This week’s guest post comes from Eppie, a lifestyle and travel blogger living in London. She explains ‘I like to say that I have a healthy addiction to travel! I’ve been lucky enough to explore some amazing places, from the Okavango Delta in Botswana, to the narrow cobbled streets of Venice. I’m always planning my next trip!’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
Hey everyone! My name’s Eppie, I’m originally from a little town in Berkshire called Sandhurst but now live in East London with my boyfriend.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business /
I would define myself as a part time traveller but I also occasionally travel for business and adopt the backpacker lifestyle. I do it all from staying in the bug-infested hostels to the luxury 5 star resorts, and I enjoy every minute of it.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
Working! And saving… a lot. Before I worked full time, I was a freelancer for a year, so would work hard for 6 weeks then travel for a few. However that lifestyle was quite tiring and after a while I needed a bit of structure to my life. I’ve now been working full time for 6 months and am quite lucky to have a job that includes travelling to some pretty amazing places, I just recently stayed at the Four Seasons in Costa Rica! Apart from that I have a ‘travel’ savings account and make the most of those 20-odd days, bank holidays and weekends away – there’s a lot you can see in a couple of days!
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
Does anyone ever have just one favourite place? I can’t choose so I’m cheating and giving you my top three (in no particular order of course).
Canada – particularly British Columbia. The landscapes are like nothing I’ve ever seen and I never stopped feeling speechless whilst standing among the snow-topped mountains and glittering lakes.
Italy – the food, the wine, the language, the art, the scenery, the weather… need I go on?
Africa – yes I’m picking a continent, and so far it’s my favourite (although I get a feeling South America might be competition). I can’t quite sum up the incredible rush I get whilst sitting in a jeep with a wild elephant just metres away. Oh and it contains Cape Town.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Bangkok. It’s dirty and there’s no authenticity. Its full of drunken topless men laughing at ping pong shows and taking pictures with a fried scorpion in their mouth which they then don’t even eat. *Shakes head in disgust*.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Of course, although it changes every time I read a new travel blog or newsletter. Currently sitting at the top is Tanzania and Uganda to see the great migration and hike with gorillas, Iceland to dip in the Blue Lagoon and see the Northern Lights, and Peru to witness the great Machu Pichu.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
Well number one is obviously my ever growing camera collection. I currently take my Canon SLR, Samsung NX3000 and GoPro Hero 4 with accessories and various lens! I also just recently won an Autographer, the world’s first wearable camera – I’m yet to use it properly but it looks brilliant.
Secondly, is a notebook and pen to record all the names of the places that I visit and interesting facts to remember along the way.
Lastly I have a thin long jumper that I take on every trip. It goes with everything and is perfect for those cooler evenings.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Well travelling of course! Seriously I could talk about my adventures, your adventures, the places we all must visit… for hours. Non-stop. The feeling that takes over when I land somewhere new I get from nothing else. It’s an adrenalin rush of butterflies, excitement and desperation to see everything immediately whilst never wanting to leave.
Apart from my healthy addiction to travel? A cosy night in with my man, closed-eyes uninterrupted dancing, elderflower cocktails and humorous animal videos.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I technically started blogging in my final year of university however it was just as a hobby about my everyday life with no social media promotion or structure! After a long break and after being encouraged by some lovely bloggers, I redesigned my blog and launched it at the end of April this year. I was quite nervous at first to really put myself out there however I’ve been overwhelmed by the incredible opportunities and lovely people that I’ve met through my blog, and the positive response it receives. It will always remain my little hub of travel and London ramblings however I would love it to also inspire others to explore parts of the world and our amazing city that they might not otherwise go to.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I guess my unique selling point is that I don’t just talk about the same old thing. When I started blogging everyone told me to be successful you had to pick a niche and stick to it. But I wanted to stay true to myself and talk about a little bit of everything. At first I was worried no one would read it but now I know that people enjoy a good mix of travel and lifestyle, anything from my adventure walking with lions, to my top ten ways to get a good night’s sleep (which has worked for so many people by the way!). I know from experience that reading too many travel stories can leave a feeling of adventure-jealousy so it’s nice to read something that you can enjoy the benefits of straight away.
I’d also like to think people like my blog because I don’t just expect you to read it, I also want to hear your stories and opinions on things. I like to interact with all my readers and followers on social media, because what you have to say is the most important thing!
From ESLT – thank you Eppie for taking the time to answer our questions. I agree with Bangkok being horrendous. It’s one of those places, in my opinion, that once you’ve been – you’ve been. I certainly will never rush back there. And even though you cheated – tut, tut 🙂 what a great list of best place you have been and I’m fully on board with Italy being on that list. I can’t believe you have only relaunched your blog in April, it looks great with loads of lovely posts and information on there. I can’t wait to see what your next adventure will be. Safe Travels.