This week’s guest post comes from Julie at Healthy Around The World. Julie states ‘I always knew that what I wanted to do in life was traveling, discovering cultures and tasting the flavors of the world. When I turned 19, I went to live in Canada by myself for a few months, or should I say for the winter months!… It was freezing but great and it warmed me up for my future life of travels. At age 20, I went to study and then live in Mexico. Two years and a big cultural shock later, I came back and graduated in France. Three months later, I realized I had nothing to do in France and my lack in English had become quite important after two years constantly speaking in Spanish.’ Julie moved to England for 3 years but has since packed her backpack and hit the road, check out her blog for information about where she is and whats she is doing.
1.What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Julie Lavie and I was born and raised in a village lost in the vineyards near Bordeaux, in the South West of France.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I was an expat in three different countries for the past six years, going travelling as often as I could. I am now a full time traveler, currently backpacking in Asia, writing about healthy food.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I work and save money.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I fell in love with Northern Scotland, the scenery and the colors are mind-blowing there, between huge lakes, mountains and sea, I never get tired of it and this despite the very cliché British weather going on! You can drive for hours without barely seeing anyone, it is peaceful, wild, authentic and pure. And I adore Edinburgh! It is a beautiful city with a really cool vibe and extremely friendly Scottish people! If I don’t settle in New Zealand next, I think Scotland will be the winner!
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Wow that is a difficult question! I don’t really have places I have disliked. Nevertheless, I think I would say Mexico. Indeed, after living there for two years, I can tell that it is an extremely complicated country to live in. I am not saying that the whole country is a bad place – some parts are wonderful and the majority of people you meet are lovely but the actual situation regarding the narcotrafficing and the corruption makes it really difficult to fully enjoy this country.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
- New Zealand: since I was a kid I always said to my parents “When I will be older, I will go and live in new Zealand!” I am going there in March 2106, let’s see if I like it!..
- Italy: I need to go explore this beautiful country and most important, eat real Italian food and get to know all the flavours.
- Canada: I already know the French speaking part of it as I lived there but I would love to travel through the rest of the country, simply because I am a lake and mountain lover.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
- My sunscreen! The skin of my face is so sensitive, I have to protect it all the time! Plus, sun ages your skin badly so skip it or put sunscreen on!
- My eye mask, essential for me to sleep!
- My travel safe, to keep my valuables safe as losing my computer, for example, could really ruin my trip…
8. What makes you happy and why?
Leading a healthy lifestyle is what makes me happy. Exercising, eating well, nourishing my mind and body, is what make me feel strong and confident. Travelling makes me feel free, wise and peaceful. Here are the two things that makes me happy in life: being healthy and travelling, and I try to combine them as much as I can.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging for only 3 months now. I started blogging when I started travelling full-time. I wanted to speak about my healthy lifestyle and my travels and how I manage to combine them and talking about how to make healthy food choices around the world.
I also started my blog, because after I got severely injured at the gym this year, the doctors forced me to stay seated for two months. I was not able to do anything and in order not to turn crazy I put all my free-time available into creating a blog!
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I think my blog is unique as it encourages people to lead a healthier lifestyle and look after themselves by nourishing their body the right way. My blog teaches people how to stay healthy while travelling the world. I write about the healthy meals, street food dishes and snacks I try all over the world and share my culinary stories with the world.
Not only my blog talks about food but it also deals with society topics (e.g. the pressure society puts on people’s physical appearance, how is it to live as a non-drinker etc.)
From ESLT – thank you Julie for taking the time to answer our questions. I for one (and I’m sure many others) seem to always let bad habits slip in when I’m travelling so reading how you are dedicated to travelling healthy is very refreshing. I love that Italy is on your Bucket List, it is my favourite country in the world. We have visited 7 times and never get tired of it…..and the food…..oh my gosh the food YUM! 🙂 I hope you are enjoying your travels and I cannot wait to find out if and where you put down roots next time.