- February 24th 2017
Switching Australia for England, Chris & Phoebe didn’t realise how much they would love the UK, we find out what has inspired them and influenced their style…
You're both Aussie born and bred, what inspired you to take the plunge and move everything to Cambridge?
Australia is beautiful, but we were eager to experience something different! We’re in Cambridge specifically as I transferred here for work. We moved to England to ‘do the Europe thing’, but we didn’t anticipate how much we would love living in the UK!
Cambridge is a beautiful city to live in. What are the must-sees for readers looking to visit?
Punting along the River Cam is a super touristy thing to do, but it’s got to be done! Also, be sure to check out some colleges (King’s, St. John’s, Pembroke are some of our favourites!). Lastly, if you can, grab a coffee and a Chelsea bun from Fitzbillies.
Tell us about your blog, The Curious Collection: What inspired you to start travel writing?
We are the sum of our experiences, so we relish the opportunity to experience something new! That’s what The Curious Collection is all about; documenting our unique moments for our family, friends and followers, and hopefully encouraging them to discover something new for themselves.
You've travelled all over the world together, how do you think your travel experience has influenced your style?
Layers! We grew up in a warm climate, so never really had the need for more than a jumper and jeans. Since moving to the UK and travelling around Europe, our wardrobe has expanded greatly, and we love that we get to scale our outfits according to our surroundings.
What piece of advice would you give to those looking to take the jump and get into travel writing?
Write, then edit. Don’t overthink it or try too hard. It’s easier to improve an ‘okay’ paragraph then to write the perfect paragraph on your first attempt.
Phoebe: What do you love most about the pieces you've picked from the new spring/summer collection?
I love that I don’t have to choose between fashion and adventure! With these pieces, I don’t have to compromise on style or functionality, which makes me a huge fan.
Chris, you've paired the Border Wax Jacket with the Spruce Water Repellent Crew Neck Jumper, could you see yourself wearing this outfit on your next adventure?
Absolutely! There’s something about being dressed for adventure that literally changes my mind-set. It changes how I perceive the place I’m in, and the possibilities of what could happen.
When or where did you first come in contact with Barbour?
When we moved to the UK, Chris kept on pointing out ‘those waxed jackets’. We soon learnt they were Barbour, and we’ve been in love ever since.
When you’re out travelling what items could we expect to find in the pocket of your Barbour jacket?
An iPhone, an iPhone battery pack, and some headphones, listening to music whilst travelling has got to be one of my favourite things!
Follow Chris and Phoebe’s curiosity on their travel blog.