In this edition of Celebrity Travel Addicts, we speak with Craig and Aimee, the Welsh couple behind Kinging-It, a travel movement that is meant to inspire others and show people what real traveling is like, including the ups and the downs. We speak with them about their close calls they’ve had with their health, an intense festival they visited while in India, their top destinations around the world, and much more! Learn more about them and find out where they’re headed next!
We have diced with death! haha! But seriously, we have always wanted to see the world, our first trip was to Australia together to celebrate Aimee getting the all clear from cancer after she was diagnosed at just 17. Shortly after that trip Craig went to New Zealand and broke his neck! Don’t even know how we get travel insurance! We have always craved travel and been fascinated by other cultures and seeing weird and wonderful things on the road.
At the moment we are probably traveling for 70% of the year and the rest is spent at home with family and just rejuvenating our energy, and planning the next trip! In all honesty, travel is exhausting! We love visiting places that people don’t really see. The Mongol Rally for example took us through the Middle East to all the ‘stans’ – Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran and Mongolia, which was just the most eye-opening and brilliant experience of our lives. We didn’t even know these countries existed in the world!
Wales as a whole is a superb travel destination, from the incredibly beautiful coastline to the epic mountains in the North, Wales is really an underrated gem of the world. West Wales is so picturesque and glorious, when the sun is out it could easily be mistaken for the Caribbean. People should definitely visit the North and see Snowdonia, take a drive down the coast and stop at some of the wicked beaches and castles en route. There is also some really unique accommodation in Wales, treehouses, a UFO, a dragon’s eye to name a few. Can you tell we love our country?
We recently returned from our last trip – driving a rickshaw from the top to the bottom of India. This country throws all kinds at you and one day we were driving through Mumbai and heard a lot of drums and symbols in the distance. We parked up and got dragged into the middle of a festival which we can never un-see. People were hitting themselves in the back with samurai swords, piercing their cheeks with long needles, smashing coconuts on each others heads with baseball bats and all celebrating. It turns out it was a muslim festival called Urs Festival – not to be missed! A real memorable and random moment!
Thank you! Having and beating cancer has made me the person I am today. I am stronger for it and as cheesy as it sounds you never know what’s around the corner! You should never wait for life changing things to happen to you to change how you live. Having cancer has made me see the world in a different way and I can’t get across to people enough how they should be living happy instead of just settling for an average life. Follow your passions and chase your dreams lads! You’re only got one life to live.
We always say ‘We go do it wrong, so you don’t have to!’ We want people to learn that other countries and people really aren’t scary. If people say bad things about a country, it doesn’t put us off going. We will always go and make our own opinion of places and we’ve never come across one we didn’t like! When we told people we were going to Iran they all freaked out. The media has ruined it. Iran was the friendliest people we ever met. We want to teach people about culture and how everyone has something in common. We want to inspire people to travel and do it differently and do it well.
(Apart from Wales of course) Iceland
Many people thing Iceland is super expensive to travel, but I don’t think they realise, all the best things to do there are free! The Golden Circle is a fabulous route to see a pinch of what Iceland has to offer. And best of all you can drive it yourself! We also recommend people to do their own touring in Iceland as tours with companies can be quite pricey.
But for tours that may cost you some dollar – our favourites are:
For the best places to stay we would recommend:
Warung Bu Mi in Bali – a small locally owned restaurant. Cheap as you like and it’s a buffet of everything you can think of – veggie, vegan and all the local dishes. A gigantic bag full of food will set you back around $2 including a drink!
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Either Schipol or Singapore
Indian and Filipino people were high on the list but Tehran, Iran – we got offered to go to so many people houses for dinner and they were so friendly and welcoming. We met a lady who told us (through a translator) that she was so proud of us for coming to her country and experiencing what it was really like. It was a very emotional trip though Iran and we cannot recommend it to everyone enough.
Silly question – each other of course! (Craig answered that, I do hate him sometimes and wish I’d brought my schnoodle Mollie – she’s the best.)
Start a YouTube channel and you will never have any spare time for the rest of your life. Haha. Apart from that Aimee is champion sleeper of the world.
A private island in the Philippines called Brother Island – it was just us, the chef and 3 dogs and you could walk around the whole island in about 15 minutes- it was so beautiful!
Take your time, live in the moment, speak to everyone and a smile will get you so far.
Craig: A kindle, a GoPro, a cozy pair of joggers, extension plug.
Aimee: Lipstick (don’t judge me) J-Pillow, Travel sickness tablets (ironic for a traveler) packing cubes.
Alaska – Craig
Afghanistan – Aimee
I don’t think we have one, so we’ll stick with ‘Rule your own world’
We are Craig & Aimee AKA Kinging-It. We’re not your typical smile for the camera vloggers. We like our videos to be raw and authentic and we seize every opportunity we can to travel the world. After Aimee was diagnosed with cancer at 17, and Craig broke his neck shortly after – we felt like we needed an ‘oliday – and it just got a bit addictive really. We like to challenge ourselves around the world on the most mental missions we can think of… but things never seem to go as planned!