For the fifth post in our guest blogging series ‘Epic Moments’, we chatted with Jules and Christine from the budget backpacking blog Don’t Forget To Move. We’re slightly envious of their epic moment because we haven’t been lucky enough to witness this special event… yet??! Read on to find out what they bumped into during a night-time BBQ on the beach…
1) Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog
Hi! We’re Jules & Christine, an Aussie boy and a California girl who met in early 2012 while volunteering in Peru, and we’ve been traveling together ever since. The more we travel, the more places we’re dying to visit. We started our blog, Don’t Forget To Move, to spread the travel bug and show others that you don’t need a trust fund or a winning lottery ticket to travel. All you need is a little creativity and a big sense of adventure.
2) What’s your most epic travel moment?
We’ve had a bunch of adventurous thrill seeker moments along the way, but this particular moment was so amazing. This epic moment comes from the Little Corn Island, a tiny Caribbean island off the coast of Nicaragua.
For two weeks we’d been soaking up the sun on this gorgeous island, enjoying the simple life away from cars, Internet and city life. One night we went down to the beach for a small bonfire dinner cook up. When we got to the private cove we could hear a scratching noise in the far corner of the beach. We directed our headlights over and saw an enormous sea turtle digging a big hole to lay her eggs. Careful not to scare her off, we switched off the lights and observed her in the reflection of the moonlight. For the next couple of hours we quietly observed her laying her eggs.
Just before she took off we gathered around and admired her in all her beauty. She waddled down the beach and pushed off into the ocean. The next morning we recalled the story to a few locals and they said it was extremely rare to see a sea turtle laying eggs on the island and that we’d been truly gifted a special moment. It mightn’t have all the adventure, but it’s something we’ll never forget.
3) Where do you hope to travel to in 2014?
We’re in Australia at the moment working to save up money for our next big adventure. After 2 years of budget backpacking even our tips can’t save us from zero incomes. Asia is next in line. Christine is dying to go to Southeast Asia and Jules really wants to explore China and India.
4) And what activities would you like to do?
We’re definitely beach people and feel most comfortable on the coast. We want to hit up all the gorgeous Southeast Asian beaches and get some scuba and snorkeling in. Jules also wants to surf through Indonesia, while Christine works on her tan.
5) If you could recommend one activity to our readers what would it be?
We’ve done a lot of fun activities, but one of our most recent favorites was the ATM caves in San Ignacio, Belize. They’re a little pricey, but definitely worth the money. A tour guide takes you through an ancient Mayan sacrificial cave, as you trek through cold water and maneuver through different passageways and crevices. It’s got a very ‘Indian Jones’ feel to it, with a real sense of mystery and exploration. We won’t give away too many spoilers, but we were able to see some beautiful 2000 year old Mayan artifacts and come up close with an intact skeleton. And because we’re a budget backpacking site, while you’re in town don’t forget to check out our free and cheap things to do in San Ignacio, Belize.