In this edition of Celebrity Travel Addicts, we speak with travel bloggers and full-time nomads Jimmy and Tah of the dynamic travel-blogging duo known as Divert Living. We speak with them about the unique circumstances that brought them together, what made them want to team up to travel the world, what to do in one of their favorite destinations, and much more! Find out what their dream destination is and where Jimmy and Tah are headed next!
How did your passion for travel get started?
JIMMY: My passion for travel all started back in 2015 when I was stationed in Osan South Korea for my first tour in the US Army. I never thought that I would love to travel so much but being outside of my comfort zone has always been an adventure in itself.
TAH: When I left Thailand to South Korea for university, I found a growing excitement of indulging in different cultures, tasting the local cuisine, traveling around and explore new things
How many days/weeks are you traveling in any given year? What are the types of places you like to visit?
This year we will be traveling for 305 days. The first year we traveled to most of Asia. We prefer more of nature and countryside travel but every once in a while we will explore major cities as well.
You run your travel blog, Divert Living, with your girlfriend Tah. How did you two meet and what were the deciding factors in making the decision to travel the world together?
JIMMY: While I was stationed in Osan back in 2015 Tah was just finishing up her financial degree at Ajou University (In South Korea). We met during her last semester there right before my tour had ended. We both really loved to travel and explore together but never imagined it to become our full-time jobs. Shortly after I had left to be stationed stateside and she started her career in finance we quickly realized that we missed travel and each other so much we had to figure out how to get both back.
Can you tell us a bit about Divert Living? What makes it stand out among all the other travel content out there?
With the industry growing so fast it can sometimes be hard to stand out but we really believe that quality content paired with real, helpful information is really all it takes. Tons of content on the internet is so repetitive and lacks originality. With extra work and research we believe standing out will never be an issue.
The two of you are 100% nomadic and live out of suitcases. What are some of the benefits and drawbacks of that type of lifestyle?
100% nomadic is so many people’s dream. To travel the world and always be in a new place is great right? Well it is a dream and we are truly blessed to be doing this, sometimes we just miss the simple things and miss repetition. We have noticed how quickly we have started to miss eating certain foods, or walking up in the same place and being with friends and family. You only have limited time with the people you love in your life and if you are always on the road that’s time you will never get back.
What do you want audiences to gain and learn from your work?
Real, helpful information. So many times I have been on the internet searching for things and finding things just to find out all the information is wrong. It’s just nothing like we read or saw on the internet. We want to provide a one-stop-shop for all information needed for a trip.
What are the top three destinations you’ve visited?
Indonesia, Mexico and the Philippines.
Give us your ‘Top 5’ list for one of your top 3 destinations. Like a mini-guide or a to-do list of sorts. It can be anything from your favorite hotel, the best place to have lunch, the best sightseeing, etc.
Stay in Dumaguete Philippines
Visit Apo Island
Cafe Racer Diner BBQ (Dumaguete)
How many countries have you visited so far?
What are your top 3 favorite cuisines?
Lechon, Numtok, SumTum
What is your favorite restaurant in the world? What dish do you recommend there?
Favorite Street Cart is by Victory Monument in BKK and the best dish is Numtok
What is your favorite travel movie?
No Escape haha
What is your favorite international airport?
Which city had the friendliest people?
Dumaguete. They call it the city of gentle people.
Who is your favorite travel companion?
JIMMY: Tah, of course.
What is the best way to kill time while traveling?
What is the most exotic place your career has taken you?
Remote island in Indonesia.
What is your best bit of travel advice for someone who wants to, or is about to, embark on a life of travel?
Find the part of travel that really makes you happy and follow that. If its local life, stay in the rural areas and see the real local life. If it’s the cities and the hustle explore the urban side of it.
What are 4 things you could never travel without?
JIMMY: Tah, camera, Google Maps, sunscreen (You know I love the island life)
What is your ultimate dream destination?
What is your favorite travel quote?
“Fear is only temporary. Regret lasts forever.”
Where are you headed next?
Kazakhstan in four hours.
American and Thai Millennials left their careers in military and finance to become travel inspirers & storytellers. Starting the life of non-stop traveling since September, 2017 with $4000 in savings account. Sharing our journey along the way of life we have always dreamt of – traveling and being able to work wherever we love (as long as there are Wi-Fi and coffee).