In this edition of Celebrity Travel Addicts, we chat with Theodora van de Pol and Graeme Robertson of Babe, Where’s My Passport? They are a married couple from Portsmouth, England who gave up their life and successful business in the UK to become full-time travel vloggers. We speak with Babe, Where’s My Passport about what sparked their love of travel, their favorite cuisines, their biggest tip for travelers, and much more. Check out their favorite destinations around the world and find out where Babe, Where’s My Passport are going next!
How did your passion for travel get started?
When Graeme left the British Army 2007 we set off to Australia for a working holiday visa and since then our whole lives have been evolved around traveling. In 2018 be dared to ask ourselves “what is our wildest dream?” The answer was unanimous “to make a living traveling the world.” So we decided to YouTube our way around the world.
How many days/weeks are you traveling in any given year? What are the types of places you like to visit?
We probably travel 9 months of the year at a minimum and we travel to places that are interesting to create content. Places that are different from what we know in Europe. However, we have decided to explore more of Europe and are travelling to new destinations in Europe this summer.
You gave up your business and sold all of your belongings to become full-time travel influencers. Did you have any trepidation before you finally made the leap?
It was a scary thought to give up everything we had worked for up to that point. However, it was a long time coming. We set a date (1 year away) and we literally left on 365th day of setting that date. “Taking the risk instead of losing the chance” is one the sayings we live by. It was now or never to follow our wildest dream. We are getting a bit older and it was the perfect time to change our career and do something we truly love doing. Had we only started vlogging back in 2007 when we first went travelling together we would have probably been one of the first YouTubers to do so.
Before you became travel influencers you lived in the UK. What makes the UK a fun and unique travel destination? Where should travelers go when they visit the UK?
I think when you live in a country from birth you often don’t explore your own country or think there is anything great about it because it’s so familiar to you. However, since travelling and then returning back home to the UK, we have realized that it’s such a unique country with so much history and culture. Obviously, London is a must visit location it’s just an amazing city with so much to see and do. However, for a real English feel, visit places like the Lake District, The Cotswolds, Cornwall and Blackpool. In those places you will get a true feel of the proper English culture. The only down side to the UK is the weather, so preferably visit in the summer.
What do you want audiences to gain and learn from your work?
We share our travel experiences to inspire others to create their own travel memories.
We want to inspire everybody to follow your dreams and realize it’s never too late. Make having fun your priority. It doesn’t matter where you are, even if it’s in your own country, go out explore and experience the world. Make memories with all kinds of people from different walks of life.
What are the top three destinations you’ve visited?
California has been our top destination and a place where we would like to settle down long term. It has great weather all year round, there is a healthy vibe and you can go skiing in Lake Tahoe one day and be surfing in Santa Cruz the next day.
Also, India is one of our top destinations. It was a crazy adventure and we had a so much fun being there. We experienced a huge culture shock which really gives you a different perspective about life.
Getting a campervan and travelling through Australia was our first true travelling experience so has to be in the top three. The freedom of finding your own path, parking up at night to sleep and experiencing that special moment when you wake up in a new location (now seeing it for the first time with daylight) and to enjoy your breakfast right there, nothing better.
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, best place to have lunch, best sightseeing, etc.
- Visit the Pushkar Camel Festival (October)
- Celebrate Diwali in any city in the North (October/November)
- Visit Golden Temple Amritsar and eat at the Nagar Langar temple kitchen (open 24 hrs)
- Go to the Wagah Border Ceremony (every evening)
- Try lassi in Jaipur
How many countries have you visited so far?
We feel like we have been to so many but actually it’s only 35. That being said we have spent a lot of time in most of the countries. We like to get a good feel for each place before moving on again. For example, we spent a total of 2 years in Australia, 5 months in California, 1 month in South Korea, 1 month in Sri Lanka, 2 months in India and so forth.
You have done a lot of traveling since you gave up your lives in the UK in June of 2018. What would you say is the most important thing you’ve learned about travel since then?
We have learned to be flexibe. Things happen out of your control on the road and you have to be flexible and go with the flow. Flights we be delayed or over booked, the weather won’t always be on your side, you will probably get over charged at least once and get really annoyed about it. However, none of this matter as you’ll make memories and experience things that you can’t anticipate before leaving.
What are your top 3 favorite cuisines?
What is your favorite restaurant in the world? What dish do you recommend there?
We have a “secret” restaurant in Cyprus, Mousikos in Sotira which is off the beaten track. Only locals go there to eat. The majority of people in the village don’t even speak English. You have to order the Meze. It’s made up of 21 small dishes of all sorts of Mediterranean amazing foods (the homemade halloumi is to die for!). It’s such an authentic experience. You’ll dine outdoors under passionfruit vines and the stars, just amazing.
What is your favorite travel movie?
Marigold Hotel has to be one of our favorites.
What is your favorite international airport?
Changi Airport in Singapore is pretty insane so much to do there and great for a long layover. We made a video about all the terminals and found all sorts of amazing things to do and see including a butterfly garden and free 24 hours cinema.
Which city had the friendliest people?
This is a difficult one as we have met incredibly kind people all over the world. However, Lopburi, Thailand (aka monkey town) stands out the most as we received help from complete strangers who were going about their day and went out of their way to help us (giving us lifts, helping us get to our next destination etc).
Who is your favorite travel companion?
Each other ☺
What is the best way to kill time while traveling?
For us it’s editing but we do have the monopoly card game which almost ends up in divorce as we are super competitive with each other.
What is the most exotic place your career has taken you?
The Gili Island were really nice but we recently travelled to The Philippines and it has so many amazing beaches and islands. The water is blue like Gatorade.
What is your best bit of travel advice for someone who wants to, or is about to, embark on a life of travel?
Budget, budget and budget. It’s easy to want to do every tour, every activity and before you know it the year of travel is now down to 6 months travel. We log, every night before going to bed, every single penny we have spent. This was you keep track of where your budget is going and helps you plan accordingly.
What are 4 things you could never travel without?
Passport (lol), camera, frisbee and drone
What is your ultimate dream destination?
What is your favorite travel quote?
Babe, where’s my passport?
Where are you headed next?
We are headed home to the UK briefly and then we are going away but don’t know the destination until we get to the airport. How cool is that ☺
We are Graeme and Theodora. One day, while we ran a successful Interior Design and Project Management company in the UK, we dared to ask ourselves “what is our wildest dream?”
The answer was unanimous “to make a living traveling the world.”
In June 2018 we finally made the decision to take the risk instead of losing the chance and embarked on a journey made of dreams. To YouTube our way around the world.