This month we met Stefan and Sebastien, LGBTQ travel influencers who are taking over the world. We chatted about beaches, sunsets, bars, clubs and homesickness. Being a travel influencer sounds fun, right? Let’s find out more about these two sexy travellers and where they suggest going!
Stefan and Sebastien are a gay couple from London. Nomadic Boys is their gay travel blog where they inspire gay travellers and show them that they can travel anywhere, by providing a first-hand account of their travel adventures which will help them plan a fun and safe trip.
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Why, when and how did you decide to become LGBTQ travel influencers?
It was never planned, rather it happened completely by accident. Stefan used to be a lawyer and Sebastien a computer programmer at Bloomberg. In 2014, we decided to take a pause on our respective careers to travel for 1 year in Asia. We started our Nomadic Boys website as a way of keeping our family and friends updated with our travels by sharing our stories and photos.
Over time, traffic to our humble blog started to grow exponentially and companies started reaching out to collaborate with us. We took the opportunity to make this into a full-time vocation, and we’ve been lucky enough to be able to elevate our website to the point where it’s now our full-time vocation, receiving around 10k daily visitors. Our social media grew alongside our blog, particularly on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Where was your first destination? What was it like? Were you scared of leaving all behind to travel the world?
Our first destination was Russia - we took the Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow all the way into deep Siberia and then into Mongolia. We absolutely loved it, although back then we were completely terrified of going to a country with such a terrible rep for LGBTQ rights. The truth is, Russia is unlike any other Eastern European country when it comes to LGBTQ rights, i.e., it’s lacking considerably but there is still quite a large gay scene in Moscow, and an even larger gay community living/working there.
Taking that first big step outside of our comfort zone back in London was certainly scary, but it was exciting at the same time. We were careful not to just jump into it. We had planned for it financially for several years and made sure we could return to our former jobs if all else failed. Thankfully we’ve not had to do this, and we don’t intend to.
Is life really that much fun travelling all the time? Do you feel homesick? Do you develop long lasting friendships?
Constant travelling is absolutely exhausting! We learnt this very quickly during our first big trip in Asia. We therefore changed the way we travel so that we would stay longer in each destination, using it as a home/work base. This enabled us to create more long-lasting ties with each destination we visited whilst being able to work on Nomadic Boys at the same time.
We are fortunate to have made lots of long-lasting friendships during our travels, which we’ve been able to retain over the years thanks to social media.
How do you keep fit (and sexy) travelling all the time? What’s your routine like? Does it change from country to country?
Keeping fit while travelling is certainly a challenge! The starting point is your mentality. This may sound obvious, but if you want to keep fit while travelling, then you’re already halfway there. For us, fitness is super important. We prioritise it and make sure to make it part of our daily schedule.
We try to start each day with an online yoga class, then depending on where we are we go to a local gym we’ve found, go for a run (a fantastic way to see a new place!), or do a series of bodyweight exercises. We also love adventure travel so, when possible, we try to factor this into our trips - especially trekking, scuba diving and snorkelling.
Eating clean and healthy is also extremely important as part of this. We’re always careful to avoid processed foods and prioritise fresh products. We also make fresh fruits and vegetables a daily priority. In every new place we visit, we seek out the local market to stock up on a few days’ fruit - another fun way to discover a new place.
How do you cope with hate messages, anger and all the nonsense that comes your way?
Thankfully they are few and far between. At the end of the day, we’re just putting out content about ourselves that people can “opt in” to follow. No one is forcing anyone to do anything against their will, which is why we think the hate messages are few.
From the ones we do receive, we’ve found that almost all of these messages are from trolls - i.e., people who are simply being controversial to make a scene to get attention. Therefore, we ignore/block them. On one occasion we received a homophobic comment about how the Bible is against homosexuality. Our followers got to this comment first and just roasted this person. His response was a public apology together with a sweet private message to us explaining that he didn’t realise being gay is not a choice.
What are the 7 steps to becoming a travel influencer?
Arguably every single person who loves travelling and also loves posting about it on social media is a travel influencer. If you love doing the two, then voila - you’re pretty much there!
Just have a savvy and novel approach about what you post online which gives you an edge so that you stand out from the crowd.
Now, you can only answer with 1 city/country for every question below:
Best beach in the world: Flower Island in the Philippines
Best sunset in the world: Florida Keys, Florida
Best place to have a night out in the world: Bangkok, Thailand
Best spicy dish in the world: Anything with Sichuan in the title
Best place to be naked in the world: Sitges, Spain
Best forest in the world: Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan
The most beautiful birds in the world: Toucan
The funniest people you ever met are from: India
The most hospitable people you ever met are from: Philippines
The sexiest people you’ve ever seen are from: Italy
The easiest language to understand if you’re a foreigner is: Spanish
The most difficult language to understand if you’re a foreigner is: Mandarin
The most dangerous place you’ve visited: El Salvador
The most romantic city in the world: Venice
The one place/city/region you will never forget: the Himalayas in Nepal
The most unforgettable sky you’ve ever seen was in: Gobi Desert in Mongolia
A place to take our parents: Puglia, Italy
A place to take our boyfriend/husband: Thailand
A place to take a girlfriend/wife: Japan
The best drink you ever had: Vietnamese coffee in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
The best national dish is from: Japan
The friendliest gay city in the world is: Fort Lauderdale, Florida