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An Interview with Ruben aka Gamin Traveler
I’m Ruben Arribas from Spain, co founder of Gamin Traveler and Gamin Traveler on Instagram with my girlfriend Rachel Pregunta from the Philippines. We are currently based in the Philippines and are traveling around Southeast Asia and the Philippines mostly.
#2 What got you into travelling?
What got me into travelling mostly was maps. I love geography and maps. And after a few years thinking of traveling at 26 years old, I started with small trips around Europe and finally I decided to travel full time at 28 years old.
#3 What is your favorite destination in the world and why ?
I have a few favorite destinations in the world. From my trips in South America I would choose Colombia, I really enjoyed the North part of Colombia.
From Europe I like Norway, I think the nature is amazing and it’s a peaceful country.
From Asian part I would choose Philippines without doubt. Im based in the Philippines and I got surprised in all the trips that I do, how beautiful it is here and its not so touristic.
From Oceania I would choose New Zealand for the same reason than Norway.
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When you want to get away from the crowds but keep seeing the beauty and convenience of Nice, you'll have to visit Menton! Our stay with @hotelmentonmed was a good mix of both! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Had a day trip in Monaco while staying in Menton so watch out for our next post. 🇫🇷 #balconyseries
#4 What sort of a traveller are you ?
Im a budget traveller who loves local experiences. Before, I was traveling more on a budget since I was traveling with savings. Now, I work online and I travel on a budget, eating local food, meeting local people, and it allows me to be more comfortable before my budget. I prefer beaches than mountains usually, I love enjoying sunsets taking pictures and having a cold beer.
#5 What’s your most memorable experience during your travels ?
I have really many memorable experiences after 9 years traveling. But my most epic trip was my bicycle trip from Spain to Norway where I cycled 10 000 kilometers in 6 months around Europe. The trip was on a budget; sleeping with locals and tent most of the time. And the experience was amazing. I still keep friendship with a few people that I met during that trip.
#6 Your take on responsible travel ?
Yes, from the beginning, I’m always trying to enjoy respecting the environment and local costumes. I did a few volunteers during my trips and I learnt a lot in all of them. I would love to do more in the future, hope soon!
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#7 How do you sustain your travels ?
Nowdays, thanks to our blog and Instagram, we can afford traveling on a budget. Plus, Rachel and I have an Instagram agency where we offer services online for Instagram, creating strategies, growth, monetizing and even creating content for them.
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Croissants, coffee and a lot of walking. Welcome to France! 🥐🇫🇷 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When we were finally flying to Marseille, Rachel and I were joking around what the heck we were thinking booking flights to Marseille. It isn't the most touristic part of France (although we'll be visiting Paris later) and certainly not the most popular. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But places like this can surprise you. Marseille is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the whole city is rich in culture and art, and you may need to walk to see many of these places, but the city's definitely a sight – especially if you're in the city for the first time! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Spent our days enjoying our Pension Edelweiss www.pension-edelweiss.fr – a gem we found, 90€ a night, with good food, amazing vintage design and good music playing all day (accdg to Rachel; she's the artsy and musically inclined between us), and spending evenings by the old port, as we eat, talk and watch people do the same! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Europe has been a blast so far, and although it has been way more expensive than Asia, we're happy that it has been beautiful so fat, especially for Rachel seeing everything for the first time! ❤️
#8 How do you manage your budget during your travels ?
I’m an expert in budgeting and we are also doing sponsorships during our trips. Staying at hotels in exchange of creating content and also bringing products to shoot for companies. This allowed me to save a lot. I always use local transportation, local places for food and traveling slow makes me manage my budget properly.
#9 What’s the best thing you have eaten and where ?
This is a hard question haha I love Thai and Chinese food. I tasted great food in Malaysia and Thailand. But also I really liked the food in Greece and France.
Maybe one of my favorite meals was in Ibiza in a friend’s restaurant. The food was amazing, and I enjoyed a lot meeting them after a few years. It made a perfect combination.
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Early mornings away from the crowd.🗼More than the city hustle, and the overall mood of Paris, we love those very early walks around the city. Better do it when you get the chance! Love how @hyattparismadeleine was just central and walking distance to everything we loved! 🇫🇷
#10 Best and worst airport story…
Best airport story for sure in Changi airport. I was heading to the Philippines and it was overbooked. They paid me a dinner and instead of flying at 1 am, I flew at 6 am and I got a free flight with that company. It was awesome!
The worst airport story maybe in Boracay. It was a typhoon and we couldnt leave Boracay isalnd to reach the airport because of the weather. Just for a 5 minutes boat ride, we got stucked for a day in the port and it made us lose our flight and it changed all the plans. Since we were heading to Singapore, we didn’t book the tickets again because it was so expensive flying from Boracay and we had to head to Manila and we flew after 2 days.
#11 What tip would you like to give to fellow travellers?
I always recommend smile everywhere, be nice with people and people will be nice with you. Try to be a responsible traveler, enjoy and learn new things everyday which is the best of traveling.