Online Lives: Meet travel blogging couple Elaine and Dave

Blogging couple Elaine and Dave Murray have a globe-trotting relationship which they share on their website, thewholeworldisaplayground.com, writes Denise O’Donoghue

Online Lives: Meet travel blogging couple Elaine and Dave

“We’re an adventure loving couple with an incredible passion for travel — we’re

always planning or taking off on some sort of adventure and love exploring new destinations and embracing all that the world has to offer,” they said.

“We’re on a mission to experience as much as of the globe as possible and have travelled to 60 countries so far. We aim to visit 15 countries each year and also hope to visit all Unesco World heritage sites in the world. We’re currently at over 200.”

The couple share travel inspiration with their followers, from short-haul city breaks to longer trips.

“We’re passionate about all types of travel: From hiking in the Norwegian mountains to road tripping across Africa to city breaks in Europe we just love travel and our bucket list gets

longer every day.”

Social media plays a huge role in their blogging.

“Dave is a travel photographer so it’s no surprise that Instagram is our favourite social media tool. We love presenting a destination through beautiful pictures and Instagram is also a constant source of inspiration for us when we are planning our travels.”

Elaine and Dave say they enjoy the freedom their lifestyle offers and they have made some great friends along the way.

“Our happiest times are watching the sunrise in some remote corner of the planet, with a camera and notebook in our hand, producing creative content and enjoying the surroundings. To us, that’s true freedom. Meeting amazing, like-minded people across the world has been an added bonus — some of our strongest friendships have stemmed from the blogging industry and it’s fantastic to have friendly faces in every corner of the globe

The stamps on their passports would make anyone envious.

“We’ve swam on the edge of Victoria Falls in Zambia, flown into the Okavango Delta in Botswana in a private jet, watched the sunrise over the temple plains in Bagan, slept under the stars in the Jordanian desert, navigated glaciers in Norway, danced with Mariachi bands in Mexico City, slept in monasteries, caves, ryokans, tents and capsules as well as some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. It’s such a privilege to experience as much of the world as possible and we try and embrace every second of it.

“It can be exhausting but it’s very rewarding and we love every second of it.”

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