This week’s guest post comes from Paige at Paige’s Places. Paige describes herself as ‘an Atlantic Canadian student who is an adventure lover, foodie and has a problem with living in one place for more than a couple of months’. She is currently studying in Denmark and using the opportunity to travel around Europe. Paige explains her blog as being ‘where I write about my travels, adventures and everything in between’.
1.What is your name and where do you come from?
Paige Reid and from Nova Scotia, Canada
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
Part-time backpacker? Haha, not sure how to answer this one. I am currently finishing my degree in Denmark and travel as much as possible on the weeks. Usually doing about 2 trips a month, about to go on a 1 month backpacking spree over the Christmas holidays.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
Student loans from my studies
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I love everywhere that I have been so far, I don’t think I could pick a ‘best place’. I love each city and country in their own unique way. I loved Norway for its raw natural beauty, I loved Berlin for its history, I loved Amsterdam for its cheese.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I have been VERY lucky with my travels, and I really can’t say that there is a worst place I’ve been. I definitely have a few preferences over others, but I’m sure my experiences in those places would have been much different had the circumstances been different. For example, some people say that Hamburg was their favourite city in Germany, but when I was there I just thought it was okay. Made the most of out my time, and still had a positive experience, but in hindsight of this trip I would have cut a day from Hamburg and added another day onto Berlin.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
My Bucket List is so long, and I swear the longer I live in Europe the longer in grows! I guess my top 3 European bucket list places would be Paris, Venice and Santorini. All of which I will be lucky enough to go to shortly!
Outside of Europe I am dying to go to Thailand, Vietnam and Australia.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
My cell phone for photos and staying in touch (when there’s wifi, haha), reusable water bottle (where drinking water is safe, I’m in Europe so it’s mostly fine), and hand cream + vaseline I get crazy dry skin and lips
8. What makes you happy and why?
So many things make me happy. Being on the road makes me happy, being in a new city and aimlessly wandering makes me happy. I’m also happy when I’m at home with friends and family, whether that be in Canada or Denmark. You can always take adventures in your own backyard, there is still so much of Canada and Denmark that I have not yet seen. But there is also so much more of this great big world to explore. Whether I am halfway across the world or in my hometown I choose to be happy because I know I am very blessed and am grateful for how far I have already travelled in life. I will always continue to travel, but I know that it is a great privilege!
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging last summer before I left Canada, and I initially started it just as a way for my friends and family to read about what I was up too. But since then I (would like to think anyways) that it has grown into more than that!
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
My blog is unique to my experiences and I have tried to switch my posts from just telling what exactly I have done in place to place to making suggestions for future visitors to those locations. People should read it because they might be offered some insightful tips or perhaps some cheap activities to do. Right now I am a backpacking broke student, so my suggestions air on the side of free or pretty cheap, this may or may not change once I graduate – who knows!
From ESLT – thanks for taking the time to answer my questions Paige. I’m excited to read that you are visiting Santorini soon. We are visiting in May for my birthday so I am very interested in reading your post(s) when you return. It looks so beautiful doesn’t it, I can’t wait to see the sunset there! I’m with you on a phone being something I always carry when travelling, I am constantly hunting for free wi-fi 🙂 I love that a lot of things that you mention on your blog are like you say ‘free or pretty cheap’ which shows that you can travel and see and do things that don’t cost an arm and a leg. I hope you have a fantastic month backpacking over christmas – it sounds amazing. Safe travels!