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 Sylvie from Travels with Eden.
Hi, I’m Sylvie, I’m 21-year old Geography student and I run the blog Travels with Eden, which focuses on family travel, budget travel and backpacking with kids. I live in Cornwall, the UK, with my 9-month-old little girl, Eden. I started Travels with Eden in January 2020. I’ve always had a passion for budget because it enables me to see more places. When I found out I was pregnant, I wondered I could carry on travelling. The answer is YES! You can still travel with a baby in tow, it just involves a little more organization and planning and a few changes. I now find the cheapest private rooms rather than hostels and I’ve swapped nights out with cuddles and cooking. I love going to the local market and buying fresh food to cook with.
I’ve always enjoyed reading other travel blogs and finding out about peoples stories. I find blogs so useful to plan my travels because the blogger has the first-hand experience in the destination. When I started researching travelling with a baby, I realised that it was unique to travel solo with a baby, that’s when I found my niche (Just me, the baby and a backpack). I hope to help other new parents find their passion to travel after having kids.
Write about what interests you and find an area of travel that you love writing about and then focus your blog on that. This helps Google to see you as an expert in the field as opposed to writing about a broader topic.
Don’t be afraid to ask. People are always friendly, whether its advice about the best way to get from A to B with a baby or a free late checkout. When I recently stayed in a hotel with no baby bath, one of the staff went home to get one!
I love exploring new places and experiencing different cultures. Oh, and trying the local food!
My worst travel experience was when I was volunteering in Sri Lanka before I had Eden, there was a massive storm. It wrecked the turtle conservation centre I was working in as well as some of the bars we liked to go to. We had to stay indoors for a few days with no electricity or WIFI.
My best experience was my first day exploring Edinburgh with Eden in January. I realised that I was right and you can still travel with a baby. I even managed to go on the hop-on-hop-off bus.
I’ve done lots of solo travel before I had Eden, I also tried volunteering projects where you stay in shared accommodation with the same group of people for an extended period. I liked this because you really get to know people. I also tried group tours which I didn’t like as much. I would say I prefer travelling solo or travelling just Eden and me. It gives you the flexibility of sudden changes in plan, and I get to meet more people and check off more from my bucket list. However, I do love travelling with family too, but that’s generally on package holidays.
I personally loved Sentosa Island in Singapore. I love the whole city, but when I stepped onto Sentosa, it was like a dream world. I would love to bring Eden back here one day, it’s one of the most family-friendly places I’ve ever been to (fingers crossed for 2022). There’s so much to do, the weather was terrific, and there are three beaches to choose from. The highlight of the day was visiting the Southernmost point in Continental Asia on Palawan Beach, which has views out towards Indonesia and beyond.
Allocate yourself a set amount of spending money per day, so you don’t run out of money. If you don’t spend it all one day, it can roll onto the next.
I always buy a fridge magnet as a souvenir. I’ve also covered my wall with postcards from every place I’ve been to. Now I’ve moved rooms, and Eden sleeps in my old room, her room is covered with postcards. I’m sure she’ll love looking at them when she’s older.
When I was in Sri Lanka, I loved Kottu Roti. I love the mixture of fried veg, Sri Lankan spice and crispy roti. I’ve managed to replicate most things I’ve tried abroad but not kottu Roti.
Plane or train? Plane
Hotel or hostel? Family-friendly hostel (with a private room)
City or nature? City
Popular site or off the beaten path? Popular site
Suitcase or backpack? Backpack all the way!
Fast travel or slow travel? Fast travel (3 days ish in each place)
Professional camera or phone photography? iPhone Photography
Warm or cold weather? Warm Weather
All photos used throughout this post are taken by Sylvie from Travels with Eden.