Planet Things – Travel Interview

 

Hi, my name is Alice, I’m a professional dancer, model and trainee stunt woman.
Travelling has always been a priority to me, I believe trying new cuisines and getting to know people’s stories and beliefs it’s a very important thing in life. Not being afraid to ask. Being open to learn and find solutions.

I recently decided to share my stories hoping to inspire other people. Travelling is an educational process, it pushes your limits and opens your mind.

I released my blog “Planet Things” at the end of February 2018 after working on the website for over a month. Why “Planet Things”? I’m promoting a healthy and sustainable way of travelling, appreciating the “things” the “Planet” has to offer without damaging our only home.

I focus on adventure travelling #FindYourAdventure!
I believe people can have a very different idea of what an adventure is. What does that mean to you? Is it jumping off a mountain? Sky diving? Is it travelling on your own? Or, maybe, find yourself in a new and different situation? Or learning a new skill? Or a language?
I share my stories hoping to help you define your own adventure!

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

I’m looking for long term collaborations!
I’m planning a big trip to Chile (it’s been nominated the most adventurous country in the world) with a Top Gear style challenge… Unfortunately I currently can’t share more informations as It’s a very new and big project.

I’ll be travelling to Mallorca very soon to get my dive master certification and share information about scuba diving in Spain. I’m working on a few articles about rock climbing and wild camping in UK.
Soon after I’ll be travelling to Italy (my home country), then New York and finally LA and “Burning man” at the end of summer.

I’m hoping to improve my photography and videography skills to create very strong media content for my blog.

What can our readers find on your website?
https://www.planetthings.com
You can read my stories, my adventures, find inspiration and useful information.
I keep my articles short and simple to read with a lot of images.
You will be able to see the world through my eyes! I focus on small and unusual details, I avoid very touristy destinations and when I find myself in one I try to find a new and different angle.

Do you have any travel tips or advice for our readers that might want to start a travel blog?

I love it and I recommend it but before jumping into blogging, sit down, have a moment with yourself and write down your ideas. Why do you want to blog? What are you trying to say? Would you read your own articles? What makes you different? Answering these questions will help you through the process. It can be overwhelming and stressful. Having a few strong points will help you to stay focused and not get overwhelmed.

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

It’s definitely a great experience!
Knowing you have to write about places will make you travel in a different way. You will be a lot more careful and aware of what’s happening around you. You will interact with people a lot more. It makes me search for hidden places.
I’ve learned many new skills like photography, videography, editing, marketing, social media. If it wasn’t for blogging I would have never looked into those skills.
Sometimes it can become stressful, overwhelming and I wonder if anyone is really interested in my work, but every time I receive a true compliment, an email or a new subscription I know It’s
totally worth it.

What type of traveler are you?

I’m currently not a full time traveller and not looking to be one. I enjoy my work as a performer, I like to keep up with regular training and having a base in London.
I’m a freelancer and my work allows me to travel a lot and right now that’s enough. Maybe one day I’ll became a full time digital nomad.


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

Lonely planet is definitely one of my best options, I always research online for other travel blogs and read about the history and the current situation of a country. I don’t use any particular
resource but I compare a lot of different ones depending on the destination.

What’s been some of your favourite destinations & why?

-Philippines have been on of my favourite destination, the sea is stunning and I spent every day on a boat travelling from island to island. Seeing a whale jump out of the water next to me was a real highlight.

-I love Myanmar, especially the mountain area close to Bangladesh. It isn’t a very touristy destination, traditions are still very strong and most people have only seen a few foreigners if any.

-Completely different but equally stunning is Algarve in Portugal. I find the nature reserve super relaxing, not too busy and with amazing views of the landscapes. I also find the ocean is very powerful there.


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

I have a DSLR camera (Nikon D3400) with a 18-55 mm lents. It’s very good! Not to heavy for a DSLR camera, easy to use and it uploads every photo I take directly to my phone via bluetooth. Very useful for social media.

I have a GoPro hero 5 black with a lot of extra equipment for surfing, hiking, scuba diving…as well as a Feiyu Tech g5 gimbal. I find this super helpful as it allows me to have stable footage making my content far more profetional.

I’m looking to buy a drone very soon with a “ follow me” option. I love aerial footage.

Do you have any photography or making travel videos tips?

With photography I really take my time. It takes a while to find the right light and setting. I try to use sunrise and sunset light as much as possible.

If I’m taking a photo of someone I always try to ask for permission. It allows me to work on it more and be more relaxed.

I have photoshop but I try to avoid crazy editing. I like natural looking photos.

What’s the TOP blog posts on your page?

DISAPPEARING INK: Trekking in the Chin State has only just been released. It’s the biggest and most challenging article I wrote so far. I spent a week trekking in the Chin State – Myanmar – researching and discovering more about the Chin tribes and the last generation of tattooed women. This area is very remote and difficult to reach. Many people there have never seen foreigners. They were very shy, it was difficult to take photos and connect with them but I fell in love with the traditions!

Top 5 Bucket-list Destinations?

In no particular order…
Raja Ampat
Nepal and Mt.Everest
French Polynesia
Chile
Bolivia and the solar de Uyuni

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

Climb Mt. Everest
Kayaking in Greenland between the icebergs
Trek Mt. Kilimanjaro
Scuba dive between continents in Iceland
Swim with whale sharks
And I have many more…

Do you have a money saving travel tips?

Avoid travelling during holiday times (if possible).
You don’t always have to prebook everything. Sometimes local companies are much cheaper. Try to go directly to the source and avoid the middle man!

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

Bali.
It’s super touristy. Everything is ether a luxury resort or very uncomfortably low quality. There was a lot of groups of “lads” and too many people selling viagra on the street.

The beaches are always overcrowded and there are so many people doing water sports you can hardly get in the water.

It’s a shame as the place has so much potential and beauty.


What’s in your travel bag? 

-Portable solar power bank
-Camera
-GoPro
-Notebook and pen
-A snack

What are 3 things travelling has thought you?

-“Normality” is a very personal concept, it can be vary different from individual to individual.
-To be present.
-Appreciate what you have.

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

-Rome is one of my favourite cities. There is history everywhere, so much to see and the food is amazing.
-Coron and El Nido in the Philippines have amazing desert islands, white sand beaches and great marine life.

Have you visited any off the beaten track places?

The Chin State is a wild and remote area in Myanmar. It’s very difficult to reach and definitely off the beaten track…I spent a week trekking in the mountains!

This trek was the main reason I decided to visit Myanmar, I was truly fascinated by the history of these women and tribes. I wanted to know more, meet them and experience their life. Taking photos and videos was harder than expected, most of these people have only seen a few foreigners, some none. They can be very shy.

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

There are quite few places I would like to visit for cultural reasons such as Burning man. A temporary city built in the Black Rock desert (United States) ones a year. It’s a place for self expression and artistic freedom as well as radical self reliance.

Completely different but equally interesting would be to visit Papua New Guinea and the Korowai tribes.
I also always dreamed about spending time training traditional Kong Fu in a Chinese monastery.

Where do you see your travel blog in two years?

I’m hoping to build strong long term relationships with fashion and outdoor brands so we can
collaborate on my off the beaten track adventures. I aim to write major articles more consistently, I would like to have something big for my audience at least six times a year as well as regular small articles.
I want to help people travel and find unusual destinations.


Please share one travel quote you love.

“ The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page” St. Augustine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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