This week’s guest post comes from L from The Wining Hour. L explains about their site ‘if you enjoy reading blogs about all things wine, Italy and/or global travel, you are in the right place! First, I must say that I am by no means an authority on wine – I just LOVE it! My passion for travel and my jetsetting ways have allowed me to experience some great things along the way, namely some wonderful wines and wine regions. As you will notice, I love all things Italian, so I must confess my bias in that regard. Nevertheless, I have favorite wines from all over the world’. You can also find The Wining Hour Boutique on the site which sells EVERYTHING that a wine lover needs.
1.What is your name and where do you come from?
I’m L from New York.
2. What sort of traveler are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I would actually call myself a regular traveler. I’ve been to 30 countries and it never gets old. I travel for 2 consecutive months in the summer and then for another 7 weeks spread out throughout the year.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
My travel is taken care of by means of funds specifically set aside every year for this purpose.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
The best place I’ve seen would have to be beautiful Italy. I travel there regularly and it never fails to mesmerize me every time. There is no place like it. The architecture and the landscape is breathtaking and holds a special place in my heart.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Unfortunately, the worst place I’ve been was Guatemala. I went for both business and pleasure. However, I did not feel safe or comfortable during my time there. I was warned by many people prior to my visit, as well as during my visit of the high crime that prevails in the country. I have traveled to many places that are considered to be high crime areas, both in the Caribbean and in South America. Yet, I have never felt as uncomfortable in a country as I did in Guatemala. I saw beautiful sights, and I ate delicious food, but I felt that I could never really relax there. I apologize in advance if my feelings offend anyone, but the crime in the area is a known fact.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
I do have a Bucket List, and I have been to most of the places on it. I would like to be able to check off Russia, Japan and Finland.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
I always travel with a corkscrew, an umbrella and my ac adapters.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Traveling makes me happy. Period. I am always excited to board a plane to some destination, whether it’s 3 hours away or 22 hours. I love it! I love to meet new people, try new wines and see new, amazing things.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start? While I am not new to travel, I am a newbie at blogging. It has honestly been only a few months. I actually write a lot, but I don’t publish as much as I should. I have much to say, but little time.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it? My blog is unique because my topics are vast. I write about wherever I travel, even though I lean towards Italy. In fact, I occasionally write my blog posts in Italian. I write about wine, wine tastings, wine pairings, wine regions of the world and more. I write, not necessarily to inform or educate, but for my own writing pleasure.
From ESLT – thank you L for taking the time to complete my questions. I too am a massive wine lover although not a connoisseur by any means. I love the fact that you carry a corkscrew with you when travelling. This is something I must add to my own list of essentials as I have been caught without one on numerous occasions. Italy is also one of my favourite countries in the world with Florence being my favourite city so I agree wholeheartedly with you about its architecture and landscapes. I am also jealous that you are fluent in Italy and write some of your posts in Italian. I must stop being lazy and learn a second language myself. Once again, thank you for taking part and I will be checking back on your site to read about your wine recommendations.