This week’s guest post comes from Sam, travel blogger behind SOS Travel UK. She explains ‘I love to travel and want to share my experiences with you all, hoping to inspire more and more people along the way! Whether you are a first time or full-time traveller, my blog is for you. Feel free to ask questions, give suggestions or just say hi. I want my blog to be a helpful source of information, whether it be travel inspiration or hints and tips about a certain place or just pure wanderlust. The one thing you can be certain of, you will get honest opinions and plenty of information on all the countries and places I see or visit. Travel is my passion, as I have been lucky enough to visit lots of parts of this amazing world we live in from a very young age (first trip was to Texas in the USA 6 weeks old). My family love to travel, they instilled it into me from birth, hence why the travel bug will never cease! All I want is to encourage or inspire others to do the same. Travelling educates you, as you learn about other people’s cultures and ways of living.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Sam and I live in Newcastle in the north east of England
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I’m a part-time traveller but the dream is to make it full time!!
3. How do you fund your travelling?
With Savings, my partner’s salary and growing affiliates
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I can’t think of just one… there are so many amazing places!! Zanzibar is definitely up there as it’s paradise, Marrakech as it’s so magical and a place that stole my heart it feels like a second home as I regularly go there and Vegas for being so much fun as I as say, ‘Disneyland for adults’! For overall experience, Sri Lanka is brilliant as I toured the country and there’s so much to see.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
There isn’t any place I have not liked, I don’t like to be negative. However, if we are talking about expectations, then I expected a lot more from Milan and would rate it much lower down my list of recommendations.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
I have a list, it’s amusing and somewhat ambitious. Firstly a stay on Necker Island once it’s been restored… a trip to Bora Bora and Fiji. Finally to take a train journey on the Orient Express.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
My beloved iPhone haha.. as I use it as a camera a lot of the time due to its great picture quality, an Olympus Pen camera and my husband, lol well most of the time anyway!
8. What makes you happy and why?
Travel it is as simple as that, from thinking about travelling to booking it and researching the countries beforehand to being there! Then writing about it for my blog brings back all the great memories and sharing my experiences with all my lovely readers. That’s why I am a travel blogger.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started my blog in August 2016, 16 months down the line the question I now ask myself is why didn’t I start earlier?! To keep it brief the reason it was started was after being made redundant from a multinational company and unemployed for a while, after many an interview I became quite despondent and I knew I needed to travel in a different direction excuse the pun! This travel blog has been entirely self-funded so far in the hope I can grow it and begin to earn a living from my biggest passion.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
Sostravel.co.uk is unique as it’s about my experiences and travels around the world. My main aim is to get others to travel to places I have been and inspire people who may have not been anywhere to travel. There’s something for everyone, the traveller and tourist alike. I’m a firm believer that a passport and the ability to travel is everyone’s human right.
From ESLT – thank you, Sam, for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂