This month’s guest interview is with Sarah, travel blogger behind The S Road. She explains ‘Earlier last year I decided that 2017 was going to be the year I passed my “big” bike test. It’s something that I’d always said I would do but I’d put it off for a number of reasons. I started looking around for some information about the process, and while the internet is full of information listing the steps you need to take to get a bike licence, I thought there was a lack of personal experiences, especially from women who ride in the UK. So my blog is my personal experience of the process that I went through to pass my bike test (I passed on the 27 September!) and it will also hopefully track my progress as I buy my first bike and start my riding journey, as well as some travel and lifestyle posts thrown in as well. I hope my experience and description of the process inspires someone else to learn how to ride!’
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Sarah and I’m from NW London.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I’m a part time traveller, trying to see as much as possible while still working full time. I’m aiming to be location independent in a year or so as there is so much I would love to see and just not enough time!
3. How do you fund your travelling?
Through work. I make sure I save a little each month for my travel fund and any spare cash I have (eBay selling, gifts etc) will also go in this fund. I try and keep my travel as cheap as possible. I keep an eye on deals, try to be as flexible as possible when booking and I also look at doing working holidays as well.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I love Jamaica. It’s where my family are from and is just absolutely beautiful. It’s so green and lush. The people are friendly, the culture is amazing and I love the food! You can do so much on such a small island and it’s full of surprises. It’s my number one location – for the moment!
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I haven’t had an issue with anywhere I’ve been, to be honest. Aberdeen is a little greyer than I anticipated and doesn’t have the charm of some other Scottish cities but I wouldn’t write it off.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
I do, and it keeps growing. I’m really into water sports at the moment and my top two places reflect this.
In Europe, Croatia is my number one, I hope to do a sailing trip there, do some stand-up paddle boarding and sample the seafood.
Bali is my number one Asian location. I want to surf, meditate and practice yoga on the island.
And finally, Switzerland looks like an epic place to ride around on my motorbike and dip my feet in some lakes.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
If I know I’ll have a long coach, train or ferry journey then my anti-nausea bands are a must, I get travel sick quite easily. I like to write things down so my traveler’s notebook and a pen are never too far away and a Kindle for those times when I just want to chill a little bit and read a book.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Travelling, thinking about travelling and food! But really, I quite enjoy being by myself and taking time out to enjoy my hobbies. That could mean reading a good book, doing some yoga or going on an active holiday. I also enjoy going out to eat a lot and exploring new cuisines. I love Thai and Chinese food and like trying to recreate dishes at home.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve only been blogging for a few months. I started it as I had recently passed my motorbike test and I couldn’t find any blogs giving personal experiences and advice to new riders. Now that I’ve passed my test, I want to use my blog to share my travels on my motorbike in the UK and as well as my adventures further afield.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I don’t think there are a huge amount of people writing about travelling with a motorbike so I hope to give people an insight into what travelling on one can be like and how fun it can be.
As a black woman, I also want to inspire others to try things like snowboarding and surfing which aren’t really typical holidays for people of colour.
From ESLT – thank you, Sarah, for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂