Have you ever dreamed of seeing the world with the love of your life? It’s pretty much our favorite thing, which is why we’re stoked to interview a new couple every few weeks about their own experiences and adventures. This series is called Love on the Road. Today, meet our newest pair:
Meet Per & Carolina of VeloVelo
Hello! Please introduce yourselves!
We are a Swedish couple, Per 36 and Carolina 32. We have quit our jobs and sold our belongings to travel the world by bicycle. We left Sweden over 14 months ago and we haven’t regret our decision once. After one year we summarized what we have learned on the road: One Year on the Road
When did you first start traveling together?
We did our first trip together summer of 2010. We travelled to Croatia where Carolina’s family have a house. We spend a lot of time in the water and have dived in Croatia every summer since.
How would you describe your travel style?
We are adventures traveller. Now we are out on a four year long trip around the world by bicycle. We never plan much ahead if we don’t have to. Like water and food in the Sahara desert for example, that was a time when we had to plan. At maximum we carried 27 liter of water with us. It was a real struggle but one of our best part of this trip so far. We
struggle in South Sahara in Mauritania with a headwind so strong we could hardly bike and had to push our bikes in the sand instead.
That the type of travelers we are. We like to jump on any opportunity that comes up during our journeys and even though if
we have a plan it can changes if something more exciting comes up.
What has been the most rewarding part of traveling as a couple?
We have gotten closer because we create memories together but also because we learn new stuff about each other. Since we sold everything and quit our jobs to travel together it also opened up for discussions about the future, which we didn’t dare to have ourselves when being tied to a city, work and belongings. That have also made us stronger as persons, to dare to dream, but also as a couple since we dream together.
What has been the most challenging part of traveling as a couple?
That you’re depending on each other much more then you do at home where you have other family and friends to support you.
Have you ever had a fight on the road/while traveling, and how did you handle it?
Yes. We solve it by talking. When traveling together you often have no place to hide when in a fight. No work to go to, no
friends or family to run home to, it’s just the two of you and that can be a good thing. That means you have to address the issue right away.
Can you share your funniest, most humorous experience traveling together?
We often get dragged into situations we don’t know how they will end due to language barriers. In south of Mauritania we once find ourself in a marriage ceremony. And the couple was the two of us.
Where have you been that you would recommend as the top destination for couples travel?
Barcelona. We love everything about that city. The variety with the beach, shopping, culture and nature (really close) is amazing.
How long have you two been together?
We met summer of 2009.
Do you think your relationship would be different if you didn’t travel?
Yes, absolutely. Both of us love to travel and explore the world. If we were not able to do that in some shape or form none of us would be happy and that’s not a good foundation for any relationship.
We decided to do this journey we are on now because we wanted to spend more time together. That time of the day when you’re at you’re best. Not tired after work and having you’re thoughts on something else. Being able to spend that time together with each other every day, constantly seeing each other happy and growing is the best.
How do you define love?
When someone else happiness is as important as your own.
What do you think is the glue that keeps relationships together?
In general I think talking. You need to be talking to each other so you are aware of each others feelings, thoughts and wishes.
What advice do you have for couples considering traveling together?
Be clear on what type of travel you would like to do so it fit you both. If one of you are into adventures and one of you like laying on the beach you will have to adapt your traveling plans after that.
Also be aware of that traveling together can bring you closer but it’s not always sunshine and smiles. So when the clouds hide the sun it’s not time to go home it’s time to talk and get rid of the cloud and continue traveling. We have had some real bad moments together, the both of us being sick for example and ending up cycling the wrong way. But struggling through that together makes you stronger as a couple even though as you can see the sunshine was far away at this moment.