This week’s guest post comes from Yoko Meshi. My love of travel started from a young age with family holidays across Europe and to America, but my travel bug was fully ignited after my first visit to Asia. Since then I use my annual leave and weekends to explore all over the world and immerse myself in new cultures.I am initially not the bravest of girls but since the start of 2016 I made a promise to not let fear make my decisions for me. Scuba diving to zip-lining through the Thai jungle, I do not want to miss out on anything I may not have the opportunity to do again. On Yoko Meshi you can expect adventure travel with a wild side. Adrenaline rushes, always responsible animal experiences, festivals and a bit of food for good measure. Never stop exploring.
Yoko Meshi: This is how the Japanese define the peculiar stress induced by speaking a foreign language.
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My Name is Sam and I have spent my whole life so far living in London, England
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business /
I am currently an annual leave and weekend traveller but I have ambitions of starting my own business so I can spend more time travelling or working with animal rehabilitation abroad.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I fund my travelling by working as a full time as a Veterinary Nurse meaning I get to spend every working day with some pretty incredible little creatures.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
As an animal lover my favourite place has to be the Kruger National Park in Africa, it surpassed everything I ever imagined, nothing can beat the feeling of seeing Elephants, Hippos, Cheetah and all the wildlife roaming freely. Aside from this San Francisco owns a very big place in my heart, it is the only city apart from London where I could actually see myself happily living.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I hate to say worst, but I was extremely disappointed by Hong Kong. I feel I maybe built up my expectations too much so I ended up being let down, it was also the first place I visited in Asia so perhaps it was too much of a culture shock? I would love to visit again one day to see it again with more experience of asian cultures. Having said that I fell in love with Lantau Island and I recommend that every one visits there when they go to Hong Kong.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
+ Australia mainly for Byron Bay and to Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef.
+ Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro
+ Japan, I have dreamed of visiting Tokyo since forever
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you
always travel with?
My GoPro, a notebook and my boyfriend 🙂
8. What makes you happy and why?
Fearing something but doing it anyway. I am a complete scaredy cat but since the start of 2016 I made a promise to not let fear make my decisions for me. I do not want to miss out on anything I may not have the opportunity to do again, I have no idea where this new way of thinking will take me, but I have a feeling it may start with a sky dive.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I have been blogging since October 2015, so still a baby blogger! I blog because I love talking about travel and sharing my photos; I love hearing people saying ‘because of you I want to travel here/do this’. I was initially inspired by bloggers such as Mollie Bylett and Vicky’s flip-flops.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
My blog focuses often on responsible animal experiences and volunteering opportunities around the world, which I think is quite unique!? So it is a must for any animal lovers but also it’s generally for anyone that loves an adrenaline rush and conquering fears in the name of a good time!
From ESLT – thank you Sam for taking the time to answer our questions. I can only imagine how fantastic Kruger is and it is certainly high on our list. I imagine as a Veterinary Nurse it was even more special for you? I loved Lantau too, such a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and how cool is the Big Buddha 🙂 Looking forward to reading about your upcoming adventures especially if you decide to take the plunge and do a sky dive (you’re braver then me!!!) Safe Travels!