For the first interview in this series (which I am so jazzed about!) I wanted to feature Ashley and Carolyn from The Lazy Travelers, a pair of transatlantic besties who live many, many miles apart and manage to run a thriving blog together! Their story is unique and so are their photos. One of my favorite things about their Instagram account is feeling like I’m genuinely getting two perspectives at once. It’s rare to find a pair with two distinct voices who also have a gift for creating cohesive content like these ladies do. Read on to learn more about them!
Who or what inspires you to travel?
Pretty much everything! Books we’re reading, TV shows we’re watching, Instagrammers we’re currently stalking… we’re constantly adding new destinations to our already very, very lengthy bucket list.
We’re not reading nearly as much as we should these days, although Ashley consults Where Chefs Eat almost weekly at this point, and Carolyn can’t get enough of Planet Earth II.
What equipment do you use for capturing your travels?
We both have Canon DSLRs we love, but more often than not, we’re whipping out our iPhone 7s.
What is the soundtrack to your travels?
It really depends. Ashley has a toddler, so… currently, it’s Moana.
Who are your favorite Instagrammers at the moment?
Ashley loves finding some London inspirations from @jessonthames and @jess_inlondon, as well as @londonispink. Carolyn is currently dreaming of a beach vacation, so @coastal_living has been her go-to. Plus, we love following up on the animals in one of our favorite destinations, @sabisabireserve, where we visited last spring!
We knew we’d love San Francisco, but we both left feeling like we could definitely live there one day. We were more surprised to hear that our husbands had the opposite feeling after the exact same trip — goes to show everyone can have a totally different reaction to a place!
One piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring traveler. Go!
Probably just that: go! You’re always going to have excuses and reasons to stay home, but just book the ticket. The rest will fall into place.
We don’t really do too much advanced planning — we obviously book our airfare and accommodations, but we prefer to let everything else fall into place. As for packing, we’ve finally accepted that we’ll just never be pros.
We’ve learned that it’s really, really lucky that we’re such compatible travelers. We’ve found over the years that just because someone is a dear friend, that doesn’t mean they make a great travel companion.
We have many, and Paris means so much to us individually. But together, our first safari in South Africa will always rank near the top.
Carolyn has Disney, LA, and San Francisco, and a family vacation to Ireland in her near future, and Ashley is heading to Stockholm and Malta this spring. We have a few things lined up for the summer, too, but you’ll have to wait and see!
A huge thank you to you both for sharing your stories and beautiful photography with us!
Can’t wait to see where you’re headed next!