This week’s guest post comes from Chloe, blogger behind Anomalous Chloe. She explains ‘During my time creating content on YouTube I have often found myself in the situation where there is content I want to put out there that I don’t think would necessarily work very well as a video or I would be able to make my point more eloquently in text format – so here we are! My YouTube channel mainly focuses on travel, beauty and books as those are the things in life I love. But there’s also a sprinkling of personal, chatty videos and of course, plenty of university-related content as that is obviously a big part of my life at the moment. I imagine my Blog content will follow a similar pattern but right now I’ve no idea how this will end up looking; I hope you guys look forward to finding out with me.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
Hi, I’m Chloe and I live in London, England. I grew up in a very tiny town on the Kent coast so couldn’t wait to move away to the big city at the first opportunity I got! I consider myself to be the quintessential British person who drinks a lot of tea and gets stressed when there isn’t a proper queuing system.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I’m not really sure how to describe what kind of traveller I am, to be honest! I’m currently training to be a Mental Health Nurse so I’m definitely not a full-time traveller! I go on trips whenever I can; I’ve managed a few bigger trips (1-2 months) but I mainly do shorter trips so I can squeeze it around my studies. I always travel on a backpacker budget though; you definitely don’t need to pay a lot to have a great trip!
3. How do you fund your travelling?
This is a question I get asked quite a lot as most people don’t understand how I can travel so much as a student. But I basically fund my trips by working every hour under the sun! It wouldn’t work for everyone but I’ve always been a hard worker and am not really a fan of having days off so it suits me perfectly. Maybe one day my YouTube/blog will bring in a little bit of money to fund travelling, but I’m certainly not at that stage yet!
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I’m too indecisive to chose what I want for dinner most of the time, so this is a very tricky question for me! But I’m going to have to go with Tanzania (mainly because that was my most recent trip, so it’s still stuck on my mind!) I had never been to Africa before so it was a complete culture shock. But the people were so friendly and the experience was unforgettable. A highlight of the trip had to be the 4-day safari I did; absolutely mind-blowing!
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I don’t think I’ve ever hated anywhere I’ve ever been, but I really did not enjoy my time in Pisa, Italy. I literally did everything there was to do in one afternoon, so I was pretty disappointed. Then on top of that, it was ridiculously touristy; we were being harassed constantly by people trying to sell us selfie sticks and the hotels/restaurants were unnecessarily expensive.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
I have a VERY extensive bucket list, and it’s actually in Scrapbook form! So each place I want to go/thing I want to do is written at the top of the page and then once I’ve done it I’ll stick in pictures/tickets/momentos to show that it is ‘ticked off.’ I don’t know if I’d be able to rank order them, but the three I’m hoping to do next are: Germany at Christmas time (really want to experience the Christmas markets!), Slovenia and the Trans-Siberian Railway.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with
– My camera, I only started travel vlogging recently but I have loved capturing my travels in video form. Pictures are of course great too, but I find videos to be a much more personal representation of my trip.
– A notepad and pen. I have on multiple occasions had the issue where my phone is dead and on there is my only copy of the address I need to find or the directions to get me there. I eventually learnt my lesson and now I always write things down in a notepad. I usually write down the address of the place I’m going (in the local language if possible) and the directions I need to get there. Phones are definitely a handy resource when travelling, but there’s always a chance it will let you down just when you need it.
– My Kindle. I absolutely love reading and while I would never use my Kindle while at home (much prefer proper books) I couldn’t travel without my Kindle. I love that I have a whole load of books that I actually WANT to read right at my finger tips. I went away on my first big trip around South East Asia with just one book that I planned on swapping as I went along. However, I found it hard to find books in English that I actually liked or wanted to read. So now I opt for my Kindle which I’ll buy a book for every now and again so that whenever I go away I’ve got a few ready to go.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Obviously, travel makes me extremely happy. I am at my most content while walking around a new city with nothing but a map and a camera. However, I feel like I am very fortunate to be able to say that my job also makes me happy. I love that I am someone who gets to help people through their darkest times and then celebrate their recovery. My patients always find new ways to surprise me and I love just sitting and chatting with people over a cup of tea.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I initially started my YouTube channel back in July of 2016, but I didn’t start to take it a bit more seriously (planning content, uploading regularly, improving my quality) until around November time. Since then I have also very recently branched out into the blogging world too. There have been several occasions that I’ve wanted to put content out there but thought it would come across better in word form as opposed to a video, plus I liked the idea of a new challenge!
I initially started my YouTube channel because I had been watching YouTube for over 5 years and always thought that I’d love to give it a go. But I kept doing the usual thing of saying I’ll do it after this or I’ll do it when that happens and just never got round to it. Then one day I finally picked up my camera, filmed, edited and uploaded all on the same day and I haven’t looked back. I did Film Studies at A-Level and loved the practical aspect of making short films. I’m also an extremely keen traveller, as we have already established, and I wanted a cool way to document the places I was going.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
All the other questions have been easy to answer, but I’ve got to this one and now I feel like I’m in a job interview with no idea what to say?! I can’t be the only person this happens to. I guess I think people should check out my YouTube/Blog because I’m a little bit weird, hence why I decided to name myself Anomalous Chloe, and make no apologies for that. I’m definitely still pretty new to this compared to other people, but my content has gone from strength to strength and I’m having fun in the process! Which you’ll know if you’ve watched any of my videos because I tend to giggle A LOT!
From ESLT – thank you, Chloe, for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂