First off, a big thanks to Carmelisse from Here & Air for nominating me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! The nomination caught me in the middle of transitioning back to Australia, but I’m excited to finally sit down and answer her questions. Don’t forget to check out Carmelisse’s blog, too — her photos are gorgeous!
Here’s how this works: once you’ve been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, thank the fellow blogger and pass the award on to up to ten other bloggers along with ten questions. Easy, right? So before getting into my answers, check out these amazing bloggers and the questions I’m sending their way:
1. How did you get into travel blogging?
2. As far as travel writing goes, what are your favorite books?
3. Where do you call home?
4. What’s your favorite vacation spot in your home country?
5. Where was your first international trip?
6. What’s your best packing tip?
7. Favorite thing to splurge on when you’re traveling on a budget?
8. What’s the biggest travel mistake you’ve ever made?
9. If you could visit only three more places for the rest of your life, where would they be?
10. What’s the best travel advice you’ve ever received?
1. What’s one amazing thing you’ve taken away from travel blogging?
Hummingbird Away is still a bit of a baby travel blog, but so far my best takeaway has been engaging with more travel bloggers in the community. After following a lot of travel bloggers for years, it’s been exciting to see the other side!
2. How did you start travel blogging?
When I was living in Thailand as an English teacher last year, I started getting into more and more travel writing projects on the side, from some posts for the company I taught through to writing as a Foreign Correspondent for Pink Pangea. In some ways, that was the push that got this whole project off the ground — in a lot of ways, Hummingbird Away has been a long time coming for me.
3. What is your #1 travel tip of all time?
Quality over quantity. I tend to favor slow travel, and I’m a big advocate of getting to knew fewer places better over trying to see it all. To me, trying to see everything often feels a lot more like checking things off a list than it does really travelling. My favorite travel experiences have almost always come from lingering in certain places.
4. One thing you cannot travel without?
My camera. And you know what? A book, or two. I try to depend on my Kindle, but I just can’t help myself. Books have always been my first love and a couple always find their way into my bag, even when there’s not much room.
5. Best meal you’ve eaten anywhere?
This is such a tough question! I have to give it to Wang Chan, the small town where I taught in Thailand. A little family restaurant across from the bus stop there makes the best tom yum I have ever tasted. I was obsessed. It’s actually kind of ruined me for tom yum anywhere else. It got to the point where I wouldn’t even order it elsewhere in Thailand, let alone outside of the country!
6. A travel blogging mistake you wish you’ve learned sooner?
Since this blog’s still pretty new, none of my mistakes have been too disastrous yet. Leaving my computer at the Melbourne airport was obviously a pretty big mistake, especially since most of the photos and such I needed to work on the blog back home were on it. It was definitely a reminder to double- and triple-check my valuables when I’m traveling.
7. What is the most photogenic place you’ve ever been to?
Another hard question, but since I have to choose: Talay Bua Daeng (Red Lotus Sea) in Thailand’s Udon Thani province. For three months a year, and only during the mornings, thousands and thousands of lotuses are in bloom all across the lake. It was magical, one of my best travel experiences in Thailand hands down. I took an absurd number of photos during our boat ride there.
8. What is your favorite thing to do during your travels?
I’m always trying to be outside exploring nature. Whether it’s beach or mountains, a national park or botanic gardens in a city, that’s where I’m always my happiest traveling. It’s one of the biggest reasons I travel in the first place.
9. If you could only travel one more time, where would it be to?
Patagonia, especially Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park.
10. What is your secret to life?
Work hard, play hard. It’s gotten me this far!
Photo courtesy of the amazing Todd Thomann