This week’s guest post comes from Faye, travel blogger behind Fayebeline. She explains ‘Fayebeline was created in March 2015 in aid of getting creative again after a few months of putting it off. Starting out as a (very bad) beauty blog and trying to fit into the vast world of what blogging is today, it has since turned into a well-nourished, well-loved blog about travel, books and lifestyle. Aimed at the everyday twenty-odd year old, Fayebeline is a place where people can come for travel advice and anecdotes, what should be on your bookshelf, and how to get through the day to day with inspiration and life lessons. Every now and again, the odd fashion and beauty post will be thrown in: I am a twenty-five year old female after all.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
Hey! My name is Faye and I come from a small peninsula called The Wirral in the UK. Nobody knows where it is so us Wirralites tend to say we’re from Liverpool, or near Liverpool, or Across The Mersey.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I am mainly a part-time backpacker. I backpacked through Australia, Bali and Singapore over the course of twelve months last year, but have lots of shorter trips planned for this year now that I am back at home. I do plan to travel to New Zealand for at least a year in 2019 so currently saving for that!
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I work a lot and save as much as possible. When I lived and travelled through Australia, I worked in an outback pub and in a department store to fund the rest of my travels. I also sold my first car, Ariel, to fund a month in Bali.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
This is a tough question!! It’s a toss up between Melbourne and Gili Air, all for completely different reasons.
Melbourne was like home from home for me. As soon as I landed (at 5.30am), I felt like it was a place I could see myself settling down in for a long, long time. I was at my peak happiest in Melbourne. I lived with great friends; I enjoyed my job; it was right next to the beach and the ocean, and the city, itself, was beautiful. It always felt safe and there was always something to do and see. Some of my greatest memories (as well as the hot chocolates and avocados) are in Melbourne.
Gili Air is a paradise. I felt so relaxed on that incredible island. It had the most stunning sunsets and the food and drinks were fab. It is a place that I would return to in a heartbeat.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Charters Towers in Australia. It is a very small town with very small-minded people. There wasn’t a lot to do and the atmosphere was never the best. I couldn’t wait to leave! I stuck it out for nearly four months, saving money and experiencing a part of Down Under that I never imagined when I dreamed of travelling there.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
I always have a bucket list, even when I’m travelling somewhere new! The current top places (which can change monthly, or even daily) are:
1. New Zealand.
2. German Fairy Tale Route.
3. The Philippines.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
I have to have a journal with me to write all of my memories and thoughts down; it also passes the time on long bus journeys. Another thing is a book or a kindle because there is always down time, and time I want to spend by myself. Lastly, my necklace: it is a Kartush and my mother’s St. Christopher. It never comes off my neck because I truly believe it’s my lucky charm and keeps me safe.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Being by the ocean, in a bikini, watching the waves rolling in. It doesn’t have to be the hottest of days, but as long as that sea keeps moving, I am happy. Getting on the plane and taking off makes me excited about a new journey. Spending time with my family and friends doing everything and nothing gives me joy and blogging – and everything that it brings – makes me happy and proud. All of these things are for different reasons, but it all boils down to the sheer love of it all.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I have been blogging on and off for about a decade, but Fayebeline began almost three years ago. I wanted a new creative outlet, and I’ve always loved writing articles and stories. It seemed like another natural progression to create something that was my own, rather than writing for other online publications.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
Fayebeline can be everything from the latest book I’m reading to forty-eight hour guides in a far-off country. What is unique is that I am unique. I tend to write honestly, funnily, sombrely; there is no one format, and I prefer to keep it that way. My Real Day in the Life of a Backpacker series is extremely popular because I get real, and talk about shoes breaking, periods starting, dodgy hostels and more. It keeps it all truthful, although I do share the more luxurious side to travel and life too.