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.
Victoria is a freelance writer and editor. In London, she worked full-time as a writer for the British Red Cross, writing for its magazine, website and other publications. In the past, she worked for Oxfam, Survival International and as a journalist. These days she writes for a beautiful magazine called Oh Comely, contributing interviews and first person narrative pieces. Read one of her articles on travelling and why she loves couchsurfing.
Her wanderlust was ignited in the womb when her parents travelled to Rome. An exchange trip to Tanzania in her teens set the flame roaring and it’s stayed burning ever since. “Not another holiday” is a phrase she knows well. She’s panicked her family with stints of solo travel around the world, and for the past few years has been enjoying travelling as two with Steve. Her favourite cities are Lisbon, Barcelona, Bristol and London. Victoria is obsessional about finding good places to stay, eat and drink. Her friends have suggested she 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, making websites, something entirely different, or perhaps a little of them all.
Other things you might like to know: she used to be afraid of fish, and she loves cakes, crosswords, cafes, board games and monkeys. Her hero is her mum who died of MS on Christmas Day 2009.
Connect with Victoria on Google+
Steve is a filmmaker and creative director at Planetary. For the past few years, he has worked as a freelance filmmaker in London, and shot independent music videos and short documentaries when time and space allowed it. Currently, he and Planetary 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. Planetary’s most recent short film, Overview, is due for release in Spring 2012 and gives a taste of what to expect from Continuum.
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 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.