This week’s guest post comes from Izzy from The Next Somewhere. She explains ‘Travel is at the heart of my story. My parents started it all, having immigrated from the United States from the Philippines for a shot at the American Dream. Both my mother and father were explorers in their own right. My mother worked as a Respiratory Therapist in Manila for 3 years before she decided to broaden her horizons and move to Saudi Arabia. My father on the other hand, worked in the airline industry milking all the travel perks for what it was worth. Having two parents who loved to travel opened me up to new experiences and because of that, I saw a good portion of the world before I was even ten-years-old. We now find ourselves in Ho Chi Minh City, I am now a full-time travel writer, working as the editorial and production manager of the Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board, working to relaunch the official Vietnam Tourism website.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
Izzy Pulido, Boston by way of the Philippines
2. What sort of traveller are you?
A cultural traveler. I travel primarily to gain insight about humanity in all its forms. My traveling habits fall on opposite ends of the spectrum: I either go to a destination for a short time (3-5 days) and pack my days with as many things to do as possible OR I decide to move somewhere for a year (I’ve lived in Thailand, South Korea, The Philippines and Vietnam and done 2-4 month stints in Canada and Italy.)
3. How do you fund your travelling?
The hustle. When I was in college, I was juggling a total of 5 jobs to make sure travel happened. I also participated in service trips and fundraised my trips in the name of academia. Then I decided to uproot my life in favor of teaching abroad in Korea so I could sustainably travel. Currently, I’m a full-time travel writer and enjoying the benefits of seeing the world and writing about it for a living.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
No doubt Nepal. If you’ve ever found yourself losing faith in the goodness of people, just buy a ticket to Nepal and 100% guarantee you’ll find your faith restored. On top of it being so visually stunning with mountains everywhere, the Nepali are the most beautiful, kindest spirits I have ever encountered in my life.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
This is a hard question to answer as you never want to be offensive but I just had one terrible experience after another in New Delhi. I refuse to let New Delhi impose on my time in India but those 72 hours in New Delhi were by far some of the hardest hours I’ve ever had to endure in all my travels. Scams, manipulation, and unwanted touching. Misadventures are part of the package but those experiences scarred me and robbed me of so many moments to take in the historical beauty of the city.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
My bucket list right now is like 200 items deep and counting. Above all things: I want to visit all 198 countries in the world. If we’re getting specific here, it would be: 1) Bathe in the Devil’s Pool at Victoria’s Falls; 2) Walk the Camino del Santiago; and 3) Visit all 7 Wonders of the New World – 3 out of 7! The Great Wall is happening next spring!
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
My 11” Macbook Air goes with me everywhere because that blogger life. But also a sarong because you can use that for everything (eg. towel/skirt/blanket) and my Instax camera because print isn’t dead! The polaroids are the best souvenirs!
8. What makes you happy and why?
Good food, good peeps, good times. The trifecta of happiness 😀 And it would be remiss of me not to mention my family and my man. They’re my happiness.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I launched my blog on Sept. 9th of 2015 while I was on the road backpacking but I didn’t start regularly posting until February 2016 so just hit the year mark. I started my blog because I came to a point of realization that I never properly documented my travels in the last 24 years. I was also suffering from some severe social anxiety at the time and thought a creative outlet would be a good way to cope. [IT WORKED.] I’ve tried to blog before… actually this is my third attempt at blogging!
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
Oooooh, well. My blog is unique because it isn’t a traditional blog. It’s more of personal journal that reads like a blog. I think of it as a digital scrapbook because it’s about a traveler’s journey more than “tips” on where to go and what to pack. I write about whatever I want, not based on SEO. Oh, and all the graphics on the website are created by scratch so it’s all very personal. It’s an extension of myself for sure.
From ESLT – thank you Izzy for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂