This week’s guest post comes from Nicola, travel blogger behind Nicola Dunkinson. She explains ‘I’m a travel and lifestyle blogger and freelance content writer based in the UK. My passion is for road trips, surfing, outdoor adventures and family travel. I also work part-time as a flight attendant. Since having a baby I have continued to travel, my daughter Emily has already adventured to some far-flung destinations with my husband Matt and I.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Nicola Dunkinson and I live on the south coast in the UK.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I’m a part time traveller, although travelling also falls into my job as a flight attendant. I love to make the most of my days off and annual leave and try to fit in travel at any opportunity. I get itchy feet if I spend too long at home!
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I fund my travelling through working as a flight attendant. I was working full time, but since having a baby I now work part time, which allows even more time for travel. I feel extremely lucky to be able to fulfil my travel bug at work, having the opportunity to stop over in some exciting destinations all over the world on an almost weekly basis is just awesome!
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
It’s so hard to narrow it down to just one place! South Goa holds at lot of amazing memories for me, cycling along the beach at sunset and feeling really off the beaten track made it such a unique trip. We stayed on the outskirts of a tiny village with literally no other westerners in sight. I love India the sights, sounds and smells are unlike anywhere else I have visited in the world. Australia is another favourite of mine; my husband and I spent three weeks in a campervan exploring the east coast from Sydney to Cairns a few years ago. It was an incredible adventure; we did everything from whale watching in Hervey Bay to snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I hate to find negatives in the places I’ve been to but I’d have to say that I really didn’t enjoy my time in Sharm el Sheikh. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed some of my trip there, snorkelling over coral reefs full of beautiful marine life, riding a camel and drinking tea in a Bedouin Camp. But I felt extremely hassled by the locals and I found it way too touristy on an evening out in Naama Bay. To top it off I got the worst food poisoning I’ve ever had! I’m not sure if it was food or water related. You are advised not to drink the water or even use it for cleaning your teeth. Needless to say, it sealed the deal of being top of my worst destinations I’ve been to!
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
I have an ever growing bucket list, currently my top 3 places are Borneo; I’d love to see the orungutans in Sepilok. Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and island hopping in Croatia.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
My camera, I have a Sony A5000 and would be lost without it. A note pad and pen, I love to be a bit old fashioned and write down everything I do on my travels along with jotting down ideas for blogs. I’m a sucker for a pretty notebook and always buy a new one for each trip I take!
8. What makes you happy and why?
Travelling with my husband and daughter makes me really happy. Although it sounds a little cliché sharing experiences with them and introducing Emily to new parts of the world is my new favourite thing! On a recent trip to Bali, Emily loved seeing wild monkeys in Ubud and splashing about in the shoreline in Canggu. It’s wonderful to see how excited she gets about experiencing something new.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I have been blogging for 6 years; I initially set up my travel blog while studying for an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. It was something I had been thinking about doing for a while but never quite had the confidence to start. The course gave me the drive I needed to push the button and go for it. I love sharing all my experiences and offering travel advice to others. My blog has given me so many opportunities, I’ve worked with some amazing travel brands off the back of it and I also do some freelance content work for travel companies. I feel so proud of it and love the idea of having it as something to look back on in years to come.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I cover anything and everything travel and lifestyle related from city and country guides, to surfing abroad, camping, glamping, road trips in a campervan and since having Emily guides to travelling with a baby. Anyone who loves outdoor adventures, is looking for inspiration on where to travel to next or just needs some reassurance on travelling with children should head on over to my blog.
From ESLT – thank you Nicola for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂