Our Story

We're Elin and Oliver. A multinational couple who simply love traveling - the learnings we gain from it, and the stories we collect. We are both Dublin based, working as digital marketing consultants at Google. However, our nomadic genes have taken us on some 50+ trips during our two years together, and we set off for unexplored grounds at every chance we get. All of that aside, any leftover spare time we spend on photographing, drawing, cooking, film watching, hiking, interior spotting and hanging out at our favorite neighborhood coffee shop.

 

Elin Johnsson Echávarry

About Elin

Nationality: Swedish/Mexican
Languages: Swedish, Spanish, English, Danish, Norwegian
Lived in: Perth, London, Barcelona, Cervinia, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Dublin, Lund, San Francisco
Job: Marketing consultant at Google and photographer
Interests: photography, design, food, wellness and traveling.
Favorite foods: Italian and Mexican
Favorite countries: Mexico
Favorite things: yoga, workout and my loved ones. And ice-cream.
Dream trip: Glampacking South America

ABOUT OLIVER

Nationality: Danish/English
Languages: English, Danish & Swedish
Lived in: Paris, Copenhagen, Dublin, Boston,
Michigan, London, San Francisco
Job: Marketing consultant at Google and travel writer
Interests: Cooking, movies, technology and traveling
Favorite foods: Italian and Mexican
Favorite countries: Italy
Favorite things: Getting up early, 60's rock 'n' roll and exploring new cities and cultures
Dream trip: Road trip across the US from East to West


 

Interview with Elin & Oliver

We were recently interviewed by travel and lifestyle magazine Hero & Leander. As the story gives a great insight into who we are as a couple, we thought we'd share the outcome with you below.

 
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Where/How did you meet?

We were living in separate countries at the time, I (Elin) in Norway and Oliver in Denmark. However I’d been living in Copenhagen before and missed the city and my friends, so I took every chance to travel there. One Saturday night in Copenhagen, March 2013, my friends and I went to Paté Paté, a bar/restaurant in the Meatpacking District. Luckily, Oliver was there too, and luckily – thanks to the strengthened courage of a few drinks – we started chatting in our broken mix of Danish and Swedish. Oliver was just about to start working for Google and move to Dublin, and I was just about to start working for Creative Agency House of Radon and move to Stockholm. Timing couldn’t have been worse, but as they say, love knows no boundaries right? The long distance wasn’t even a decision, it just happened naturally. After 1.5 years of dating all over Europe, I quit work and moved to Dublin too.

First date?

So dating was a bit tricky, considering we lived in separate countries. But we became frequent flyers and dated in different countries each time. Our first date was in Copenhagen. I (Elin) travelled down from Oslo again, a few weeks after we first met. We planned to have dinner on Saturday as we both had separate plans on Friday. However, after a fun-filled Friday night out, at about 4 am, we couldn’t wait any longer. Classic huh? We decided to meet up at Sommersted – a dirty, smoke-filled and in its own way utterly charming old bodega. We got cheap beer, smokes and talked until the sun rose. After that, Oliver kissed me and we biked home. The Saturday dinner at Spuntino still happened, even though we were severely hungover.

First trip away together?

Because of the nature of our relationship we had to improvise and be spontaneous. Me (Oliver) and my close friend Jeppe were heading to Jeppe’s summerhouse in Lønstrup to write our Master Thesis for a few weeks. A picturesque, artistic little town on the Danish North West coast. It would only be our second date, but I invited Elin to come. She stayed for a long weekend, and lucky for her Jeppe’s girlfriend Sofia joined too. We spent our days cooking, going for walks through sand dunes, biking on country roads, sun-bathing in the garden, reading, playing board games, drinking wine and writing no Master Thesis at all. It was beautiful and very unproductive. Just after we made our relationship official.
 

What is your favourite travel destination and why?

Oh, there are just so many lovely places. We feel very special about Mexico and England since we both have family there. But family aside, we probably have to say Italy. Nothing beats having really well done Italian food and wine at an easy-to-miss family trattoria and getting lost among narrow, cobblestone streets and Terracotta coloured houses with lines of laundry attached between them. Italian food and wine, architecture and art is simply hard to beat. A future dream of ours is to own something small on the Amalfi Coast.
 

What has been your most exciting adventure together?

Our most exciting adventure has been how we made our long distance our way to see the world together, and most importantly, get to know each other. We’d only just met when we both moved separate ways, and the fact that flights between Stockholm-Dublin were horribly scheduled we had to find other places to meet. So we travelled, and we travelled a lot. We could find ourselves in an arty studio in Neukölln, Berlin one weekend, in an old loft with wooden beamed ceiling in Bergamo the next and at friends and family’s places in New York, London, Bath or Boston the third. About a year in we counted to 40 trips, but now, 2+ years in, we’ve totally lost track.
 

How would you describe yourselves as a couple?

We love food, travel, design and photography which is also what we aim for our website to reflect. Visit the places we feature in our travel guides and you’ll end up at something both great looking and well tasting. We like to think of ourselves as artistic, ambitious, curious and humble.
 

What would you say to other couples considering travelling?

Sounds cliché but really, just do it! You’ll only regret what you never did. Even after we ended our long distance and moved in together we’ve kept traveling, often twice a month. We just love the experiences and memories it brings. Some people ask how we get time and money, but we don’t have more of that than others. We just prioritize differently. Obviously now that we have TalesLikeThese, our business collaborations help with the travel costs, but really, anyone can travel. There are so many opportunities nowadays, from Couch Surfing, to Work and Travel and House Sitting. Just find your way and go through with it. You won’t look back.
 

What inspired you to start ‘Tales Like These’? 

We were inspired to start Tales Like These by the experiences we came back with from our trips and by the wish to give vent to our creativity. Friends often asked us about travel tips, and Elin needed a place to showcase her photography. Also, we’re business driven, so we were motivated to build up Tales Like These as a travel and lifestyle brand by thinking about suitable business models and putting together a marketing strategy. We’re only just starting out and there’s a lot more still to come. Ultimately, we're motivated by the freedom of working whenever, wherever.