Interviews (Guest Posts)

Guest Interview – Victoria from Away We Roam

Victoria from Away We Roam

This week’s guest post comes from Victoria from Away We Roam who are ‘Victoria and Simon, not your average two peas in a pod type couple. Having worked the 9-5 shit shift since graduating college, we are bidding farewell to our corporate jobs in exchange for a round the world tour. In search of food, culture, sights, and ourselves, we hope to open our mind and hearts to the world beyond’. They encourage you to ‘come along, pack your bags, and ride on this fantastic voyage with us! Just don’t slip and slide cause we don’t have international health insurance.’ Check out their blog with some great posts from China. Japan and South Korea. I especially love the pictures of the pandas 🙂

1.What is your name and where do you come from?

My name is Victoria, and I am from the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California. I was born and raised in the grand city of Oakland.

2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?

I used to be a part time traveller. Like most working adults, I would save all my vacation hours so that I could take a two week vacation internationally. I usually aimed to do this yearly, but it didn’t always happen because of work conflicts (damn the man!).

However, five months ago my boyfriend and I quit our jobs to become full time travelers. It was something I had always dreamed of but never had the courage to do so until I realized there was no better time to do it than now.

I suppose I would consider myself a mature backpacker. I can no longer be lumped into the backpacker age group of young twenty-somethings, but I do travel light with just a backpack and am on a tight budget.

3. How do you fund your travelling?

It’s funded through my hard earned savings from years of slaving away at a corporate job.

4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?

This might be impossible to answer. Every place has their own charm, and not all cities are created equal, so it’s very difficult to pit them against each other. But….just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean I don’t have a few favorites!

1) Paris, France – I know it sounds trite to name the city of lights as one of my favorite places, but there’s a reason why it remains one of the most visited places in the world. I really like how all the arrondissements have their own distinct character. This diverse flair kind of reminds me of home a bit – where else can you get stellar macaroons as well as a decent bowl of Vietnamese pho? I guess I wasn’t expecting this and was pleasantly surprised. The efficient metro system makes it easy to visit every corner of the city, which is a big plus in my book.

2) Taiwan – I only spent four days in the capital city of Taipei, and I didn’t expect to be wowed, but I was. The people are so friendly, there’s plenty of natural wonder to explore, and most of all, the food is delicious! I want to go back to see the rest of the island.

3) Florence, Italy – it’s such an amazing walkable city, and was my favorite city in all of Italy. I could wander through the streets all day without feeling like a tourist.

4) Japan – everything is so efficient and modern, yet traditional and slow paced at the same time. You can really taste the quality of the food there, even down to the packaged snacks at the convenience stores. Needless to say, I enjoyed eating there just as much as I enjoyed sightseeing.

5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?

There is no such thing as a worst place for me – I’ve never regretted going to any of the places I have been. A chance to visit some place new is always a treat and I try not to take it for granted.

6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?

My bucket list tends to continually grow bigger as I discover more amazing places I should see in the world. However, right now my top three places would be (in no particular order):

Patagonia, Chile

Petra, Jordan

Istanbul, Turkey (*Note from ESLT – this has now been ticket off the bucket list!)

7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?

travel neck pillow – for comfortable naps on the plane/train/bus

ear plugs – for sleeping in hostels with noisy roommates

wide brimmed hat – a must for summertime travel

8. What makes you happy and why?

Happiness is being inspired by the beauty around me. Whether its stunning neoclassical architecture, a still lake in the woods, or an elderly couple holding hands at the park, I am happiest witnessing these moments that make me smile. It is usually at these unexpected moments that I experience a creative burst of energy that inspires me to write a blog post or an entry in my journal.

9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?

I started a style blog in 2012 (chicvic.com) as an assignment for a night class I was attending. I enjoyed having the creative outlet so much that I continued it, though it’s sort of in limbo right now. It’s hard to stay in style and travel at the same time!

When I decided to take this big trip around the world, it was only natural that I start a travel blog (awayweroam.com). My boyfriend periodically contributes a few posts to AwayWeRoam, but I am generally the voice and content director of the blog.

10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?

My blog is unique in that I provide a personal perspective on the places I’ve been versus providing facts and tips for travel (readers can consult Lonely Planet or TripAdvisor for that!). I’m not an expert on travel and I don’t pretend to know everything there is about a city or place.

Instead, I try to paint a picture with words that hopefully appeals to the senses and emotions of readers – how a place made me feel, what I saw, tasted, touched, etc. And if they don’t get it, they can also refer to the many photos I post as well. =)

From ESLT – thank you Victoria  for taking the time to complete my questions. Kudos for sticking the middle finger up to the man. It always surprises me how very few holiday hours/days Americans are given and I find I have to remind myself how lucky I am to get the amount I do. I am so pleased to see Florence on your list of favourite places, I am totally with you about that city. It is my favourite place in the world. I hope you and Simon have the best time travelling and seeing and experiencing everything you want on your adventure together. Just to add San Fransisco is somewhere Mr ESLT and I WILL be travelling at some point, hopefully not in the to distant future so I will be in contact for tips and advice of what to see and do. Until then though I will be following your journey….. also may I take this opportunity to let you know that I love chicvic too – The quest to look chic on the cheap.

You can also find Victoria from Away We Roam on Instagram and Twitter

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