I created the “Travellers’ Tales” section to give other travellers an opportunity to talk about their travels. Today I would like to introduce you to Rianne, a travel blogger based in London. She blogs at Sunny Journeys .
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 Rianne’s travels here,
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi, my name is Rianne. I’m a twenty something Dutch girl working and studying in London at the moment. I love travel and personal development, which are the things I write about on my blog Sunny Journeys. I try to travel as much as my work and studies allow me, because there is so much I still need to see!
2. What is your earliest travel memory?
When I was 6 years old we went on holiday to Mallorca with my parents and sister. My parents were so sick of the depressing summer we had in the Netherlands that year, that they decided to book a last-minute trip to Mallorca! My favourite activity was to float on a small motor boat in some kind of lake 😊
3. Where was your last holiday?
My last short holiday was a trip to Istanbul. I got a week off work and found a cheap flight to Istanbul. I think less people visit Istanbul because of the political unrest and risk of terrorism, but I had a great time there and didn’t feel in danger at all!
4. What was the best thing you did there?
I really loved the short river sightseeing trip that we did. We found a commuter ferry offering a ride up the Bosphorus Strait, which took about two hours and it was a great way of seeing Istanbul from a different perspective!
5. What was your best holiday ever? Why?
All three of my holidays in Colombia have been very special. On the first holiday, I fell in love with the country while visiting my (then) boyfriend after 4 months of a long distance relationship. My first introduction to Colombia was Cartagena, which is such a pretty place with colourful colonial style architecture, I think it’s a must see!
On my second visit, I got married and we had a short honeymoon in San Andres, which was so wonderful! I’m also very happy that I got to show my parents a small part of Colombia.
Last December we went to visit for the holidays and I finally had the chance to explore more areas of the country, so this was my best holiday activity 😊. We visited Medellin and its surroundings, hiked Parque Tayrona and the Valle de Cocora on top of a visit to my in-laws!
6. What is your favourite travel destination?
Unsurprisingly; Colombia! The country is so versatile, there are so many different climates and landscapes, a melting pot of people who are so warm and welcoming and on top of that loads of giant tropical fruits! What’s not to love?
7. What is the one thing one must do there?
Because of the versatility, I think it’s very hard to name one thing you must do in Colombia. I think the country has something for everyone. You can do city trips, hikes, beach bumming, salsa dancing, extreme sports, visit the rainforests and even see whales! There’s even so much I still need to do.
I think if I would name one thing, I would say that you should try to connect with real Colombians somehow. It is their warmth and hospitality that takes this country to the next level for me. Personally, I would still like to do some volunteering in Colombia, to help out the poor communities.
8. Who is your favourite travel companion/s?
My husband for his patience in putting up with my slow hiking and learning to use the manual setting on my camera. My mum for her enthusiasm to explore everything she hasn’t seen yet.
9. Name one item you must have when travelling.
I won’t go anywhere without my camera! I love photography and always try to take some nice shots while on the go 😊 Now that I have recently learned to use the manual settings of my DSLR camera, I love photography even more!
10. Your best travel advice?
Try to enjoy travelling. This sounds strange, but I think that nowadays so many people get stressed out trying to see as much as they can in a short time. On top of that there is social media to keep up with, and the perfect Instagram shot needs to be taken. I think this advice is as much aimed at myself as others, because I can be guilty of this! Memories are always better if you try to just enjoy the experience and let go a bit.
11. The one place you want to visit before you die?
My wish list of destinations is ever growing, but Cuba has been high on the list for over 10 years, so I really should go soon!
12. How can people connect with you?
Blog: Sunny Journeys
Facebook: Sunny Journeys
Instagram: Sunny Journeys
Thank you, Rianne , 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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