Besides being a couple goal, Jonathan and Kach’s travel life truly became an inspiration for a long time for a lot aspiring travellers out there. Their story is a definitely a great example that you have to work hard and in making your dreams come true. We now present with you our lovely conversation with Two Monkeys Travel.
Oh and we know this might come in late, but we would like to congratulate Jonathan and Kach Howe for getting married last year! Best wishes to the both of you!
Conversations of Us: First, and as an introduction, tell us more about yourself, who is Kach and Jonathan as an individual and as a couple?
Two Monkeys Travel: We’re a full time travellers and entrepreneurs from the UK and the Philippines. Before we had ever met we both quit our jobs to explore the world and discover the life we want to live, rather than make the most of a life given to us by someone else.
CoU:What inspired the both of you to live a life of travel?
TMT: Adventure and happiness - Pretty cliché, but that’s exactly what it was. We both decided that life shouldn’t have to be periods of adventure and happiness, interchanging regularly with repetitive 9-to-5-workaday living. Travel was a way of discovering how to achieve that.
CoU:How long do you see yourself travelling?
TMT: I think 2 more years of being completely nomadic will be enough. This year, 2016, is mostly non-stop travel, while next year we will be based in southern India and just travel in between. After that, we plan to travel non-stop for few months again before finally settling down and working on our yoga and Ayurveda resort.
CoU: If there is a place that both of you will settle down, where will it be?
TMT: Anywhere in a beach paradise where Jonathan can build our home and have his mini farm! We don’t know where this place is yet, but he has a very clear picture of it in his mind.
CoU: What is the city or country that captured your heart? Are there any happenings that influenced the both of you on why it is close to your life?
TMT: We love Istria, in Croatia. Jonathan went last year for a week while I was exploring Central America on my own. We’re going together in a few weeks which will be my first time, but I fell in love with this beautiful part of the world just hearing Jonathan’s stories of the glistening Mediterranean waters, the rich culture and history as well as the incredible landscapes from the coast to the rolling hillsides carpeted in vineyards. This is also the place where Jonathan secretly bought my engagement ring so he could propose to me on a desert island in the Caribbean, so holds another very special attraction!
CoU:If you will recommend a unique place to stay in for new travellers or even backpackers where and what will it be?
TMT: It’s impossible to recommend just one, so we would suggest seeking out the unique! We often find that it’s worth an extra few dollars a night to stay somewhere a little bit special, like a treehouse hostel, or a boutique eco-hostel. When you find a place like this, it becomes a huge part of your travelling experience. We actually have a list of the best backpackers’ accommodations around the world, you can read all the details here.
CoU: As you travel, of course both of you meet different nationalities or various people in different walks of life; with that, is there a single person or a group of people that made your trip more memorable?
TMT: Again it’s impossible to pinpoint just one, so we’ll give you the example of a German man in his 50’s who we met while hitchhiking through Patagonia de Chile. His old bicycle had broken beyond repair, so he loaded all his gear onto a small trailer, attached it to his body using a tree branch and some nylon straps and continued on his way by foot, flat-out refusing to give up on his goal. What a hero!
CoU:We know that both of you came a long way already, but as of this moment do you still have a dream adventure and what is it? And up until now, isthere something that still scares you when we talk about the word “travel?”
TMT: A huge goal for us is still to travel to Antarctica, which we hope to do this year. We’re also planning a big trip around Africa, especially East Africa where Jonathan grew up.
CoU: What do you feel when small time bloggers or new bloggers seek for advice from the both of you?
TMT: We’re all in exactly the same boat and all blogs start out pretty much in the same way. We reached out to more established bloggers in the beginning and we still do sometimes. No matter how long people blog for, or how ‘successful’ they become, the only thing that is important is that you have your audience and you keep doing the things you love. When you take away all the numbers and the rankings we use to judge ourselves and each other, we’re all people who are striving to live the life we want and that’s what makes us all the same.
CoU: Lastly, what is the best lesson that you’ve learned along the way as a person and a couple who continuously grow by travelling?
TMT: Just let it be, everything happens for a reason. What may seem like a set back or a problem, is actually just an event that turns you down a different path leading to more events, and so it goes on and on. Sure we get to make choices, but sometimes we just need to allow life to unfold in front of us and trust that everything will turn out fine!