This week’s guest post comes from Caroline, travel blogger behind Pack The Suitcases. She explains: ‘I’ve always loved seeing the world, whether that’s locally in the UK or further afield. But I didn’t think to start writing about my travels until fairly recent years. Starting the travel blog completely reignited my old passion for writing that I’d somehow let slide over the years. I try to write light, humorous narratives about where I’ve been, but these often turn into 6,000-word essays mostly about everything I ate…’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Caroline and I’m originally from a little seaside village near Liverpool, but I now live on the border of Stockport and Cheshire. I blog with my husband, Chris.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
A part-time traveller who tries to get the most out of her annual leave.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
The short answer is that we’re both fortunate to have jobs that pay enough for us to afford to travel regularly. But we also prioritise spending money on travel over other things, so we budget for it all the time.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
That’s a hard one! A toss up between Japan and Sweden. Japan because you enter a completely different world and become immersed in it. We always spend the entire time there in a state of pleasant bafflement! And Sweden because of the fantastic Scandi culture – the style and design, the food, the sense of equality in their society. I love all things Scandi and can easily see us living there.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Malta. As pretty as it is, we found it rather soulless and over commercialised with tourism.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
I don’t, actually – I wish away enough of my life without adding more ‘to do’ lists to it! There are always a few places that we have on our agenda for the not-too-distant future, though. I’d really like to see more of Denmark as we only really know Copenhagen. Also, Sicily, the Basque Country, Oslo, San Francisco… There are just too many places to choose from.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
My hair straighteners, hair dryer and makeup. Needless to say, the backpacking life is not for me.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Travel-wise, I know it’s a cliché but ‘happiness is a journey, not a destination’. The build up to going on holiday is all a part of the joy. I love doing research on a new place, the excitement mounting as the day gets nearer, and the countdown of how many ‘sleeps’ to go. Other than travel, spending time with my horse makes me incredibly happy.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
It is/was the blog’s first birthday on 17 July. We started doing it after our honeymoon around Scandinavia, to share our photos and stories from it. And also to fill the void left by three years of wedding planning being over. I had to have something to do with all the free time I suddenly had back after being glued to Pinterest for so long.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I’ve been told that our blog is funny. Recently, a stranger shared our 10 best travel planning tips post with the comment ‘THIS IS USEFUL AND HILARIOUS’. Shouty caps lock and all, I nearly cried with pride. So, if you like USEFUL AND HILARIOUS blogs about European city breaks, Japan and travel in general, you know what to do…
From ESLT – thank you, Caroline, for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂