Meet the Travel Bloggers: The Constant Rambler

This week Meet the Travel Bloggers catches up with corporate drop-outs and now Constant Ramblers, Kenin and Lauren Bassart.

When, why and how did you start The Constant Rambler?
We started The Constant Rambler in August of 2012. We came up with the idea while we were on a road trip right after Kenin and I quit our jobs. We were in California and had just seen the redwoods and had one of those perspective-changing moments. We decided that we wanted to travel full time for as long as we could. We wanted to be side-by-side 24 hours a day. When we got home from that trip we bought the domain name and started blogging. We haven’t looked back since.

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The Constant Rambler family, Lauren, Kenin, Punkin and Zoe, photo/courtesy The Constant Rambler

How did you get the name and what does the name mean to you?
The Led Zeppelin song, Ramble On, inspired us. We were in the car and it started playing on our iPod. Over the next few days we kept playing the song and we felt as if it effectively summarized how we felt about the blog and our lives. Our original idea was to name the blog Ramble On, but that was a premium name and was crazy expensive. We decided on The Constant Rambler after bouncing around a couple other ideas. We like the double meaning of the title, and feel it accurately describes the direction of our lives and the direction of our blog.

How and when did you meet?
Ironically, we actually met on the Internet back in 2000. This was well before Internet dating sites like E-harmony and junk existed. We started chatting in an AOL Chat Room, and hit it off. We met that same evening, and took a walk along the beach in Hollywood, FL, and from there it was love at first sight.

How do you divide up the blog duties?
That’s a tough one. We sit down every couple of days and plot out our editorial calendar and divide up the articles we want to write based on each of our passions for the subject and our strengths. For example, Kenin really likes to write about planning and logistical stuff, and I love animals and nature. As far as the rest of the blogging duties go, we overlap quite a bit, especially with social media. Doing it that way makes sure that both of our voices are present in all of our forms of communication. Kenin also handles much of the back-end technical duties and editing of the website, while I handle a lot more of the social engagement.

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Kenin and Lauren at Carnival in Trinidad, photo/courtesy The Constant Rambler

What are the best and worst things about traveling and blogging as a couple?
I think the best part is spending all of our time together experiencing the world. We spent so many hours apart with Kenin working in retail, we feel as if we are making up for lost time. The worst part has to be the fact that we are both very strong A-Type personalities, but are polar opposites in how we function. We both have a very clear vision of what we want. It works very well when we agree, but can be difficult when we disagree. When we look back at it, we’ve gotten into some pretty heated arguments over some silly stuff. Thankfully though, in the end, it produces a better product that is reflective of both our personalities and tastes.

What keeps you the most jazzed about blogging?
Inspiring others to do the same; inspiring others to get out of the house and travel, even if it is in baby steps at first. There’s nothing like having friends and family sharing in every new experience in your life. On top of that, it’s so gratifying when we make a new connection with a reader, or someone tells us that they are now planning on visiting somewhere because we wrote about it.

You’re about to go on the road full-time. Where are you off to and how do you think it will change your lives?
We are heading out to Toronto in June for TBEX {Travel Bloggers Exchange, a travel bloggers’ conference} and then jetting over to India for about 5 weeks. After India, we’ll be coming back to the US, and spending some time road tripping across North America. We don’t have solid plans, as we both have a tendency to be relatively spontaneous, and allow the universe to direct our travels. It’s amazing where you can end up if you open your mind and just go with the flow. Our lives have already been changed so much as travelers, and each new experience becomes a part of who we are.

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Kevin and Laurena, in their favorite place, the car, courtesy The Constant Rambler

You begin your odyssey in June. Do you have an end-date in mind?
The term end-date is too limiting of a concept for us. I know many travelers like to plan a RTW trip for 6 months or a year or two and then “go back to the regular world”, but that’s not what we’ve set off to do. Our long-term vision is to travel the world continuously and keep learning new cultures and having new experiences. We plan on working seasonal jobs and really becoming part of the communities we visit to make ensure our location independent lifestyle is  sustainable. We left our past lives because we were unhappy and dissatisfied with the typical consumerist lifestyle. Neither of us have a desire to return to that, so there is no real end-date.

What excites you the most about travel?
The new! We both love learning and experiencing new things. Whether it’s food, history, or a new culture, what keeps us going is the freshness and newness of it all.

What kind of travel do you tend to do?
We have a pretty eclectic travel history. We enjoy everything from primitive campgrounds to a night at the Ritz Carlton and everything in between. Ultimately all forms of travel have their place. We are currently looking to focus on more slow travel, especially since we are on the road with our dog. It makes it a bit more difficult to find house sits and hotels cost more, but we wouldn’t do it any other way.  We’re not interested in seeing a country for a week. Even our Bucket List has a bunch of long-term goals. We want to spend a month or two in each location and really get to know the place.

What are the most important things to you on a trip?
Getting to know a culture is the most important thing for the two of us. We both like to try many different foods. I really enjoy markets and festivals, and Kenin really likes to see religious and historical sights. The best way to really connect though is by spending time with the locals.

Is being in your comfort zone important to you?
I wouldn’t really say that either of us has a “comfort zone”. We’re both really flexible, so we’ll try anything. We’ve just sold all of our stuff and our home to be completely location independent. It’s completely out of the norm, and a little scary, but we are taking the leap of faith, knowing that we are there to catch each other if one of us should stumble.

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In Spain after the World Cup win, photo/courtesy The Constant Rambler

What’s your most memorable travel experience or favorite trip ever and why?
For me I would have to say our trip to Spain a few years back was pretty amazing. We were in the country at the same time Spain won the World Cup. We spent that evening attending parties, and flash mob parades all over the country with Kenin’s two brothers and our sister-in-law. It was so cool to be caught up in all the reveling and as an added bonus it was my birthdayJ.  Kenin felt like his time at Carnival in Trinidad was pretty epic and life altering. It was something we wanted to experience together for years and were finally able to do it. I think at this point, in some ways, he’s more Trinidadian than I am.

What’s your favorite place on earth? Why?
Our favorite place has to be in our VW GTI {their small VW hatchback} because it means we are going somewhere. It doesn’t matter if it’s a trip across town or across the continent. Either way it means it will be a new adventure for us to

Kenin and Lauren Bassart quit the corporate world to travel full-time with their two dogs, Zoe and Punkin. They road trip and jet across the world seeking new adventures and new friends along the way. They share experiential advice, dog-friendly travel tips, reviews, and trip planners on their blog. They can be found at theconstantrambler.com or you can connect with us on facebook, pinterest, or twitter.

 

 

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4 Responses to “Meet the Travel Bloggers: The Constant Rambler”

  1. Aleshia Clarke
    May 30, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Your story is very inspiring! My husband and I just spent our first 8 months living in an RV, and feel such freedom now. I look forward to hearing more of your adventures!

    • Billie Frank
      May 31, 2013 at 9:21 am #

      I, too look forward to following Kenin and Lauren’s adventures on the road.

  2. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans
    June 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Nothing’s more inspiring than reading about other people following their travel dreams. Great interview!

    • Billie Frank
      June 4, 2013 at 8:43 am #

      I agree. That’s one of the reasons we decided to do our Meet the Travel Blogger series. Everyone travels differently and has their own story to tell.

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