After several years of life on the road, Stefan and Seb - the travel bloggers known as the Nomadic Boys - have made their home in Cyprus.
Before embarking on a life of travel, Stefan was a lawyer and Seb was a consultant in the finance sector - they’re now industry experts on the LGBTQ travel market.
I caught up with the Nomadic Boys to talk about the highs and lows of running a gay travel blog.
How’s life in Cyprus?
After five years of almost continuous travelling, it’s great to have a home base again. We’re loving it. Most importantly, we didn’t realise how much we missed having a routine! Also, it’s important for the blog as we need to devote a chunk of time working on it. For Stefan in particular, it’s a great way to learn more about his roots - his family are all from Cyprus.
Are you travelling as much as you used to?
Since we started Nomadic Boys, our trips involved slow travel around each destination. We looked for bases to ‘settle’ in for a short-term period before moving on. Now, we’re doing more travelling than ever, but differently. Instead of moving around from place to place, we have a home base in Cyprus from which we can travel from.
We definitely want to stay in Cyprus for a while, maybe a few years as the quality of life is incredible - 326 days of sunshine in a year? Yes please!
Where have you been on some of your recent travels and expeditions?
This year we’ve spent a large amount of time exploring more of Seby’s home base in Lyon, and also west Canada - particularly Vancouver and Whistler. We visited Italy, Germany, the UK, Portugal, and the Caribbean.
More recently, we’ve been exploring a lot of Cyprus and the surrounding region. This included a recent trip to Lebanon.
Travelling together is one of the big tests of any relationship - do you have any hints or tips for couples on how help your relationship survive any travel dramas?
This is the ultimate test of a relationship. We’ve sadly seen many many couples who haven’t survived a big trip, and others that have flourished. Travelling together has certainly made our relationship far more intense. We learnt a lot more about each other’s personalities, but in a good way, which has brought us very close. We can’t imagine living without each other.
The biggest tip we can give is to appreciate the need for ‘me’ time every so often, and allow for this. Also, communication about everything is key. We feel we can talk to each other about anything, which helps massively.
Where would you recommend for a romantic mini-break?
If you’re Europe-based, then one of the Baltic states like Riga or Tallinn is perfect for a romantic weekend break. Really easy to fly to with the budget airlines, and only a few hours away. They’re gorgeous - like fairy-tale cities, especially during winter-time when covered in a blanket of snow.
If you’re based in Asia, you’ve got Air Asia at your disposal which flies almost anywhere for very little money. For us, it’s Bangkok for a romantic weekend mini-break. Most Air Asia flights go there, and it’s central enough to most destinations in the region to be no more than a few hours away. We love the food, nightlife, and general atmosphere of the city.
If you’re based in the US, then it would have to be New York, or the Keys in Florida for sunshine.
Which destinations are currently on your travel wish-list?
Australia and New Zealand. We’re really excited to do a big trip around both.
Also, separate travel goals - for Stefan he really wants to do a cruise to Antarctica. For Seby, he wants to lie on a beach in the Seychelles for a week.