This week’s guest post comes from Bec, travel blogger behind Right Up My Street. Right Up My Street is a personal website that documents Becky’s lifestyle and all things indulgent. With a passion for all things luxury, whether that be visiting the latest stylish restaurant or cocktail haven, or sharing a recent travel destination, be that a city-break or countryside retreat. Becky has a strong passion for social and digital media and works full-time as a Inbound Marketing Strategist alongside running her travel and lifestyle blog.
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name Becky Armstrong, I’m from West Sussex, just south of London in UK.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
This is a difficult one as its quite hard to categorise what kind of traveller I am, I don’t really think I fit into any particular travel bubble as such. Although, as I hold up a full-time job during the week working for a Digital Marketing Agency as an Inbound Marketing Strategist I’m definitely more of a “part-time traveller” as I’m naturally restricted how much I can travel with my job commitments.
As you can imagine, its very important for me to use my annual leave allowance as strategically as possible and make the most of my weekends, travelling, exploring and seeing the world wherever I can be that in the UK or abroad.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
As I work full-time in a 9-5 job my annual salary is the main funder of my travelling. However I do work with a lot of PRS and brands in the hotel / hospitality space through my blog so do receive a lot of travel opportunities through here.
Also I occasionally write travel articles for an online magazine called ‘Luxury Lifestyle Magazine‘ whereby I review luxury travel destinations in the UK.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
This is a difficult one as there’s a couple, one of the best places I have been recently is probably South Africa because we spent a night under the stars in a treehouse in the middle of the African bush!
Otherwise when visiting Australia we stayed on an island off the north coast called “Hamilton Island” close to the barrier reef, there is not a single car on the island, only golf buggies driven around all day long – it’s a magical place!
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
The worst place.. Was probably when we went to a supposedly “five star” hotel in turkey which was pretty dire.. There was loud music being played all throughout the day by the pool and it was impossible to sit by the pool, mainly due to overcrowding of chavs or generally you would get forced to participate in some sort of drinking game… such a shame as the setting in Marmaris was otherwise pretty beautiful!
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Yes – I imagine everyone must have a bucket list right? My top 3 places would be, the Maldives, Dubai (I’d love to stay in that 7-star hotel on the beach!) and Iceland!
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
1) I always travel with my trusty organic green people suncream (unfortunately I’m allergic to all chemical suncreams)
2) A good book because travelling seems to be the only times when I ever seem to turn the pages
3) Finally my phone / camera so I don’t ever miss a photo opportunity.
8. What makes you happy and why?
I’m at my happiest when I’m exploring new travel destinations with my partner by my side, so we’re either discovering new places, indulging in lots of delicious food or enjoying a cocktail in a remote, picturesque location!
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I have been blogging for about 4 years now. I started up my blog when at university studying for my psychology degree and started toying with the idea of writing and sharing my thoughts online. I was reading lots of blogs and have always kept travel diaries on holiday since I was little!
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I like to think my blog is unique because there are no restrictions, I write about what I like, when I like – there are no rules when it comes to writing and I think that is very much portrayed in my writing!
I take pride in the fact that I write in a very honest and expressive tone and think my visual photography is very sharp and does a good job of setting the scene!
From ESLT – thank you Becky for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂