This week’s guest post comes from Absolutely Lucy. She explains that her travel blog is ‘for the wannabe traveler who spends their days in the office daydreaming about crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and vibrant jungle adventures. For the ones who imagine a life of freedom and happiness away from the norm – the ones who aren’t ready to settle down yet but are too scared to make that first move towards their dreams. I’m all about finding ways to travel that will fit in with your life – whether that means taking a year out to backpack across the world, two week summer holidays or a cheeky weekend away. After an 18 month solo backpacking trip, I’m now headed on a summer of festivals, holidays and weekends away with friends – it’s time to try my hand at group travel – I hope you’ll join me on my next adventure!’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
I’m Lucy Ruthnum. I was born and raised on the Norfolk Coast of England and a true country girl at heart. I’m half English and half Mauritian, so travel was already in my blood before I even went anywhere.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I’m a total mixture when it comes to travelling – I’ve just finished an 18 month backpacking trip around Asia and Australia, I’m about to set off on a month-long trip around Europe and while back in the UK I fit in as many weekends away and city breaks as possible to break up working. When I travel I work freelance so I can enjoy dedicating myself 100% to full time travel as this is my favourite way to travel.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
A combination of savings, blogging/freelance writing, and money earned along the way in various jobs ranging from hospitality and sales work to farming and even working as a nanny. I like to keep things interesting and I also like to make sure I spread my money as far as possible by travelling on a budget and working with brands.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
It’s a tie between Thailand and Mauritius – I’m a sucker for a tropical climate and I just love the culture in both countries. Mauritius is a fascinating place to visit and I particularly like it because when I venture over there it is with family who show me the real culture, not what is found in the five star hotels. I get the real street-level culture, food and experience, while getting to spend time with my family – perfect. Thailand is just incredible – I absolutely fell in love with it when I spent three months there last year, it truly stole my heart. It was one of the happiest times of my life – I met incredible people, had the best authentic, local experiences and saw some spectacular things. Plus anywhere I can live in a bikini and spend my days in crystal clear waters is a winner for me.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Without a doubt, Cambodia. I know that it is a beautiful country with a fascinating history and I did appreciate that side of it, but for me, absolutely everything went wrong when I was there. In the space of three weeks I was robbed and nearly attacked, my friend was nearly raped in the back of a tuk tuk just seconds after leaving me, and then the minibus I was in was run off the road by a lorry, nearly killing me. It was a miracle I made it out alive and don’t get me wrong, it ended on a good note in Siem Reap but it was the hardest and scariest travelling I have ever done.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Borneo – I have long since harboured a dream to volunteer with orangutans in the jungles.
Cappadocia – I’ve been to Turkey before, but Cappadocia just looks so incredibly magical that I have to experience it myself, preferably at sunset/sunrise
South America – I’ve generalised but there are too many countries in SA that I’m dying to visit, hopefully planning a trip there in 2017 after my second year in Australia
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
I never leave home without my camera to capture every moment, a good book and my iPod for long journeys. As a blogger I never go anywhere without my camera, and the other two have been lifesavers on many an occasion.
8. What makes you happy and why?
The freedom that comes with travelling, I feel happiest when I can pick up my bags at a moment’s notice and take off to the other side of the world. I love the unpredictability of my life and the crazy characters that come along with it. The most inspiring, creative, intelligent souls I have ever met all crossed my path when on the road and it makes me so happy that I live a life that constantly exposes me to people in their purest form.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
Around three years, but I originally started out as a lifestyle blogger. I started blogging after attending a bloggers party as a journalist, when talking to all these incredible women who had built a career out of blogging they all encouraged me to start a blog. I was so inspired that I did it, then when I started planning my travels it made sense to change it into a travel blog. Within six months I had won highly commended in travel at the UK Blog Awards and now here we are!
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
My blog is unique because I strike a balance between living the traveler lifestyle and partying in every country around the world, while still experiencing the culture and heritage of every country I visit. I place the importance on forging bonds and finding families when you travel – whether locals or fellow travelers – and expressing every emotion along the way. By following Absolutely Lucy, you get insight into every highlight, every struggle, every broken heart, every hilarious story and every epic fail on my travels. I’m a real traveler who figures it all out as she goes whether on a backpacking trip, on a weekend away or a holiday.
From ESLT – thank you Lucy for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂