This week’s guest post comes from Lorna, travel blogger behind The Day Chaser. She explains ‘I’m trying to balance my love of travelling and adventures with my administration/social media job at a charity. Although let’s be honest, if I have a spare five minutes I’m probably going to be found browsing Skyscanner…My blog is where I can share the top tips I’ve picked up along the way’.
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
I’m Lorna, and I live in a little town in the Forest of Dean, England. It’s a really pretty place, but I always think visitors appreciate it more than us locals!
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business /backpacker etc?
Unfortunately, I am a part-time traveller; I work full time so I try to fit in as many trips as I possibly can into my small annual leave allowance, meaning lots of weekend trips. When I am on the road though I’m definitely a budget traveller – I’m a hostel and street food kinda girl…
3. How do you fund your travelling?
As well as working full time I am lucky enough to still live at home rent free (even if it doesn’t feel lucky from time to time!), so the majority of my income can be squirrelled away to fund an impromptu flight booking session. I should probably work on saving a bit more, but I’m too easily tempted by a cheap deal.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I can’t pick between two, for very different reasons – Florence in Italy, and Barcelona. Florence is an incredibly beautiful city with the most stunning views and gardens tucked around every corner, as well as the art galleries and food and wine and shops and… I think I’d best stop there before I get really carried away! Barcelona has brilliant nightlife, the best of Catalan culture, Gaudi’s masterpieces and of course the Mediterranean to relax by after a heavy night of mojitos. There aren’t many places I’ve returned to but I’ve already been to both of these multiple times, and still plan to go back again next year…
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Hm, there are a couple of places that didn’t live up to the hype for me like Amsterdam or Paris (I know! I’m sorry!) but I think the worst place I’ve been to is Milan; I’d had my purse stolen in Florence so missed my train there as I was stuck in the police station, arrived quite late on a ridiculously expensive train to get caught in a big thunderstorm. It was a miserable day, the people weren’t overly friendly, everything seemed expensive and I didn’t think there was much to see or do. Perhaps if the day had started better I’d have had a different opinion of the place, but unfortunately, my memory of Milan is a bit of a rubbish one.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Bosnia and Herzegovina is top of my list which might seem a strange one! I’m really keen to visit Sarajevo and Mostar and have heard such good things about the country. Other than that I’d love to visit Thailand someday and more of the USA, but there’s a lot of places on my bucket list…
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with
Earplugs for noisy dorms, a selfie stick (yes I’m that person – I regret nothing) as I do a lot of solo travel, and a comfy pair of shoes. It’s definitely comfort rather than fashion for my feet!
8. What makes you happy and why?
Coming across a spot that takes your breath away is one of the best things I can experience when travelling, I very rarely sit with my own thoughts so doing that in a beautiful place is very relaxing for me. I also love making friends in hostels, meeting people from all corners of the globe that I click with is a real privilege that I get when I travel.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I have had a blog in one guise or other for a couple of years, but I’ve only been taking it seriously for a couple of months. I wanted to share my tips on travelling and provide answers to some of the questions that I had before my first trip – I’d love to think that I helped someone make their trip better or more enjoyable.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I don’t sugarcoat things in my blog. Everyone who knows me always knows I usually tell it like it is, and I think it’s important to carry that over in my blog rather than just echo what everyone else is saying. Sometimes travel can be hard, it can be expensive and some places just aren’t safe, so I like to think my blog is honest in that!
From ESLT – thank you, Lorna, for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂