Travel Q&A

I saw this Q&A on a friend’s travel blog and thought they were fun! I’m headed to Bali on Friday so posts may be a little quiet around here for the next week or two but I know I am going to have loads to write about when I get back! And be warned my Insta is about to be absolutely FLOODED with travel pics, stay tuned!! xx

What are you favourite travel essentials?

I am obsessed with my Fjallraven Kanken Daypack. I am guilty of always carrying a lot of crap around with me wherever I go—but I like to be prepared! It’s the perfect size for everything I need: water bottle, Kindle, Turkish towel, my GoPro and a snack.

Where is the next big destination you are visiting?

Bali, Indonesia, Whitsundays Islands, Great Barrier Reef and Thailand!

What is your essential camera gear you carry on you?

At the moment I keep it pretty simple with just my iPhone and GoPro. I am looking to add a nicer vlog camera to my cam fam though! And I dream of owning a drone but at the moment I am not sure how easy that would be to transport as a backpacker.

If you could give one piece of advice to a fellow traveler, what would it be?

Do your research. Some people don’t like to over research a place because it takes away some of the spontaneity of travel. I am kind of obsessive about making sure I know as much as possible about everywhere I travel. I read the Lonely Planet guides cover to cover for every place I go to. In my opinion, travel is pricey and you usually only have a set amount of time you’re going to be in each place so doing your research can really help you make sure you’re going to have the best possible time. It also helps you avoid wasting time missing out on cool destinations or eating less than great food.

What made you fall in love with traveling?

My first taste of international travel was a trip to Greece and Turkey with my high school photography class. It was an absolute whirlwind tour where we stayed in a different place each night and packed so much into a short week. I loved every second of it. But it was while I studied abroad in London that I gained confidence and in myself to be able to hold my own away from home. London was where I really realized that traveling was something that I had to make a priority in my life.

Is there anything particular you like doing when you visit a new country for the first time?

I have to explore the grocery stores! It’s so random but I love seeing the different brands of biscuits and chips and candies. I love seeing the different prices and the different varieties of fruits and vegetables. You can really find out a lot about the culture of a country by what kinds of things their supermarkets sell or don’t sell. Random little sweets are also usually a cheap souvenir or gift to bring back to someone.

What is the best meal you ever ate while traveling?

The dinner that immediately comes to mind is a Guinness stew Lewis and I had at Temple Bar in Dublin. We were wandering around Temple Bar on our first night in Ireland and it started to drizzle so we ducked into the first place we saw and were ushered into this old basement pub room. The walls were made of stone and a couple guys were playing this awesome Irish music in the corner and it just felt exactly what I pictured Ireland to feel like. The stew was warm and authentic and the whole experience was just amazing.

What is one of your favorite travel memories?

On my first night in Sydney, at the very very start of my year of travel, I stayed at Wake Up Hostel which is this gigantic hostel right in the center of the city that’s super popular with backpackers. I remember being really excited to finally be out in Australia doing My Big Adventure but still kind of unsure and nervous as to if everything was going to work out. But walking around that hostel on the first day and overhearing EVERY SINGLE PERSON’S conversation being about where they had just come from and where they were going next and what incredible experiences they were having just blew my mind. I felt like I had finally tapped into “my people.” Everyone was just as obsessed with seeing the world as I was. It was just this amazing moment where I realized that travel could be a lifestyle and that I wasn’t the only one going totally off the path of normalcy.

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Hi! I'm Katie. I’m happiest when I’m exploring new places, lying on the beach or eating fresh foods (and if that were all to happen at once, I’d be set!).

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