Meet Dean and Pauline, an Aussie couple obsessed with getting the best value out of every travel dollar and every vacation day they can find. Starting La Vida Global was an obvious thing to do when it came to wanting to share their adventures with family and friends, and ultimately the world.
Married for over 25 years and travelling together almost from day one, we now have about 25 countries stamped into the passports and have no intention of stopping there. Until recently we were family travellers, with our daughter Dana rounding out the group, until she decided we were slowing her down and cramping her style and now travels her own path around the world. Now it's just the two of us, so it's a good thing we like the same things... and each other!
Travel the La Vida Global Way
La Vida Global is about the way we choose to travel, you won't find any guides on surviving on $5 a day here, and only the rare mention of anything 5 star (unless we found a massive bargain). It's not that we don't like luxury, we just want to spend our limited funds on getting the most from every trip.
Value for money travel doesn't mean only doing things if they are cheap, it means getting the most from the overall experience. We would rather stay in a decent but cheap hotel room then splurge on a helicopter landing and hike on a glacier, than blow the budget by staying in a fancy resort to only see the same glacier from our gold plated, goose down pillowed , four post bed.
It's also about where we prefer to travel. Sure we like to see the most famous tourist sights in the world, they are usually popular for very good reason. But give us the choice of spending an extra few days in the big city or getting out and seeing the smaller towns and we will be asking where to rent a car before the words have finished coming out of your mouth.
We seek out places with character, usually filled with history or an old world charm. We hunt for local food rather than eat at a worldwide fast food brand restaurant. And we love learning about the local people and watching them go about their day (but not in a creepy way). If there is an "Old Town" area to visit then you will probably find us there.
La Vida Global is also about spectacular scenery. Pauline is particularly drawn to a good waterfall but really we are in our element with anything from seascapes to sweeping plains and through to rugged mountains and unusual rock formations. Throw in a touch of snow and it makes it even better. We don't get to see snow very often so to us it is the bacon of landscape scenes, it makes them all seem better.
And the best way to get the highest scenery to time ratio is on a road trip. La Vida Global is also about hitting the pavement, getting behind the wheel and exploring where you want, when you want. And having the flexibility to spend time at a newly found hidden gem or cutting short a visit to a place that was much better online that it is in person.
The Names Behind the Faces
The creative force behind La Vida Global. Photography, web design, marketing, vacation planning, road trip driving, humourous writing... these are all things Dean tries with varying levels of success.
Dean has been in the travel industry since 2012 in various roles, retail travel agent, tour designer, tour director, wholesale reservation consultant and tour operations support.
Take him back to Mexico and he is in his happy place. But a road trip in the USA or a chance to visit to old medieval towns of Europe will also keep him amused for hours.
Chief Financial Officer of the La Vida Global lifestyle and the only thing standing between Dean and a life of permanent travel. Well, Pauline and the lack of an unlimited source of money.
Pauline has a very stressful government job in the Health industry so when she has time off she wants the maximum escape for work that she can possible get her hands on.
It doesn't matter where the destination as long as there is a bit of time built in for relaxation and cocktails. Make sure there is a beach or a pool nearby and Pauline is good go!
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