This week’s guest post comes from Steve, travel blogger behind Biggsy Travels. He explains ‘I try to only write about ‘unique experiences’. Ones that nobody has written about before, or better still experiences that nobody has ever had before! They’re also written by a 41 year old man with a house and a full-time job and not by a fresh-faced 23 year old backpacker’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Steve Biggs. I grew up in Hertfordshire in the UK and now live in one of its beautiful little market towns called Hitchin.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I’m very much a part-time traveller as I have a full time 9-5 job and a mortgage to pay. This gives me “just” 25 days holiday a year, although here in the UK we also get 9 annual public Bank Holidays plus of course the 52 weekends so there are plenty of opportunities to do many smaller trips.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
100% from the full time job. My travel blog doesn’t [yet] provide any income so all my travelling funds come directly from my annual salary.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
It would have to be New Zealand and in particular the South Island. It’s got glorious roads with nobody on them plus ‘Lord of the Rings’ scenery around every corner. You only have to go a short distance out of town to be immersed in its incredible wilderness. Travelling for 4 weeks with 3 Swedish girls in a motorhome who I’d met in Vietnam a few months earlier certainly made the trip more memorable.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I haven’t yet been to a “bad” destination, or not that I can remember anyway. A travelling mind-set helps you to see the positive in all locations. Maybe I’ve just been lucky? However there are places I would decide not to go in the first place based on things such as their human rights laws.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
I feel fortunate to have already ticked a lot off the list (whale watching, bungy jumping, skydiving, running a marathon) but there’s still visiting the Galápagos Islands, witnessing Iceland’s Northern Lights and taking the train across the Canadian Rockies for starters. Not necessarily the most original ideas but ones I’d like to do at some point all the same.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
It’s got to that stage now where I’d feel lost without my iPhone so that would come first, along with a battery pack and a charger cable! Counting all those as one item I’d then add a Buff scarf (which you can wear in a multitude of difference ways) and my comprehensive travel document wallet.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Being perfectly content with where I am and what I’m doing. I tend not to lust longingly over far-flung locations as one person’s “backyard” is another person’s “other side of the world”. So enjoying and appreciating cycling around the picturesque English countryside, passing red postboxes and little thatched cottages might be a dream activity for someone in Asia or Australia but I can do it for free right on my doorstep.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I wrote my first article in August 2014, initially as a “one-off” blog post having befriended many travel bloggers at meet-ups such as Travelmassive in London and not having a website I could direct them too. It was about winning a private jet to Stockholm for the weekend for me and 49 friends which lead to my “unique experience” niche idea.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
So I try to write about unique experiences that haven’t been written about before, or better still experiences that nobody has ever actually had before! Also, the travel blogging demographic of “mid 20s female” is quite overpopulated so I’m writing from the perspective of a 41 year old male instead 🙂
From ESLT – thank you Steve for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂