This week’s guest post comes from Charlie travel blogger behind Where Charlie Wanders. She explains ‘I’m Charlie, I’m in my late 20’s and I live in Norfolk, England. I work full time in events and travel in my annual leave. I try to live by the quote ‘not all those who wander are lost’ Sometimes you can be lost in this world, but not having a purpose can lead to the best moments. Not having an end goal doesn’t mean I am lost. I started my blog as a way of documenting my quest to visit 30 countries before I turned 30 years of age. In 2016 I reached my 30th Country, Guatemala, but decided not to stop there. As my travel life evolved, so did my blog and I carried on documenting where in the world I wander to. I document my own memories and also share tips, thoughts, advice and also hope to inspire a little bit of wanderlust. I don’t hide anything, this blog is about my real, honest and often very un-glamourous experiences.’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Charlie Womack and I’m from Norfolk in the UK.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I am a part-time traveller, trying to fit everything in in my annual leave. I try and take 1 ‘big’ trip a year and then curb my itchy feet with long weeks and mini breaks, mainly in Europe. Sometimes, if needs must, I also take unpaid leave.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
Through lots and lots of saving up. As I work full time, anything left after rent goes into the travel fund! I also have a part-time job and frequently eBay a lot of my possessions!
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
The best place I ever went to was Mongolia. I spent two weeks there in 2017 and while I couldn’t pick a specific place in the country, I did love the green grasslands. The trip involved a lot of driving across the plains, without roads, and the scenery was just mesmerising. I felt so at peace, so free and so at home. The locals were so welcoming and even cooked for us on a couple of occasions. Plus sleeping in a ger is a very magical experience.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I was very unimpressed with LA. I found it dirty and quite tacky. I left quite quickly and headed for Santa Monica.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Absolutely! I have two lists, one for places and the other for experiences. Both of them seem to grow before I get the chance to tick things off.
But for places, it would have to be Peru (I am dying to see Machu Picchu and it has been top of my list for a long time), Jordan and Namibia.
My top three experiences are to see the Northern lights, I’ve been to Iceland twice but they have still managed to alluded me, take a sunrise hot air balloon flight and go husky sledding.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
An eye mask and earplugs – with these handy tools I can quite literally have a good nights sleep anywhere
A journal – despite blogging I still like to hand write a travel journal every time I go away. I find when I get back I feel more connected to the memories
Some spare US dollars in cash – this has got me out of some tricky situations a couple of times, when I have lost my card or when I had my bank account emptied! The most versatile currency which I have either been able to use, or easily change in local currencies.
8. What makes you happy and why?
There have been a number of times on recent trips, where on a long travel day (8 hours across the country) I have found my self just staring out of the window and grinning to myself. Nothing makes me happier than sitting back and watching a new country pass me by.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I very first started my blog about 3 years ago but only for family and friends to keep up with my travels. I had set myself a goal of visiting 30 countries before I turned 30 and wanted to document it for them. It was only last year I decided I wanted to spread the word further and started blogging and using social media regularly.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I like to think my blog is real and honest. I talk about my travels and where I have been, but also address things like my panic about getting older and feeling a bit lost! I recently changed my brand to ‘where Charlie wanders’ which was inspired by my favourite quote ‘not all those who wander are lost’. For people who aren’t quite where they are heading, this is the blog for you!
From ESLT – thank you, Charlie, for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂