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 Daisy Li, a travel blogger and solo backpacker. She blogs at Beyond My Border .
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 Daisy Li’s travels here,
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am Daisy, a solo backpacker that travels the world budget style. In the past couple of years, I’ve slept in teepees, bungalows, beach houses, and cave rooms, hosted by lawyers, professors, hippies, bikers and many more. I’ve cracked my head in France, twisted my foot in Hungary and got chikungunya in India. Yet I’ve witnessed hot air balloons in Cappadocia during sunrise, rode a motorcycle up into the Himalayas, slurped fresh oysters by the harbor of Santa Barbara and would not change my experiences for the world.
2. What is your earliest travel memory?
My first experience abroad was at the age of 6. Like many families, mine moved to Canada looking for a better future. Although I don’t remember much about the plane ride, I do remember getting off the gigantic bird and thinking how blue the sky was, and how pale the people were. 😊 I caught the travel bug from that day forward.
3. Where was your last holiday?
I recently came back from a 4-month India trip. I lived in Delhi for the duration of that time and worked at a NGO. While Delhi wasn’t much of a holiday destination, I did have the chance to hang around the Himalayas, which was absolutely breathtaking.
4. What was the best thing you did there?
I biked up the Himalayas with a couchsurfing host. It took me a 9-hour night bus to get to his city, 3 days for us to bike into the mountains and 5 hours of hiking to reach the peak. But we caught the sunrise reflecting off snow-covered mountain tops. It was freezing, but glorious.
5. What was your best holiday ever? Why?
I spent two months in Turkey. While in Cappadocia, I witnessed hot air balloons mid-sunrise by myself in the middle of some rocky hills. As clichéd as it was, I felt the experience was eye-opening. Of course, being the clumsy traveler that I am, I ended up being abandoned by the tour bus and had to hitchhike into the city at 7 am. But it was definitely worth it. In addition to this experience, I also love the Turkish people. They are incredibly friendly and generous.
6. What is your favourite travel destination?
Either Turkey or Italy. They are some of the happiest, most friendly people I’ve met. The countries also differ greatly from one end to another. You can experience an enormous difference in culture and scenery just by waddling to another city.
7. What is the one thing one must do there?
Drinking Turkish tea is one of my favorite activities. That and sunrise. Combine both, find a secluded area and enjoy the beauty of nature.
8. Who is your favourite travel companion/s?
I’ve traveled with friends and family but to be honest, my favorite travel companions are strangers I meet on the road. It might be a common traveler’s syndrome, but I love to meet people and hear their stories, understand their perspective and experience the unknown.
9. Name one item you must have when travelling.
10. Your best travel advice?
11. The one place you want to visit before you die?
Anywhere in the Middle East. I love its culture and am intrigued by its history.
12. How can people connect with you?
My website focusing on budget experiences, advice and quirky travel tales: Beyond My Border
Thank you, Daisy Li , 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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