This week’s guest post comes from Becky from Girl Goes To. She explains ‘I love all things travel, staycations, epic adventures, two week mini adventures and city breaks. I could talk for hours about my travels and future plans. I have helped friends and family put together itineraries for their travels and decided to share my travel experiences with you. My blog is more focused on those who love travel, but also work full time, and have to find ways to fit travel in around their jobs. I think travel is important for the enrichment of an individual and I believe that it can be accessible to all, if approached in different ways. I love exploring the UK, and it is a great option for those short on time or money. The experiences you can gain from exploring the country you are from, can be just as valuable as travelling to far reaching destinations.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Becky and I am from near Chester, England although I am currently living in Manchester.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I would love to be a full time traveller but right now, I work full time as a solicitor so travel is confined to my annual leave allowance, although over the years I have found ways to maximise this with the use of bank holidays etc.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I save most of what I earn so that I can travel. I have quite expensive taste and much prefer luxury accommodation and premium flights! Although I would compromise on this if it meant more money to explore if a place is particularly expensive!
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
The Galapagos Islands! I was lucky enough to spend a few months living there and I just completely fell in love with them. I was based on Santa Cruz island in Puerto Ayora where I taught English at a local school. I was fully accepted into the local community and threw myself into local life. I just think the islands are absolutely mesmerising, stunning and fascinating. I love them so much I actually have a tattoo of a Blue Footed Boobie to remind me of them wherever I go.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Oh this is a hard question! Everywhere I have travelled to I have just felt so lucky and grateful to have had the opportunity to be able to travel there. I would have to say though that the most disappointing place I have been, rather than worst, would be Kawasan Falls in the Philippines. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved the Philippines, they come in close behind the Galapagos actually but Kawasan falls just made me feel a bit sad. I had seen pictures of the stunning falls all over the internet and it just looked like a dream. Milky blue waters and stunningly beautiful waterfall, it just looked so serene but, when you get there, it is the ultimate tourist trap. If you want to sit down or have use of a table you have to pay. If you want a life jacket, a raft, anything at all, you have to pay. The bar area and tables and chairs have taken up every square inch of space in front of the falls that there is no where to just sit and enjoy the natural wonder. It is packed with people, loud and dirty. In front of the camera it is one of the prettiest places on the planet, behind the camera, it is just ugly.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
I have a huge bucket list that is constantly expanding however my top 3 are Japan, South Africa and Australasia (Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific). I am hoping to do Japan next year and I am currently in the process of planning so any tips, please send across!
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
I do not travel anywhere without a notebook or journal so I can capture key facts, experiences and memories. I recently caught Dengue fever and was horrendously ill so any and all bug repellent sprays and devices are a must! Lastly I take my Skyn Iceland eye masks as they are a life saver when it comes to jet lag and tired eyes!!
8. What makes you happy and why?
Travel. I am at my happiest when I am interacting with the local wildlife. I love animals so any where with unique animals is a favourite for me. I have observed orangutans in the wild in Borneo, bottle fed a baby elephant at an elephant sanctuary in Malaysia and gazed into the wide eyes of the Tarsier in the Philippines. I just feel so happy and relaxed when in the presence of animals.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve only been blogging for close to 10 months now, so I am quite the newbie but I have loved every second and I am so glad I took the plunge and started my blog. I could talk for days about travel to anyone and everyone and I was always told to start a blog, probably because those I was talking to over and over again about travel had had enough! I felt quite shy about putting myself out there through my writing but with every post I get more confident and I am just loving sharing my travel experiences with others.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
My blog is basically my personality in words. It is honest, real and full of embarrassing moments and travel fails. I have fallen off boats, spent way to much on a statue at a fake ‘authentic mayan village’ and tried to stroke a police dog at a hotel (which is very frowned upon). Travel is never the perfect Instagram picture every time, but it is those real moments that make for the best stories, and I try to capture them on my blog.
From ESLT – thank you Becky for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂