This week’s guest post comes from Ulpa from Yummy Love Journey. Ulpa explains that ‘travel is good for the soul and that’s why I love it! We are on a yummy love journey, so much to see, so much to experience and most importantly so much to learn. Which is why I believe that travelling is just as much an important part of my children’s education as school’. Ulpa adds ‘I have worked in the travel industry for 20 years and have been fortunate to travel, with and without the children, to many places. Using my knowledge and experience I share places on my blog we have visited, hotels that cater for the children’s needs (and yours) and amazing places to eat at. Most importantly I want to emphasise that travelling is learning. So every journey near, or far, it is an opportunity to learn something new, for the children and for you’.
1.What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Ulpa and I live in London
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I’m a family traveller which means most of my trips are with the family, often a large group of 20 of us do a trip every two years, but I also do trips on my own. I believe it is important to take time out for yourself to remind you of who you are.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I fund my own travelling, but working in the travel industry does help too.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I don’t really have a best place. However for the best beach so far it would have to be Varadero, Cuba. The most amazing beach and the calmest sea that is shallow as far as the eye can see. My motto is not to go back to the same place again as there is a whole world out there to discover. However, there are a couple of places I have been back to a few times and they are Barcelona and Marrakech. Both are easy to get to from London with great weather. Barcelona does have a little bit of everything from the city to the beach and a great destination to take the kids, so I suppose that would be at the top of my list at the moment. Plus, we all love tapas!
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Again there really is no worst place. There is however some awful accommodation I have stayed in. I can’t remember the name of the place but it was pre children and booked as a last minute bucket and spade trip to Menorca! Least to say we only went back to the hotel to sleep even though we had an all inclusive! Menorca itself though was lovely!
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Absolutely! And if I had my way everything would be at number 1! However my top 3 are: 1. To see the Northern Lights from a glass igloo 2. Take my children to India to experience the sights and smells! (although I have been) and 3. The Amalfi Coast, because we so often travel far that there are lots of places in Europe I have yet to see!
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
These 3 things I carry with me no matter where I go: 1. A bag on a roll. I first discovered these on a trip to USA when my youngest was 1. I haven’t been without it for the last 12 years! They are great for everything – rubbish, make great sick bags, dirty clothes and I have even used it to cover my head when I couldn’t find my umbrella (although my husband was gobsmacked!) 2. My lip balm and 3. A hand gel which is perfect for when you can’t find a bathroom before delving into the latest street food.
8. What makes you happy and why?
My children, my husband and family and friends and of course travelling! I am loving every moment with them and enjoying the opportunities coming my way. Although food did just miss out on the top spot!
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve probably been blogging for nearly 20 years as that’s how long I have been in the travel industry! Albeit verbally rather than online! I was constantly asked questions about the best places to go for a great beach, city break, with the kids. It wasn’t until January 2015 that I launched Yummy Love Journey and decided it was time to put it all down in writing to save me repeating the same place 20 times and reach a wider audience.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
Everyone is on a Yummy Love Journey so everyone should read it! Yummy Love Journey is not just a family travel blog, it is focused around learning whilst travelling so I am all about getting everyone to #travelandlearn. Not just for the children but for all adults too. Education I believe does not just happen at school and every opportunity is an opportunity to learn. Experiencing other cultures and way of life enrich you as a person. So everyone should travel. It doesn’t have to be far. I even wrote a post about places on our doorstep for us to experience. London is such a multicultural place so you often don’t have to venture far to learn something new.
From ESLT – thanks for taking the time to answer my questions Ulpa. When something you love, like travelling, is actually your job as well I bet it doesn’t feel like work at all? A friend of mine has just returned from Varadero and said that the beach there is one of the best she has ever seen – I must add it to my list. I also have the same motto of not returning to the same place more than once although New York is calling my name quite loudly at the moment even though I have been before. Your bucket list is amazing, the Northern Lights would be amazing to see and I can personally recommend the Amalfi Coast. We visited earlier this year and it is truly beautiful, even the rubbish weather we had one day didn’t detract from its beauty. I’d also like to add I love your hashtag and I couldn’t agree more!