Kevin and Ruth Read are based in Cabri, Saskatchewan, Canada, but are often seeking out worldly locales that are off the beaten path. Married for over thirty years, they are now in their mid fifties. They love adventure travel, including hiking, camping, and exploring. And they're never afraid to try something different!
Travel with Kevin and Ruth has been online for over ten years. The informative diary style of writing keeps readers tuned in to their activities on a daily basis. Attracting more than 2,000 unique readers every day, this travel website tends to appeal to the 45 to 65 age group. The detailed accounts of their RV and motorhome travel throughout North America and Mexico have prompted many of their readers to take on the same lifestyle.
Kevin and Ruth were kind enough to answer a few of our questions below.
TA: How many years have you been traveling and what got you hooked?
Reads: We gave up the normal nine to five working life in 2007. We have always loved travel though, ever since we did our first trip together in 1983. So, when we devised a plan where we could travel in a motorhome and do it very inexpensively, we dove right in!
TA: Do you specialize in a particular type of travel?
Reads: When we are not traveling in an RV, we are backpacking and staying with couchsurfers, Airbnb, or in hostel style accommodations.
TA: What is the best vacation you've ever taken?
Reads: We don't really take vacations... travel is our lifestyle. And although we've only been to 34 countries, it's really difficult to pick a "best" out of them because they all offer something different. Czech Republic and Romania are two countries we would like to return to.
TA: What's one place you've always wanted to visit?
Reads: If we had to choose just one... Norway.
TA: If you could only give a traveler one piece of advice, what would it be?
Reads: Don't hesitate to get off the beaten path and meet the locals. Learning about other cultures opens your mind.
TA: What are some of your favorite travel blogs and communities?
Reads: We use TripAdvisor quite a lot when we're in an unfamiliar country. And couchsurfing is always a great way to get to know someone who lives in the area.
TA: What would be your #1 recommendation for a place to travel in 2019?
Reads: Mexico. It's not nearly as dangerous as the media reports would lead you to believe. Wonderful food, friendly people, and anywhere in the country you can be from the beach to the mountains or vice versa in under 4 hours.
TA: What are the top 3 websites you use for research/inspiration when planning a trip?
Reads: TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet, Couchsurfing.
TA: Do you have any good airport or flight hacks for people traveling by plane?
Reads: In order to book the best possible flight deal, you need three things... patience, flexibility, and persistence. Start looking as soon as possible to get a baseline idea of what prices are like. This is the only way to be able to recognize a deal when you see one. Then, be as flexible as possible. If you insist on "convenient" flight times, you won't likely get the best deal. Then, you need persistence. Sometimes, you need to check three or four times per day to see if your flight has changed price.
TA: Is there something you think most travelers worry too much about?
Reads: Safety. Sure, you have to be cautious and be a smart traveler. But overall, people worry too much.
TA: What is the most beautiful and affordable city you've ever visited?
Reads: The best combination of beautiful and affordable that we have visited would be Medellin, Colombia. Nestled in the long valley between two Andean mountain ridges, the views from almost anywhere in the city are fabulous. And Colombia is very inexpensive.
TA: Which underrated destination deserves to be more famous?
Reads: Yukon Territory in Canada. The vast wilderness is amazing. And, everybody heads to Alaska. The Yukon is what Alaska was before the tourists went there.