Tell our readers a little about Creative Travel Guide.
Our blog is Creative Travel Guide, a name we decided on after a friend had commented that my travel tips for her recent holiday were ‘very creative’. We are a young couple based in the UK but will be moving to Bangkok this year. We took our time setting up the blog and launched it in November 2016.
What has been some of your most memorable trips and where did you visit?
Our first ever trip together was a few weeks visiting Niagara Falls, NYC and Washington DC. It is this first trip together we realised how much we both love to travel and how much fun we had travelling together. Our three months travelling South East Asia, China and Japan were full of some of the best moments of our lives, with some amazing memories and a lot of items on our bucket list being ticked off.
What are some of the places on your bucketlist?
Yeah there are far too many places on our bucket list. Near the top is Taiwan – it looks incredible and we are hoping to visit this year! We would also love to actually visit the continent of Africa, with Cape Town looking amazing and a safari being an experience I don’t want to miss out on. I personally would love to visit Italy and try the amazing food it has to offer whilst Calum really wants to head to Albuquerque, USA (random, yes) because he wants to visit the locations used in TV show Breaking Bad.
How many languages can you say Hello in?
I can say very basic phrases of French, Spanish and we are attempting to learn Thai. We really should know more languages!
What will Creative Travel Guide be doing on 2017?
2017 starts with more travel around the UK. We hope to visit Bath and Stonehenge along with Liverpool hopefully. Then we make the big move over to Bangkok for my Primary Teaching role in an international school which brings with it some trips around Thailand and perhaps a Christmas break in the Philippines? We will see!
Share one travel tip with our reader?
Always use incognito browsers to book flights and hotels.
What tips can you give some of our readers that want to start blogging?
Those starting a blog now, I would encourage you to keep writing. The more content we have, the more page views we get. Use social media to connect with other bloggers but genuinely connect, build friendships and support others. This will be invaluable!
What has travel taught you?
Travel has taught me to be open minded. If you had told me 6 years ago that we would be packing our bags and moving to the other side of the world, I would have thought you were crazy and hated the idea. If you asked me to eat prawns on a stick from a street vendor, I would have been repulsed. If you had told me to sit in a mini bus for 6+ hours, I would have laughed. But not now, now I am willing to try whatever.
What has been some of your strangest experiences whilst travelling?
Travel is often full of random and strange moments, it is hard to narrow it down to one. Having a taxi driver drift in and out of sleep at every traffic light on the steep roads of San Francisco was terrifying. Getting spiked in Phuket and throwing up for the next two days – not a great memory. Tokyo is a whole land of strange – my favourite (but unusual) moment has to be when we were searching for a bar that was showing the Chelsea Football game. We found this tiny place with a bar the size of a standard desk and the bartender gave us the remote to find the game, whilst a Tokyian sat next to us, facing the TV on the other side of the wall, playing as Chelsea on Fifa. This was all at 3am!
What are some of Creative Travel Guides Favouriate travel apps?
I prefer to use my laptop to plan and book trips but Tripadvisor is permanently open on my phone, ready for me to get some travel inspiration. The WiFi Finder app is always helpful too, for both planning, GPS and blogging.
Whats been your favourite foods you have eaten and where?
Whilst in Beijing, we ate Peking Duck in a little restaurant near the Bell Tower. During our first trip to Asia, I was nervous about trying different food but this was our last night of the trip and I had wanted to try the regions speciality. It was amazing, moist but crispy, fresh and crunchy – I want to head back just so I can try this again!
Whats your favourite beach and city?
My favourite beach has to be the islands of Phi Phi, they are so incredibly beautiful and will be one of the first places we head back to when we are back in Asia. Favourite city is of course Bangkok. Bangkok offers everything, modern shopping malls standing next to religious temples, parties and cheap beer through the night yet incredible street food and floating markets galore through the day.
What items do you always pack?
Calum and I have very different packing priorities. Whenever we travel, I pack my kindle so I have plenty to read, dry shampoo for when my hair gets too sweaty and gross and a little notebook, so I can make notes of the wonderful things we see and do and then share them all with our readers. Calum is all about his photography equipment. His DSLR, many lens, GoPro, drone, tripod and filters are his essentials.
Favouriate travel quote?
“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow” (Anita Desai)
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