Welcome to today’s installment in my new travel blogger interview series! The goal of this weekly series is to help spread the blogging love and introduce you to some other awesome travel bloggers! Any travel blogger, whether new or experienced, can sign up to be featured in this new series. Today I’m happy to share that I’m featuring Emily from Two Get Lost.
Emily is a keen travel writer, adventure seeker and scrabble player from the UK. A year ago she left her job as a primary school teacher, bought a sailboat in Sicily with her boyfriend Adam and has been living on board and sailing the Med ever since. She writes about her sailing adventures and travels at Two Get Lost.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING FOR? WHY’D YOU DECIDE TO START A TRAVEL BLOG?
We’ve been blogging for about a year. It started as a way to keep our family and friends updated as we started our sailing adventure, but I soon realised how much I (Emily) love to write. Adam works from the boat for several days a week so while he works I write, when there aren’t boat jobs to do!
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR NEW TRAVEL BLOGGERS/ASPIRING TRAVEL BLOGGERS?
Do it because you love it, not because you think it will make you money. It’s a hard industry to make a decent income from, especially at first! You need to really enjoy the writing and photography or you’ll get bored quickly!
WHAT’S ONE THING YOU WISH YOU KNEW BEFORE YOU STARTED TRAVELING?
Sometimes it’s ok to spend money on non-essentials! When I first started travelling I was so eager to save money that I refused to pay for things that would have made life easier. I don’t mean things like ticket entrance, I mean leaving a hostel because they want to charge £3 more than the one down the road. For example, I refused to take a tuk tuk to the local attractions and insisted on walking. It saved me £1, and I ended up walking for literally hours in the heat of the day. There have been times when saving money has led to a great experience, but more often than not I’ve ended up hot and sweaty and in a bad mood! Now I just pay the extra £1 and enjoy the breeze!!
WHY DO YOU LOVE TO TRAVEL?
I am never happier than when I’m exploring somewhere new. Adam makes fun of me because I hate doing the same walk twice, and I hate walks that don’t have a circular route! Travel gives me the opportunity to experience changing landscapes, new cultures and new experiences.
WHAT’S YOUR BEST AND WORST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE?
That’s a tough question! My best travel experience was either seeing a tiger in the wild in Chitwan national park, Nepal or cooking freshly caught fish on a campfire on a secluded Greek beach looking out at our sailboat home. I think your best travel experiences come from so many different factors – the weather that day, your mood, who you were with – so you can share the most amazing place with someone and they can go and just not have that same experience.
My worst travel experience was falling off a mountain while trekking in the Himalayas. Luckily I escaped unharmed but it was a close call and I still suffer with anxiety brought on by it. I would do it all again in a heartbeat, but I’ll always tell people to take a guide on longer treks in unfamiliar places. I don’t think I’d be here today if it wasn’t for the guide I was with.
DO YOU PREFER SOLO TRAVEL OR TRAVELING WITH OTHER PEOPLE? WHY?
I have never travelled solo, and I don’t have an urge to. For me travel is about sharing experiences with people I’m close to. But then I’m someone who prefers to do most things with others. Times when I’ve flown alone to meet someone I always end up clinging onto someone else for the flight so I have someone to chat to (I’m that annoying person you end up next to in the check in line).
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE EVER BEEN TO? WHY?
Nepal is top on my favourite countries list because I had a lot of real ‘wow’ moments while travelling there. I’ve found that these get less and less, or at least less dramatic, the more I travel as I’ve seen or done similar before. Seeing the Himalayas for the first time literally took my breath away and as I said, seeing a tiger in the wild was probably my best ever travel experience. The people were warm and friendly, the culture fascinating and the food was delicious! The only thing it’s missing is the sea!
WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST TRAVEL TIP?
Don’t plan too much! Make sure you have some flexibility in your plans so you can change route and go to the amazing place a local suggested you see or tag along with some new friends you made. I think some of the best travel memories I’ve made are from the times I didn’t expect or plan for.
IS THERE ONE SPECIFIC THING YOU LIKE TO DO, SEE, OR BUY IN EVERY PLACE THAT YOU VISIT?
I don’t think I have a specific thing I do when I travel. I guess my preference is always to find nature when I travel, so I head for the outdoors as soon as possible, even if that just means a city park. If it has views, even better!
IS THERE ONE PARTICULAR FOOD THAT YOU’VE TRIED WHILE TRAVELING THAT YOU LOVED? WHAT FOOD WAS IT AND WHY DO YOU LOVE IT SO MUCH?
I tried sushi in New York and fell in love with it. I’d only eaten sushi from the little plastic packets at Tescos, but ended up in a backstreet sushi restaurant that was basically some guys living room. They prepared it all in front of you and it was just incredible, I’ve never tasted anything like it!
Plane or train? Train
Hotel or hostel? Hostel
City or nature? Nature
Popular site or off the beaten path? Off the beaten path
Suitcase or backpack? Backpack
Fast travel or slow travel? Slow travel
Professional camera or phone photography? Professional Camera
Warm or cold weather? Warm
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All photos used throughout this post are taken by Emily at Two Get Lost.