The longer we travel, the more couples like us we discover or even meet. Like us they dreamed about traveling, like us they made the big trip happen, and like us they document their experiences online. In the Two Toothbrushes traveler interview series we introduce fellow traveling and blogging couples to share their story and draw inspiration from them.
Amanda Zeisset and Antonio Cala have been exploring the world by bicycle together since 2013. Their mission is to “help you live a life of adventure.” On their website, The Adventure Junkies, they share stories from the road and advice on infinite travel and adventure.
Where are your toothbrushes, where are they headed next, and why?
As of December 2014 our toothbrushes are in the bathroom of a house we are renting in Santa Catalina, Panama. For the past few months we have been living in this surf town on the Pacific coast of Panama where we work as scuba diving guides. Recently we had the opportunity to go on a live-aboard trip to Malpelo, an island far off the coast of Colombia where we saw schools of hundreds of hammerhead sharks and had a close encounter with whale sharks.
Our toothbrushes are next heading to Cocos Island in Costa Rica where we will spend three weeks living at the rangers station were we will be working as volunteers. Cocos Island is a world-renowned diving destination famous for hammerhead shark sightings and big ocean creature encounters. We are looking forward to have the opportunity to dive and live for a short time on this piece of paradise in the Pacific.
What’s your definition of home?
For us the world is our home. It’s anywhere we can be together and feel happy, safe and connected with the community around us.
How do you make yourself feel at home wherever you go?
We often stop, rent an apartment and work/volunteer for a few months out of the year. During these times we begin to feel part of the community, we make friends and do the things that normally couldn’t do while traveling, such as having friends over for dinner or spending the day lounging around the house.
When traveling, local people often make us feel at home by inviting us into their homes and sharing a part of their everyday life.
Why this (or the most recent) trip, why now (then)?
We set off to travel the world by bicycle because were were interested in going to beautiful places and meeting interesting people. The idea was sparked by discovering the website World Biking, which is written by couple who has been traveling by bicycle since 2006.
When we first started traveling together we had a set trip in mind but only a few months into it we threw the plans out the window and worked towards creating a travel lifestyle. Now we consider our travels to just be another part of our life, rather than a trip.
What were your greatest challenges in making the trip happen? How did you overcome them?
To be honest we didn’t have any major challenges to overcome because we both were committed to heading off to travel the world. It was our dream, something that we wanted more than anything so we threw all we had into making it happen.
What do you enjoy the most about your traveling life?
The freedom and control that you have over your own life. We wake up everyday and decide what we want to do and when we want to do it. Most of all you have the time to enjoy the simple things like a good conversation, a beautiful day, or a refreshing swim in the ocean.
Share a moment from your travels that you will share with future generations.
A 3-hour boat ride from the coast of Belize transports you to a beautiful secluded palm covered island that is part of the Glover’s Reef Atoll. Here you won’t find any mega resorts, just wooden cabanas over the water and camp sites. At a leisurely pace, the island takes a five minutes to walk around. We stayed for one week in which we camped next to the ocean, went scuba diving in the beautiful surrounding reefs, chopped open coconuts with machetes and caught lobsters for dinner. Glover’s Reef is a magical little corner of the Caribbean that we will never forget.