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. Two men tried to steal my bag, cut it off my back and I punched them… so he cut the palm of my hand. It kinda sucked, but I got all my stuff back and I’m still alive.
Ø What is the worst place you’ve travelled to and why?
To be honest the places I hated the most on my travels have been: Kuta, Bali, which I actually enjoyed this time around (was just there). I hated Paris because it smelled like pee everywhere and seemed overpriced, but I’m returning in a few months. I think some places rub me the wrong way, but I think when you visit, who you go with, where you stay etc makes such a difference to a trip – so I’m always open to creating new memories in old places.
Ø Where is your favourite place in the world?
Just one? This tiny little town called Takeo in rural Cambodia. I learned so much about myself, about the world, and about what I want from the world there. I volunteered teaching English and returned four times because I loved it so.
Ø How do you fund your travels?
I work online, in the advertising industry. I used to freelance write, but advertising works better for me now.
Ø What is your most fond memory from your travels?
When I was in Cambodia the first time and I had a sore jaw. I was trying to figure out why the muscles around my mouth hurt so much and I realised it was from smiling.
Ø What would you be doing if you weren’t travelling?
Saving to travel.
Ø Have you ever experiences any cultural faux pas?
Haha, yes. But the worst thing I think was pointing my toes at someone accidentally in a Thai temple.
Ø What is your Favourite airline?
I like Etihad, Emirates and Air NZ. I think they’re all in a similar class.
Ø Where are you offer to next?
We’re traveling around Bali for a bit before heading to Singapore and Thailand… then Europe!
Ø What is the name of your travel blog and why did you choose this name?
The Wrong Way Home. I chose it because when I first started traveling I felt like going the “wrong” way home… the longest, most indirect route possible. I’ve been home a few times since I started traveling, but I have no intentions of hurrying back.
Ø When did you start blogging?
2.5 years ago, roughly!
Ø Where did you start blogging?
I was living in a small town in the Czech Republic.
Ø Why did you start a Travel blog?
To keep friends and family up-to-date and I wanted to have a platform for my writing.
Ø What are you tips for new Travel Bloggers?
Network with other bloggers. I have a ‘best blogger friend’ and I’ve learned so much from her.
Ø Do you wish you did differently when you started out?
Networked more! Took more photos of myself… I am good at taking photos of places, but forget to photograph myself there.
Ø What has been your most successful blog post and what was it about?
Maybe my blog post about getting stabbed – that was pretty crazy.
Ø What do you do to help make your articles successful?
I share my articles on my personal Facebook page and try to make interesting titles. Also, I’ve found commenting on other blogs a greatway to get new traffic to my site.
Ø What social media platform is the most helpful for you and why?
It used to be Facebook, but Facebook has clearly changed theirsystem so now posts get even less exposure than before. I am investingsome time into Instagram at the moment and hoping to see some newtraffic from there.
Ø Have you worked with any “big name” sponsors, if not who would be your dream to work with?
Not yet, but I have just stayed in the most stunning hotel called Samabe in Bali. It. Is. Amazing.
Ø Do you have any tips for new bloggers who want to work with sponsors?
Make sure you have something to offer them. It can’t be a one-way thing. Treat it like work, be professional.
Ø Which travel bloggers do you admire?
Bethaney from Flashpacker Family. How on earth she manages to travel with two young kids, work and maintain a blog is beyond me.
Ø Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Ø What is your Travel Motto:
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”
Website url: www.thewrongwayhome.com