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Travel Blogger Tell All – Flights and Frustration

Ø Who are you? Online I go by the pen name of “The Guy” or more appropriately “The Guy Who Flies” which is my twitter handle. Ø Where are you from/Where’s home? I'm English born and bred although both my parents are Irish. I grew up in West Yorkshire just south of Leeds. I am now living in East Yorkshire in a small village west of the city of Hull. Ø What type of traveller are you? Backpacker, full time traveller, luxury traveller? I'm an international business traveller and have been for the last 15 years. My travel remit is global. I've lost count of the number of times I've flown around the world or the number of flights that I've taken. What I can say is that I've earned Platinum Elite status for life on one frequent flyer scheme and currently have over a million frequent flyer miles which…

Travel Blogger Tell All – Double-Barrelled Travel

Ø Who are you? My name is Carmen Allan-Petale and I publish the travel blog Double-Barrelled Travel with my husband Dave. Ø Where are you from/Where’s home? Perth, Western Australia... although we haven’t lived there for nearly seven years! Ø What type of traveller are you? Backpacker, full time traveller, luxury traveller? Couple & adventure travellers. Ø Where was the first trip you took? The first trip I truly remember is driving around Zimbabwe for six weeks, squeezed in between my parents in the front seat of a truck cab. We camped along the way and visited all the national parks. It was fascinating and really ignited my passion for travel. Ø Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling? Last year, at the beginning of our six month road trip of North America, we bought a mini-van for $2,500. The next day, one hour into our first car ride,…

Travel Blogger Tell All – The Wrong Way Home

Ø Who are you? Hey, I'm Izy. I was formally a solo budget traveller, but on a chance trip home I met my partner, Ben and now we're traveling with a bit more style. We both work online (outside of travel blogging) and earn enough to travel indefinitely. Ø Where are you from/Where’s home? I'm from New Zealand, but I feel more at home cycling around in rural Cambodia. Ø What type of traveller are you? Backpacker, full time traveller, luxury traveller? Can I be all three? I was a backpacker, am now a full time traveller who loves luxury. Ø Where was the first trip you took? My first holiday was to Europe, but my first 'adventure' was on a one-way ticket to Thailand by myself. Ø Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling? Yes, I was stabbed in Kuta on the island of Lombok, next to Bali.…

Travel Blogger Tell All – Spanish Sabores

Ø  Who are you? My name is Lauren Aloise and I am a full time travel/food blogger and food tour operator. Ø  Where are you from/Where’s home? I'm originally from a small town in Massachusetts (the northeastern US), but I've called Spain home for the past 5 years and currently live in the center of Madrid. Ø  What type of traveller are you? Backpacker, full time traveller, luxury traveller? I'm a part time city-based traveler. I travel around twice a month, generally for 3-5 day periods. A few times a year I travel for longer periods, but generally under three weeks at a time. And by being city-based I take plenty of day-trips and overnights from Madrid. Ø  Where was the first trip you took? The first "big trip" my family took when I was a child was to Naples, Florida. I loved every moment. Later I saved money to…

Travel Blogger Tell All – LandLopers

Ø  Who are you? My name is Matt Long and I’m the founder of the travel blog LandLopers.com. An experiential luxury traveler at heart, Matt Long shares his adventures with thousands of readers every day through his award winning site LandLopers.com. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Based in Washington, DC, Matt has been to more than 65 countries and all 7 continents. Ø  Where are you from/Where’s home? I’ve lived in the Washington, DC metropolitan region since 2000. Ø  What type of traveller are you? Backpacker, full time traveller, luxury traveller? I call my style of travel luxury adventure. I love immersive, adrenaline pumping adventures but I also prefer the luxury side of travel, especially when it…

Travel Blogger Tell All – Holidays to Europe

Ø Who are you? Carolyn Schonafinger, the founder and editor of HolidaysToEurope.com.au. Ø Where are you from/Where’s home? North-east Victoria, Australia. Ø What type of traveller are you? Backpacker, full time traveller, luxury traveller? I’m more a 4* kind of traveller but definitely not averse to some 5* luxury here and there! I’m not a full time traveller but I normally spend two months each year in Europe. Ø Where was the first trip you took? My first overseas trip was to New Zealand with my parents and brother when I was 15. Ø Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling? On our trip to Europe in 2010 my husband was struck down with a kidney stone attack and spent five days in a French hospital. It certainly wasn’t the end of the world but it was very inconvenient of him!! Ø What is the worst place you’ve travelled…

Travel Blogger Tell All – Wife with Baggage

Ø Who are you? My name is Diane and I am a wife, daughter, sister, friend and speech language pathologist. Ø Where are you from/Where’s home? Florida, U.S.A. Ø What type of traveler are you - Backpacker, full time traveler, luxury traveler? I am a part time traveler who tries to balance a full time career, writing a (kind of awesome) travel blog and a (kind of lame) social life. Ø Where was the first trip you took? Port Charlotte, Florida at the ripe age of 6 month was my actual first trip. My first trip as an adult was a road trip from San Diego to Las Vegas with my then fiancé, now husband, Michael. Ø Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling? We have had a few scary or tense moments while abroad, not at home in the States. Our most “interesting” situation was driving across the…

Travel Blogger Tell All – Tales from Over the Horizon

Ø       Who are you? I’m Zoe Byrne; traveler, explorer, blogger, and fear hater from Tales from Over the Horizon. Ø       Where are you from/Where’s home? Sunny remote New Zealand; the land of beautiful mountains, stunning forests, awesome weird birds, sheep, the Lord of the Rings, poor internet, and more sheep. Ø       What type of traveller are you? Backpacker, full time traveller, luxury traveller? Backpacker and becoming full time (expat at the moment, haven’t quite got the hang of location independent employment). The only time I get any luxury is when there isn’t a budget option available – like when I went to North Korea. You can’t independently, so I had the cheapest tour company, but we stayed in a 5 star hotel in the capital Pyongyang regardless. I stretch my money as far as it can go. I’d much rather visit another museum, go on another hike, do more scuba…

Travel Blogger Tell All – Man On The Lam

Ø Who are you? I’m Raymond Walsh – traveller, blogger, writer, photographer, and lover of all things quirky. Ø Where are you from/Where’s home? I’m from St. John’s, Newfoundland – the windiest, wettest, foggiest, and snowiest place in all of Canada. It’s also the friendliest. Ø What type of traveller are you? Backpacker, full time traveller, luxury traveller? I’m a full-time “slow” traveller. I like to take my time and have a good look around the place before I move on. Ø Where was the first trip you took? Our French class in high school went to Quebec City. I can’t say I was hooked after that – we had a knife pulled on us after a hockey game. But my second trip to Europe after university was much better. Ø Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling? Oh there have been a few. I got a bug in Guatemala…

Travel Blogger Tell All – Wonderful Wanderings

Ø Who are you? I’m Sofie, born and raised in Belgium where I still live. That’s right, I’m a non-nomadic traveler. I even have a full time job, but not for long anymore. I quit my job a couple of weeks ago and will be working full time as a freelancer starting February 5! Travel and writing are my two passions, as well as the reasons why I created my blog Wonderful Wanderings over two years ago. Ø  Where are you from/Where’s home? Home has always been Belgium. I currently live in the university town of Leuven, where I studied for four years and where I met my boyfriend. We live just outside the center, a five-minute walk from a forest. Ø  What type of traveller are you? Backpacker, full time traveller, luxury traveller? This question often pops up in interviews and I have to say it's a difficult one for…