Q&A with Mikki Tenazas & Andre De Mello

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As a brand that dares to be different and that creates swim shorts for the ambitious and adventurous that refuse to blend in, we wanted to start introducing you to people that we admire for the simple fact that they are living their best life!

For our first ever Q&A we sat down with travel buddies Mikki Tenazas and Andre De Mello. Anastasia & I love following these two on Instagram because their incredible adventures provide us with the ultimate travel inspiration, whilst constantly reminding us just how beautiful and special this world truly is. 

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?

Andre: I grew up in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and when I turned nineteen I moved to New York City to go to college.

Andre De Mello grew up in Rio de Janiero  

Mikki: I was born in Cebu, Philippines, and I moved to Manila for college. I graduated medicine in 2012, decided not to practice and started a business instead. That’s when I started travelling and got inspired to start my Instagram pages.

Nicolas Alexander loves following Mikki on Instagram

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?

Mikki: As a child, I had always wanted to be a doctor, but at the same time, I dreamed of being an animator, as I’ve always loved to draw and sketch and paint. I was always attracted to creating, whether it be photographs or sketches or papier mache.

Andre: Growing up, I always loved the world of cinema and wanted to be a Filmmaker and actor.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL TALENTS?

Andre: Not sure if this counts haha, but I can quote lines from sitcoms and movies in everyday conversation!

Mikki: Drawing, sketching, painting, although I haven’t been doing much lately.

HOW DID YOU TWO MEET?

Mikki: I invited Andre to a trip to Cuba, as I needed a plus 1. Luckily, we hit it off and have been travelling together ever since. 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN EXPLORING THE WORLD?

Andre: When I was eleven years old my family and I moved to Rome and we lived there for one year and that’s when I began to love learning about different cultures. 

Andre loves to discover new cultures

Mikki: I started traveling regularly in 2014.

Mikki has been travelling the world since 2014

WHAT IS @THEGLOBEWANDERER? HOW DID THIS START?

Mikki: @theglobewanderer was born out of my love for travel and photography. It is a travel hub meant to inspire people to go out, explore and appreciate the beauty of our world, and through that also make them more aware of the need to protect it.

WHAT INSPIRES/MOTIVATES YOU?

Andre: The beauty of our planet and being able to enjoy unique experiences around the world. 

Mikki: I know that by doing what I love every day with passion, I am improving my craft and it shows in my work and in people’s response to it, and that motivates me to work even harder to push beyond my current boundaries. 

WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO?

Mikki: As a content creator on Instagram, I look up to people who use their influence for good, who really walk the talk, and who are truly committed to advocacies which are close to my heart, especially ones involving the environment and saving endangered species. Mike Holston @therealtarzann and Sam Kolder @samkolder are two of these people. 

DO YOU HAVE A MANTRA THAT YOU TRY TO LIVE BY?

Andre: I try to be present as much as possible and enjoy the moment. 

Mikki: At this point in my life, I simply just try and do what it is that I love with as much passion as I am able to give, and to always remember that I’m in no competition with anyone, so comparing my path in life with others will be a fruitless exercise. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE YOU HAVE BEEN TO SO FAR AND WHY?

Mikki: My favourite place so far is Bhutan. It is one of the most unique places I’ve ever experienced, with a culture so rich and so pure, unaffected and uninfluenced by outside forces. There is simply no place on earth like it.

A travel highlight for 2018 for Mikki was visiting Bhutan

Andre: I don’t have a favourite place. Each place is exciting and interesting in their own way, that's what makes travelling and exploring so much fun!

WHAT IS IT ABOUT TRAVELLING THAT YOU LOVE SO MUCH AND WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR TRAVEL HIGHLIGHT SO FAR?

Andre: I love the feeling of being free to come and go when I like. I still find it fascinating that you can hop on a plane in Brazil let’s say and then land in Tokyo. It never gets old!

Travel highlights so far would be Japan, the Maldives, Cuba and the Faroe Islands!
A travel highlight of 2018 for Andre was the Faroe Islands
Mikki: I love the unpredictability of it all, waking up on the beach one day surrounded by sharks and rays and then finding myself in another city or island for sunset. There’s just so much beauty to see and experience in this world, and I love sharing that with the world.

WHAT’S THE ONE MAIN THING YOU HAVE LEARNT FROM TRAVELLING?

Mikki: Traveling has made me so much more open-minded about different cultures and ways of life. It has helped me understand why people act the way they do, that you shouldn’t force your own worldviews on others, and that instead, you have to learn to see things from their eyes.
Andre: To respect people’s cultures even when you maybe don't understand it. 

WHAT ARE THE FIRST 3 ITEMS YOU PUT IN YOUR SUITCASE WHEN TRAVELLING?

Andre:
  1. iPhone charger
  2. Contact lenses
  3. Chapstick!
Mikki: 
  1. Powerbank - I am on my phone all the time because of my work, so I need it always charged.
  2. Sunblock - My job involves being under the sun all the time, so I use sunblock every hour to protect my skin.
  3. Swim shorts - I love swimming, and pools and beaches, and will find one wherever I am in the world, or whatever the season.

YOUR TOP 3 RESORTS SO FAR?

Mikki:

  1. Soneva Jani, Maldives
  2. Keemala Resort, Phuket, Thailand
  3. Villa Honegg, Switzerland

Andre:

  1. Soneva Jani, Maldives
  2. Keemala Resort, Phuket, Thailand 
  3. Le Sereno, St. Barth’s 

ARE YOU A BEACH OR POOL GUY?

Andre: Beach first but nothing beats a pool by the ocean. Why only have one, when you can have both?
Mikki: I love both, but if I had to pick one it would be the beach. I love being close to nature and snorkelling and seeing the corals and fishes.
Mikki is a beach guy

ANY TRIPS BOOKED FOR EARLY 2019?

Mikki: I’ll be in Cebu for the start of 2019 for a family event (my brother is getting married). I’ll probably stay there for a few days to spend some time with family and unwind before travelling again. 
Andre: I am heading off to Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. 

WHAT ARE THE 2 PLACES YOU DESPERATELY WANT TO VISIT THAT YOU HAVE NOT GOT TO YET?

Andre: I can't wait to visit Greece and Israel!
Mikki: I really like going to places that are off the beaten path and really hard to get to, so I really want to visit Antarctica to see the glaciers and penguins and to Alaska to see the polar bears.

WHAT WILL BE YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION?

Mikki: My resolution for 2019 is to stop limiting myself by just treading where other content creators have already gone or what they’ve done, and to continue to embrace my own style and vision in my photography and my work in general.
Nicolas Alexander loves following Mikki on his adventures
Andre: I’m striving to be more authentic, healthier and also to have the most unique experiences in 2019!
Andre wants to continue to seek out unique experiences in 2019
And that's a wrap on our first ever Q&A. We hope you enjoyed getting to know Mikki and Andre a little more and we highly recommend you start to follow them on Instagram. 
For our next Q&A, we will be speaking with Michael Jennings who is the Junior Fitness Editor at Men's Health UK Magazine, inspiring fitness-fanatic and all-round champion bloke! 

 

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