Let’s talk about Amy’s journey, wandering-everywhere
What made you take up travel blogging? Did you take inspiration from other travel bloggers?
Frankly, I took up travel blogging by accident! My blog began as a humble book blog, where almost every day I would post a review on a new release (what can I say, I’m a quick reader), and from there it grew quite steadily. As I grew older, I realised that whilst I adore reading, my passions ultimately lay somewhere else. I found myself writing several posts on travel, and fell in love with the travel blogger lifestyle. I definitely take inspiration from other bloggers such as Brooke Saward – in fact, she’s the one that inspired me to drop everything and travel the world!
Do you make strategies to keep things within your budget?
I try to! I arrive in a new country with a certain amount of money in my bank account, and decide to try and live on the bare essentials so that that number can grow in preparation for my next adventure. However, I don’t want to skimp out on spending money on things I really want to do – such as, I’m going to Hawaii next month, and plan on spending a ridiculous amount of money on diving with sharks. I couldn’t forgive myself if I missed out on an awesome opportunity like that just so that I could save a couple hundred dollars. I managed to travel Spain for three months on less than $400 – and I managed to make double that in petty cash along the way!
Do you carry Travel insurance? Do you feel it’s mandatory for globetrotters?
I have Crohn’s Disease, so it’s kind of a given that I have travel insurance. It is definitely important for travelers to get it, as you never know what will happen. As for me, I know what is likely to happen, so I need it indefinitely!
Do you obtain any financial assistance for leading your traveling lifestyle?
Along with hosting my own travel blog and getting paid for mentions and sponsors, I am also a freelance writer for several international publications. The majority of my lifestyle is funded by my travels, and the things I can’t afford, I am usually able to get a discount on in exchange for a mention on the blog. I only work with brands that I really, really love, so would likely give them a mention anyway!
Is there any place that you visit at least once every year? Would you like to share about the people of this place and their livelihood?
I always go home to Wales – it’s my base, and it’s where my heart is. I am drawn to the mountain views, the beaches, and the small-town vibes. I adore absolutely everything about the country, and even when I’m in a rainforest or an igloo, I’m telling everyone around me about how under-appreciated Wales is.
Do you feel exhausted when a tour stretches beyond its schedule? How do you cope with the unexpected?
Another key thing about Crohn’s Disease is that I’m constantly overwhelmed with fatigue. Sometimes it helps to take a day or two out, and whilst it definitely feels like I’m missing out on something, it’s a lot better than forcing myself to stay energetic and busy and then end up crashing for weeks on end. It happened when I first arrived in Canada, and I missed a bunch of fun snow days because I just didn’t want to slow down. It always comes back one way or another!
Do you have a few traveling hacks to share with our audience?
I have an endless amount of hacks, but none of them are new, and I’m assuming that the vast majority of people know them. As I’m a female and I travel mostly solo, I need to be aware of myself at all times – and so I suggest to other travellers to avoid alcohol and drugs when away, and always notice where you are coming from and heading towards.
Do you have a new destination in mind for this summer?
Currently, this summer is up for grabs! I’ve been invited to work on a ranch, or stay at a Ukranian drug lord’s house, or travel the Spanish mountains – and saying yes to one adventure always reminds me that I’m saying no to a million others! All I know for definite is that I will be travelling around Canada, Oahu, Galicia, and Aberystwyth!