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 Justine, a travel blogger based in Bristol, United Kingdom. She blogs at Wanderer of the World. 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 Justine’s travels here,
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m Justine, heading on for the ripe (not old) age of 27. I’m a Content Marketer by trade, but I’m also the Founder and brains behind the Wanderer of the World travel blog. My blog focuses on soft adventure travel, foodie destinations and general travel advice. Basically, I love writing and I love travelling. When not doing either of those things, you can find me reading about travel or baking cakes.
2. What is your earliest travel memory?
When I was 6, we embarked on a road trip from England, through France, Germany and Luxembourg, and on as far as Florence and Venice. Other than remembering getting travel sick along the way, I vaguely remember it pouring with rain in Luxembourg whilst my Dad battled with our tent, and I remember seeing the ‘David’ statue in Florence and admiring the gondolas in Venice. I also remember eating gallons of gelato (or was that last part just a daydream?)
3. Where was your last holiday?
I travelled to Cyprus for a week in June.
4. What was the best thing you did there?
It would have to be the snorkelling we did in the Ayia Napa Sea Caves. I’ve snorkeled in a number of different places, but Cyprus had the clearest water I’ve seen by a long mile. When you combine clear, turquoise water with lots of fishes and sunshine, this makes for an amazing snorkelling experience, which I know I won’t forget about in a hurry.
5. What was your best holiday ever? Why?
Back in September 2016, we travelled to the USA. We spent a few days in Los Angeles, followed by a week in Hawaii and then another few days in San Francisco. The Hawaii leg of the trip was incredible! We spent a few days on O’ahu, followed by The Big Island, and I just loved how different the two islands were. O’ahu was beautiful, but quite commercialized, whereas, The Big Island was Hawaii at its purest. From seeing active volcanoes glow in the dark night sky, to seeing the Milky Way with the naked eye, Hawaii truly captured my heart. It’ll be tough to beat that.
6. What is your favourite travel destination?
For all the reasons mentioned above, definitely Hawaii.
7. What is the one thing one must do there?
Head to Volcano National Park to see active volcanoes at night. Get to the top of Mauna Kea to see the Milky Way and thousands upon thousands of stars (without a telescope). Marvel at the beauty of Byodo-In Temple. Relax. Breathe. Live. Come home zen-like.
8. Who is your favourite travel companion?
My fiancee, Scott. We always travel together. I’m a planner, whereas he prefers to relax and just go with the flow. Together, we find a good balance.
9. Name one item you must have when travelling.
My journal. I always like to jot down notes, quotes and facts as I hear things from around the world. Being able to keep a record of that, ready to come home and tell my readers all about it is an invaluable experience to me.
10. Your best travel advice?
Plan your trip well in advance so that you know where you want to go, what you want to do and how to get around the city and/or country you’re visiting. Then, once you arrive: throw the rule book out of the window, and just go with the flow. I find getting lost is the best way to find hidden gems (you can guess Scott taught me that!)
11. The one place you want to visit before you die?
Without a doubt, this would be Bali. It may sound cliched, but ever since reading Eat Pray Love, Bali has held a lot of intrigue for me.
12. How can people connect with you?
Thank you, Justine , 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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