I created the “Travellers’ Tales” section earlier this year, to give my readers and other travellers an opportunity to talk about their travels. I’ve published 32 fascinating interviews thus far and plan to continue doing this in the future too. I love reading about other’s travel tales and hope you do too.
Today I would like to introduce you to Carol Guttery, a travel blogger based in San Francisco, USA. She blogs at “Wayfaring Views”.
I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales” , fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.
Read about Carol’s travels here,
- Tell us a bit about yourself.
When I’m not traveling, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband and our fluffy dog Cocoa. I’m a full member of the gig economy and one of my gigs is as a philanthropy consultant. I build and manage corporate volunteering and grant programs. Doing this sort of work also leaves me time for travel, which I write about on my blog, Wayfaring Views.
- What is your earliest travel memory?
For some people, travel is an inherited trait and I got the bug from my Mom. She’s been to all 7 continents and I’m aiming to do the same. I recall early childhood road trips. But the most indelible memory is from middle school when I ditched the family trip and took a school trip to New York City. After that, I was hooked on independent travel.
- Where was your last holiday?
Ken and I recently spent three weeks in the UK.
- What was the best thing you did there?
The centrepiece of the trip was a 4 day hike along Hadrian’s wall which comprises the old Roman border between England and Scotland. It astonishes me that walls and forts built in AD122 are still intact. Doing it as a hike, rather than by car, allowed us to explore the border and see the land as the Romans did.
- What was your best holiday ever? Why?
Well, I wouldn’t exactly call it a holiday. But in 2014, I quit my 9-5 job in order to make more room in my life for travel. I began my personal renaissance by hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. The road was hard but the people I met along the way were kind and it was a very transforming experience.
- What is your favourite travel destination?
I’ve travelled to the Yucatan Peninsula many times.
- What must one do there?
They have a nice stretch of coral reef and beautiful beaches. If you avoid the huge all-inclusive resorts, you can have a great time swimming in the cenotes, snorkelling and eating tacos. The Mayan ruins are an astonishment of architecture it’s very humbling to learn about their engineering prowess.
- Who is your favourite travel companion/s?
My husband and I make a great pair. I get to decide the itinerary and he goes along with it. Perfect!
- Name one item you must have when travelling.
Don’t travel anywhere without a small roll of duct tape. It’s handy for making repairs, sealing food containers and killing scorpions (ref: aforementioned Yucatan Peninsula).
- Your best travel advice?
Travel on your own terms. It’s the tagline for my website and I really mean it. Don’t waste your time fulfilling someone else’s idea of the perfect trip. Focus on the things that truly interest you and you will be the richer for it.
- The one place you want to visit before you die?
Must I pick just one? Lately, the following locations have been bubbling up my bucket list: Iceland, Great Barrier Reef, Kenya’s Samburu, Chile’s Atacama desert and the Sacred Valley of Peru
- How can people connect with you?
I can be found in all of the usual places. Pick your favorite and connect with me there:
Thank you, Carol , for sharing your fascinating travels with us!
I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales”, fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.
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