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. If you’d like to participate or know a couple who would, please visit the series page.
Armando Costantino and Mel Candea have been traveling around Europe in a VW camper van named Mork since 2012. They document their travels and help others with the same travel urges however they can on their blog Westfalia Digital Nomads.
Where are your toothbrushes, where are they headed next, and why?
We are [November 2014] in Milan for a short break, taking care of some work on Mork, our campervan, and organizing the next 7 to 8 months. We will then travel south for weather, discovering Spain, Morocco, and Portugal.
What’s your definition of home?
Home is where we park. Living full-time in a camper van makes Mork our home, office, and car. Usually we prefer the countryside or seaside to big cities, which we find to be the best way to know locals and understand more about culture and traditions of a new country.
How do you make yourself feel at home wherever you go?
We discover the area where we stay, finding all we need, from a supermarket to a swimming pool to laundry to a nice cafe with free wifi.
Why this (or the most recent) trip, why now (then)?
We move because of the season. Living in a van is pretty basic: summer north, winter south. Plus we’ve never been to Spain.
What were your greatest challenges in making the trip happen? How did you overcome them?
The challenge was to become digital nomads and be able to continue working for our clients on the road. We are now independent from the location we stay in.
What do you enjoy the most about your traveling life?
First is the freedom we have to organize our day: no office time, no rush, no stress. As well, meeting locals and learn more about other culture and countries. And third, being inspired every single day of our life by new places, new stories.
Share a moment from your travels that you will share with future generations.
Standing on top of a cliff in Meteora, Greece. It is an amazing and powerful location, pretty difficult to describe in words. Almost over the clouds.