I love finding out about other travellers around the world, so I started this interview series to share their stories and to introduce you amazing readers to other bloggers too!
This week, we are wandering with Justine from Wanderer of the World. Hi Justine, please tell us a little about yourself.
Hi, I’m Justine, heading on for the ripe (not old) age of 27. I’m a Content Marketer by trade, but I’m also the Founder and brains behind the Wanderer of the World travel blog. My blog focuses on female soft adventure travel, first-hand experiences and a few misadventures thrown in for good measure too. I love writing and I love travelling, but when not doing either of those things, you can find me reading about travel or baking cakes.
Where are you currently?
I’m currently at home in beautiful Bristol, England.
Where do you want to go next? What are your future travel plans?
We already have a city break to Amsterdam booked for early September. After that, we are considering New York in the winter and Croatia next summer for a spot of island-hopping.
Where is home? Name one thing that you always recommend to people that visit?
My home of 5 years is Bristol in England. When visiting this beautiful city, I would always recommend walking along the Harbour in the centre. From here, you can see the Clifton Suspension Bridge in the distance, various watersports activities going on as well as vibrantly painted houses glowing down on the waterfront.
Where has been your favourite place to visit? Why?
This would most definitely be Hawaii. I was fortunate enough to visit two of the islands in September last year. Almost immediately, I completely fell in love with how unspoiled most of the islands are, how diverse the culture is, how carefree the people are, how tasty the food is, everything.
Where didn’t you like/where were you disappointed with? Why?
Sadly, this would have to be Venice when I visited in 2013. When I was just 6 years old, we explored Venice and I remember it being so beautiful. But on my recent solo trip there, I found the beauty spoiled by the sheer volume of tourists and people. I’d travelled there at the end of the summer, and the people just made the whole place quite claustrophobic for me. But I won’t give up on this city. I intend to visit again in the future, but I would travel there off-peak next time.
What is your favourite picture you have ever taken? Where was it taken?
Could I possibly cheat a little and use a photo my fiancée took of me?
This was taken in Hawaii at the Byodo-In Temple on the island of O’ahu. This particular temple was beautiful and serene. And whilst here, we met a woman who offered us her bird food so that we could feed the little birds that hop around in the gardens. Although this isn’t the most extraordinary photograph, it holds a lot of wonderful memories for me, which is why it’s my favourite.
What has been the craziest thing you have done/place you have been on your travels?
This is a tough one. I wouldn’t say I’ve done anything outrageously crazy during my travels (that I can remember), but I did recently try husky sledding in Finland. This was a different kind of crazy in that it’s not something that everyone can say they’ve done before… and it was great fun of course!
Three things on your wander list
Island-hopping in Croatia.
Meditating in Bali.
Weirdest/most interesting form of transportation you have taken?
Does the husky sledding in Finland count?
What is your best travel hack?
Searching for flights whilst in incognito mode. If flight companies can see what you’ve been searching for previously, they can easily raise prices for the next time you come back to book. But if they can’t see that you’ve been searching, then prices can’t just randomly be raised like that.
What items do you never leave behind when you travel?
I could never leave behind my camera, a good book or my travel journal.
How much does your luggage weigh?
My fiancée and I are a little stingy with travelling, so we normally try to share a suitcase. So, 20 kg between us both usually.
How do you track your expenses whilst you are away?
My travel journal has an expenses section for each trip, so I jot down daily notes on what we’ve spent. When arriving home, we then total things up.
What is one weird thing you miss when you travel?
Tea. As a Brit, I love my tea. I’ve just not found that perfect cuppa anywhere else in the world yet.
What are your top tips for staying fit and healthy on the road?
This would be a fairly simple tip: walk everywhere that you can. Not only is this the best way to find hidden gems, but it also keeps you fit at the same time.
What are you reading at the moment?
I’m nearly coming to the end of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. This book focuses on living creatively, and is a great source of inspiration and advice for writers.
If you could go back in time and be the first person to explore/find a place in the world, where would you want it to be?
I’d love to see Honolulu before it became commercialized – just to satisfy my own curiosity.
Thank you so much, Justine! It has been fab getting to know you and finding out about your adventures!
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After recently embarking on a short trek around Cyprus, Justine is now wandering through her homeland: England. She plans to be in Amsterdam in a few short weeks and then wherever the wind takes her after that. Read her blog Wanderer of the World for travel tips and inspiration for all of the female wanderers out there.