This week’s guest post comes from Chiera, travel blogger behind Young and Undecided. She explains My name is Chiera, I am a Scottish traveller, TEFL teacher , and blogger. My twenties so far have been filled with sporadic travel, but this past year I have really upped my game. I’ve seriously caught the travel bug and I have no plans of slowing down. I absolutely love Scotland and exploring my own country, but I am desperate to get out and see the world!’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
Hi, my name is Chiera and I am from Glasgow, Scotland. I’ve lived here my whole life but in October this year I am moving to Australia (finally!)
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
The dream is to be able to travel full time, but for the time being, I am a part-timer. Hopefully, in Australia, I will be able to survive for a while before I have to start thinking about work. I am not the biggest fan of backpacks, but they are so much easier to cart around than a big suitcase. So yes I use a backpack, but my shoulders hate me for it.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
Being someone who has been dreaming of moving abroad since the age of 14, I just save save save! My job is minimum wage so it takes a while to save a lot, and all the 2-week trips can be incredibly expensive when you factor in flights, accommodation, visas etc. So I just save as much as I can and shove it all into my savings account that earns a whopping 1% interest each year!
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I have been asked this question a lot recently and I have been saying Shanghai, but if I’m honest that’s more to do with the experience I had there and the people that I met. I actually (unfortunately) spent one of my two days in Shanghai severely hungover so I didn’t get to see much of the city. So in terms of a place I got to actually enjoy I’ll say New York City. Is that cliché? I’ve been twice now and just absolutely love it. It’s dirty and smelly and full of sweaty people but I am so at home there. If it wasn’t so expensive I would be there at every opportunity!
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Hm. Worst place I’ve ever been? I honestly can’t think of anywhere that was that horrible. I will say Washington Depot in Connecticut simply because it’s the town that inspired Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls and looks absolutely nothing like it.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
I do have a bucket list! This is the first year I have actually made one and worked towards achieving it. Number 1 is Australia because that has been the dream since I was a kid. Come October I can check that off. Number 2 is Alberta, Canada. I don’t think I’ll get there for a while but one day! And finally, Number 3 is Botswana to see the Okavango Delta. Another childhood dream of mine.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
- My Camera – The obvious one. If I don’t have my camera I would just use my phone to take pictures, but capturing my travels so I can look back and relive it all is really important to me.
- My journal – I only really journal when I travel. It seems my day to day life is too boring to write about, but when I travel I write in it every night. I initially started this just so I could remember all the little things that you forget in time, but it has proven to be really helpful when I started blogging.
- A book – I love reading, and what better time to get lost in a good book a 10-hour flight/train/bus.
8. What makes you happy and why?
I am a naturally introverted person and I feel like I am just winging it in every aspect of life, so when I achieve something it makes me feel amazing. Discovering something that I’m good at and going for it without fear of looking silly. Or really wanting to do something and rather than being too scared, just going for it! Even something as simple as going for a hike and reaching the top. When you constantly second guess yourself, it’s really nice to just push through that and show yourself you can do it. What’s that saying? ‘You can achieve anything you put your mind to’
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging in March of 2016 but it wasn’t until I went self-hosted in October that I really started to take it seriously rather than just a way to document my travels. What started off as a hobby for myself, turned into this amazing entry point into such a wonderful community of people.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
Honestly, I have no idea. I have no niche. I have no thing I’m known for. I guess I try to be as authentic as I can and really just not worry too much about what I think people want to read. I’ve been there, and that stress produced some pretty poor content. If I enjoy what I write, hopefully, people will, in turn, enjoy reading it.
I have a guest post series on my blog called Women Who Wander, where other women share their incredible and empowering stories of Solo Female Travel and just reading all these posts has inspired me so much. Honestly, these women are amazing, and I guarantee after reading their stories you will just want to pack a bag a jet off!
From ESLT – thank you, Chiera, for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂