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Today we are wandering with Brittany from The Sweet Wanderlust. Hi Brittany, please tell me a little about yourself.
I’m Brittany Kulick from Texas and I started The Sweet Wanderlust for people with a sweet tooth and a taste for adventure. I love desserts and anything that offers an adrenaline rush, and want to share my experiences with others who have a similar passion. I’ve always loved traveling, but vacations from work were never enough, so in August 2015, I quit my job, sold everything I owned and hopped a one-way flight to Spain. My current country count is 47 and I’m always excited to visit a new place and experience a new culture.
Where are you currently?
I’m currently in Exmouth, Western Australia. It’s a small town with epic adventures. It’s set on Ningaloo Reef, which offers incredible scuba diving and the opportunity to swim with humpback whales, whale sharks and manta rays! I’ve been working here for the past 4 months and just earned my second year working holiday visa by waitressing at a Nashville-themed restaurant. (I went to university in Nashville… so it was meant to be!)
Where do you want to go next? What are your future travel plans?
In September, I’m headed to France for cooking school at Julia Child’s home with my mom. We’re planning to travel together in France and Switzerland and I’m looking forward to chocolate, perfume and my first ride on an alpine roller coaster! After that, I’ll go to Ireland for TBEX and will visit Scotland, Wales and England before returning to Melbourne, Australia.
Where is home? Name one thing that you always recommend to people that visit?
I am a born-and-bred Texas girl. Be sure to check out a Dallas Cowboys game… the stadium is incredible and I still have faith that the Cowboys will be back to the Super Bowl soon!
Where has been your favourite place to visit? Why?
My top 3 are Israel, Italy and New Zealand for completely different reasons. As a Christian, the history, faith and culture of Israel are very special to me. Italy invented gelato… need I say more?! And New Zealand is the most gorgeous place I’ve ever been.
Where didn’t you like/where were you disappointed with? Why?
There are definitely places where my experience could have been better under different circumstances and places that I may not be keen to visit again. However, most of my experiences have been really positive, and even the negative ones have taught me something about myself.
What is your favourite picture you have ever taken? Where was it taken?
This bungy selfie from the Nevis jump in Queenstown, New Zealand is one of my favorites. The rush I felt jumping off the platform and the freedom in the fall culminated in a perfect bounce and return to the top. I’d love to do it again!
What has been the craziest thing you have done/place you have been on your travels?
If we’re talking gross/ crazy, I ate durian, crickets and worms in Thailand… Quite the departure from the sweets I prefer.
If we’re talking adrenaline, jumping off the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest bungy was a crazy awesome experience!
Three things on your wander list
- Visit the monster and robot cafes of Japan and eat all the crazy desserts!
- Swim with the breaching Great White sharks of South Africa (in a cage, of course!)
- See the Northern Lights of Iceland and scuba dive at Silfra between the North American and Eurasian continental plates.
Weirdest/most interesting form of transportation you have taken?
I’m a pretty big planner and like to play it safe, so I’m usually an Uber kind of girl! Nothing too crazy!
What is your best travel hack?
I use points credit cards to rack up airline miles.
What items do you never leave behind when you travel?
My backpack carries a full sized professional blow-dryer, a giant Texas flag, and extras of my favorite brand of toiletries I can’t get outside of the US.
How much does your luggage weigh?
My luggage is usually just under the maximum weight for whatever flight I’m taking. I tried the ‘pack light’ philosophy, but I want to be super prepared! (Also, I need a pair of shoes for every occasion!)
How do you track your expenses whilst you are away?
Banking apps make tracking my spending super easy.
What is one weird thing you miss when you travel?
Aside from the obvious and non-weird things like my family, friends and dog, I mostly miss foods from home. Chick-fil-a sauce, Torchy’s Tacos hatch green chili queso and Frank’s Buffalo Sauce to name a few!
What are your top tips for staying fit and healthy on the road?
For physical health, I love seeing a town on foot, and since beginning my travels, I’ve actually learned to enjoy running. For mental and emotional health, I find that a good phone conversation with an old friend is so good for my heart. Traveling creates lots of surface friendships, so it’s nice to connect with someone who knows the real me.
What are you reading/listening to at the moment?
I’m getting ready for Ireland with Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran! I’m not usually a zombie fan, but I just finished “The Girl with all the Gifts” and really enjoyed it! I’ll probably go back to my usual historical fiction now, though.
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?
New Zealand still feels untouched compared to other places in the world, but I’d love to have been there to see it in its completely pristine state.
Thank you again, Brittany! It has been great getting to know you.
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Brittany Kulick is chief wanderer and dessert-eater at The Sweet Wanderlust, a blog for people with a sweet tooth and a taste for adventure. She has visited 47 countries and is passionate about sharing unique activities, delicious desserts and epic itineraries as she travels.
Check out her blog: The Sweet Wanderlust.