This week’s guest post comes from Charlotte, travel blogger behind Tickets and Travels. She explains ‘I created my blog at the start of 2017 in order to document my travels during my gap year and as a place to nurture my love for both photography and travel writing. Tickets and Travels is a travel blog focused around embracing everything our lovely little planet has to offer. As a student, my focus is predominantly on budget/affordable travel, but with a little extra money for those once in a lifetime activities. The blog is not only a record of where I’ve been but also a site full of reviews, itineraries and tips to inspire and help you to go on your own incredible adventures.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Charlotte Brown, I live in a small sleepy village in Buckinghamshire, UK.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I’d love to be able to say I travel full-time, but for now, I’m a part-time traveller as I’m studying Marketing at University. I’d say my travel style is a backpacker, I’m a huge hostel lover and want to experience everything there is on offer!
3. How do you fund your travelling?
Being a student, my funds are somewhat limited at the moment – I’d happily work all of the hours of the day if it meant I could go on a huge trip at the end of it, but for now my degree comes first. I worked full-time at Porsche for a while which has funded me this year, but at the moment, I’m using any spare student loans, birthday/Christmas money and work I can get hold of to get me out and about!
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
Ooooh that’s a hard one! Most of my travel has been in Europe so far, but I went to Singapore and Malaysia a few years ago and loved it. Singapore especially is just so futuristic with all the skyscrapers and the laser light show at Marina Bay, the street food markets are so good too.
In terms of Europe, the Amalfi Coast in Italy has to be my favourite. It’s just so beautiful, literally everywhere looks like it’s come straight off a postcard!
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I think I’m pretty lucky as I haven’t (of yet!) been to anywhere I’ve really hated and wanted to leave! There have been a few moments that haven’t been the most enjoyable though, one of which being my boyfriend and I (both 6ft ish) squeezed into a tiny tent in Wales in the pouring rain with no sleep after climbing Snowdon!
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Like most travellers I know, I have two Bucket Lists, one for activities and one for destinations! For activities things like learning to Scuba Dive and hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu are right at the top!
As destinations go, my top 3 has to be: New Zealand, Japan and The Philippines, pretty varied I know!
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
I’m pretty low maintenance in terms of what I travel with, I’ve got it down to a fairly small number of items now!
My first has to be my phone for finding my way and organising tickets and itineraries etc.
My second is always a camera of some description whether that’s my Olympus or a GoPro, I love capturing moments to look back on in the future.
The last is a little more practical – an eye mask! I do love my sleep so I always keep one in my bag, there’s nothing worse than curtains that let the light in! Plus they’re super handy for napping on public transport.
8. What makes you happy and why?
In terms of travel, experiencing new cultures has to be one of my absolute favourite things to do. Eating and discovering local food in particular never fails to make me happy. Oh, and swimming in a lovely warm, clear sea makes me suuuuper happy, I’m literally like a kid at Christmas when I know I’m going somewhere I can take a dip!
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging at the start of 2017 during my Gap Year before uni, so I’m still fairly new. At the time I was ill with Glandular Fever (Mono in the US) and wanted to do something productive to pass the time. I had a few trips already booked for the year so decided to make Tickets and Travels my little part of the Internet and I haven’t looked back!
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I haven’t got a great focus on any particular destination or travel style, I just kind of go with it and try to see and experience everything as best I can! I’d like to think that my blog is a great source of information on the destinations I write about, and I hope they would make it easier and inspire readers to plan their own trip! I’m also now a full-time student (nope, no long summer holiday either!) so if you want to see how I’m travelling as well as studying then feel free to come on over and join me as I try to figure that out!
From ESLT – thank you Charlotte for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂