This week’s guest post comes from Hannah, travel blogger behind Wherever I May Roam. She explains ‘Wherever I May Roam is a blog all about travel and adventure. Ever since living in Canada as a teenager I’ve been searching for amazing experiences wherever I am in the world. So whether I’ve been hiking in the English countryside or lazing on a beach somewhere sunny, you can expect to read all about my experiences on my blog. Wherever I May Roam is one of my favourite songs by Metallica, a band I have been lucky to see at Reading Festival, Download Festival, and Sonisphere Festival. It made sense to use my musical inspiration for a blog that focuses on travel and adventure.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
Hi, I’m Hannah. I’m originally from just outside Cambridge in the UK, but I’ve also lived in Toronto and Manchester. I now live near Oxford, UK and work in London.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I’m a part time traveller. I use all of my annual leave for trips, whether they’re in the UK or further afield. This year I used a good bulk of my holiday allocation to visit Canada and Cuba, and the rest of it is going towards a trip to Iceland in December. It would be great to be able to travel more, but I think I’m pretty lucky to have visited the places I’ve been to already.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I fund all travel myself, aside from when my husband and I went on our honeymoon to the Rocky Mountains; that was from our lovely family and friends who contributed to our fund through Trailfinders.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I think my favourite place was the Upper Banff Hot Springs in the Rocky Mountains. There’s nothing like getting into hot springs first thing in the morning as the mist rises into the cool air, and you’re surrounded by snowy mountains all around. Canoeing on Lake Louise has to be a close second though; when I visited, the snow started to fall gently on the lake. It was magical!
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Most places have something to offer when you scratch the surface, but there are some places I’ve been to where I haven’t discovered the special something just yet. One of those places is Paignton on the Devon coast in the UK. There are just too many tacky seaside attractions for me as I prefer being by the sea when it’s all about the beautiful coastline and fresh air.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
There are places that I definitely want to visit in the near future. Here is my current top three: the Pyrenees mountains (ideally walking the GR10 route from Atlantic to Mediterranean coast), Vancouver and wider British Columbia, and New Zealand for all of the outdoor activities.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
I always travel with an eye mask as it makes it easier to sleep when on the move, a copy of the latest Lonely Planet magazine, and lip balm.
8. What makes you happy and why?
One of the most special things about travelling is when you find somewhere and there is nobody else around. It means you can take it all in without interruption. My husband proposed to me next to a waterfall in the Yorkshire Dales and there was nobody around the whole day; it was our moment to enjoy alone!
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging as I work in the digital marketing industry and have been working with bloggers for a number of years now. Having done a degree in journalism, I figured I should make the most of my skills and love of travel and writing. I also have a blog all about beer and burgers, so it’s fun trying to keep up with two blogs at the same time.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
My blog is my way of recording my own life experiences; I share my experiences based on how I remember them. Essentially I want to bring my audience along on the trip, even if it’s somewhere they haven’t been or haven’t thought about visiting. I hope my enthusiasm and excitement comes through in my writing, especially when I’m talking about Canada.
From ESLT – thank you Hannah for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂