So why do I think I can write about travel?
Put simply, it’s my ultimate favourite thing to do and I’ve done more of it than the average bear.
Does that make me qualified?
Probably not, but hopefully you’ll find what I have to say interesting and if not I apologise now for polluting the internet even more!
I thought I’d write my first blog post by answering some of the questions I always get asked…an interview with myself as it were. So here goes….
- What’s your favourite country
I’ve been to 46 countries (my goal is 50 before I turn 30 in 2019). I definitely couldn’t name an absolute favourite so I’ve listed some of them below:
Cambodia (visited 2013)
Lovely people, a tragic yet fascinating history, the perfect amount of tourism, fab food and cheap as chips
Sri Lanka (visited 2017)
Perfect size to get everywhere in a few weeks, incredibly eco conscious, amazing food (are you sensing a theme yet?), wildlife, beaches and some of the best scenery I’ve ever seen
Costa Rica (visited 2016)
Small but perfectly formed with two coasts with vastly different cultures, multiple climates, cloud forests, rainforests and sloths! PLUS every adrenaline-fuelled activity available
India (visited 2013)
Vast, varied and versatile. Complete and utter sensory overload in the best way. The most colourful country in the world and one of the most challenging to travel but with huge rewards on offer
Japan (visited 2009, 2013 and 2015)
East meets west, total zen within fast-paced metropolis’, some of my favourite food in the world and an incredibly rich culture
2) Where do you want to travel to next?
My list never seems to end. I have a few trips in the diary already (stay tuned) but some of my ultimate travel goals include:
Israel and Jordan
Panama and Colombia
The crossing from Panama to Colombia via the San Blas islands looks idyllic and landing in Cartagena would make it even better
I’ve heard the people are some of the friendliest in the world and delving into the history of the Persian Empire would be amazing
3) What’s your travel style?
I don’t really have one. It often depends on who I’m travelling with. If it’s just me I’m happy to be a lot more flexible as I don’t believe you’ll ever not be able to find a bed.
I’ve done the long stints of backpacking which generally involved finding the cheapest possible options and counting every last pound. More recently (what with having a job to fit in and everything) I tend to travel hard and try to cram as much as possible into my days and because of this I’m happy to pay extra for an internal flight if it’ll save me hours of time on a bus or train.
My go-to accommodation seems to be mid-range, typically using AirBnb or finding a local guesthouse. I’m definitely not one for resorts but I do have minimum standards (mostly just to do with cleanliness) and prefer to stay in a private room over a dorm.
4) How do you fit travel into your life?
This is the big one for me and it’s a bit of a battle. For the past 5 years travel has been one of my main priorities and I dedicate a lot of time and energy to planning, organising my trips and seeing as much of the world as I can.
At the same time, my other major priorities are my relationships (that’s friends, family, boyfriend..), my career, buying a house, settling down…even if I thought I could make it work, I can’t imagine ever being permanently on the road.
And that’s the challenge…how do I fit everything in with the short number of years that we all get on the planet?? I’m definitely not alone in this and rather than getting worried I tend to take the attitude that I am incredibly lucky to have choices to make.
A different roll of the dice and my major challenges could have been accessing clean water or basic education. All I can do is take what life throws at me, accept I’m in an incredibly privileged position and try to do the best that I can with the opportunities I have….
5) What do you get from travel?
And that leads me nicely onto this final question. To me travel makes my life richer, it shows me that the vast majority of people in this world are good, it teaches me to be grateful for everything I have. It forces me out of my comfort zone and into new and exciting experiences. It’s fun and it’s exciting and sometimes it’s challenging but I am so unbelievably lucky to be able to do as much of it as I do.
And that leads me back to why I’m writing this blog. I want to look back on my life when I’m at a ripe old age (if I’m lucky) and be able to remember everything. Hopefully other people will be interested in reading some of it but mostly it’s for me and a constant reminder of how great the world can be.
What do you love about travel? Share with me in the comments below?