We’re Roma and Russell, a married Aussie couple currently based in London and trying and see as much of the world as possible!
Roma started Roaming Required about 4 years ago as a way to share our travel stories with friends and family back home. Over that time, we’ve been fortunate that more and more people have been interested in our travels and the blog has grown in both size and scope.
Part Time Travellers
Both Roma and Russell have full-time jobs so we are, by definition, part time travellers making the most of our weekends, public holidays, and annual leave quota. And whilst it may be a dream to become full time travellers, we are very happy with our part time travel lifestyle. We plan our destinations carefully, identify where we want to go and what our must see places are, and try to experience as much as we can, whilst we can.
Who Do We Write For?
We write our travel articles for people similar to us – full-time working professionals who are looking for short breaks from London and for those working couples planning their one or two big annual holidays a year.
We’re not backpackers, we don’t have an interest in party cruises, and we don’t do the 8 person dorm room scene. We’re in our <ahem> 30’s and looking to learn from our travels, experience new things, and discover the history of the towns, cities, and countries that we visit.
Getting to Know: Roma
I’m Roma, a wanderlusting Australian living in London. I left the sea, salt and sand of Sydney Australia in 2012 to ‘live the dream’. Apparently most people think I’m nuts to leave this behind and squeeze my life into a 40 kg suitcase…. but I had an urge for more.
My real love is photography. I was given a film SLR as a small child and told to go play. I entered photography competitions for children, and won, several times. Then as a rebellious teenager I put my camera on the shelf where it gathered dust until about 4 years ago when I picked it back up. A lot has changed since then so I entered the world of digital photography.
Now, I work a 9 to 5 desk job in London and use my weekends and annual leave to see as much of world as I can with a camera and my partner in crime.
After a teary turning 30 trip, I’ve now accepted that yes, I’m IN my 30s. To me, that means a few things, namely, adulthood. It’s that air of sensibility where you’re just a bit too old for camping and dorm rooms but have real money to spend.
Nowadays, I like to think of myself as a realist. While I’m not a candidate for Extreme Couponing, I am a passionate penny pincher. Living in London isn’t cheap so we try and find ways to cut costs. In this blog you will find tips and tricks to save some cash. It won’t make you rich, but it might give you an extra day or two at a destination.
We travel on realistic budgets without breaking the bank or missing out on those life changing experiences. It’s a fine line and an accounting balancing act, to squeeze in as much as we can without sending ourselves into liquidation.
Getting to Know: Russell
I was born and raised in Sydney and moved to London in 2012 with my (then) girlfriend Roma to travel and experience as much of Europe as possible.
One of my passions is history so having the opportunity to explore the UK and Europe has been utterly incredible and I love every minute of it. I’ll never forget the first time that I visited the Victoria Albert Museum and walked through an exhibition of Roman ruins and touch a stone column which was 1500 years old…it was mindblowing.
I guess I’m a bit of a walking contradiction because aside from history, my other passion is technology. Yes, I’m the one wearing two watches (one smart, one regular), whilst taking notes on my phone during our travels, typing them up on my tablet whilst listening to a tech podcast, and then downloading whatever the latest app is to stay connected with the world. Yeah, I’m just a guy who loves his tech.
A small selection of some personal highlights since living we’ve been living a travel lifestyle;
- Experiencing my first real snow fall in London 2013. I was on my way to work when it started snowing and I was so excited I actually called Roma and woke her up to tell her it was snowing
- Visiting Whitby Abbey and being able to walk amongst the ruins and literally touch history
- Churchill’s War Rooms in London, absolutely phenomenal
- Following in the footsteps of the WWII Allies as we explored Bastogne and Hurtgen Forest
- Proposing to Roma during an anniversary trip to Dubai (she said yes, phew!)
- Taking a Winter roadtrip along Iceland’s ring road
- Driving from London through France to Costa Brava in Spain
- Learning about the long and complex history of many countries in Europe whilst visiting their museums. It made so much more sense than learning from a text book
- Standing on Omaha Beach in Normandy
Now that you know who Roaming Required is…
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Come roam with us!
Roma & Russell