This week’s guest post comes Travelangelista. She explains ‘I’ve always loved travel and was extremely fortunate to get to explore a lot growing up. It was when I started earning my own money that the travel bug really kicked in though… and now, years on, it’s stronger than ever and now the worst question anyone could ever ask me is “Where would you most like to visit?” Spoiler: the answer is “everywhere.” I might not be a fully fledged sell-all my-stuff-and-live-out-of-a-backpack-round-the-world kind girl, but I certainly manage to squeeze in a hell of a lot for a part-timer. Anyway, I’m on a mission to cover as much land as I can, learning as much about the cultures and people of those places.’
1.What is your name and where do you come from?
I’m Nicole, otherwise known as Travelangelista. I come from the United Kingdom – although ‘where I come from’ is a question I have always found hard to answer. We moved around every couple of years when I was a kid, so I’ve lived everywhere from the Shetland Islands, to the Lake District and now Yorkshire.
Of all those places I’d definitely call Yorkshire home though, I love it here.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I’m a part time traveller. I hold down a full-time job as a Website Editor and blogger and in my spare time I try to fit in weekends of travel, as well as using up all my annual leave on trips away. I’d love to be a full-time traveller, but I also have a great life and job back home that I’m not quite ready to give up.
When I am away I’m definitely somewhere between backpacker and budget. I priorotise spending money on experiences over my bed or extra luggage allowance, and I’m not afraid to take on a hostel.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I save a lot!
Every month when my wage comes in I move 35% of it across to a savings account and don’t touch it. If I get tempted to spend it I just start checking out travel blogs and looking at all the trips I could take if I don’t buy that dress I won’t wear, or that new phone I don’t need because the one I’ve got is fine.
I’m pretty lucky that I live in Yorkshire where rent and the cost of living is cheap, so that definitely helps too! I was also lucky to score a few press trips when I used to work with a national news agency a couple of years ago, although I think that might have been what ignited the travel bug in me!
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
For me, it’s hands down New York so far. It’s not really that culturally different to London, but there’s still something special and different about it. I went back one month after the other because I loved it so much, and if I didn’t have the rest of the world left to explore still, I would go back in a heartbeat.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I feel bad picking worst places because it’s very subjective and I’ll probably choose somewhere other people love. However, I probably wouldn’t go back to Agadir. I had a great time in the Atlas Mountains and in Marrakesh, so it shouldn’t put you off exploring Morocco, but Agadir was just another man-made tourist resort (similarly to Sharm El Sheik).
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Yes, of course! Japan, New Zealand and Iceland are way up there. I’m visiting Iceland in March to tick that one off – along with trying to see the Northern Lights which is also on my bucket list.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
I always travel with my mp3 player (still haven’t got an iPod!). I’m a huge fan of music and I love wandering around with my headphones in like I have some sort of soundtrack to my life. I still listen to the same music I did when I was 15 though, but I currently love Panic at the Disco’s new stuff, and Jack Garratt.
I also always bring my camera, so I can bring the memories back with me. And lastly, compeed! I do a tonne of walking on holiday and always seem to get blisters if I don’t bring compeed with me!
8. What makes you happy and why?
Lots of things make me happy. Funnily enough being at home AND being away make me happy. Win win! Planning my trips makes me really happy though (almost as happy as going on the trip) and that last hour at work before you’re off for your holidays is always a pleasure!
Aside from travel, reading other travel websites and looking back at my photos makes me happy, and let’s not forget my friends, family and boyfriend.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I only started at the end of 2014! I’d tried blogging a few times previously, but not about travel. In hindsight it seems really stupid that I would blog about anything else, but straight from Uni I had no money or means to travel and overdrafts to pay off – so it wasn’t like I had material.
Now I’m travel blogging I’m much better at keeping up with the blog and it’s definitely getting better and helping me improve as a blogger/writer and pushing me to travel and see more. To give up time to work on something for no money everyday requires passion, so that’s why it’s so easy to keep travel blogging for me.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I’m an avid budgeter and part-time traveller, so my blog is really useful for anyone with limited time and money. I’d like to think I’m very honest too.
The internet is saturated with blogs so it’s hard to be unique, but I don’t think you could ever have too many travel blogs… I could spend hours looking at photos of faraway places and researching my next destination.
From ESLT – thanks for taking the time to answer my questions Nicole. I’m so pleased you said you love Yorkshire, as a Yorkshire lass myself I’m very proud of our little corner of the world 🙂 We too are like you squeezing a much travel into our allotted annual leave and weekends as no matter how much we talk about being full time travellers I simply don’t think we could give it all up and do it. I love your picture from New York, you look genuinely happy, but then again it is an amazing place, whats not to be happy about! Mr ESLT loves Jack Garrett too after seeing him support Mumford & Sons late last year 🙂 Have fun on your trips and we’ll travel along with you through your posts! Safe Travels.