This week’s guest post comes from Travel in Technicolour. She explains ‘I started my blog as a result of my personal experiences when researching new destinations. Quite simply – I wanted more – more information, more photos, more detail. I have well and truly been bitten by the travel bug; I eat, sleep and think about travel all day long. I read travel books, I spend hours poring over Instagram pictures and reading blogs. But it’s never enough. When planning my adventures, I was often finding myself with the same problem: that I couldn’t find enough detailed information. Yes, I could find the Top 10 European cities to visit, or the Top Things to do on Malta… but what then? Which area should I stay in? Where are the best local bars and restaurants? What’s the best way to get around? How do I get to the key sights? How much is it all going to cost me? My goal is to provide you with as much detail about a destination as is humanly possible!’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
I’m Hayley, from England but I currently live in the Netherlands with my Dutch husband, Sander. We lived together in England for 3 years prior to that, so now we’re giving Holland a go. Who knows where we’ll end up next!
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
We’re part-time travellers at the moment, making the most of long weekends and bank holidays, but later in the year we’re both taking 3 months off work to explore Asia: Singapore, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
We both work 4 days a week. Sander works for a online retailer and I work for a travel publisher! All the free guidebooks come in very handy 🙂
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
That would have to be Thailand, specifically Koh Lanta and Koh Lipe. Why? Because they’re both paradise islands, with their own character and charm. We’re going back to Koh Lanta in December and hopefully Koh Lipe too… but we also want to check out some different islands and see what they have to offer.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Hat Yai, also in Thailand. We ended up in this really dodgy expat bar, which we later found out was a hangout for a bunch of criminals. They seemed like a friendly bunch at first, but once the drinks were flowing, all the stories started coming out. My husband unwittingly insulted one of said ‘gangsters’ and he threatened him… charming! So we left pretty swiftly after that!!
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Japan has always been at the top of my bucket list and Australia comes in at a close second! Number 3 would have to be New Zealand.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
A travel journal, my iphone 6S and my DSLR camera.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Well that’s an obvious one! Travel! Nothing makes me happier than walking around, taking in the atmosphere of a new place – and taking pictures. It’s my absolute favourite thing to do.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging for around two and a half years. My first blog is about being an expat in the Netherlands and all about those crazy Dutchies! I started it because Dutch people are so curiously weird, in a good way of course! My travel blog is a recent project, which I started earlier this year. I found the name Bitterballenbruid too limiting (because no one outside of NL will know what it means) so Travel in Technicolour was born.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
There are thousands of travel blogs out there… but I’m ALL about detail. My goal is to provide readers with as much detail about a destination as is humanly possible! When I go on a trip, I’ll tell you everything: exactly where we stayed, how much it cost, where we ate and drank, what areas we explored, which we didn’t, the things that were worth doing and seeing and which weren’t, how we got there, whether we’d return and any other details I can possibly think of. Most travel bloggers give you the highlights – I want to give my readers everything in vivid detail.
From ESLT – thank you Hayley for taking the time to answer our questions. Your three month adventure later this year sounds amazing, and I am very jealous. I can’t wait to read all about it especially Vietnam as we are (hopefully) heading there next year. Safe Travels 🙂