We are Katie and Alisdair and we met the good old fashion way in a bar in Wellington, New Zealand back in 2012 and we were married in November 2018. Katie is from New Zealand and Alisdair is from Scotland and despite the geographical differences we found each other.
The journey so far
We quickly found out that we both love to travel. Combined we have been to 48 countries in North, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Africa! We have both travelled alone, with friends and family and now we travel together!
Our biggest trip to date was our 8 month trip in 2015/16 which took us to Canada, Central America, Mexico, Cuba, the UK, South East Asia and Tonga. We saved and sold pretty much everything to be able to complete this trip and it was the best thing we have done for ourselves. Not many couples are lucky enough to say they spent 24/7 with each other for 8 months and survived.
More recently we went on an epic honeymoon in East Africa over New Years 2018/2019. We have visited family in Alabama July 2019 and added on a Southern States road trip and in September 2019 we travelled to Europe to see family and explore Ireland, South of France and Northern Italy. We were also very lucky to sneak in a friends wedding in Fiji 2020 just before Covid-19 put a halt to all international travel.
Luckily for us having a Government that took excellent action on Covid-19 meant that we can explore our own backyard without limitations (for now) which means in 2021 we will be exploring more of New Zealand. What we are most excited for is the Able Tasman Great Walk which we have booked in for Easter 2021.
Why read our blog?
We have a real passion for travel and want to share our photos, stories, learnings with family, friends, and anyone else who wants to read it. We are authentic and honest in our blogging and enjoy sharing our knowledge.
Katie is an Accountant which enables us to keep good financial records and keep to our budget, she is also passionate about yoga, hiking and the environment.
Alisdair is a Town Planner with a passion for cities and Public Transport. Our blog should provide you with lots of great tips on how to get around various places using local transport options. Not only is it more interesting taking a trip with the locals it is generally way cheaper!
We also both became vegetarian back in April 2016 whilst travelling in Vietnam and have never looked back!
Why do we travel?
Our goal is to learn something new by getting off the beaten track, appreciate the beautiful natural environments this earth offers us and to have experiences that put us outside of our comfort zone. We love how travel adds to our life experience, however, we are also very aware that it is such a privilege to be able to do what we do and see what we see and we will never take it for granted.
Keep up to date
We aim to continue to document our continued travel adventures, our vegetarian lifestyle and other bits and pieces. We would love to hear from you so feel free to leave us a message, or you can follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook @escapingduo
Alisdair and Katie
All photos used on this blog are our own.