This week’s guest post comes from Manporium. He explains ‘I’ve always liked the finer things in life. It’s why I was rubbish at camping and school trips. Fortunately, I can now turn this into a strength; coupled with my strong opinions and occasional sharp wit. Bringing you assorted stories, reviews, opinions and product recommendations, Manporium is a different sort of luxury lifestyle blog – it’s aimed at men.’
1.What is your name and where do you come from?
Hello! My name is Nathan, and I live with my wife, Anna, in Oxfordshire, England.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
This is a hard one… I’ve never been one for back-packing (I like my creature comforts too much). I’ve done some travelling with business – China, Italy, Hungary, France, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany to list a few. I’d say largely though Anna and I are food and drink travellers. We love boutique hotels with distinct design, but ultimately are trying to make our way around the world one plate (or bowl) at a time.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
Both Anna and I have day-jobs, she’s a marketing manager for a professional services firm and I plan projects for a large automotive manufacturer. Now that we’ve got married, we should hopefully have quite a bit of extra money to really start exploring!
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why? While on our honeymoon, we visited Richard Branson’s retreat in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, the Kasbah Tamadot. This is, hands down, the best hotel I have ever visited. It just had the whole package – local food, small enough to be intimate and not anonymous, beautiful views, amazing service.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why? I must say, I’ve been quite lucky, and there hasn’t really been anywhere I really regret going… although the Hotel Ibis at Luton Airport is a pretty good contender.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Definitely! Japan is certainly near the top. I love the food and the culture. I’d like to stay in the Ocean Club in the Bahamas – having stayed in other One and Only resorts, I can be fairly sure it would be amazing. Finally (if you’re really restricting me to three!), I’d have to say Las Vegas – though this is part of a wider plan to road-trip the USA West Coast in a convertible Mustang.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
Depends what you count as essential! I can’t ever seem to restrict myself to a single pair of shoes, so there’s always more than one pair in my bag. My iPad is pretty essential – great for taking notes ready for reviews, reading books or watching movies. More recently, I’ve started getting into cigars, so I guess my cigar cutter too!
8. What makes you happy and why?
Great service, and building a rapport with people. I love it if by the end of a stay somewhere I know the staff, we can have a joke and they know what I like and what I don’t. I really don’t like the anonymity of the canned responses you get in massive chains, and tend to find you get better service in smaller boutique places.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I actually only started properly March. We had just returned from our honeymoon, and I needed a way to combat the post-wedding/honeymoon blues. I’ve had a couple of false starts in the past (I used to write about my experiences when I was a cocktail bartender, for one), but this is the first blog that I’ve really set my sights on.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
It had ocurred to me that there are no end of luxury blogs and e-zines out there, but they all seemed to me to be somewhere gender-generic, or often ended up being more female-biased. I decided that I was going to write a more male-focussed luxury blog, without being exclusive, to try and offer something different. Don’t get me wrong though, I’d love to get some of a fairer sex reading it too! Ultimately, I try to bring a fairly witty and conversational style, mixing in some rants, reviews and luxury market trends to keep people on their toes.
From ESLT – thank you Nathan for taking the time to answer our questions. Having never really considered who most lifestyle blogs are aimed at, it seems you have hit the nail on the head and have really pinpointed a gap in the market. Ha, with you on the Ibis front, we stayed at the Ibis Budget London City Airport a couple of years ago when we came back from Australia. We initally passed out, but when we woke at 4.30am we realised it was that dire we left 🙂 Here’s hoping you can put a few ticks on your bucket list in the near future and good luck with your blog.