Find World’s Beauty Travel Interview

Hello, my name is Jack and I was born in one of the smallest countries in the world, Luxembourg which made wanderlust a recurring symptom ever since I was a kid.

I started Find World’s Beauty in March 2017 after I had visited nearly 40 countries. I had amassed so much information about places that I thought I needed to share these insights. I have since added some regular contributors and received guest posts to diversify the spectrum of the blog.

Our blog focuses on cultural travel. I personally like to travel to immerse myself in other cultures and engage with locals from different backgrounds. I am also very interested in the history, politics and social system of the destination that I visit.

The name Find World’s Beauty was simply a name that popped up at some point because I always defined the ‘beauty’ of places in an all-encompassing way. The ‘beauty’ includes in my view not only the photo-type aesthetic beauty but also the beauty in terms of atmosphere and vibe. How the people live their culture and how their social system functions in their geopolitical setting. All of this together creates the ‘beauty’ of a location.


What plans do you have in the future for your blog?

We are currently writing lots of culture-focused articles about places from around the world. We are also working on our Youtube channel which should be a collection of informative videos about the history and culture of the places featured on Find World’s Beauty.

This year, lots of Asian destinations are going to be added to Find World’s Beauty in addition to new European and US destinations that we haven’t already covered

Does your blog cover anything else other than travel? 

Historical and cultural insights are one of the main parts of our website. This content is obviously travel related, but it lives outside of the scope of the usual guides and bucket list articles.

What can our readers find on your website? 

Find Worlds Beauty 

On our website you can find guides which focus on providing background information. We try to combine practical travel advice with historical and cultural insights to create a genuine image of the places.

Do you have any travel tips or advice for our readers that might want to start a travel blog?
Try to understand places and people before writing about them. For seasoned travellers, it is very easy to distinguish between travel writers who know what they are talking about and bloggers who simply jump on hype trains.

Read books about a country and check out their most famous literature, that’s the best way to understand how the society of that particular country works.


What are some of the highs and lows of travel blogging?

High: getting emails from people who love what you are doing and generally getting positive feedback.
People telling you that you inspired them to be more interested in the local culture of the places that they visit.
Companies approaching and offering you remuneration for articles, this shows that the hard work paid off.

Low: The incredible amount of time you have to invest in making a blog work.
When somebody copies your articles (happened to me a few times, not word by word but the ideas and the message)

What type of traveler are you?

I work full-time and focus on doing 1 or 2 bigger trips per year. Working at night and on the weekends to keep the blog moving forward has become kind of normal.

What sites or other resources do you use to decide where and when you will go to a certain place or destination?

I usually try to avoid destinations that are too hyped-up on social media. It is pretty easy to spot which places are becoming too touristy, without naming any … cough cough… Cuba.

I generally read books and other cultural/historical articles and one or two places always intrigue me. After that many factors determine my choices of destination, so it is kind of variable.

Do you have any favourite travel books you have read or use?

-On the road by Jack Kerouac (you cannot use that since it’s from the 50s, but no book captures the magic of roadtripping better than this one)
-Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer is a great book to learn about strange, mysterious places
-In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin is a stunning piece of literature that inspired me to visit Chile and more specifically Patagonia back in 2016.

The 3 countries that left the biggest impression on myself in the last 5 years

Colombia: raw, authentic, beautiful, fantastic people, great culture and history, amazing food and nightlife
Chile: the vast and empty wilderness of Patagonia is unlike anywhere else I have been, lovely people, food and drinks
Austria: one of my favourite countries in Europe, incredible nature and architecture, the best hospitality in the world
Bosnia & Herzegovina: a country that is in essence a war-museum. Amazing landscapes and fantastic hospitality.

What equipment do you use to blog or for your blog?

I use a Nikon Coolpix 500, a Macbook Air, Davinci Resolve for video making and Wavepad Audio editor for recording.

Do you have any photography or making travel videos tips?

I love taking pictures of street scenes and landscapes. I prefer pictures which seem unplanned and not too edited.

What’s the TOP blog posts on your page?

A guide to Paris by neighbourhoods
10 breathtaking skyscraper observation decks 
The 10 principles of cultural travelling 

Do you have any tips or suggestions on how bloggers can earn an income from blogging?

We use affiliate links, ads and sponsored content

Top 5 Bucket-list Destinations?

Japan, Philippines, Venezuela, Russia, Iceland

Top 5 travel experiences you can’t wait to try out or do?

-Island hopping in the Philippines
-Immersing myself into Japanese culture and visiting Mount Fuji and Tokyo nightlife
-Driving across the US
-Climbing a mountain
-Riding a horse in Siberia

Do you have a money saving travel tips?

Booking accommodation in advance, I know that lots of people don’t do this, especially in Southeast Asia but I have saved tremendous amounts by booking all the accommodation in advance.

Do you have any funny or strange travel experiences to share? please state what happened.

We once had a Colombian Uber driver accidentally drive into a slum. He just blindly followed his GPS because the slum was right next to the beach. A guy with a mask came to the window and asked the Uber driver what the f*ck he was doing in his slum. So, he said sorry he had taken the wrong route and quickly drove back. We were a bit scared, but it was still a funny story. Moral of the story: don’t just blindly follow the GPS.

Was there a place you visited that did not live up to your expectations & why.

There were a few but I don’t want to name any in order not to spoil anyone’s ideas about a place. Everyone should have his own experience and decide for himself.

What’s in your travel bag? Name 5 travel essentials always in your bag?

Portable speakers, an old-school notebook, a laptop, packing cubes and nice shoes

What travel apps do you use and why

The Booking.com app in order not to have to print a million confirmations
Moovit sometimes to find out about public transport
Uber and Grab if the local taxis are bad

What are 3 things travelling has thought you?
Perspective: Everything is different depending on who sees it in what way.
I realized that many people have no idea about the places they visit, they simply go there because it’s cheap and hyped up on social media.
I also realized that there is nothing greater than feeling integrated in a completely foreign society.

Have you encountered any travel mishaps or scary moments if so what happened?

I have been to some rougher places but nothing too bad ever happened. I am a cautious person, so I try not to get into stupid situations. The usual taxi rip-off obviously happens from time to time, that’s unavoidable.

Do you have any recommendations for cities and beach places that you have visited and loved? What was good about these places?

I love 3 European cities: Vienna, Prague and Budapest: these 3 have some of the most astonishing architecture in the world not even mentioning the history, food and nightlife
I am not too much of a beach person but the beaches I loved the most were the Whitsundays in Australia, Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica and Islas del Rosario in Colombia.


Have you visited any off the beaten track places?

I have been to many off the beaten track places. For example, the Australian Outback which was funny, endless miles of dusty, lifeless straight roads. It was mesmerising.

Best places you have visited or want to visit for cultural experiences.

The ones I mentioned: Chile, Colombia, Vienna, Prague, Budapest

What are 5 things you wish you knew about blogging before you started?

I only started focusing on SEO about 6 months into blogging which cost me a lot of views in the early days.

Where do you see your travel blog in two years?

We don’t have specific goals. The target is simply to grow as much as possible and to inspire as many people as possible.

Please share one travel quote you love.

“I climbed a path and from the top looked up-stream towards Chile. I could see the river, glinting and sliding through the bone-white cliffs with strips of emerald cultivation either side. Away from the cliffs was the desert. There was no sound but the wind, whirring through thorns and whistling through dead grass, and no other sign of life but a hawk, and a black beetle easing over white stones.”

Bruce Chatwin, In Patagonia

 

 

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  • Bernie
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    I love the book recommendations! (Two down, Atlas Obscura now on my list.) And those are wise words about not sharing your disappointment in a place; I’ve returned to places that disappointed me first time round and sometimes found my opinion confirmed, but more often had it challenged and changed by new people and experiences there.

  • Jyoti
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    As always you do the best interviews. I’d love to visit Luxembourg some day and many other places Jack describes. I totally agree with his description of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Much of Balkans is a living war museum.
    I wonder how you deal with article theft

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