travel + tea interview: craig and linda martin of the indie travel podcast

the travel + tea interviews series: bloggers, writers and photographers sharing about their experiences with tea, travel and writing.


Tell me about your blog, how did you get to the point you’re at now and what are you thinking of doing next?

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We started Indie Travel Podcast in 2006, while we were traveling around the world full-time. We till do that: around 20 countries so far this year and counting!

The site has a great community in Facebook and on site. We have tens of thousands of podcast downloads from our award-winning audio podcast. It’s great fun to be part of the
travel community world-wide.

Next, we’re going to be re-structuring the site. There’s so much good information there – over 500 articles from travelers around the world – but it’s hard to find. We’ll be creating a new theme and site architecture to make information easier to find.

Tell me where in the world you are, how did you get there (what’s the story behind the journey) and where are you thinking of going next?

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I’m writing this on Andy Haye‘s couch in Edinburgh, Scotland. We’ll stay in the UK for the next week or so, then we fly down to Malaysia.  In a month, we’ll be learning to windsurf on a Vietnamese beach.

What does traveling mean to you?

Travel is an expression of freedom; and we’re really aware of the social and economic changes that are happening in the world which allow that freedom to take place. Even five years ago it would be next-to-impossible to live a location-independent lifestyle but now we can manage our websites and help our and consulting clients look awesome from anywhere with an internet connection.

Travel is just our way of life now … there’s a fascination with and addiction to the “new”. There’s something amazing and almost mystic about creating communities with friends worldwide.

What does tea mean to you?

I don’t drink a lot of tea, unless I’m in certain countries. Tea, to me, is a symbol of community and togetherness. It’s always a social connection-point for me. Sitting around the teapot in a Scottish tea shop or sipping strong, sweet tea while playing backgammon in Turkey … Those are memories that will stay with me.

What’s your philosophy when it comes to blogging on the road?

Blogging should be fun and community-based; I mean talking with travel bloggers, of course, but more than that talking with travelers and people who are planning travel. Because of that, all our stories and podcasts have a practical edge: I’d rather show someone how to travel than titillate them with stories.

It can be hard to keep up with a demanding publishing schedule while you’re traveling full-time.  Sometimes you get sick, other times there’s just no internet access. Because of this, we try to schedule things a few weeks in advance, meaning the site keeps running even if we’re out of action! The audience has to come first.

What’s your favorite tea related memory or location (it can be as simple as enjoying a can of green tea from a vending machine in Japan to participating in a tea ceremony) and why is it special to you?

Once, while traveling in Turkey, my wife Linda and our friend Kate stopped into a small street-side café. It was open to the sky with men sitting at the tables playing  backgammon. It wasn’t until we had sat down that we realised they were the only women in sight!

All was well, however, and we were served tea, juice and toasted sandwiches by the only English speaker – an eight year old boy. The amazingly warm welcome he and his grandfather gave us and the hours disappearing over the backgammon board is now firmly connected with the scent of strong, black tea.

What do you drink/steep at home?

Coffee is my poison: although we pack light (carry-on sized baggage weighing under 15kg each) we do find space for a stove-top espresso machine. If I catch anyone coming from New Zealand I have them bring me 500gm of Roasted Addiqtion: it tastes like home.

If there is one tea you could introduce to everyone in the world, what would it be?

I can’t remember the brand, but I had an excellent Moroccan-blended tea which we picked up in Leeds recently. It was smooth and well-rounded with heavy citrus accents. Look out for a citrus-flavoured Moroccan tea, I guess.

Can you tell me three of your favorite tea or travel blogs?

Tea Finely Brewed, Uncorned Market and 501 Places

Can you tell me your favorite tea shop (and what made it totally awesome)?

Sorry, because we travel so much there’s nothing to write here. I wish I had a favourite!

4 Responses to “travel + tea interview: craig and linda martin of the indie travel podcast”
  1. Melvin says:

    Nice interview & I looove Moroccon mint tea! Best in Morocco itself, of course. 🙂

  2. Mary says:

    I’ll be sure to try some tea when I travel in Morocco. My favorite tea memories…loose teas purchased at the local herb shop in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Nothing like it. Also, homemade Chai from a friend.

  3. Andy Hayes says:

    HA – laughing that my sofa made a mention in the interview. Good questions, though 🙂

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