This week’s guest post comes from Lucy at The Unlikely Bookworm. She explains that ‘the tale begins many moons ago – way back in 2011 – when my wonderful boss Edwina, director of Amazing PR, suggested I start a book blog. I had tried for the best part of two years to get a job in publishing and after blood, sweat, and many, many tears I found myself working in first fashion, and then beauty PR. While the world of PR suited me perfectly, my heart was still very much with books and after a short amount of deliberation I took heed of Edwina’s advice and The Unlikely Bookworm was born.’ She explains further ‘I have read many, many wonderful books on my blogging journey – some not so great – and some that will stay with me for years to come. One thing’s for sure, my blog has been an incredible journey; one that has opened my eyes to a whole world of literature and further whet my appetite for the many unread books that lie therein.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
Lucy – I’m originally from a small town in Sussex called Horsham but have spent the last five years living in London before relocating to Sydney in September.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I’ve done two round the world trips – while on a gap year and then during university holidays and have since been a part time traveller – going abroad as and when I can to a variety of countries including Montenegro, Croatia, France and, more recently Australia, where I’ve now been living for three months.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I worked full time as a social media manager back in London, and saved as much as I was able to in order to fund trips abroad.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I absolutely adored India – the culture, the kaleidoscope of colours and the stark contrast to England, though I have to say that Sydney is one of my favourite places in the world – though I’m somewhat biased now that I live here!
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I didn’t have a great experience when visiting Hong Kong while backpacking. I was only there for three days but hadn’t fully researched where to stay and ended up in a guest room in a tower block of flats where no-one spoke English and there seemed to be little else to do other than shop.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
I do indeed – New York, a trip on the Orient Express and the New Year’s Day concert in Vienna.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
A book – I’m an avid reader and I can’t think of anything worse that being on a long journey with nothing to read – a business card and a St Christopher’s pendant.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Reading has been my favourite past time for as long as I can remember, meeting new people and visiting new places, sunsets, sunrises and being in the great outdoors.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging for almost four years now – initially my sole focus was on books and I began my blog as a way to record what I was reading, but have since branched out into yoga (I’ve recently qualified as a yoga teacher) and travel – covering my move over to Australia, and what life as an expat in Sydney is like.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
My passion and enthusiasm for books and travel, and my honest accounts of what it’s like to move abroad and find my feed on the other side of the world. I hope that anyone looking for their next great read or for tips on relocating or what to do in Sydney will find something of interest to them.
From ESLT – thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Lucy. I love Sydney and am very jealous that, that is now where you call home. We only spent a week or so there a couple of years ago and the second we left I was itching to get back. Everyone raves about India, Mr ESLT went to Mumbai years and years ago with work and wasn’t overly impressed but like I always say to him – you can’t judge an entire country from one city. I love that you read as much as you do. I always carry my kindle around but hardly ever switch it on – procrastination is my middle name! I’ll certainly be following your blog for book inspiration for when I actually do switch it on 🙂