We are Oksana and Max St. John (www.drinkteatravel.com). We are a nomadic couple whose mission it is to travel full time and explore the world sustainably. We started travelling full time in August 2015 and plan to continue our adventures well into the future (even after we have kids.)
You have an unlimited travel budget for 24 hours. Give me your itinerary.
We would take a private jet out to Cocos Islands and go scuba diving there for the whole day. Cocos islands is located 550km off the coast of Costa Rica and is home to some of the best scuba diving in the world. Unfortunately, it’s a pricey trip to go on, so we’ll definitely need that unlimited budget to get there!
You have won the lottery. Tell me where you want to live.
On the road. Seriously, we might change how we travel or what countries we go to, but we would continue travelling the world one country at a time.
Your favorite travel resource on the web?
Google Flights. This is a game changer. What used to take hours of unsuccessful searching for bargain flights became simple when we discovered Google Flights. The ability to see cheap hubs to fly into out of a city, a calendar view with all prices just made finding a good deal that much easier.
What is the superpower you most want?
Teleportation. Don’t get us wrong we love to travel, but if we could skip the long lines at the airport and just transport ourselves to our destinations in the snap of our fingers, life would be complete.
What’s fuels your passion for travel?
Curiosity and adventure. We love learning about new cultures, discovering new and beautiful destination, all the while sharing a nice cup of tea with locals.
Why do you write?
We write in the hopes of inspiring other people to make the leap of faith, put a stop to the status quo and follow their dreams of an alternative lifestyle.
Do your family and friends support your traveling escapades?
Absolutely, we often do a few trips a year with our separate families and friends. We also have a few friends who are about to undertake their own worldwide adventure.
What is the title of the movie about your life?
Neverending Story? Or is that copyrighted already? Guess we can settle for Neverending Adventure.
What’s on your bucket list?
Everything, but if we had to say one thing at the very top it would be sailing around South East Asia with a giant catamaran and our scuba diving gear.
Can you imagine life without travel?
Yes and it’s not nice. We sometimes have glimpses of our previous life working the 9-5, but with each passing day and adventure those memories fade.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
Probably living in Bali running our photography/videography business and enjoying the laid back lifestyle.
If you could be transported to one place at one time, what would it be and why?
Oksana had a great answer to this one: “I would like to be transported to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in October 2017 so that I don’t have to climb it but I can say i’ve been”
Single thing you miss most from high school?
Organised sports. Max used to play heaps of sports in high school and university. But organised team sports are difficult to be a part of when you travel full time.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Figure out your budget. If you want to travel you need to have a good budget in place to continue doing what you like to do. It doesn’t have to be tiny, and it doesn’t have to be huge, but you do have to have an idea of how much you want to be spending every day in order to keep your travel plans manageable.
Your single most treasured personal possession.
Hydro Flask. It’s our favourite travel accessory and one we don’t go anywhere without. We use our Hydro Flask bottle to keep water cold for up to 24 hours and keep our tea hot for up to 12 hours!
Language you’d most like to be fluent in?
French. Between us we know Spanish, English, Russian and Ukrainian. But if we could speak French fluently that we would help with our future travels in Africa.
Can you tell us about your next adventure.
In less than a month, we are starting our big “Before Babies Bucket List” adventure that will last for 12 months and take us to over 10 countries on 4 continents. We are going to places that we want to visit before we have kids, so our adventures will include lots of difficult hiking, scuba diving, wine tasting, and exploring some of the hard to reach places in the world. Hope you follow us along at DrinkTeaTravel.com and on our social media channels: