This week’s guest post comes from Kasia, travel blogger behind Kasia Writes. She explains ‘My love for travel has taken me to quite a few places around the world. Each brought a new and exciting set of experiences, impressions, and memories. Travel has enriched my life not only by providing opportunities to visit exotic and unique places but also by exposing me to different cultures and meeting new people. I have an extensive background in communications, passion for tech and everything digital. I have worked with a variety of traditional and social media channels over the last 10 years, which has led me to my “career” as a travel blogger. When I’m not travelling, I work full-time in business development to support my travel addiction.
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Kasia and I’m from Toronto, Canada.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I guess it depends on who you ask. For those that are constantly on the road, I’m definitely a part time traveller. Many of my friends, however, consider me a frequent traveller. I am also fortunate to do an occasional travel for work, which allows me to visit additional places in the world.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
Both my husband and I are fortunate to have full-time jobs that pay us enough to travel extensively.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I’ve been to many amazing places, but I would have to say Iceland up to this point has been the best. It was unlike any other place we have ever been to before. There are stretches of it that look pre-historic while others are lush, mountainous and simply breathtaking. Between the waterfalls, volcanos, and glaciers I was hooked and I’ve been planning on going back since the moment I got home.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Macau, Barcelona, and Prague make the list of worst places I’ve been to. All three were equally disappointing and didn’t live up to expectations. They fall into to the been-there-done-that category.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
My list is very fluid as it changes based on the places I’ve been to. My current top 3 are Machu Picchu, Egypt, and Petra, Jordan.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
The number one is definitely my iPhone – it’s my camera, GPS/ map, translator and a way to keep in touch with those at home all in one. I also always travel with travel guides of whatever place I’m going to. Buying them ahead of time allows me to plan and learn about the places I’m going to and it’s always handy to have your own reference guide instead of depending on local information which may or may not be easily available. The third would definitely be a medical travel kit. I have it filled with remedies for pain, allergy and nausea relief as well as any other possible ailment that can appear while I’m away. I recently learned the need for ensuring the stuff I bring with me isn’t expired or almost out. This is especially important when I’m going to places where language is an issue.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Travel definitely make me happy. I love discovering new places, learning new things and meeting new people. Books and movies can teach you a whole lot of things, but being able to travel and see them for yourself is much more satisfying.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I actually had a blog a very long time ago but gave it up about seven years ago. It was only last December that I decided to start again. It’s been a very interesting experience that allowed me to learn more about myself and meet new people along the way who share my passion.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I decided to start my blog to share my experiences and impression of the places I’ve visited or plan to visit and not places I’ve never been to or am not familiar with. I write honestly about my travels, be that good or bad, and I am not afraid to talk about the ups and downs of travel blogging. I think that my honesty is what makes my blog a bit different from many and one that people would want to read.
From ESLT – thank you Kasia for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂