Hi, we’re Charlie and Kristina and we love to travel.
We love travel so much that we started MapTrotting to inspire others to work less and travel more.
Whether you have a few weeks annual leave to take or several months to spare, we believe getting out of your comfort zone and exploring new places, cultures and food is the best type of experience going.
We want to show you that travel doesn’t have to be frightening, stressful or expensive. People around the world are just as friendly and wonderful as you are, so let’s go meet them…
What is MapTrotting?
We started this travel blog to inspire others to travel through sharing our passion. The blog is continually updated with practical advice, useful tips and honest reviews from a wide range of travel destinations.
The site has a focus on visiting Britain because it’s where we first met and we love exploring it. Since leaving London in early 2016 we have also started blogging about other amazing places that we visit or live in as we travel.
We are slow travellers
Not in the sense that we hold up the passport line at immigration but we mean we take our sweet time to experience places we visit.
Whenever possible we like to stay a few days longer to get a deeper insight into wherever we are. Our philosophy is: don’t rush, you only visit most places once so enjoy them.
We tend to steer clear of organised tours and prefer to explore on our own terms, if we can. For us it’s all about quality travel over quantity. One day we may have visited every country in the world but only if we’ve created some great memories along the way.
I (Charlie) was born and raised in Great Britain and dragged around the country rather often as a child whether I liked it or not. It turns out I did like it and that’s where my love of my homeland and travelling started.
Kristina was born and raised on the opposite side of the Iron Curtain in Lithuania, at that time part of the USSR. To travel anywhere was pretty restricted when she was a child. Kristina eventually went to Italy as part of her studies and that’s where her passion for travel began.
Ironically, we first met in a Tourist Information Centre in London in 2009, where I worked alongside a friend of Kristina’s who introduced us.
We were soon spending many happy hours together exploring London and far beyond. Whenever possible we took weekend breaks and day trips to discover as much of Britain as we could.
In 2011 Kristina started a blog called Little Trot, which eventually grew into MapTrotting. It originally began both as personal diary of the amazing places we were visiting and to inspire us to visit more. Through blogging Kristina quickly rediscovered her childhood passion for photography and luckily for me, she still takes all the brilliant photos you see on the blog today.
5 years after first meeting we got married in 2014 on a beach in the beautiful island of Kaua’i, Hawai’i. That was our first major trip together and we had a fantastic 3 week honeymoon in paradise which was over far too soon.
Shortly after returning to London we decided to save hard for a trip to Cuba around a year later. Whilst sitting on Playa Pilar beach in Cuba, glass of rum in one hand and cigar in the other, we decided something had to change.
That evening in May 2015 we turned to each other and agreed we needed to work less and travel more. We knew we wanted more experiences like this and that it was time for us to quit London.
So we made a plan and here we are. We’ve replaced office life with the freedom to work when and where we want, experiencing the world instead of just wishing we could travel ‘some day’.
We still have a long way to go and much to learn but we are enjoying the ride and feel alive in a way we didn’t before.
How have we got here? Well that’s what this site will explain and show you how to do the same if you are interested.
A good place to start is our newsletter. We will send you some great travel tips and updates every 2 weeks to help get you started. Plus, you’ll get our Free 62 page Travel Planning eBook to say thank you!
Where should you go next?
If you’d like to know what kit, websites and other stuff we use to help us travel then check out the Travel Resources page.
For the latest posts from our travels check out our Travel Blog page.
Or if you have any questions for us head to the Contact Us page.
Happy travels, Charlie & Kristina.