This week’s guest post comes from Emma, travel blogger behind Adventures of a London Kiwi. She explains ‘I was asked a while back what my hobbies were, which stopped me in my tracks. “Why, travel of course.” Puzzled at the answer, they retorted with “Ok, but what else?” and that’s when I realised just how thoroughly wanderlust has taken over my life. My passion for traipsing takes many forms – from the simple beauty of learning about new cultures with a fork in hand, spanning all the way to clocking up around 100,000 flight miles one year (including 3 return trips to New Zealand in 2015). Oops.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Emma, and I accidentally permanently migrated from New Zealand to England nearly 10 years ago. When I say accidentally, I fully intended to get on the flight to England but had only planned to stay here for a couple of years whilst exploring the UK and Europe. What I hadn’t counted on was getting married to my lovely husband and making our home in London. Since then we have been adventuring as far and wide as we can – and have had a myriad of amazing experiences as a result.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I guess I’m a part-time traveller, but I’m always exploring London and the UK as often as I can – it’s a fantastic, crazy city that I never to seem to get enough of. As for travel style, I guess I’m always hoping to taste the authenticity of a place – yes, I know it’s a cliche but you’ll as likely find me in a local supermarket buying a feast to take back to our apartment as sipping cocktails in a swanky bar with amazing skyline views.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I am a freelance social media consultant for a variety of small businesses, something I launched with the skills learnt over 5 years as a blogger. It gives me the flexibility to travel as well as a sense of helping passionate people share their entrepreneurial businesses with the world. I’m also a travel writer, expat columnist and occasionally work with brands via my blog.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
This is the hardest question that I always get asked (along with ‘what is the best afternoon tea in London?’). I guess I could narrow it down to three: we spent a week in Ireland which we adored, two weeks driving around Texas and Louisiana and road tripping through the incredible landscapes of the Scottish highlands was amazing. Oh, popping over to Paris for lunch is always a wonder that I can’t really get my head around.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Barcelona – for some reason we just didn’t adore our visit to Barcelona. I’d love to revisit one day and see if we can finally get under the skin…
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Hmmmm – this is another tough one.
– Iceland for the incredible landscapes.
– Egypt for the ancient history and Russia for the architecture.
– Peru which has always called me since I was a child.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
– My phone; not only a camera but a resource, a way to keep in contact with family, saving the environment by not printing reams of paper, a GPS…
– A beautiful scarf; they are always SO handy!
– A clothes peg; it sounds crazy, but using on curtains has saved many a hotel night as I’m really light sensitive when getting to sleep.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Meeting many of the friends I have made over the years through blogging: on a recent trip I met up with good friends (both online and in real life) in the Middle East, Australian, New Zealand and Singapore. I fact, I somewhat arranged the trip to see them – and explore their city!
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging now for over 5 years. It originally started as a 365-day photo project and really breathed new life into London for me. I was stuck in a 9-5 job, only commuting in and out of London and in a creative funk. Without becoming too overblown, it really has changed my life, both as an expat and as a person.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
My blog Adventures of a London Kiwi is very much an extension of my personality; I’ve herded sheep across London Bridge, watched the sun set behind Mount Fuji, attended a Queen’s Garden party at Buckingham Palace, slept in the desert, witnessed ancient ceremonies, eaten at some incredible restaurants and discovered some amazing people along the way. Oh, and I tell terrible jokes!
From ESLT – thank you, Emma, for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂