This is #1 of series of interviews with some of the most followed travelers in the blogosphere. Our aim is to pick a portion of their traveling minds to inspire you to get on the traveling lifestyle and help you acquire a wider perspective on life while life happens to you.
Our first generous traveler is Kach Medina Umandap, the Filipino half of the Filipino-British partnership behind Two Monkeys Travel. She was a Middle East OFW before she finally quit her job in 2013 to pursue a life of worldwide travel. Conquering South and Central America, the next big adventure is the road to Antarctica.
Learn a thing or two, and as Seth Godin would say, more importantly, do something about it.
Interview with a Traveler #1: Kach Medina Umandap
Someone walks up to you somewhere in travel and asks you, “What do you do that makes you feel alive?” What would your 10 sec answer be?
I’m traveling around the world and living my life to the fullest!
How did you get into the point of being a true blue traveler (and not just a weekend tripper/vacationer)? Bring us to that moment.
In 2013, I quit my job in the Middle East to travel the world. I was initially planning to take a break for 6 months but I ended up not stopping and still moving around after 2 years.
What are the top 3 things you never travel without (excluding basic necessities)?
- My Malong
- Ayurveda Oils
What’s the first 90 minutes of your day in travel like?
- Wake up
- Visualize/ Meditate
- then open my email
What’s that traveling habit/skill you wished you have?
I really hope I can trek/hike like my sister and fiance! I’m not good at that and I missed a lot of adventure opportunities.
What’s your worst traveler moment?
Maybe whenever I have issues of crossing border.
The scariest was when I was crossing the border of Nicaragua-Costa Rica and it’s almost night time.
According to the online resources, I can get a visa on arrival to enter Nicaragua however the Immigration (officer) was not aware of that and asked me to pre-apply for my visa. Luckily, another lady officer came to my rescue and helped me to get it sorted. I paid $55 for the visa stamp and that’s it!
What’s your biggest takeaway from that experience?
- Better to be always prepared
- Print the details about your visa permission!
What’ your biggest weakness as a traveler?
Oops, I’m always hungry and eat a lot of food. It’s not good if you’re a budget backpacker! I always ruin our daily budget!
What’s your biggest strength as a traveler that makes you the best to travel with?
I love planning but I never overplan our travels. I always prepare a DIY itinerary that would guide us on our trips. I’m also a social person which helps us meet a lot of fellow travelers and even get discount at local restaurants or stores.
Currently, how are you generating income?
I’ve invested on my skills while traveling. I work wherever and whenever I want.
- TEFL Certified English Teacher
- Yoga Teacher
- Ayurveda Massage Therapist
- Blog income
Of all the things you’re doing, what’s the one thing that has you most fired up right now?
Writing my book which I can hopefully publish by next year.
What is a personal habit that you think contributes to your success?
Visualization, before getting up of my bed in the morning. I have this morning routine of meditation and visualizing the life that I want to happen in the future. It never fails me!
Internet resource that has been useful for you in travel
There are a lot!
One book you highly recommend
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (click for a PDF copy)- it’s all about Law of Attraction and Law of Gratitude.
If you were to live again with a clean slate, give us a visual of how your life will look like.
I would love to have the same life but this time I won’t put too much effort on worrying, regrets or any negativity.
To end this interview, what’s your one parting piece of guidance?
What’s the best way we can connect with you?
You can contact me via our blog or social media.
FACEBOOK – facebook.com/twomonkeystravel
TWITTER – twitter.com/2monkeystravel
INSTAGRAM – instagram.com/kach2monkeys
PERISCOPE – @2monkeystravel
SNAPCHAT – @monkeytravel
Thank you, Kach for your generosity with your time and insights! Safe travels wherever you are today and we hope you continue to come home changed!
All photos are from Kach of Two Monkeys Travel
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