This week’s guest post comes from Laura, travel blogger behind Bunks and Beaches. She explains ‘ I have visited places on holiday, through school, university and when I backpacked around the world in 2013. Now back on home soil I decided to give this blog a go to share my experiences and perhaps offer someone out there some advice or even better some travel inspiration. I am currently a Londoner and enjoying the delights the capital has to offer, so expect a few more UK based posts, whilst I plan my next adventure, so come along and share the journey with me.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
Hey I am Laura and I am from the UK. I grew up in the home counties, studied in Sheffield, lived in the beautiful Cotswolds and I am now a Londoner!
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
At the moment I am totally a part time traveller- with a little bit of business thrown in. I have done my backpacker stint but that was a few years ago now sadly.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
As Rihanna said werk werk werk werk werk. I pretty much spend most of my disposable income on travel. When I was saving to go backpacking it was a case of two jobs, all hours of the day, 7 days a week to get those pennies in the bank.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
For anyone that travels this probably the hardest question to answer! Honestly I have such a long list of all the places I have loved, picking the best is almost impossible. I shall be broad though and pick a country- Bolivia. For me this really felt like we were backpacking and off the beaten track. We met few westerners, had to gesture to attempt to book local buses as we spoke all of five words in Spanish, the people were brilliant, the food slightly unusual and the scenery well I could have been on the moon. The trip to the Salt Flats was unforgettable for so many reasons (good and bad) from our crazy driver, to failing to sleep in a hostel made of salt when temperatures plummeted, the flamingos, the volcanoes, the getting stopped by armed guards in balaclava’s. It was a totally bonkers 3 days!
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
This is actually an easier one to answer, and I am sure many will totally disagree but Bucharest was the worst place I think I have visited. There was little culture to take in, and I have never been made to feel so unwelcome. Then add in the fact it rained pretty much the entire time, and it wasn’t as cheap as thought it made for an uninspiring weekend. Saying that the food was delish- all.the.meat.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Absolutely! Japan, PNG and Antarctica I think are my top, but man it is a long old list.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
A blow up travel pillow- it folds away and means I can sleep anywhere (well I don’t need too much help there!). Company, despite all my travels I have never done it alone as I really love sharing experiences with friends and family. And if I am backpacking a sleeping bag liner- keeps you warm on night buses and guarantees you clean sheets in those slightly grimy hostels.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Travel- duh !! I just love exploring new places it doesn’t even have to be abroad but that is a bonus. I like meeting new people, trying new foods, getting out of my comfort zone and to go totally cliche exploring the crazy world we all live in.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I actually had to check this as I couldn’t remember, scarily though it was three years ago when I returned from backpacking ! I had a major case of the traveller blues so the blog helped re-live all the stories.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I guess it’s unique as it is just stories and photos from all my travels- no one else on this planet will have experienced exactly what I have! So anyone reading it should discover something new even if they have already visited themselves.
From ESLT – thank you Laura for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂