This week’s guest post comes from Kate, travel blogger behind The Adventures of Kate . She explains ‘After gaining my degree in International Relations from Plymouth University, I wanted to become a defence correspondent, but then realised that would probably never happen… Kate Adie I am not, though I can rock body armour and a helmet if need be. My blog is very outdoorsy and I love to travel, so this features heavily. There is also a nautical theme running through, as I adore the sea and all things relating to it. I sail, I teach Sea Cadets and have tried almost every watersport imaginable. I’m also interested in naval history, having been a quarter finalist on Mastermind with a specialist subject of ‘The Life and Career of Horatio Nelson’. I started my blog as something to do around work, but if I’m not at work, I’m usually found by the sea, up a hill or in the gym prepping for my next adventure!’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Kate and I’m from the UK. I’m originally from Somerset but now live on the South Coast, near Southampton.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I’d have to say part time unfortunately, usually in my annual leave from work, though I’m hoping in the next few years to head off for a few months and do some backpacking around Africa.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
Full time work as I also have a mortgage to cover. It gives me less freedom as I only have 4 weeks annual leave, but I manage to pack in adventures where I can, even if only a little closer to home.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I think it would have to be Mt Kilimanjaro. I fell in love with Tanzania and the way of life out there, but climbing one of the seven summits was, quite literally, a life changing experience and I came out of the trip with so much motivation to get outside a lot more and do the things I want to do before I get too old.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere I thought was awful, but I do hate when you go to towns and they’re filled with fake pubs offering English breakfasts. When I’m on holiday I like to be away from England, not see places trying to recreate it abroad!
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
I have a very long bucket list and the top 3 (outside of the impossible ones like Everest) to be completed would be:-
- Kjeragbolten – Norway
- Blue Lagoon and Glaciers – Iceland
- Climbing Lobuche 🙂
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
- My camera – You never know when you’ll see something you want to capture forever!
- A pashmina – Keeps you warm on breezy planes, a headscarf if needed, covers your shoulders,extra layer over a roll mat, good to cover your face if somewhere a little smelly!
- Tea tree oil – A weird one, but it’s antiseptic, great for skin, can be ingested and help stomach ache, gargled to numb a sore throat, helps with insect bites. It is just so so useful!
8. What makes you happy and why?
Experiencing new places and cultures, meeting new people and gaining a new perspective!
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging 2 years in June, and originally started it as a way to keep up my writing for when I eventually study for my Masters, but it’s become something I really enjoy and managing to show people the experiences I’ve had and inspire them to do the same is fantastic!
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
It’s not just travel focused, but also very outdoorsy and focused on getting outside more! I’m also an Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion and so trying to inspire people to get outside and on as many adventures big or small as they can 🙂
From ESLT – thank you Kate for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂