- Tell us about yourself and where we can find more about your travelling.
We are Jett and Kathryn Britnell, internationally published travel writers, travel bloggers, underwater photographers, ocean conservationists, and shark advocates. We are both members of the British Columbia Association of Travel Writers and have also been Dive Travel Editors for DIVE NEWS NETWORK (USA). Jett was also a contributing editor for DIVER Magazine (Canada) for 13 years and is presently a member of the Professional Photographers of Canada and the highly esteemed Ocean Artists Society, a unique alliance of the world’s top marine life artists, sculptors, painters, photographers, and filmmakers, who use their talents to foster an interest in the ocean arts and marine-life issues. We can be found at www.thenomadictribes.com, www.jettbritnell.com and www.tealiatea.com.
- How many countries have you visited?
We’ve travelled together,or separately, to 35 countries. Not counting the places where the only thing we saw was the airport terminal, we’ve been to several countries more than once.
- What do you miss most, aside from your family, from your home country?
We reside within our own country. What we miss most about Canada whenever when we are traveling is that feeling home.Canada is a wonderful country!
- Is there any place which you wouldn’t visit again and why?
Truly, we have not found it yet. We have enjoyed so many of the places we visit and the people we’ve met, the difficult decision is “Do you go back for a return visit, or journey to somewhere new?”
- Where did you meet the friendliest people and how did you feel about being around them?
Jett has a fond memory of scuba diving aboard the NAIA, a scuba diving liveaboard that operates in Fiji. During the evening the crew would gather in one of the covered deck areas to drink Kava and strum a guitar. When they noticed him watching them play guitar, they invited him to sit with them and handed him a bowl of Kava and the guitar. Don’t be surprised if some ever encounter some Fijian dive boat crew who know how to play Bob Dylan’s, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.” You’re welcome.
- Funniest or most embarrassing travel moment?
After touching down at Pearson International in Toronto, we had left the airport and driven for about 30 minutes down the highway when Kathryn bolted up in her passenger seat and stated, “My laptop?!” We pulled over, checked our luggage, and determined she had indeed left her laptop aboard the plane. A cell phone call to the Westjet and airport lost & found confirmed an airline employee had turned in her laptop. She was reunited with her laptop when we arrived back at the airport.
- What has been the most overrated country/place you have been to and why?
St Marks Square in Venice at first glance was most disappointing. Our first view was after dark and it was wall to wall with tourist trap vendors. You could not go ten steps without some foreign huckster asking you to buy a smash ball or laser pointer. However, St Marks Square redeemed itself when Kathryn and I visited early in the morning before the daytime tourists had ordered their breakfast. The square was empty save for a coupé of sweepers with brooms and a half dozen other photographers. We simply chose to make the best of it.
- Tell us about a favourite dish from the world and one from your country that everybody should try.
Easy: Bananas Flambé served up at Pepe’s Restaurant in Cozumel. Simply, to die for.
- What is your favourite author and what did you like about his style?
Hemingway, primarily, due to the travel and adventure overtones in his work. His book, “A Moveable Feast” inspired many people to uproot them from wherever they are and move to Paris. . For humor, we really enjoyed Chuck Thompson’s book, “Smile When You’re Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer.”
- What is your favourite music ?
If we were to be marooned on a desert island and could choose the music from only three artists, it would be The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Beatles. We love all kinds of musical genres, but those three artists for us are the uppermost of the uppermost.
- What song from your country everybody should know?
One song by a Canadian 70’s band called, Trooper. Song: “We’re Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time)”.
- Give us one of your favorite phrases in your mother tongue and explain what it means.
Perhaps the most famous Canadian phrase is, “Eh?” It is often added to the end of a sentence as a friendly short-cut for “don’t you agree?”
- Best foreign curse you know?
The French curse, “Fini à la pisse” which translates as“Finished with piss”. The meaning: that a mixture of sperm and urine conceived person.
- Do you have a favourite foreign name?
Atlantis. Have not found it, yet.
- You have a chance to ask one question to anyone in history and get an honest reply – what is your question and to whom?
“What is the most important thing I could ask you?” – Jesus of Nazareth.
- What is your favourite website (apart from social media platforms)?
http://expectingrain.com/ A website covering all things related to Bob Dylan.
- One thing you don’t like about other travelers or traveling?
Encountering travellers who do not seem happy to be where they are. While staying at the luxurious Wakatobi Dive Resort in Indonesia, one of the most remote diving resorts in the world, two older Americans whined that the food was not like they get at McDonald’s. Yes, McDonald’s!? This resort employed a couple of 5 star chefs they brought in from Bali. They served up fabulous Indonesian cuisine, as well as North American dishes. Yet, these two people were never satisfied with the menu during their entire stay.
- What has been your most valuable lesson learned from travel?
The most valuable lesson has been that no matter what country, what race, or what religion one believes in, we are all connected. One world, one love.