From working in the film industry to travelling around the world, Dave and Deb, founders of the award-winning travel blog The Planet D, share their adventures.
What inspired you both to start a travel blog?
After years of having one foot in travel and one foot in pursuing careers in movies, we decided we wanted to pursue a career in travel. We had an idea to pitch an adventure show where an ordinary couple takes on extraordinary adventures. So, we decided to pitch a TV show and signed up for one of the world’s longest cycling races, the Tour d’Afrique which stretched from Cairo in Egypt to Cape Town in South Africa.
We created our website, The Planet D, to keep people up to date on our progress through Africa, and also to have a place to showcase all of our media appearances, news articles, and videos. When we returned from Africa, the TV show didn’t pan out, but we had this great website that people were already following and interested in reading about our adventures.
What makes Canada such a unique travel destination compared to any other country in the world?
From the French culture of Quebec to the cowboy culture of Alberta along with incredible First Nations experiences across the country, Canada is a mosaic of cultures and traditions. Each area has its unique qualities and the vibe that you have on the west coast is completely different than the east. Yet, they all feel similar because of that welcoming spirit of Canadians who are so friendly and open.
Any tips and tricks on how to travel on a budget?
There are so many things to do in Western Canada for free in the great outdoors. Hiking and cycling are our top picks for sightseeing and if you are driving and camping, all you need to pay for is gas and your campsite fees. You can see a lot of sights without needing to pay. Our top recommendation is to purchase a National Parks pass ahead of time, that way you don’t need to purchase it separately.