This week’s guest post comes from Journeys With Jessica – Memoirs of a keen travel blogger! She explains that her blog gives an informal yet detailed and personal insight in to her latest adventures throughout the year. Check out her blog for great articles regarding things to do in and around England together with other fantastic European cities. As an avid user of social media – don’t forget to follow/like her and join her on her journeys.
1.What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Jessica Buck (Jess, Jessi or J for short – I get called everything!) and I was born in Oxford, England and have lived in the county ever since.
2.What sort of traveller are you? Full time/part time/ business/ backpacker etc?
I like to think of myself as a part time traveller as I am always planning my next adventure and fit in as many trips as and when I can. I work full time so unfortunately my job only allows me to have so many days leave and I’m in the office every other Saturday so weekend trips are often limited! I’m planning to quit and move abroad next summer though, just need to figure out my life plan first!
3. How do you fund your travelling?
As mentioned above, I work full time so my salary covers the cost of my travels. I’m also saving for a house so am trying not to dip into this fund but sometimes my wanderlust gets the better of me! I’m generally good with money though and try to get the best deals I can when booking trips and stick to my budget well.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
Ah there are too many places to choose from! I’m lucky enough to have been on some fantastic family holidays, day trips and city breaks so this is a hard one! If I had to pick my absolutely favourite though it would be the magical world of Disneyland Paris – I know that doesn’t sound like an overly adventurous or exotic destination, but it really is my favourite place in the whole world! I have so many memories from visiting as a child, and I’m probably the biggest Disney fan you will ever meet (no, really I am!) so for me it’s a dream come true to just be there and soak up the Disney atmosphere. I’m hoping to return next year for the first time since 2013 so by then hopefully my withdrawal symptoms will have disappeared!
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Again, a tricky question as I always try to pick good places to go to so have rarely been disappointed on my travels! I think I’d have to go back a few years to when I was a baby faced (ok, that’s still an accurate description of myself even nowadays) 8 year old child and we stayed in a horrific run down B&B in York which was hugely disappointing as I love the city! We were told that the family room was in the main part of the hotel but, when we arrived, we were shoved in an annex at the back of the plot which was drafty, cold, had loud rattling pipes and was far from clean! We had booked for two nights but only ended up staying one and even that too much to bear so we quickly cancelled our second night and returned home! It was a real shame as we love York and had a great time exploring, but our accommodation was just so disgusting we couldn’t stay any longer! I’ve visited York 3 times since though and can never tire of the place.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the top 3 places on it?
My bucket list is expanding day by day, there are so many places not just globally but also closer to home in and around Europe and the UK that I am dying to visit in the near future! I’ve never been to Scotland or Ireland, and there’s so much of Europe that I haven’t discovered yet so these are definitely on my hit list and are achievable for me as it won’t cost the earth to travel to and from each site! I think my top three would have to be: Rome – I would love to experience the culture and history the city has to offer as well as see all the famous landmarks, Croatia – a relatively new holiday destination and somewhere which I think would be a great place to explore, and Cancun – somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit and I think it would be absolute paradise!
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials-food/water etc) do you always travel with?
It goes without saying that I always take my mobile and purse with me as these items are just as essential as food and water! But I always take my camera with me for those all-important photo opportunities so I can create memories that last forever (sounds cheesy, right!?) but I’m obsessed with taking photos! On a seven day trip to Paphos, Cyprus a couple of years back I took over 1400 images on my camera told you I was obsessed!!! I also always take a tourist map with me if I am exploring a new city, just so I can get my bearings and figure out where I started compared to where I ended up – I always like reflecting on how far I’ve walked when I’m out and about! My final travel essential is ginger nut biscuits as I suffer a lot with travel sickness and these are my saving grace – they instantly make my stomach better!
8. What makes you happy and why?
That’s easy: my friends and family, I love to see them happy and that in turn makes me happy. I have the best friends and family I could ever ask for, and that’s all I need in my life to be happy – anything else is just a bonus! Oh and watching Disney movies when I’m down is the best pick me up – that’s a failsafe in making me smile!
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging in May 2014, so around 18 months ago now. I wanted to create a blog to document my travels, but I got more and more into it with each post, addition of social media channels and the friendships of fellow travel bloggers that it’s now something I run full time. I guess the real reason I started the blog was that I needed a hobby or something to put my energy in to after I split with my long term partner. It affected me massively and for months I had no desire, ambition or plans but I wanted to prove that I could still go out and do things by myself without having to rely on a guy, so my blog was created and I’ve not looked back since! I am extremely proud of the way my blog has grown and it has continued to grow month on month since it was first launched, with an increase in my followers across all social media channels and I’m now writing for online magazine The Culture Trip as a regular contributor which is amazing! My ambition is to become a travel writer and freelance full time, but I know that my blog has to grow serious amounts before there is even the possibility that could happen- I’m a dreamer though and a strong believer that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it!
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
My blog isn’t just about me and my travels, I really engage with my readers and like to know if they’ve had any wacky travel experiences, whether they are similar to my own or not, it doesn’t make a difference as I love to hear all about travel. I also interact with lots of fellow travel bloggers via Facebook groups and Twitter chats so my posts often include reference to them and I credit photos from fellow bloggers just to reach out to more readers and ensure that I’m not just talking about myself all the time! If you like pretty pictures, wanderlust lists and seeing what I get up to on my travels then please do read my blog and follow my social media channels for all my latest news!
From ESLT – Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions Jess. I am completely with you on being a Disney fan. I love it so much my husband even took me to Disneyland Paris for my 30th birthday a couple of years ago. Bless him it’s not really his thing but put up with me running around like a big kid whilst we were there 🙂 I notice that Croatia is on your Bucket List – I would love to visit myself and have been eyeing it up for a trip next year. I’m glad that one bad experience didn’t put you off York, it is a beautiful city. I only live 40 minutes away and visit quite often. It reminds me of Chester and Canterbury if you have ever been to either of those cities? I look forward to reading your future posts about your future trips! Safe travels!