This week’s guest post comes from Rhian, blogger behind Rhian Westbury. She explains ‘I am a Creative Writing graduate from Watford (Yes, where the Harry Potter studios are!) and I graduated five years ago from Brunel University in London. I’ve always loved writing but it was just after leaving uni that my love blossomed, it’s definitely more enjoyable when you’re not being forced to do it for grades! Having always said to my parents that I wanted to be an author (even at the ripe age of five!) I have always written, although it took a while for me to realize the scope of choice to write online. My blog is just an outlet for everything that interests me and some of the things I get up to in my life from fitness and travel to music and beauty.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Rhian and I am from Watford just outside London.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc
I am a very part-time traveller in that I work a traditional 9-5 full-time job so all of my travelling is done over weekends/ bank holidays and with the limited holiday which I get. I like to make the most of the holiday I have and it’s always nice to show how much travelling you can do with a full time job.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I fund it mainly via freelance work and everything which I make from additional sources and my blog is saved in order to pay for my travelling. Although I like luxury and trips with my boyfriend will usually include nice hotels other times I travel very much on a budget with budget airlines and in less flashy accommodation.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
That’s quite a tough one, I’d probably say either Copenhagen as I just fell in love with the friendly laid back culture when I arrived or New York as I felt most at home here and being both a shopping addict and a foodie it’s the perfect place for both.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I don’t think I’ve ever been to a really bad place, perhaps as I’ve stuck so close to home, although I didn’t fall in love with Prague as much as I was expecting to when I visited.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
I have so many bucket lists and the top 3 places on there are New Zealand, Iceland, and Africa (not too fussed where but I want to do a safari).
New Zealand is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go and it’s nice that it’s an option in the more traditionally cold period of the year, plus there’s the Lord of the Rings stuff over there which I’d love to visit. Iceland is somewhere everyone seems to have been to over the past year but me, I’d love to have the chance to see the northern lights as well. And an African Safari is just something I’ve always wanted to do, I’m pretty open with where it would more depend on the type of trip it was and what we saw as to where I went.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
One thing I’d always travel with is my camera, I love taking photos and could not go away without having my camera on me.
The second thing would be my portable charger as I hate the thought of being uncontactable or not having the option to use maps or speak to someone if I need to.
The final essential I always take is a book or two as I always find that travelling is the perfect chance to read.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Having a well-planned trip which runs smoothly makes me happy. I am one of those people who will research things beforehand, find the easiest routes, mark things on a map and book things in advance. So when things work out it makes me very happy.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I have been blogging for around 2-2.5 years now and I started because I was doing so much freelance work I wanted a creative outlet which was exclusively mine and I could write what and when I wanted. Since then it has blossomed into my corner of the internet.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
My blog is unique as from a travel aspect it focuses on the travel which anyone can do. I don’t go on long 2-3 week holidays and I don’t go off travelling solidly, I do the basic travelling which is possible for anyone. My blog is also unique as it covers a lot of general everyday life and doesn’t just focus on travel.
From ESLT – thank you Rhian for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂