This week’s guest post comes from Sarah, travel blogger behind My Veggie Travels. She explains ‘I can’t decide what I love the most, travelling or finding a new spot to sample vegetarian food. So I write about both. At 28, I quit my job of 7 years (terrified that society was telling me that I was ‘too old’ to be doing this). I bought a 5 point, around the world ticket, got on the plane to Asia, and never made it past point 3. I doubled back to Asia, pinning for more of it, and settled in Thailand for 2 years. But the Western world (mostly non sugary bread) called me back. Visa’s run out, and you have to make the decision to renew, or take a new step. Back home, I’ve taken to grabbing every opportunity I can to head to places I want to see.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Sarah and I’m a proud Scottish gal, based in the capital city of Edinburgh. I’ve also spent a little bit of time living in both Thailand and England.
2. What sort of traveller are you?
I’m a part time budget backpacker who tries to do everything on a tight budget. I love a couple of days in luxury, but find my best experiences come from meeting new people and locals in hostels and couch surfing.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I work in the fashion industry, which pays for the bulk of my travels, but I’ve recently started renting out my spare space on air bnb to fund a few more trips. I’ve also started supporting businesses with social media management, which is great as you can do it from anywhere with a decent wifi connection!
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I’m torn between Peru and Thailand, but I’m going Thailand. It was never high on my radar of places to visit. I had deemed it too touristy. However, on arriving, I took myself off the normal backpacker trail and ended up staying for 2 years! I loved the Buddhist culture and beliefs, I love the food, and I loved the weather (typical Scot!). However, what I loved most was the generosity of the locals. Despite being a foreigner, everyone always made sure that I was included in the community when it came to supporting one another in low season.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I was really disappointed with Prague. I went about 10 years ago, after everyone telling me how cheap it was, how fun it was etc. Perhaps the weather didn’t help. It was quite cold when I went, I’d run out of things to see on the 2nd day. I found the locals to be quite unhelpful and rude (to me). I’m sure that this may have changed, with the advance in budget airlines and the increase in tourism, but it stands out as the only trip I really didn’t enjoy.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
For every one place I tick off my bucket list, it always feel like I add another 5! My top 3 places on it at the moment are:
– Zhangjiajie National Forest park, China – Have you ever seen the movie Avatar? They based the mountains in that movie from those at this park. I have no idea how to get myself there, but it’s the main dream at the moment!
– Petra, Jordan – Sounds a little more obvious, but I am fascinated with the history of the ancient site.
– Tokyo, Japan – I love to keep busy on trips, and Tokyo just sounds brilliant. Temples, parks where deer bow for food, my little pony cafes, harajuku girls… sign me up!
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
1) I have a tiny little cow teddy that was given to me for comfort on my first ever solo backpack trip. His name is Keezmo. He has his own Instagram account and comes everywhere with me.
2) A giant printed scarf. Doubles as a towel, park blanket, sarong, head cover, and screen over my bunk bed in hostels.
3) Way too much underwear! I have an obsession with them being clean!! haha. The rest of me can be filthy, as long as I know I’m wearing clean pants.
8. What makes you happy and why?
I love it when I run into someone that I have an instant connection with. My travels (and couch surfing) have led me to meet people that I would never have met within my home circle of friends. You can’t choose your family, but some of these people become you’re extended family, and that feeling of belonging is special and hard to come by.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started my blog a year ago in June 2016. I’d already been blogging with a friend in Edinburgh, but wanted to focus solely on travel with a cruelty free theme. A lot of people were asking me for advice on where to go in different countries, how to do it solo etc. I loved talking about it, so writing about it seemed like the next natural step.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
There are lots of vegan/vegetarian blogs out there. There are lots of travel blogs out there. There aren’t many that combine the two, and there’s even less that talk about how to do it on a budget.
A lot of people associate veganism and budget backpacking with dirty hippies. I LOVE a dirty hippie, but my blog shows people how to do both of these things in relative comfort.
From ESLT – thank you Sarah for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂