As the owner of Skipworth Adventrues, a site focussing on diverse subjects, I have had a fantastic time sharing my adventures on such a public platform. I started my blog in April 2017 as a way to deal with a particularly tricky time in my life and to encourage me to have more experiences worth sharing. I had lost my grandmother and two dogs in a pretty short period of time and ran in to some mental health issues that caught me off guard. I had my reservations about making my experiences available to the Internet but I am glad to say that I have received nothing but love and support as well as a new found motivation to have even more wonderful experiences to write about. I also love that I have a way to share my photography as well as inspiring me to improve my skills.
My blog has a wide variety of focus points: mental health, fitness, fashion, travel, education, creative writing and lifestyle. I had doubts at first at not having a specific niche to fall in to but at the end of the day, I am helping people. As long as others feel they have somewhere to turn to for enjoyment, advice, ideas and inspiration then I’m doing my part!
I would love to link up with companies that share my ideals and views on the world. I want to connect with the public and be able to offer them a service. I love collaborating and working with businesses and bloggers so I’m hoping to be able to do a lot more of these. I have exciting times ahead and plan to keep documenting these as they come.
Does your blog cover anything else other than travel?
If so what?
I love to write about education and teaching as well as mental health where I draw on my own experiences. I particularly enjoy writing stories to share and I hope to do this a lot more in the future. My fashion style, hauls and ideas are available for all to see as are my fitness and dietary experiences. Pretty much my whole life is on my blog!
What can our readers find on your website?
All of my life is there for people to see. My struggles, my accomplishments, my doubts, fears, hopes and dreams. I decided that I would be honest with people and have held back very little. So, in a nutshell, I hope that my readers find someone to relate to.
Do you have any travel tips or advice for our readers that might want to start a travel blog?
I think that sometimes we are our own worst enemies when we go travelling, the anticipation and Google searches give us some surreal expectations and the best advice that I can give is simply this: with every new place that you visit, visit it with an open mind. Free yourself of expectations and you will love it for the memories and adventures it will offer you.
In regard to travel blogging, it’s not easy. I’ve found that between traveling – wanting to spend every minute outside exploring – and wanting to write about each new escapade, there’s just not much time. Scheduling is key.
What are some of the highs and lows of travel blogging?
The highs are easy, each new milestone gives you a great sense of accomplishment: pressing ‘launch’ and sharing your website with the world, the first comment, the first post to hit 10 comments, the first 100 people to visit, realising you’ve written over 50 posts, designing your website (again and again).
The lows are only lows if you don’t learn from them. I mean, there’s real hard work involved and sometimes you will struggle to get things right but at the end of the day, you’re learning. Of course, you may get a less than positive comment or a post that doesn’t do as well as the others but you can’t let those things cloud your successes.
What type of traveler are you?
I have been a volunteer, a tourist and I’m hoping one day to travel and work abroad. I love the idea of backpacking and it’s on my bucketlist. I love all types of travel and each one gives you a new experience so they’re all worth it!
As someone who works full time (9-5) how do you fit in travelling around your work schedule?
I’m a teacher and this means that I get a nice long summer holiday in which to travel. It gives me all year to save up and then I can use my 6 weeks to visit as many countries as possible.
What sites or other resources do you use to decide where and when you will go to a certain place or destination?
Pinterest is a massive help as is Lonely Planet. Pinterest gives me inspiration and quick guides on the countries I search for. Lonely Planet is in depth information but mostly I use blogs. I have my bank of favourite bloggers and I tend to see which bloggers they like so that I can get a few opinions on the places I plan to visit.
Do you have any favourite travel books you have read or use?
There are so many books but I love love love ‘Diplomatic Baggage’. She was an ex-pat for many years and lived in many countries. Her writing style is conversational and in the form of a diary making it really easy to follow. I usually raid the Kindle store for travel writers that have visited the places I want to visit.
What’s been some of your favourite destinations & why?
Aswan, Egypt – swam in the Nile and went to a Nubian village, they were incredibly hospitable and gave us tea, a henna tattoo and it was just beautiful. So different to Cairo with all of its chaos.
Mykonos, Greece – beautiful, relaxing island with gorgeous white beaches. Definitely worth a visit. The shopping isn’t too expensive and they’re all so unique!
Istanbul, Turkey – so many different places to see here. The whole place is a monument. Everywhere you turn there is something new to explore. The colours are vivid, the people are entertaining and the sites are gorgeous!
What equipment do you use to blog or for your blog?
I have my laptop, my camera with all of its accessories (remote, tripod etc) and my phone. Apart from an internet connection and my adventures, I don’t need much else.
Do you have any photography or making travel videos tips?
Ha! I guess experiment? I’ve been using Pinterest to help me improve with my photography and I’m trying to be brave and experiment. Get to know my camera and what I like best.
What is the TOP blog post on your page?
Honeymoon Destinations has had well over 1600 views and hundreds of shares across social media.
What made this post so popular?
The fact that lots of different bloggers worked on this made this post popular. We also had more people promoting it because of everyone involved. We were able to concentrate on writing fewer words and making those count. It was so fun working with other bloggers and it’s gotten me a little addicted!
Top 5 Bucket-list Destinations?
Top 5 travel experiences you can’t wait to try out or do?
Live and work abroad
Drive through Europe
Boat through the Amazon
Festival of the dead in Mexico
Do you have money saving travel tips?
Think about what you truly need. The first thing I noticed when I got back from my travels was just how little I had actually used. I took too many clothes. I’d also recommend seeing where you can stay that’s cheaper but just as safe. Airbnb costs a lot less than most hotels and I haven’t had a bad experience yet. There’s also Couchsurfing and places that let you work for your board. You have to make sure you feel safe as that’s the most important thing but there’s a tonne of ways to save the pennies. I found that self-catering helped me save loads as cooking your own meals always works out less than going to the restaurant (even if that restaurant is McDonald’s).
Was there a place you visited that did not live up to your expectations & why.
Sadly, Pyramids of Giza. I’d imagined them in the middle of the desert and I remember my grandpa telling me about how he walked around them and it was such a fantastic experience. When I went, it had all changed. They’re now surrounded by hotels, shops, restaurants and other buildings. The whole site is limited and you can walk in and out but it’s mostly closed off so you have a giant huddle of people all in one place trying to take photographs and it just wasn’t what I expected. It’s the only time I’ve felt a little disappointed and I wish I’d just taken my own advice and kept a completely open mind. They’re beautiful monuments after all.
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What’s in your travel bag? Name five travel essentials always in your bag?
What travel apps do you use and why?
Airbnb and Uber are my essentials for getting around. I like to use Journi as it allows you to follow other travellers and read about where they’ve been. Other than that, I don’t use any travel apps. Pinterest helps me with some guides, blogs give me advice and inspiration and Instagram gives me ideas for sites to see.
What are three things travelling has taught you?
You can never truly know yourself fully – everywhere you go and everything you do will teach you something new about yourself. I have learnt that I am stronger, more adaptable, a problem solver. I have exceeded my own expectations of myself and will continue to do so the more I travel and explore.
There’s no point in anticipating what is going to happen, it will likely not go to plan – all my plans went a little awry because of the culture. People were either laid back or didn’t allow me to do something I wanted to do and I had to improvise. I chose to not let it get to me and instead had new and different experiences because of it.
Take advantage of each day – it started raining on my last day in Goa, India and I did exactly as I planned. I went to the beach, explored Rei Magos Fort and Old Goa. A couple staying at my hotel stayed in and watched TV, claiming that their holiday had been ruined. You can’t control it so what’s the point in letting it affect your mood?
Have you encountered any travel mishaps or scary moments if so what happened?
I almost fell off a camel who decided to stand up as I was dismounting in Egypt and I got chased by an over enthusiastic salesman in India. Nothing overly terrible really but a few moments that certainly raised my heartbeat!
Do you have any recommendations for cities and beach places that you have visited and loved?
Everyone needs to go to the Dead Sea and swim in there! It’s a completely different experience. Siqourim Beach in Goa is gorgeous and not at all crowded. Jerusalem is a city that needs to be explored. The contradiction of modern and old is fantastic!
Where do you see your travel blog in two years
Ideally, I would love to make my blog my job but that takes time, effort and hard work and I’m getting there. I’m seeing my views go up every day and I’m getting some offers from sponsors coming in but I’m very picky. I want to work with people who have similar beliefs and ideals to me. Brands that I would use myself and that means that I’m not for sale to the highest bidder. I guess we’ll see where I end up!
Please share one travel quote you love or one you have made up?
“Go and visit people who are different from you.” – Krista Scott Dixon.
I think that we naturally gravitate towards people who share our opinions, views and interests. To seek people who are different from us and to try to understand them and empathise, this is what makes us grow as people, this is what will unite groups and nurture community.