This week’s guest post comes from Anny’s Adventures. She explains ‘Ever since I can remember I loved to travel, my parents would take me an my sisters on different holidays every year, mostly driving around Europe at that time, it felt magical! From then on I was hooked, always helping my dad find the next exciting destination to travel to in the school holidays. Not only did I love the adventures travelling brought, I also strived off trying to find the best deal to the most exotic places and producing the most effective itineraries. As well as my passion for travelling my second love was for water skiing, ever since my dad took me to our club when I was younger I was hooked! So it only felt right that I incorporate my passions together, so when I was in my second year of college I worked for 8 weeks as a water ski instructor at Raquette Lake Camp, Raquette Lake, New York, USA. I loved it so much I went back the next summer after I graduated University.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Anny, I am from a small village called Ingworth in Norfolk on the East Coast of England.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I would say I am mostly a full time traveller, I have only spent around 4 months in England since September 2013
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I am primarily a season worker, I have completed 2 six month summer seasons in Greece as a water ski instructor, worked at a summer camp in America, I worked as a nanny in a French snow ski resort and just completed my second season at a water ski school in America. All these trips have allowed me to travel to different places within these countries and they all provided me with accommodation, flights and allowed me to snow ski/ water ski.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
My favourite country without a doubt is Colombia, it is an incredible country unlike any I have visited before, the people are happy, content with their lives, yes there’s a rich poor divide, but the poor live and work on farms, growing their own crops being totally self sustainable. Bogota is a happy lively city with plenty to see and do, Barichara is around 6 hours from Bogota and they call it Colombia’s adventure capital you can go white water rafting, climbing, caving and take part in many other activities. Cartagena and the Caribbean coast are a must visit, white sand beaches and a colonial town with vibrant colour buildings and a year round warm climate.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I wouldn’t say I have a worst place I have visited, every major city has its good and not so good areas, but so far I have travelled anywhere which I would say was completely awful.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Since visiting Colombia I have been inspired to visit more South American countries, Peru and Argentina are defiantly on my bucket list for future travels, I have also always wanted to road trip around Europe stopping in which ever countries I feel like visiting, maybe taking 5 months to do so.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
A camera – You never know when the ultimate photo moment is going to be
A scrapbook of memorable things – Well at the moment it’s mostly memories in an old make up bag but at some point I want to make it into a scrapbook, it’s just a collection of things I have collected from my travels, such as boarding passes, club wristbands, leaflets, business cards and small things like that
A journal – To write down all my travel memories
8. What makes you happy and why?
Travelling makes me happy, I love the feeling of going to a place for the first time and thinking there’s a whole new city and place to explore. Love the excitement of planning activities and where to stay, getting emerged in the culture and meeting new people.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging in November 2015 but didn’t really start writing properly until January 2016, everything’s still pretty new to me but I am enjoying the learning process. I started my blog because I came home from travelling and three of my friends asked me a list of around 10 questions about my trip, how did I afford it, wasn’t I scared etc and I realised there must be lots more other people thinking the same things. I like to help people.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
My blog is unique because I have a large amount of articles on working abroad, inspiration for others to travel, becoming a seasonniare, how to get jobs abroad, working at a summer camp, as well as travel destinations such as Colombia and America
From ESLT – thank you Anny for taking the time to answer our questions. Colombia sounds amazing, it obviously has a very special place in your heart. I love your articles about working abroad. I think it is a thing that a lot of people want to do but don’t know how or where to start, so reading about your experiences will maybe give them the push they need. Welcome to the blogging world and safe travels 🙂