This week’s guest post comes from Hannah, travel blogger behind HH Lifestyle Travel. She explains ‘I started blogging many years ago, purely to ensure I remembered all my own adventures; but have now incorporated my love of writing, photography and mini-breaks into an extensive blog which includes travel tips, some compensated travel reviews, and various travel planning services for others. I specialise in city-breaks, and making the most out of long weekends away, and love planning the logistics of road trips or culture-filled holidays. I have a certificate in Tourism, and Masters in Museum Studies – and love to tailor travels towards the arty and culturally enriching.”
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Hannah Henderson. I was born in London, England (to kiwi parents); raised in Wellington, New Zealand; and now live in Edinburgh, Scotland and France (and my family now live in Canada).
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I am currently a part-time traveller – living in Europe helps to be able to increase short holidays and city breaks. We make a point of fitting in trips around our work schedules. My husband and I will be travelling full time from May 2018. I tried backpacking once when I was 19 and failed miserably, so am definitely more of a wheelie-case and hotel kinda gal – but love a good bargain, so rarely pay full price for the luxury I enjoy!
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I currently work full-time in the financial services industry in Scotland and do travel planning, blogging and photography on the side. Both my husband and I are musicians also, so from May 2018 we will be touring the world playing music and blogging to fund our travels!
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I think there is only one answer for me, Paris. I’ve visited more times than I can count, and I always get the sense that I have come home. My favourite activities while travelling are: walking, museums, people-watching from cafés, and eating and drinking beautiful food and wine – so Paris really does tick all the boxes!
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I’m a bit of an optimist, so there are few places I visit that I truly dislike – I prefer to see the silver lining. However, Blackpool, England really wasn’t my cup of tea. I understand how it works as a destination for families, but I felt like the cheap tourist tat shops and tacky neon have taken the Victorian seaside holiday ideals and turned them into a farce. But each to their own – travel is travel, and we all have our own ideas as to what constitutes a great holiday – the main thing is to enjoy yourself!
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
My bucket list is out of control, and it always seems to be changing! The top 3 currently, in no particular order:
- Cuba – I’m a huge fan of rum and music, so Havana’s vibrant culture is very appealing
- Verona – It is a life-long dream to go to the opera at the Fondazione Arena di Verona
- Hawaii – the dramatic landscapes and history make this one of my top wishlist places!
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
- My camera – I usually take what I call my ‘handbag camera’ – it’s my Canon DSLR T3i Rebel with Canon EF Lens 50mm 1:1.8 STM – nice and small, but takes great people shots and holds up well being bounced around my handbag!
- My iPhone – As a blogger, having that connectivity is important. I’m not one to tweet or Instagram every moment of my holiday, but I do like to be able to post highlights. I can also use my phone to blog, use maps, use apps for walking tours and Skype my family while I’m away.
- Headphones – Nothing whiles away the hours in airports, on planes and trains like music! Having good noise-cancelling headphones are invaluable on a busy noisy flight!
8. What makes you happy and why?
Ok, I’ll admit it, I have a spreadsheet addiction – I love love love budgeting and planning stuff. It’s geeky, but it allows me to do the other thing I love – travelling with my fella and my dog. There is nothing like sharing your passion with a person that loves to do the same things as you – and I’m lucky enough to have found that in my husband. Joining us is our dog Moose ( #Moosethetravellingdog ) – a lab/dachshund cross who is always up for an adventure!
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging and writing about my travels for over 15 years in various forms. It started as a way to keep my family in New Zealand and Canada up to date, then as a way to showcase my photography, and now it encompasses these things as well as offering help and advice to others.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
To this day, my blog is still just a vehicle to keep my family up to date on my adventures. As much as I can expand the remit of my writing with reviews and travel tips, essentially it still serves as my travel diary. I absolutely love it when my blog can help or inspire people to visit places or even just to find a form of travel that suits their lifestyle. I get super excited when I plan other people’s travel – it’s almost as good as planning it for myself, and I truly think that travel is the most educational pursuit anyone can have – and I hope that my blog conveys this passion that I have for it!
From ESLT – thank you, Hannah, for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂