About la vida global

and the people behind the name

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.

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