Not a word. 

 

It would be fair to say I was a pretty naive 20 year old girl with no clue what I was doing. Yet, for once in my life I'd never been so sure that leaping into the unknown was exactly where i needed to be. 

 

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Rather than satisfying my urge to travel, Spain only accelerated it. It's a country that will always have a place in my heart as it showed me what else was out there, if I was willing to take a chance.

 

Since then I've learned so much about myself and the type of travel I love.

 

I prefer the lesser known places and the unexpected little towns.

 

I prefer mountains and lakes over beaches and seas. 

 

Sometimes I find the popular attractions disappointing, but I adore the feeling of finding somewhere; a place, a view point, a landmark; that feels undiscovered. That feels like mine. Even if its only for a moment or two.

 

Saying that, I still want to see Christ the Redeemer and eat pizza in Naples. I want to dive the Great Barrier Reef and climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

 

I am a walking contradiction with an insatiable appetite to see the world.

 

When it comes to the blog; I am the creative one. I built this travel blog from scratch and do most of the writing and the photography. I get caught up in the romantic notions of travelling and don't think too much of the practical side. David, on the other hand, creates lists and spreadsheets, tracks the incomes and outgoings, responds to the emails I forget about and turns my scattered ideas into tangible travel plans. Blogger.

 

My favourite Post: Vietnam: The Ultimate 1 month itinerary

 David

Growing up, I was fascinated with the world of business. Always thinking up ideas to be the next big entrepreneur, before finding out the idea already existed or "would be too difficult to achieve". Now at the age of 27, it is quite ironic that nothing would excite me more than packing in my day job and booking a one way ticket to the other side of the world. How your priorities change eh?

 

What I love most in life is immersing myself in things completely out of the ordinary. Meeting different people from different backgrounds and cultures, in different countries, all over the world.

 

From dancing with Masai warriors in the middle of the Kenyan Savannah, to getting drunk on homemade rice wine in the hills of Sapa, Vietnam. From having water fights with kids in Battambang during Cambodian New year, to enjoying Wagyu steak, lobster and red wine at the top of a revolving restaurant in Las Vegas.

 

I want adventure and a sense of achievement in life. Like the feeling you get when you reach the peak of the mountain you've spent days climbing, or the buzz you get when you're free-falling through the air, having taken that leap on your first bungee.

 

For me, it's these experiences that get the juices flowing and demonstrate what life's all about.

 

 

As for this blog, it allows me to still use the business side of my brain! Track what we have coming in and what we have going out. Answer the emails and maximise opportunities. Ensure we are travelling smart and being money conscious as we go - as if I'm being honest, I love nothing more than finding a good bargain!

 

I also hope that through this travel blog, we can show how accessible the world really is and how amazing people can be from all walks of life. I want to help challenge preconceptions and break down stereotypical barriers. As to me, people are people, and if you do good by others, you will receive the same in return.

 

 

Favourite Blog Post: 15 Things No One Told You About Living In New Zealand