Zipkick Bloggers: Stefan and Sebastien from Nomadic Boys

 

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Zipkick Bloggers:  Stefan and Sebastien from Nomadic Boys

Stefan and Sebastien at the Puu Jih Syh Temple, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo, August 2015

PHOTO Stefan and Sebastien at the Puu Jih Syh Temple, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo, August 2015

1- Where was the first place that you traveled that made you think WOW—travel is amazing (think history book come to life or …..)

Stefan first got bitten when he was old enough to leave the nest and not travel with the family. He was 18 when he first backpacked and started his travel experiences inter railing around Europe with friends and later took a gap year in between university and starting law school in 2005 to volunteer and backpack his way around South America.

Sebastien always had a dream of being whisked away from his hometown in France by a Latin lover to exotic locations far far away. He came to London initially to improve his English in 2006 and stayed for a few years. In 2009 he was so set on moving to Spain or Latin America to find said Latin lover, but he instead met Stefan. Initially Sebastien thought Stefan could be this Latin lover, but he turned out to be a Greek (which was still ok) with a strong British accent (hmmmm…!)

Together we started travelling extensively around Europe and then further afield to Thailand and Japan, which we fell in love with. This inspired a more long term travelling dream and our Nomadic Boys blog was born.

Bon Voyage, Stefan and Sebastien leave London to travel the worldPHOTO Bon Voyage, Stefan and Sebastien leave London to travel the world

2- If you had unlimited resources, where would you go and what would you do?

Grab a spaceship and travel to all the different planets in our universe of course…

Back here on Earth, Stefan’s ultimate dream is a white wedding in Antarctica and for Sebastien a road trip around North America.

3- What were you afraid to do and how did you find the courage to overcome it?

The very decision of leaving our careers, lives and belongings in London for a life of long term travel was a huge step for both of us and at first we were extremely tentative and anxious about this.

We always talked about it, but in 2012 decided to make it a reality and started a strict saving plan, 2 years later we were ready and left in June 2014.

Putting aside the money fears, we were also worried if we could even tolerate each other so intensively every day? But now after 17 months travelling in Asia, we have become almost inseparable. It has certainly strengthened our relationship in so many ways.

Spa lovers ritual at The Four Seasons Langkawi, Malaysia, July 2015PHOTO Spa lovers ritual at The Four Seasons Langkawi, Malaysia, July 2015

4- What apps do you use regularly that make your life easier?

Tripadvisor, XE Currency, Googlemaps, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Notes, Whats App and most of all, Grindr:

We love meeting locals in our travels as that is the best way to see a place. In Asia, most countries are seriously backward with their LGBT laws so in some places like India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar etc there is no “gay scene”. So, to seek it out, you need to turn to apps like Grindr. We are not in an open relationship in any way and do not use Grindr for finding sexual partners (which is what it is predominantly for in Western Europe), but from a networking point of view, it has been our single most valuable resource to meet local gays in our travels.

As a result we have developed a deeper understanding of the places we’ve visited through the eyes of a gay local and seen a glimpse from their point of view of what life is like for them growing up in their country. We’ve recorded all these stories and conversation in the Gay Voice section of our blog.

Sebastien Regina and Stefan having a drink at Balcony gay bar in Silom, Thailand February 2014PHOTO Sebastien Regina and Stefan having a drink at Balcony gay bar in Silom, Thailand, February 2014

5- What place do you wish more people have seen?

We both agree Mongolia. It is absolutely stunning with some of the most incredible scenery you will ever set eyes on. The Tsagaan Suvraga mines in the Gobi Desert for example look like you’re walking on the surface of Mars. Truly stunning.

Tsagaan Suvraga mines, Gobi Desert, Mongolia, July 2014PHOTO Tsagaan Suvraga mines, Gobi Desert, Mongolia, July 2014

6- Best advice you have been given and by whom?

Just before leaving on our big Asia trip, Stefan’s sister Natalie told us: “Just do it – go for it. You only have one life, so make the most of every single moment!”

7- When were you surprised by the kindness of strangers on a trip?

Always! Get this – our camera, our baby, we forgot in a taxi in Yangon on the way to the airport. We realised this much later of course when we arrived in Bangkok. But we contacted the hotel we stayed at in Yangon and sure enough, the taxi driver found our camera, took it to the hotel and the hotel staff arranged for the camera to be brought to us via one of their guests who was flying from Yangon to Bangkok. We were extremely humbled and pleasantly surprised to see our baby again!

8- What inspired you to travel for extended periods of time or live in a new country?

Our lives in London started to become repetitive and routine. We both had a very comfortable lifestyle but it was same same every day. When we hit our 30s, we started to question what we wanted from life and travel was high on both of our list.

9- I am a zipkick blogger because….

We love the idea of networking and interacting with a group of like minded individuals. We each share the same drive and passion in life and Zipkick is an awesome way to unite us and grow together. 

Nomadic Boys as mermaids, Boracay, the Philippines, June 2015PHOTO Nomadic Boys as mermaids, Boracay, the Philippines, June 2015

BIO

We are Stefan and Sebastien, gay couple, who quit our jobs and lives in London in June 2014 to eat our way around the world. We’ve been traveling in Asia ever since. Stefan is of Greek Cypriot origin, born and raised in North London, Sebastien is from Lyon in France.

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.5 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers”

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