This week’s guest post comes from Kinga, travel blogger behind Adventure Catcher. She explains ‘I’m a girl from Poland who is seeking an adventure in life and looking for the beauty at every corner of the World. I ventured to leave my career in the corporate finance to travel the World. In 2014, I started my first journey and I went to Australia. That trip totally changed my life. At the beginning, I wanted to travel in order to improve my English, so after two and a half years, here I am with my new updated blog. I decided to run it in English to catch more dreamers in the world! Hope I have enough English skills to express myself and take you into the journey with me!’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Kinga and I come from Poland.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc.?
If someone would have told me few years ago that I will be a travel blogger I would never have believed in that. Discovering the world, and the idea of traveling full time for a living was like an unattainable dream. I left my country to study English in an Australian college. After this course, I had planned to come back and settle down in Poland. However, I never came back on permanent basis and by some miracle, I have been traveling for almost 3 years now, calling myself a full-time traveller.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
When I first began planning to quit my job and leave for Australia, I had nothing more than a car. So, I decided to sell it. Surprisingly, the equivalence of the car was enough to buy a one-way ticket and pay for English course in Australia. While traveling, I found some seasonal work as a waitress and bartender. I rented a small room in Sydney and I shared it with two other people to save enough money to keep traveling. I realized that it takes less money to travel than I thought. I always eat at local places, use apps like Couchsurfing and travel like a traveller, not like a tourist.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
There are so many beautiful places on earth that it’s hard for me to choose one. However, Thailand is a country that stole my heart. I love Thailand for its beautiful people, smiles at every corner and for the energy it gives me. I always mention Thailand with a huge smile on my face because this country never disappoints. This is the place, I could spend the rest of my life.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I think the hardest time I had was at border crossing between Cambodia and Thailand. This is the most dysfunctional border I crossed. It seems like all locals want to rip you off and they actually do. When you come to border by a bus, you have to rent a tuk-tuk or motorbike to take you all the way to the border and of course you have to pay double. Locals want to sell you fake visas and you have to be careful to find the right government building with a guard to acquire one. Ultimately, I paid an additional cost for “service” and for the lack of photo in my application. Lots of unnecessary cost which can hurt a traveller’s economy. Luckily it was the only tough part of my journey. Cambodia is beautiful and worth to visit.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
To be honest, I don’t have a bucket list. Life has always something new to offer. I think that over-planning can lead to tunnel vision and you risk to stop having fun during your journey. The bucket list are places you want to see and that is your priority. I think that being spontaneous and going with the flow makes travel awesome. You shouldn’t stick to any list.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
Go Pro – the last one I used to record my zipling adventure in Monteverde, Costa Rica
E-book – I love reading books and getting inspired by good stories
Souvenirs from my country – I like to have some small gifts for special people I meet on my way
8. What makes you happy and why?
Many things make me happy in life. I love people. When I am surrounded by open-mind and good souls, I am happy.
I am happy when sun is shining and I am out in the nature. Nowadays, people often don’t appreciate small things in life and rush for good job, money and carrier. We all need nature. This is a great therapy to let yourself be surrounded by nature.
I am happy when I see smiles in my family. I love spending time in my hometown. As I am a travel blogger, I spent very little time at home. Since I have chosen to explore the world, I started to appreciate every single moment with my loved ones.
And of course, I am happy on the road. I like the unknown and to feel the adventure. I am Aquarius, I can’t stay too long in one place. Journey within myself, wind blowing through my hair, just a one-way ticket, those are the things that make me feel alive.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
It has been 4 months since I posted my first article in Adventure Catcher. It may sound cliché, but I started blogging to inspire people to travel.
My mission is to encourage and give people the push they need to start traveling and exploring the world. This is one of the best things you can do in life. Many friends of mine say over and over again that they love travelling, but they don’t have enough money to discover new places. I want to show that people don’t have to spend a fortune to have a journey of their life.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
The same as dreamcatchers that filter our bad dreams at night, we can only allow good thoughts to enter our mind. Adventure Catcher shows only the possibilities are everywhere. I believe that you are the only person that can make you happy, no one else can. My goal is to inspire people to travel and discover the world. I believe that the first step is the hardest and I always say to my friends and followers that they should catch their dream and always seek new adventures.
From ESLT – thank you Kinga for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂