Who we are
We are Victoria and Steve, a couple of digital nomads from London, living our dreams around the world.
In February 2012, we packed up our home and headed to South America. We don’t know how long we’ll be gone for or exactly what we’ll do, only that we want to explore the world and the way people live. London is an awesome city where we have wonderful family and friends, but we felt lost in our lives there. In France, they have a saying for the time when you “have your head in the handlebars” focused on your career and building a settled life – it’s a time that lacks moments to stop, look around and think about the track you’re on. We did stop and realised we weren’t satisfied. We wanted to break free from our comfortable lives and discover the world. So here we are living that dream. We don’t know where it will take us – if we’ll discover our dream home or never go back at all – but this is the life we choose right now, bringing our work on the road and exploring this incredible world.
Follow us as we travel, work, write, film, volunteer, couchsurf, retreat and ponder our way round the world.
Hello! I am Victoria. I write, I blog, I edit, I travel, I study (yoga, nutrition and psychotherapy) and most of all I ponder.
Prior to this life of travel, lived in London for ten years where I studied English and Journalism ,and worked full-time as a writer for the British Red Cross. Before that, I worked for Oxfam, Survival International and as a journalist. These days I sometimes write for a beautiful magazine called Oh Comely, contributing interviews and first person narrative pieces. Read one of my articles on travelling and why I love couchsurfing.
My wanderlust can be traced back to the womb when my parents travelled to Rome. A brief time living in Qatar and an exchange trip to Tanzania in my teens cemented it and it’s never weakened since. “Not another holiday” is a phrase I know well. Throughout my teens and early twenties, I panicked my family with stints of solo travel around the world, and for the past few years have been enjoying travelling as two with Steve. My favourite cities are Lisbon, Barcelona, Rio, Buenos Aires, Bristol and London. I can be obsessional about finding good places to stay, eat and drink, which led to my friends suggesting I start a business called Victours. For now, this blog will do. Other options for the future include more writing, becoming a psychotherapist, teaching yoga, owning a retreat centre, something entirely different, or perhaps a little of them all.
Other things you might like to know: I used to be afraid of fish, I love cakes, crosswords, cafes, board games and monkeys (but not so much the Macaques in Ubud). My hero is my Mum who died in 2009.
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[Steve hates writing these so I'll do it -Victoria] Steve is a filmmaker and the Creative and Conceptual Director at Planetary Collective. In December 2012, Planetary released their first short film, Overview, which was met with critical acclaim and has had over 2.8 million views on Vimeo. They are shooting and working on the production of a feature length documentary called Continuum which is the fruit of more than three years research and a lifetime’s dream. It was successfully funded on Kickstarter in April 2013.
Prior to being a digital nomad, Steve worked as a freelance filmmaker in London, and shot independent music videos and short documentaries.
Steve is a self-confessed geek, always teaching himself new passions, from animation and coding to the finer details of Buddhist philosophy. He never has enough time for it all so thought ‘why not add travel to the mix too’. High speed wi-fi is one of the loves of his life along with sandwiches, and the words snake, biscuit and mega. His nickname is Mr.Just-so.
Steve’s favourite travel moments so far are poached eggs in a rooftop jacuzzi in Marrakech, drinking wine and watching old men playing chess in the Szechenyi baths in Budapest, and hugging Suzanne the sloth in Peru.
On Bridges and Balloons, Victoria writes the words and Steve takes (most of) the photos.
Who this blog is for
- Long and short-term travellers looking for tips and inspiration.
- Anyone thinking about travelling (go on, do it!)
- And of course anyone interested in our journey!
What you’ll find on Bridges and Balloons
- Photo stories about the places we visit.
- Thoughts we have along the way about this, that and everything.
- Tips on digital nomad living.
- Inspirational quotes, because Victoria bloody loves them.
We have another blog called If I had a superpower which has interviews and portraits of people we meet along our way. It’s pretty so be sure to have a look?
It should also be added that we love Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes in a way that would put a teenage groupie to shame.