This week’s guest post comes from Roxana. She explains that she is ‘an adventure loving traveler from Sydney. I worked in the travel industry as a freelance alternative Sydney tour guide for almost two years.’ She adds that she has a passion for fashion and is all about living a healthy lifestyle, she loves to run with her hubster and her dogs and loves cooking good food. She is also a blogger/editor at stylebyasia.com and highstylife.com. Plus, she is also a freelance writer and is always looking for a home for her future articles. If you are looking for guest poster why not get in touch with her?
1.What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Roxana Oliver and I come from the Land Down Under. Sydney is my hometown and I am proud to be its citizen.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I like to call myself a frequent traveller. I aim to pick a new destination each month, even if it’s a short trip. Australia has a lot to offer so when I don’t have a big budget I travel across my own country, but my favourite destinations are in Europe. I love both sides of travel, sometimes I indulge in a fancy hotel, sometimes I go camping or stay at my friends’ places. It depends on a trip. But once I’ve set the groove for that particular trip I tend to incorporate it into all the segments: food, bars, sights…
3. How do you fund your travelling?
Oh, the never ending quest for the amount of money needed for my travel wishes. I always save some from my salary, and so does my husband. Thank heavens we both don’t have fixed working hours, him being an audio producer (might I add a very good one <3) and me being a lifestyle consultant.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
A tough one, as you might expect. I have to divide that into two categories – local and worldwide.
For my favourite local, I have to say I love going to Queensland, where my favourite wellness retreat is. There are quite a few articles I’ve written about what to do in Queensland and here is one of them.
For the global favourite, a I said, I love Europe. There is something in the European culture and architecture that makes me feel like home. My favourites are Dublin, London and Lisbon. If you asked me to choose one I would probably not answer the question :D. All of them are the most amazing cities, all in their own ways.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
The only place I hated was Montenegro. It’s a small Mediterranean country near Serbia and Croatia. The people I felt were lazy, and not very friendly. I stayed at a hotel where everything was overpriced. Terribly overpriced! So I guess that would be my most unpleasant experience. But still – not that terrible you might conclude. Now when I think of it, I always tend to remember the good stuff.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
I really want to go to Russia and Japan. I haven’t been there yet and it’s been a dream of mine ever since. Russia is my husband’s obsession, and he lured me in his fascination with the country. Japan, I feel is like an alien country :). When you think you’ve seen everything – go to Japan. Also my Bucket list includes anywhere in South America. Colombia sounds pretty good to me, doesn’t it?
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
Well, let’s just say I ALWAYS bring my swimsuit, even if I am going to Alaska, you never know :). Also, I have a thing for cosmetics, so I always pack a ton of it! Not so practical I know… You’ll laugh or think I’m weird, but the third thing I always bring with me is my stuffed animal toy called Mister Pigglie, and he is my numero uno pillow for the long rides on the plain :).
8. What makes you happy and why?
Well my hubster obviously! Travel – obviously! No, but seriously, I love the ocean, the smell of fresh roasted coffee in the morning, hanging out with my fabulous friends, and food. Food makes me so happy… 😀
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
Ah, my first article I wrote about a year ago, so you can say I’m not a total pro at this, but I’ve really been busy writing ever since. I dedicate my free time to it and it makes me feel kind of complete. As most of us, I saw writing as an outlet for my thoughts and a way to share my world with other people. I look forward to every article I write and when I click the publish button I feel a rush of excitement.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I run a blog called HighStyLife with a couple of my friends and it’s a lifestyle blog where we report on the latest trends in travel, fashion beauty and celeb related news. It’s so much fun, and you’ll enjoy reading it I’m sure.
From ESLT – thanks for taking the time to answer my questions Roxanne. First please let me say how jealous I am that you live in Sydney. I love Sydney, I visited 18 months ago and fell in love with the place, it has so much to offer – I MUST return one day. Your list of 3 essentials are ace….. but very impractical 🙂 I don’t think you’d last long on a desert island, although you’d look great trying 🙂 And I couldn’t agree more about food making you happy because it certainly makes me happy! Thanks again Rox and Safe Travels!