This week’s guest post comes from Julia, travel blogger (and life lover) behind BoardThirteen. She explains ‘I started moving because being in one place was daunting for me. In my mind, I could not understand how a person can live all his or her life without knowing what is out there. My partner and I started traveling because we wanted to see the world (I know it does sound a bit cheesy). There are so many countries we haven’t been to that we are in no rush to settle down. Some people find happiness in having the American dream; we find joy from learning different cultures and taking a walk in a park in a different country every three months.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Julia. I come from Toronto, Canada. I was born originally in Moscow, Russia. I moved to Canada when I was 17.
2. What sort of traveler are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
My husband and I are full-time travelers. I do not spend more than three months anywhere Including Canada. We are not backpackers (not that there is anything wrong with that) nor luxury seekers. I prefer to call us “local likes.” We travel to live like locals, see their way of life, cook their food, pay their electricity prices whatever they might be.
3. How do you fund your traveling?
My husband makes money through his company. He is a software developer. His work depends on a good Internet connection, so we take advantage of that. I have my travel blog BoardThirteen.com where I write about useful and honest travel tips and what to expect.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
There are two places that we love and can’t get enough of. One is Tokyo, Japan and another in Los Angeles, USA.
We come to Tokyo for food and culture that cannot be found anywhere else. As soon as we land our brain switches off because there is no crime, no scam, clean everywhere, people are polite, pleasant, and helpful. And it is so convenient. Everything is thought out for you.
Los Angeles because it is also very liberal and free. And of course the beach. The views and freedoms that Los Angeles offers are incomparable to anything else we have ever seen. It is also very close to our way of doing things, our mentality.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Bali. You could not pay me to go there. I have spent two months there. What one sees in the photo is a photoshopped or an overpaid location that looks completely different in person. One has to either stay at the 5-star hotel or somewhere in a jungle hut to enjoy themselves(maybe).
Also, San Jose, Costa Rica is a dump. There is no way around it.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
- To Norway and all of Northern Europe would be a dream come true.
- Africa seems like a mystical wild adventure I would love to hop on one day.
- Antarctica. I hate cold, but a thought of going to the end of the world is something that I want to experience at least once.
7. What three things (apart from the essentials – food/water, etc.) do you always travel with?
- My phone and local 3G plan. I can’t live without it because it is so helpful.(currently using it to type this post)
- Besides my husband and baby, it would also be my laptop where I keep my blog articles, photos, and anything else.
- My moisturizer because I break out badly and it keeps my skin at bay and happy.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Good sleep and good affordable food. It used to be so complicated and now, with a baby, I just need basics to be content. If I get 5 min to write this post, for example, I am beyond happy. I guess happiness for me right now is having time for myself.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
Past four years were interesting. It was on and off for me. I started it because I was bored. Yes, I was bored with travel and I wanted to share our experience.
Most people think that traveling means always going to the beach, doing sightseeing or similar. No, it is not. At least not for us. We try to live like locals.
The only difference is that our view changes at least every three months. We try to stretch any sightseeing we need to do over a period of our stay. However, if we are in Singapore, for example, and the rent is high then we accommodate our timeline.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I offer real views and reviews of “that amazing place” that everyone just “must see”. Every single post is packed with practical tips, do’s and don’t, stories and other useful information one can’t even think of before she travels.
Boardthirteen.com also features shopping articles and local authentic souvenirs guides (not whatever souvenir shops offer).
From ESLT – thank you, Julia, for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂