This week’s guest interview is with Suzy, travel blogger behind Our Bucket List Lives. Suzy is a family travel blogger from the UK. She moved back to the UK with her husband just under 3 years ago after 14 years of living in France. She has travelled to over 17 countries, many more than once. She wants their son to experience as much of the world as she has done and to continue visiting new places with him. Their lives are based around their family bucket list and with over 450+ places and things to do on the list it certainly keeps them busy.
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Suzy and I currently reside in Lincolnshire. We suffer from itchy feet though and we can never seem to live anywhere for more than 3 years. We are currently up for sale and looking to move to somewhere closer to the sea.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
We are part-time travellers. We would love to be full time but money needs to be earnt and pets need to be looked after. We go away at least every other weekend and we go on days out to new places as much as possible. We did have a three week holiday to Florida earlier on this year which was simply magical. We like to stay in a wide variety of accommodation types from glamping tents to 5* hotels and apartments. We also own a touring caravan.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
My husband earns most of the money by selling goods on Amazon. As I am a travel blogger we do receive press trips to places. However, as much as some people like to say that it’s a free holiday it is never a free holiday. I put many hours into writing up about places and producing videos. That is certainly not a free holiday.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I would have to choose Sri Lanka as the best place I have ever been to. We went there for 3 weeks for our honeymoon and it was such an adventure. We stayed in 9 different places from tree houses to hotels with monkeys on the balcony. We saw everything that was good and bad about Sri Lanka. It was a massive eye-opener. I’d love to take our son one day but when his constitution is a bit stronger! I loved all the natural places where you could go and see elephants. The scenery is so diverse and beautiful and the people were very friendly and welcoming.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Malta and Turkey. I think perhaps it was the areas we were staying in but both countries were dirty and just not very attractive. We were close to Istanbul when we went to Turkey and it was just too hot. There was nothing particularly overwhelming about it. I believe the south is a lot more attractive. We have friends that live in Malta and they are always sharing beautiful places of where they live and it doesn’t look anything like the Malta we saw. I’d love to revisit both countries and hopefully see them in a better light.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
We most certainly do. 450+ things on it to be precise and all travel related in one way or another. My top three right now that I would love to go to tomorrow are Cinque Terre in Italy, Iceland and Santa’s Lapland. I could easily add another 10 onto the priority list. We ticked a massive bucket list tick this year when we took our son to Disney World and Universal in Florida. It feels good to have them ticked off.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
Earplugs. I can never sleep when I’m away if there’s any sort of sound. I have these great ear plugs that mould into my ears. They cut out white noise but I can always hear louder more essential sounds. I never go anywhere without them. I also always make sure that I take all my chargers (phone, GoPro, camera, iPad) as it is never fun to run out of battery on something you need to keep your memories on. My third essential is sunglasses. I can’t be without them if there’s any hint of sun.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Easy travelling. Being anywhere that’s not home. Don’t get me wrong I love home but I love being away and exploring new places even more. I also love writing about travelling and taking photographs. It’s all part and parcel really. It’s why I have a website all about our travels.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started my website in December 2016. I had already started our family bucket list a few months previous to this. In February 2017 I decided to change my website over to a family travel website based on our bucket list. So we’ve only been going for just over a year now.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I know we aren’t the only ones with a family bucket list. My most favourite family in the world, the bucket list family, are doing what we do but even better. I had no idea about them until I was googling names for my website change. I typed in bucket list family and found them and have been following them ever since. I guess what makes us different is that our goals and what we get up to are more realistic for other families in the UK. I also write a lot of caravan related articles which not many bloggers do. I hope that we are providing ideas and inspiration to many families.
From ESLT – thank you, Suzy, for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂