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?
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 island of Bali, Indonesia. I do not recommend driving on the island. Let’s just say we drove for 7 hours, I got dehydrated and therefore sick, spent the night at a random hotel and finally made it to our hotel around lunch time on the following day. Lesson Learned: Do not drive on Bali!
Ø Do you have any funny or crazy travel stories?
The story above is one that we can laugh at now. Time can do that.
Ø What is the worst place you’ve travelled to and why?
Nassau, Bahamas is known for its “beautiful beaches,” but all we experienced was an overpriced hotel, dirty streets, mediocre beaches, cloudy water and overpriced knock-off merchandise. We since traveled to Great Exuma, Bahamas and have had our faith in how stunningly beautiful the Bahamas can be restored.
Ø Where is your favorite place in the world?
Etosha National Park, Namibia – I have never witnessed “zoo animals” in their natural environments until this place. I am still spellbound by the memories of two male elephants fighting, a skittish rhino drinking water, a pride of lions eating their prey and giraffes strutting across a prairie: it is a magical, magical place.
Ø How do you fund your travels?
My husband and I both work 40+ hours a week at jobs that we actually like … and that pay our bills and foot the bill for our adventures around the world.
Ø What is your most fond memory from your travels?
Our honeymoon in Belize was my first time out of the United States and using my passport. While Belize does not necessarily rank #1 as my favorite, it holds a special place as “my first.” Honeymoons can give you that feeling too!
Ø What would you be doing if you weren’t travelling?
We might have a higher mortgage payment, fancier clothes, but our lives would technically be the same. I suppose I would not be getting interviewed now, as I would not have a travel blog to share. Good thing we travel!
Ø Have you ever experienced any cultural faux pas?
Michael and I rode in the same train car while in Dubai. While we did not see any signs at the train station, we noticed that I was the only female in the car and saw women and children in the adjacent train. I was embarrassed and felt awful for (possibly) committing a cultural faux pas myself. No one said anything to me, so I am still not 100% sure we messed up.
Ø What is your favorite airline?
We are not 100% loyal to any one airline – just the one that is the safest, cheapest and offers the best-miles/points program. We are loyal to Delta at the moment.
Ø Where are you offer to next?
Napa Valley, California
Ø What is the name of your travel blog and why did you choose this name?
I came up with a list of five names that I really liked and asked about 10 of my closest friends and family for their input. Wife with Baggage won and I could not be happier. The play on words is clever and the fact that I have very little figurative baggage makes it that much more funny. I do, however, own four suitcases, two backpacks and three purses and few too many beach bags!
Ø When did you start blogging?
Ø Where did you start blogging?
I started blogging from home and still do. I write posts after work and on weekends when I can. Social media is a bit more mobile, but I prefer to sit at a computer and work, instead of staring at my cell phone and always pecking away. Who likes to be tied to their phone anyway?
Ø Why did you start a Travel blog?
I started blogging after so many people asked us “How do you travel so much?” I was a way to share our experiences and knowledge with anyone interested in traveling, but maintaining their families and careers. I want to encourage and inspire others to learn and grow through traveling in their city, state, country and world.
Ø What are you tips for new Travel Bloggers?
Expect to work your butt off for little results. Enjoy what you are blogging about. Join/Get active on social media ASAP.
Ø Do you wish you did differently when you started out?
I would have not taken so long to create social media pages/accounts; it is the best traffic driver.
Ø What has been your most successful blog post and what was it about?
“Six Real World Examples of How WE Are Saving Money for Travel.”
Ø What do you do to help make your articles successful?
I am still learning how to optimize my articles, but SEO Keywords and lots (and lots) of social media promotion seem to help.
Ø What social media platform is the most helpful for you and why?
Although not my favorite, Twitter is my biggest traffic driver and allows for the best interaction (“conversations”) with followers and other like-minded individuals.
Ø Have you worked with any “big name” sponsors, if not who would be your dream to work with?
Ø Do you have any tips for new bloggers who want to work with sponsors?
Ø Which travel bloggers do you admire?
Megan from Mapping Megan for her tenacity when it comes to making a living from her blog, The Traveling Canucks for being very successful travel bloggers while managing their careers and parenting, Anna Kate from The Legendary Adventures of Anna for her amazing social media numbers, fun-loving spirit and her Christian faith.
Ø Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travelers?
Manage your time and money and just book the ticket. Do not think, just go. You’ll get the bug and then just understand.
Ø What is your Travel Motto:
You do not have to give up our family and career dreams in order to travel; you can do it all.
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