Victoria and Steve of Bridges and BalloonsWho 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

Victoria ironing her dress while wearing itHello! 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.

Steve

Steve holding a watermelon[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!)
  • Vegetarian travellers.
  • People who like cake
  • 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.

26 Responses to About

  1. Rachel DuBois

    Good for you for going for it! I saw that you love Couchsurfing — we do too. We’ve met so many wonderful people through it and part of our mission to run a hostel in Scotland is to create a bigger place for all the Couchsurfers to stay :)

    All the best to you on your journeys…Oh and I LOVE the balloon background of your website. Gorgeous.

     
    • Victoria

      Thanks Rachel. The balloons were Steve’s handiwork. I do agree that they are rather lovely.
      And yes, Couchsurfing – we love it! Did you see our other site http://www.ifihadasuperpower.com , which is mostly made up of interviews with couchsurfers?
      Hostel Hub sounds like a brilliant idea. I hope it goes well for you. If we’re ever in Scotland we’ll be sure to look you up.

       
  2. Lydia

    Love love love your blog, Steve and Victoria. You are living the dream that my boyfriend and I dream of daily. I recently quit my J.O.B. (Just Over Broke) this year to start my own business as an international education agency in hopes of having the flexibility to live anywhere in the world while helping others. Thank you for continuing to inspire me to keep reaching for the TRUE dream :)

     
    • Victoria

      Thanks Lydia. It’s wonderful to hear from people following their dreams. It’s a lot of work setting up on your own but, for me, the benefits are absolutely worth it. Today, I’m writing this from La Paz. I need to work for most of the day but, afterwards, I know I can go out and explore this incredible city. Being location-independent is mine and Steve’s dream. Good luck with your agency and dreams. They sound excellent.

       
  3. Britany

    Hi Victoria and Steve! Just discovered your blog and I’m just loving it! I began travel blogging during a post graduation trip to Southeast Asia last year and I’m taking off again in November – to South America! I’ve got similar plans as you guys in that I’m not really planning at all. Just hoping to stay on the road for as long as possible. I know its a large continent but if we happen to end up gallivanting in the same area at some point, I’d love to meet up with some fellow bloggers! I’ll be traveling solo so I’m trying to make lots of contacts in the region (mostly so I can hand my mom a list and say- see! i’m not traveling alone!) :) safe travels!
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    • Victoria

      Hi Britany, Of course, we’d love to meet up with you if our paths cross. We’ll likely be in Ecuador/Colombia in November and then heading up through Central America. Hope to see you, Victoria

       
  4. Karin-Marijke

    What an attractive looking website. Outside and inside. Look forward to following your stories and I hope our roads will cross one day. (We are in Brazil and will be heading for the Andes in January).
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    • Victoria

      Thanks for the kind words Karin. I’m pleased you like it! And yes, that would be lovely if our paths crossed. We’re in Mexico now, then who knows!

       
  5. Lou Schwarz

    Hi I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award! Thanks for brightening up my days with your blogging.

    http://relaxedsoulhappymind.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/liebster-award-thanks-for-the-nomination/

     
  6. Julie

    I just started following your blog and find it so inspiring. You are both very brave for doing what you’re doing and many of us wish we could follow suit! Makes me wish that my husband and I were still expats. Thanks for sharing your stories.
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  7. Dario & Flavia

    Hey guys! How’s life?

    I discovered your blog, and it’s fantastic! I love your idea of travelling and sharing, and completely understand your passion, I’m a travel addict too ^^

    It’s just what I was looking for! I and my friend Flavia are working on a project. We would like to interview people who believe in an alternative, different world and work on that changing their way of living. And we’ll do that on the road, retracing the Hippie Trail toward East. It would be fantastic to interview you, if you’re gonna be around!!

    If you like, have a look here ;)
    http://ifyougoin-en.weebly.com

    Stay Bum,
    Dario

     
  8. Digital Nomads

    Who do the photos? What’s you’re Camera if I may ask and do you use any specific techniques? I love your shots and really impressed of your outcome.
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    • Victoria

      Thank you. Steve uses a Canon 5D Mark 2 camera. He also has a Canon 24-70 L lens, and we use Colour Efex Pro for editing. I also have a Canon G12, which is especially handy for macro shots and when we don’t want to lug the big camera around.
      Pleased you like the photos :)

       
      • Victoria

        Oh, and we both take the photos, but mostly Steve. I do the editing.

         
  9. Marissa Carnahan

    Victoria,

    I am really loving your blog – I can’t stop reading. Your “Eat Pray Lovers” article was quite interesting and I couldn’t help but nod and agree. I also really liked your article about what life would have been like if you stayed in your hometown – it struck a chord in me. Anyway, I’ll be following along, friend.

    Marissa
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    • Victoria

      Thanks Marissa. I’m so pleased you like it. Thanks for reading and I’m delighted you’ll be following. LOVE the name of your blog, by the way.

       
  10. Sean Everett

    Victoria/Steve,

    Love your blog! I’m actually down in Cabo right now with my folks on an adventure of our own. I actually helped make a tool for travelers to share their adventures.

    It’s called StoryApp (http://www.itunes.com/apps/StoryApp) and it records your voice over a series of photos. You basically tell the story of your trip using the photos you already took and your voice describing it.

    I’d love to know if it’s as fun for you as it has been for us!

    Hope all is well!

     
    • Victoria

      Thanks Sean. I’ll be sure to check it out.

       
  11. Lauren Metzler

    Wow! I just found your site and absolutely love it! I cant wait to read more! Happy Travels! :D
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    • Victoria

      Thank you! Happy travels to you too :)

       
  12. Lauren Metzler

    I was wondering if I could feature you guys on my blog? I am doing a series of guest interviews and think you guys would be great! :D

     
    • Victoria

      Of course, just email me the details victoria [at] bridgesandballoons [dot] com

       
  13. Robyn

    Love the inspiration I find here…We need to be reminded to about the wonder of the world. You are doing this so well. Thank you.
    Robyn
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    • Victoria

      That warms my heart to read. Reminding people of the wonder of the world is one of my favourite pastimes!

       
  14. Tara Seruya

    Hi there,

    I love your blog. Do you have an email I can use to contact you directly?

    Thanks!
    Tara

     
    • Victoria

      Thanks. I just sent you an email :)

       

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