Happy Thursday everyone 🙂 Time to meet a new Travel Blogger from around the world!
Today we are wandering with Steffi from Lost in Asia. Hi Steffi, please tell everyone a little about yourself.
I’m Steffi, I’m an English teacher in Bangkok, Thailand and I moved here so that I could travel as much as Asia as possible. As a teacher, I get great holidays and I spend mine exploring, scuba diving, surfing, hiking and swimming. I’ve been to around 30 countries and I keep finding the need to go back to places again to explore more areas. I started a Thailand travel blog as I always have friends and acquaintances asking me for advice about Thailand such as which island to visit, and what to bring and where to go so I thought I would write it all down instead of repeating answers!
Where are you currently?
I’m writing this from my apartment in Bangkok.
Where do you want to go next? What are your future travel plans?
I’m planning a couple of weekend trips around Thailand in August such as down to Kanom to (hopefully!) see pink dolphins and a surfing trip to Phuket. My next abroad trip will be back to Indonesia in October to scuba dive around Komodo National Park – I’m excited already!
Where is home? Name one thing that you always recommend to people that visit?
My hometown is Cambridge, UK. I love visiting home and go back twice a year, once in summer and again for Christmas. I always recommend people try their hand at ‘punting’ – it’s a small flat boat that you steer with a wooden pole. I love taking a picnic, some beers and going for an afternoon punting with friends or family.
Where has been your favourite place to visit? Why?
I find this one tricky to answer! I spent a month in India in April and I had been wanting to go there since I was a teenager and it exceeded my expectations on all accounts and I am already working out when I can head back and explore more of that fascinating country, it has so many adventure sports, stunning landscapes and incredible people – not to mention the food!
Where didn’t you like/where were you disappointed with? Why?
I think I struggled with culture shock when I was visiting Cambodia so I didn’t make the most of the country or realise how my attitude was affecting my trip. It was one of the first times I came to South East Asia and the poverty and begging children really got to me.
What is your favourite picture you have ever taken? Where was it taken?
I think it’s this photo. My friend and I had kayaked from Koh Yao Noi to a small deserted island and we found a narrow pathway up to the top and discovered this view of Phangna Bay. It’s rare to be alone on Thai islands so it was such an incredible day out.
What has been the craziest thing you have done/place you have been on your travels?
I can’t decide between scuba diving with 3 meter Thresher sharks in the Philippines, jumping off an 83m bridge in Rishikesh, India or being surrounded by wild elephants in Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka
Three things on your wander list
Brazil, Cuba and the Galapagos
Weirdest/most interesting form of transportation you have taken?
I drove a tuk-tuk in Sri Lanka which was pretty fun (and surprisingly easy!)
What is your best travel hack?
Rolling those clothes! It leaves so much more room for packing.
What items do you never leave behind when you travel?
Passport! I also always bring a camera, dry bag, sun cream and my Kindle.
How much does your luggage weigh?
I’m a big advocate for travelling light! Especially as I’m pathetic and refuse to carry around a heavy backpack. I normally manage with hand luggage so around 7/8kg.
How do you track your expenses whilst you are away?
I don’t tend to. I firmly believe in enjoying the holiday while you’re there…and worrying about the credit card bill later!
What is one weird thing you miss when you travel?
My foster cat.
What are your top tips for staying fit and healthy on the road?
I don’t normally worry about fitness when travelling because I generally end up doing loads of swimming, walking, hiking or surfing when away. I try to limit myself with alcohol a bit and not drink every day of the holiday!
What are you reading/listening to at the moment?
I’ve just started reading In Xanadu by William Dalyrumple. I don’t normally read non-fiction but I love the way he writes about history, it feels like a fiction story. This book is William following the journey of Marco Polo from Greece to China by land.
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 would love to have been around Java, Indonesia before the whaling happened. The number of whales around must have been an incredible sight to see.
Thank you for sharing, Steffi! Check out other bloggers in the Wander With interview series here.
Steffi is a travel blogger currently based in Thailand. She writes about her adventures all around Asia on her blog, Lost in Asia.
Follow her travels on instagram.