This week’s guest post comes from Leanne, travel blogger behind The Globetrotter GP. She explains ‘I’m a 30-something GP with a passion for travel, photography, dance and generally living life to the full. I’ve kept many private travel blogs in the past but now I want to get creative and help others with the knowledge I’ve gained from my round-the-world adventures! I enjoy everything from road trips through Europe to camping in Kenya, shoestring travel in SE Asia, volunteering in Belize, working in Australia and Ghana and occasionally living it up on a luxury weekend away.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Leanne Scott. I live in Cardiff in South Wales. I moved here when I was 18 for uni and loved it so much that I’ve lived here ever since except for a few years when I lived in Byron Bay, Australia. The great thing about Cardiff is that it’s got all the big-city amenities with a small town feel and it’s only a 10-minute drive to reach the beautiful surrounding countryside!
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I would describe myself as a part-time mid-budget traveller. I’ve done my time shoe-string budget backpacking staying in uber cheap hostels but now I’m in my 30’s I like a little comfort every now and then. I’m not talking non-stop luxury 5 star resorts but I’ll do anything from camping in Africa to going on foodie holidays in beautiful country gites in France. I’m all about maximising experiences whilst I’m away and making the absolute most of my annual leave in whatever form that takes.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I remember my first ever experience of backpacking aged 17 involved a LOT of washing cars in the freezing cold to fund it! At 23, I actually took out a professional studies loan to afford to do my ‘elective’ in Ghana. An elective is essentially an opportunity to do a volunteer project abroad. That loan took a few years to pay back but it was worth every penny!
These days, however, I work as a locum GP (family doctor) which allows me flexibility to take time off to travel and also helps me fund my travel addiction! I’m hoping one day, my blog will also help contribute to my travel fund but it’s early days!
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I’ve been asked this question many times by friends and family and every time it’s incredibly difficult to answer as everywhere is amazing in its own way.
I would say New Zealand was the most beautiful, especially Lake Tekapo! I loved travelling New Zealand in a campervan with a stunning view around every corner – the freedom to pull up anywhere for lunch with a view!
Snorkelling with sea lions in the Galapagos was the best experience I’ve had travelling to date! The wildlife in the Galapagos is unique in that they don’t fear humans so they interact happily with you. At one point I had 8 or so playful sea lions swooping and diving around me – it was incredible!
Other places which come as close runners-up include The Gili islands for gorgeous beaches without the crowds, Laos for stunning emerald waterfalls, Tanzania for the wildlife at the Ngorongoro crater, Italy for the quaint colourful seaside villages (and the ice-cream) and Brazil for the Capirinhias and dancing!
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I’ve racked my brain for ages trying to think of an answer to this but I can honestly say I don’t think I have a worst place. There’s usually something good to find wherever you go. I guess in general I’m a glass half full sort of girl!
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
There are SO many places on my bucket list but if I had to pick just three, I would say Iceland, India and New York. I’m hoping to tick off at least a two of those this year.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
- My camera. I’d be lost without it. In fact, on one trip not one but two cameras broke down. Although it was a serious owch, not replacing it was never even a consideration. Photography allows me to see a place differently to how I might see it if I didn’t have my camera. It makes me notice the tiny details that might pass me by otherwise.
- My Kindle – packed full of good reads for long journeys. Day-to-day life always seems too busy to get absorbed in a good book so it’s a nice treat to get lost in a book on my travels!
- TOMs shoes – lightweight and extremely comfy for walking miles around cities. But they also double as dance shoes for when the opportunity arises to dance. The fabric sole is great for spinning!
8. What makes you happy and why?
Aside from travelling, photography and writing, my other great passion is dancing (hence the TOMs.) I travel all over the UK and sometimes abroad to dance a combination of Ceroc, west coast swing and zouk. Dancing zouk in Rio de Janeiro where it originated from is up there with my best experiences travelling South America! I can totally lose myself in dance and find it’s a great creative outlet!
As well as my hobbies, other things that make me happy are family, friends, Ben & Jerrys ice cream, music festivals in sunny weather, getting out in the countryside, British pubs with roaring fires in the winter and my daft dogs.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve only been blogging about 5 months but I’ve packed a lot in – I’ve already published 70 articles! I’m the sort of person that’s either in or I’m out. If a jobs worth doing, I think it’s worth doing properly so I throw myself in at 100mph!
I started it as a creative outlet. My job as a doctor requires absolutely zero creativity so this was my way to satisfy the more creative side of my personality. I’d always loved writing – I remember being asked to write a short story by my teacher when I was 11. I’m not sure they expected the 40-page novel I produced! Looking back, I feel sorry for my teacher who had to read the whole thing to mark it!
It was my friends who suggested I start the blog, over a fair few glasses of wine. But somehow I rolled with it and my first article went live just a week later! I haven’t looked back since!
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
First and formerly, my blog is about real life realistic travel. There are no photos of me wearing ball gowns at Machu Pichu – I am in fact sporting the ‘I have food poisoning’ look – white as a ghost with huge sunnies on which are failing to hide just how ill I was! I happily write posts about my travel fails and disasters – they make the funniest stories!
Alongside mid-budget travel topics, I also write about travel photography so hopefully, I can impart some tips on how to take awesome photos of your travels. My work as a doctor also allows me to write credible travel health articles and promote really important issues like malaria prevention.
In addition to that, I have 2 great regular features that I really love. The first is ‘Interview with a Local’ – city guides written by local people who live all over the world from Rio to Dubai! Locals will always better advice than the guidebooks – especially where to eat and drink. My newest feature is about inspirational travellers who travel with serious health problems. The first article was such a success that I am now planning to turn this into a monthly interview style feature which will be both inspirational and educational!