Frequent Flyer Spotlight: Meet The Duo Behind The World Pursuit
Natasha Alden and Cameron Seagle are the adventurous duo behind The World Pursuit, and after giving up the traditional 9 to 5 in New York City, are more often found on fresh powdery slopes or chasing waterfalls than in a big city. Despite their preference for remote locations where the wifi may be spotty, this duo has found a way to work full time from anywhere.
What do you do for work? Is it your passion?
We are professional travel bloggers. It is 100% our passion. When we started our blog, the goal was to support our passion for travel. However, along the way, we discovered our voice and built a platform that allows us to pursue new passions.
We specialize in adventure travel with practical advice. Our blog developed an audience by providing reliable travel information to unique destinations. It has always been about doing things differently and we’re looking to further that idea as we build a brand around sustainable travel and making the world a better place.
Do you travel often for work?
Running a travel blog means we travel full time. We rack on some serious miles on everything ranging from commercial flights to private bush planes, car rentals, and ferries.
Our first business trip was our first collaboration with a tourism board. We traveled to the island of Hvar off the coast of Croatia. To this day, Hvar is still one of the most beautiful islands we’ve seen in our travels.
Saving vs Splurging
What are your best tips for saving money when you travel?
We’re pretty good at reducing wasteful spending, so we save money through smart money management strategies. We use travel rewards credit cards that have no foreign transaction fees and utilize low fee bank accounts.
What is always worth the splurge when you travel?
We definitely splurge more on business trips than on personal trips. We don’t waste business money, but find personal incidentals, like coffee, to be higher.
And we just made the upgrade to a rewards card with an annual fee of $525. However, it provides free access to airline lounges along with a bunch of other sweet perks. Worth it!
What do you always pack for a long haul flight?
Headphones, chapstick, a good book, and a water bottle.
What are three things in your suitcase you cannot live without?
Our camera, Macbook, face wash and lotion, yoga pants, and kindle. Sorry that’s more than three things!
What is the most ridiculous thing you pack in your luggage?
Natasha always packs a Kimono and 10 sports bras.
Tips for Working on the Road
Let’s hear your top tips for staying productive when you have to work on a trip.
We work all the time all the time on trips. Try to minimize having a drink with dinner, turn off the TV, and utilize your hotel room desk.
What else do you look for when booking a hotel for business travel?
Free and fast WiFi, in room coffee making facilities (not instant coffee), and free breakfast is always nice.
What is the best travel advice you’ve ever received, and who did it come from?
We made friends with a digital nomad while traveling in Morocco who shared with us the idea of slower travel. He would move cities every month and just stay at an Airbnb for the entire month while getting to know the place and working and making friends at the same time. We’ve tried to implement this same idea in cities like Cape Town, Belgrade, and Lagos but somehow our wanderlust gets in the way and then we jet set off again.
What destination are you saving up your frequent flyer miles for and why?
Bhutan because of its difficulty to reach and the fact the government has limited tourism to licensed operators only.
What do you always check out on every trip, no matter how busy the schedule?
We always have to head to a local coffee shop or brewery. If we’re lucky we’ll visit both.