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Welcome to another installment of my travel blogger interview series! Today, I’m happy to introduce you to Eden from Rock a Little Travel!
My name is Eden and I’m the writer behind Rock a Little Travel. I’m from the United States and currently live and work in Los Angeles. I travel as often as I can around my full time job and take full advantage of weekends and holidays. My blog focuses on short itineraries for busy people looking for adventures abroad.
How long have you been blogging for? Why’d you decide to start a travel blog?
I’ve been blogging for 2 and a half years, I started my blog on January 1, 2018. I started a travel blog because I wanted to learn new skills and meet other travelers. I’m happy to report I’ve accomplished both of these goals.
Do you have any tips for new travel bloggers/aspiring travel bloggers?
Yes! Play the long game and start learning about SEO in your first year. Also, don’t worry about social media. You won’t get any traffic from there anyway.
What’s one thing you wish you knew before you started traveling?
That it’s not as expensive as you think it is. Other people are always going to tell you it’s too expensive or it’s too dangerous. Listen to none of it.
Why do you love to travel?
Travel opens my heart and my mind. Nothing excites me more than getting to visit a new country. I love exploring historic city centers, trying new foods, learning about new cultures, and seeing how other people live.
What’s your best and worst travel experience?
My best travel experience was landing at the airport in Rome for the first time. I was so excited to have finally made it to Europe I was in tears on the plane.
My worst travel experience was zip lining in Panama. I’m afraid of heights and wasn’t prepared for the parts where I had to walk across a tightrope. I was still connected to the line, but had to hold onto one rope above my head, and walk along another rope about 30 feet across. It was terrifying and I haven’t been zip lining since.
Do you prefer solo travel or traveling with other people? Why?
It depends. If I’m going to explore a country for a week or more, I prefer to have a travel partner to share those experiences with. If I’m exploring a single city in just a few days, I prefer to go it alone. This way I can move fast and just do the things I want.
What’s your favorite place you’ve ever been to? Why?
Italy. I love the culture, the food, the wine, the history. Rome especially will always hold a special place in my heart. I find it fascinating that there are old Roman ruins all over the city and you just stumble on them as you’re walking around. I would live there if I could.
What’s your biggest travel tip?
Don’t be afraid to take short trips. For some reason many people feel obligated to stay for at least two weeks if they’re going to go to Europe. Yes, it’s a long flight, but you can easily visit a city in just a few days. Plus, if you take shorter trips, you’ll get to travel more often.
Is there one specific thing you like to do, see, or buy in every place that you visit?
Yes, there’s two things I always do when visiting a new city. First, I always make sure to visit the city center, especially in Europe. I love all the cobblestone streets and historic buildings in old European cities.
Second, I will always look to see if the city I’m visiting has a tiki bar. I love tropical cocktails and seek them out whenever I travel.
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?
Yes, pizza in Naples, Italy. I’ve always loved a wood fired thin crust pizza, and nowhere does it better than Naples. I love it because they keep the recipes simple and only use the best ingredients.
Plane or train? Definitely plane.
Hotel or hostel? Hotel
City or nature? I’m a city girl
Popular site or off the beaten path? Popular sites
Suitcase or backpack? Suitcase
Fast travel or slow travel? Fast travel
Professional camera or iPhone photography? Cell phone currently but hoping to get a camera soon
Warm or cold weather? I like both
All photos used throughout this post are courtesy of Eden from Rock a Little Travel.