This week’s guest post comes from Ian, travel blogger behind Resfeber Travel Blog. He explains ‘I have worked as a Travel Consultant for several years and have extensively travelled the world. I last circumnavigated the globe in 2010/11 and have created this blog to share my experiences as I plan and prepare to do it again with my partner, Kate over the next couple of years. In addition to blogging, I have also written for many culture, travel and music magazines like: The Skinny, NME, The Line Of Best Fit, DIY Magazine and The Quietus.’
Resfeber: (n) The nervous feeling a traveller gets, before their journey begins.
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
Hi, I’m Ian Paterson and I’m from Scotland. I was brought up in the rural Highlands but now live with my partner Kate, in Glasgow.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I would say I’m a little from each of the categories you mention. I work full time as a Travel Consultant right now, so I am professionally involved in travel but it’s also my passion. I have taken one extended trip, when I travelled around the world for a year in 2010. Right now, you’ll find me flashpacking to European destinations, trying to fit as much into a week as I can. I expect my next long backpacking trip will happen within the next eighteen months or so, when I hope to be on the road for six months.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
As someone who is passionate about travel, it is a priority for me, so I make room in my budget for it. I think because I’ve moved around a lot – I’ve lived in London, Melbourne, Edinburgh and Glasgow – I’ve never seen investing in household possessions as much of a priority and that has saved me a lot.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
The time on the road I’ve most enjoyed is the month or so I spend backpacking through Peru. The country has vastly different landscapes, from the surf beaches in the north west, the Amazonian jungle in the north east, the arid desserts in the south and the mountain plateaus in the centre. Cusco might be the most amazing city I’ve been too. It took my breath away – or maybe that was just the altitude!
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Nowhere I have been has been completely terrible but my worst travel experience was on a cruise ship. I didn’t enjoy only having a limited time to visit a beautiful cities in the day time, only to get back on board the ship in the evening and eat the same food you’d get at home. It wasn’t the right kind of trip for me.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Sure I do. I want to go to some more challenging places and I’m most interested in trying to understand cultures that are very different from what I am used to.
1) I want to take the Trans-Siberian Express through Russia.
2) I want to visit Okinawa Island in Japan.
3) I want to trek in Patagonia in the southern tip of South America.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
1) Music – I create playlists for each trip I do with local music and I think it adds a great deal to the trip.
2) A book – why not fill any downtime with some nice reading, plus literature is a great conversation starter when you are away from home.
3) A hat – good in the sun, good in the rain – you need it.
8. What makes you happy and why?
I saw on a documentary somewhere that ‘flow’ is the key to happiness. Having work or hobbies that are all-engrossing. The kind of activity where you need to get into the grove. For me, that’s writing.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I have been blogging on different subjects for years, mainly about music, travel and culture. I think the initial reason I got into doing it, was back in 2010 when I was blogging my big backpacking trip. Travel is the gift that keeps on giving.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
My travel blog has some good insider knowledge because of my work as a Travel Consultant. It also takes a slightly different route by being entertainment based. It features lots of articles on travel films, documentaries and music, alongside the advice column and feature-length written articles. I’d say it’s 50% guides and tips and 50% travel entertainment media.
From ESLT – thank you, Ian, for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂