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.
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.
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.
Mikki: I started traveling regularly in 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.
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!
WHAT’S THE ONE MAIN THING YOU HAVE LEARNT FROM TRAVELLING?
WHAT ARE THE FIRST 3 ITEMS YOU PUT IN YOUR SUITCASE WHEN TRAVELLING?
- iPhone charger
- Contact lenses
- Powerbank - I am on my phone all the time because of my work, so I need it always charged.
- Sunblock - My job involves being under the sun all the time, so I use sunblock every hour to protect my skin.
- 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?
- Soneva Jani, Maldives
- Keemala Resort, Phuket, Thailand
- Le Sereno, St. Barth’s
ARE YOU A BEACH OR POOL GUY?
ANY TRIPS BOOKED FOR EARLY 2019?
WHAT ARE THE 2 PLACES YOU DESPERATELY WANT TO VISIT THAT YOU HAVE NOT GOT TO YET?
WHAT WILL BE YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION?