You might call it fate, or luck, or even serendipity, but whatever it is, the two of us only met by chance. In October of 2011, we were both traveling--separately. Nathan was a 29 year old adventuring solo who had come to Scotland following a few months in Morocco. I was 25, and embarking on my first big international trip, backpacking Europe with a friend. However it happened, our paths took us to the same dorm room in the same hostel in the same city in the same country: The Belford Hostel, Edinburgh, Scotland.
We didn’t necessarily “fall in love” that first trip, those feelings would come later. We definitely knew that we liked each other, and that this could be something special.
And we were right.
We met up in London a few weeks later and the spark was definitely strong. Although we weren’t sure what would happen, we kept in touch over the next several months and ended up visiting one another in our respective home states. We decided to be together, even though we knew it would be difficult and long distance for awhile.
I went to grad school that fall. Where else but Scotland? Nathan went traveling in Thailand, then visited me in the spring, where we took an English road trip and explored the wonderful cities of Oxford and Bath.
I finished my master’s in 2012. After almost a whole year of long distance, peppered by a few short visits, we were finally going to live in the same country again, and this time, together. Thus began the beginning of our travels hand-in-hand.
Since then we’ve lived out of a campervan in Australia, explored castles in Romania, rode horses, swam with whale sharks, cuddled kangaroos, and returned back to our beloved Scotland several times. Oh, and we also got married!
We always knew travel would figure greatly into our lives. Somewhere along the way, we fell into working online. I became a freelance copywriter and Nathan a copy editor. This morphed into a way for us to build a more flexible lifestyle that continues to this day. Around the same time (2013), we also decided to create a place where we could share our travels and adventures with others: our blog Two Drifters was born.
Our inspiration for the name come from the song “Moon River,” which has some beautiful lyrics about two drifters off to see the world. Go ahead and Google them! The Two Drifters theme has continued on (we dubbed our Australian campervan Moon River). We also played that song as we cut our wedding cake. And when we get a dog (hopefully soon!), I’m fairly certain he’s going to be named “Huckleberry Friend" Hartle.
Our blog has helped us chronicle our journeys over the years---not only our travels but our relationship as well. And although it mostly began as a hobby, it has no morphed into a full-fledged brand that earns us some income! Very exciting. Nathan mostly handles the photo end of the blog, while I manage the writing and social media. Growth was slow, as it is for any new bloggers, but we’ve had our greatest success on our Instagram, where we are able to connect so closely with our followers. Our Instagram is a wonderful place to express our style and to bring our romance and adventure to life in the best way possible, through images.
With that said, here are some of our favorite moments of travel and romance throughout these past 5+ years.
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