This week’s guest post comes from The Cosy Traveller. She explains ‘The Cosy Traveller is a UK travel blog focusing on helping you make the most of your annual leave. From weekend trips around Europe to affordable luxury travels further afield, I like to mix up my adventures and keep things interesting. Because what’s the point of working hard if you can’t enjoy your free time?’
Are YOU a Cosy Traveller?
Do you look for any of the following on your travels?:
- Tea (or coffee. I won’t judge. Too much…)
- Snug, quirky hotels with luxurious beds
- Slower forms of travel, including train trips or boat rides
- Beautiful scenery that gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling inside
If you can say ‘YES!’ to any of the above, then you’re officially a Cosy Traveller!
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
I’m Emily and I’m from London, England. Or, if you want to be more specific, I’m actually from the wonderful wilds of Essex.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I’m a part-time traveller, fitting everything around my full-time job as a writer in the City. I try to make the most of my weekends, so even if I can’t get out of the country, I’ll try visiting somewhere new in the UK. But I do like to pack in as much as I can – I’ve been to Oslo and Copenhagen overnight. Great fun, and well worth the tiredness on the Monday morning!
I try work in at least 2 or 3 big trips every year. This could be within or outside Europe usually for a week or so if possible!
In terms of how I travel, I definitely opt for comfort over anything else. But I love quirky, cosy boutique rooms as much as swanky hotels.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
All through my full-time job! I’m lucky enough to earn a little bit of money through blogging (although we’re not talking huge amounts!) which goes back into the costs of running my blog, as well as my travels. I love a good bargain though, so will look to make my money stretch as far as possible!
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
Ahhh, so many places, I can’t choose! Last year I spent a fortnight travelling the West Coast of America, and I absolutely fell in love with Las Vegas. I didn’t expect to, but it was something about the OTT hotels and the 24/7 vibe that got to me! My favourite European cities are Barcelona, Venice and Copenhagen – so much colour and vibrancy. I could go back again and again.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I’ve never ‘hated’ anywhere I’ve visited, but I’d say that Athens didn’t really leave a lasting impression on me. That may have been something to do with the fact there was unseasonably bad weather though…
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Yep, I do! My top 3 places (and experiences!) are:
– Cuddle a koala in Australia
– Go island hopping in paradise in the Caribbean
– See the Northern Lights. Anywhere!
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
I always take my iPad with me, because I can download movies/Amazon Prime TV shows/books onto it. Yorkshire teabags always find themselves into my bag (because I can’t go a day without a good cuppa), as well as some cosy slipper socks. They help make you feel more at home wherever you are!
8. What makes you happy and why?
My two ginger cats, Jim and Ralph. If I could take them on all of my travels, I 100% would. I always miss them when I’m on my travels, and they’re who I look forward to seeing when I get back!
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging since 2012, mainly because I’d had a frantic summer of travels (to Hong Kong, Macau, New York, Germany and Paris) and wanted somewhere to document my experiences. I was also at university, with a view to taking on a journalism diploma once I graduated. I therefore thought it was a great opportunity for me to build up a portfolio and hone my travel writing.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I have the utmost respect for solo female travellers who blog about their adventures all over their globe. They are seriously awesome. But that way of travelling is just not for me. I adore travel, but I’m also passionate about my home comforts, including tea, bed, cats, blankets –my friends tease me that I’m an 80-year-old woman in the body of a 25-year-old! I want to inspire people to see more and do more, all with a handful of what they love!
From ESLT – thank you Emily for taking the time to answer our questions. We have two cats too (Leia and Max) and I’ll be honest I talk about them everyday whilst away, whether it’s a two night European getaway or a month backpacking around Australia so I can understand completely! Well I don’t want to take your friends side but….up until today it was only my nana that I knew of that travelled with her own stash of Yorkshire teabags 🙂 I should really take a leaf out of your book and take some when I travel as I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve had a good cuppa outside of England! I hope you can put some ticks against the places on your bucket list as soon as possible! Safe Travels.