Globetrotters: Nic and Paul Hilditch-Short (Manchester)

1. Tell us about yourself and where we can find more about your travelling.

Hey, I am Nic and I am one half of the Roaming Renegades a husband and wife team of travellers and bloggers. I have just finished my MA in graphic design, we are both from Manchester UK and love all things adventurous such as climbing and exploring. In March next year we are quitting our jobs to travel full time around the world!

2. How many countries have you visited and where would like to settle down at some point (I know you fall in love in so many places, but choose one and tell us why)?

We have so far been to 29 countries, most of them in Europe our home continent but we are looking forward to seeing more of the world too. It’s hard to say but for us maybe somewhere like New Zealand or Switzerland because we love the outdoors and adventure sports!

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3. What do you miss most, aside from your family, from home?

We actually miss our dog the most when we travel and the hardest part is always saying goodbye to him! Our little pug, Count Dooku!

4. What is the most common misconception that people have about you during your traveling?

Hmm, I guess it’s that we like to go to dangerous places or do dangerous things as we have been to places like Russia and the Ukraine and also do a lot of climbing and adventure sports. In fact we take only calculated risks and many of these things and places aren’t as dangerous as people imagine!

5. Is there any place which you wouldn’t visit again and why?DCIM100GOPROGOPR1386.

The only place would have to be Kos in Greece, we went for a family wedding and even though we made the most of it and had a good time it really wasn’t our sort of place! Too touristy and tacky!

6. Where did you meet the friendliest people and how did you feel about being around them?

In Eastern Europe for sure, people often expect the opposite from people of this region but they are often misrepresented. We have found them to be kind and approachable.

 7. What has been the most under-rated country/place you have been to and why? Most overrated country/place?

I would say Kraków is the most under rated, we thought we would enjoy it but we honestly fell so much in love with the place, it really is just wonderful, heart breaking and beautiful. It gets under your skin! The most over rated? Again maybe Greece but I think we would have a different impression had be visited another area so I would love to visit again!

8. Tell us about a favourite dish from the world and one from your country that everybody should try (If you have a picture, share it with us).

This is easy, has to be a Zapikanka from Poland, amazing street food, so tasty and filling and really cheap too. Best place to get them has to be in Plac Nowy, Krakow. We got feta cheese, crispy onions and BBQ sauce alongside the cheese and mushroom base!

9. What is your favourite author and what did you like about his style?

In terms of travel it would be Rolf Potts, is book “Vagabonding” is part way between a how to guide for travelling and partly an inspiring collection of stories and thoughts from the road. This book will make you want to travel!

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10. What is your favourite music (You can share a playlist/link)?

We love heavy metal and punk. Our favourite bands are Dropkick Murphys, Metallica and Rammstein! Although we do love a variety of music too!

11. What song from your country everybody should know?

Hmm, not sure about that one. I guess everyone knows God Save the Queen but how about “Waterfall” by the Stone Roses, it always reminds me of our home city of Manchester!

11. Give us one of your favorite phrases in your mother tongue and explain what it means.

Ha ha, well it’s not so much a phrase but a word in particular that is from a very specific area of Greater Manchester in the UK. That special word is “Cruckle”. I just love how northern it is. It means to go over on your ankle and even the sound of the word sounds clumsy enough! You might say “Oh bloody hell, I’ve proper cruckled off that curb and well hurt my ankle!”

12. Do you have a favourite name from the world and what does it mean?

We like the Japanese name Keiko, it can mean a few different things but we like the translation of “open (one’s eyes)/express/spring (season) child”

13.You have a chance to ask one question to anyone in history and get an honest reply – what is your question and to whom?

Wow, that’s hard. I guess it would be to John Lennon and I would love to speak to him about the idea of being a vagabond, a travelling free spirit.

 14. One thing you don’t like about other travelers or traveling?

Rudeness or ignorance, we travel to learn about other cultures not to make fun of it or disrespect it. When you are in another country you must learn to embrace this alien culture not fight it, if you do you are there for the wrong reason.

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 15. What has been your most valuable lesson learned from travel?

To be open minded and allow your own experiences to dictate to you your opinions on a place or people. The media use scare tactics to make money from you, leave the safety net behind because you are capable of so much more, and the world is not as scary as you might think!

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About Imagineth

Ukraine born and raised...... after that, a long time has passed :P I'm an observer. Stopped traveling for a while. This is my break. Tomorrow is another day, hopefully tomorrow will bring me somewhere closer to the beach and the sun!

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