This week’s guest post comes from Sam, travel blogger behind Coco Travels. She explains ‘I’m a travel blogger wanting to explore the world one adventure at a time. Anywhere you can think of – it’s on my list! I love travelling and exploring different places and experiencing different cultures, trying new things and having amazing adventures. On my to go to list are: LA, Copenhagen, Iceland, Stockholm, Thailand and Italy, and my favourite city of all time is London – it’s ace! I’ve also recently fallen for the UK seaside scene with Cornwall being my fave but now Salcombe, Norfolk and Swanage are on my GB bucket list.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name’s Samantha and I’m from a very small town in the Peak District called Matlock.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I’m definitely a part time traveller, as I’ve never been on a really extended trip. I love taking weekend breaks, both UK staycations and further afield in Europe, as well as longer trips – I recently got back from three weeks in Australia. I’m open to pretty much any type of travel and I enjoy luxury (and not so luxury!) hotels, villas, apartments, camping, pretty much anything! We’re currently saving for a camper van conversion so we can explore more for less.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I have a full time job and so all of my savings go on travelling. I also run my blog and social media accounts which do bring in a little bit of extra spending money. I always search around for the best deals but I don’t let money stop me from doing anything once I’m in a place – I’d hate to miss out on something just because I couldn’t afford it – you don’t know when you’ll be back again!
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I’ve been to so many amazing places that I couldn’t narrow it down to just one! My favourite city break has been Rome – it’s super romantic and there’s something to see around every corner. I love being by the sea and my favourite beaches are in Exuma in the Bahamas and Whitehaven Bay in the Whitsundays in Australia.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I’ve never been to somewhere that I’ve absolutely hated as I can have fun pretty much anywhere but there have been some holidays where the company was less than ideal – but the less said about that the better!
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
It’s probably easier to answer what isn’t on my bucket list as I add to it pretty much every day! My top three are probably safari in South Africa, trekking the Inca Trail and seeing Machu Picchu in Peru and cruising down a canal on a gondola in Venice.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
I’m not super precious about material things and I can travel really lightly if needed but I always take my contact lenses (as I’m almost completely blind without them), my camera for capturing all those memories and a good moisturiser.
8. What makes you happy and why?
I never feel happier than when I’m at the beach – whether the weather is great or not. I love spending time outdoors, breathing in the fresh air and taking in some beautiful scenery. I think being outside reminds me of the important things in life – health and happiness – and I always feel so content after a hike or a beach walk.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging now for seven or eight years (I don’t really count!) and it started off as I was straight out of university and really keen to get into journalism. It started off as a fashion and beauty blog and then became a bit of a mess as I just started writing about anything and everything. Around a year ago I started writing exclusively about travel as I realised this was my true passion.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I think travel can sometimes seem really unobtainable – the images you see on Instagram and the expensive trips that you see a lot of bloggers taking can seem out of reach. I want to show people that there are amazing things to see no matter where you are and that you should never stop exploring.
From ESLT – thank you, Sam, for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂