Ron and Michele are a couple in their 50s who love sharing their adventures as they explore the world. They focus on good value travel experiences and love couchsurfing so they get to learn more about what life is like for the locals. Follow along with them on their travel blog Legging It.
Ron and Michele were kind enough to answer our travel questions below
Ron and Michele: We have been travelling our whole marriage (nearly 30 years) but both travelled individually beforehand. We spent a lot of time in Asia and around Australia but in 2014 took a three year career break and travelled overland from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to England by train then spent two and half years exploring Europe on a motor bike.
Ron and Michele: We travel carry on baggage only and look for good value experiences to share with our readers
Michele: My favourite would have to be the first time we went to Europe for Christmas we spent 6 weeks enjoying the Christmas Markets across a few countries, meeting up with couchsurfers who had stayed with us in Australia. It was a magical time for us experiencing this period when it was cold as in Australia it is summer.
Michele: Norway, something about the history of the vikings and the stunning coastlines seem to attract me.
Ron and Michele: Passport and credit card, we know with those two things we can manage anything, of course we never leave home without a camera.
Ron and Michele: Travel light if you want to really experience a country you need to take local transport and get in amongst it. Having a small amount of baggage means you can be flexible and take advantage of all the opportunities that present.
*Michele: *To Travel Too I love watching Jane and Duncan on their travels they have such varied experiences that there is something of interest for everyone.
Meandering Wanderers David and Di are another couple who have such diverse adventures with their ethos of no planes.
A Hole In My Shoe Steve and Lyn also go on smaller trips but share lots of interesting information of value.
Ron and Michele: A yert in Mongolia with and nomadic family, we spent two nights with this family in the middle of nowhere, there no electricity, no toilet, food was cooked on a goat dung stove but the family was so welcoming and the night skies were amazing
Ron and Michele: Fried crickets at the Chiang Mai walking market, we were looking at them and a family came up and offered us some to try. They really tasted of nothing but the locals seemed to love them.
Ron and Michele: Always keep your passport with you whenever you leave your room as you never know when something may happen and you my need to leave a country.
Ron and Michele: I think people worry too much about something that might happen and it scares them for actually going to places, in all of our travels we went with an open mind and felt we were welcomed by people. We arrived on Kos in Greece and because of the arrival of Syrian Refugees and the way it was being reported people had stopped going there but the reality was it only impacted a very small part of the island and there was still plenty to see and do there. The locals were very welcoming and many even thanked us for coming.
Ron and Michele: There are plenty of well documented scams out there, we have had the 'found wedding ring' in Paris one tried on us where they pretend to find a gold ring on the footpath and ask if it is yours, then they try it on their finger, too big..so then they try and sell it to you. Of course it is a fake ring we enjoyed the show gave him a couple of euros for a coffee and then handed the ring back as we did not want it. All part of the fun my theory is if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
Michele: Such a hard question as we found good food every where (except maybe Mongolia as they really lack vegetables) I actually think Australia is the best for food as being a migrant nation we have people from all over the world and they bring their amazing cuisines with them.
Ron and Michele: Cliche as it is spending sunset of the Eiffel Tower and watching Paris light up as it gets dark takes a lot to beat.
Michele: Split in Croatia ticked all the boxes for me, great history with the city built within Diocletian's Palace so roman ruins everywhere. The Riva to enjoy a drink and the sunshine, Marjan Park with walking trails and beautiful coastline. Just a wonderful place to visit and explore.
Ron and Michele: We have met many amazing people while we travelled and some have gone on to have an ongoing impact on our lives like Deb and Gerry from the US. We met them in a museum in China and ended up spending a few days exploring the area together, we then met up again in Beijing, spent 10 days together in Czech Republic the year later. This year they came and spent time with us in Australia and in 2020 we will be visiting them in South Dakota.
Michele: I think you can go anywhere solo you just need to be aware of your surroundings and keep yourself safe.
Michele: We love taking cooking classes when we travel so we can take a little of the food home with us. One of my favourites was Khadija'a Kuzina in Essaouira Morocco, we were her first ever students and we were welcomed into her home where she shared her cooking skills. It was such an honest experience which showed me how much we have come to rely on gadgets in our cooking, Khadija used very simple methods and the results were amazing. I highly recommend it .
Ron and Michele: Selfies. We have been to so many places and watched people spending ages posing for selfies and not even taking the time to actually look at the place where they are and enjoy the moment, what is the point of going somewhere if you do not actually experience the place.
Michele: After seeing some 'hidden gems' be overrun by tourists because they were talked about or shown in a movie I am loath to mention any of the places we discovered around the world. My theory is everywhere has something to offer you just have to open to see what it is.
Ron and Michele: Just go, you never know what life will throw at you and if you keep putting things off you may never get there.