Hello please introduce yourself and your blog.
My name is Heather and I am a fairly new travel blogger. I started blogging about 6 months ago after living in Europe for the last 5 years. I should have started when I first moved there and began my extensive travelling, but better late than never. My blog focuses on cities I have travelled to as a solo female traveler. I have prepared many cities guides, travel journal entries and photo diaries that cover many of the 60+ countries I have visited.
My blog can be found at Adventures Of A Wanderluster.
Wanderlust is the noun used to describe the strong urge or desire to travel. I travel quite a bit and become an extreme wanderluster. Therefore, I came up with the name of my blog Adventures of a Wanderluster.
What plans do you have in the future for your blog?
At the moment I am blogging mostly for myself as a way to keep a record and account of the wonderful places I have been. Eventually I would love for my blog to reach a wider audience and to become more of a travel writer on a professional level. My next stop is Colombia, so I will soon be preparing my city guides and travel journals on my adventures while I am there.
Does your blog cover anything else other than travel?
My blog is strictly travel related, however along with travel guides, I have also prepared a number of blogs on solo travel and provide tips on packing and preparing for trips.
What can our readers find on your website?
Readers can expect an honest account of my journeys. They will find my best advice and tips to hopefully help them plan their own adventures to the places I have been.
Do you have any travel tips or advice for our readers that might want to start a travel blog?
The most important piece of advice I can give it to not give up. It is a very hard industry to break through and it takes a lot of time. Focus on preparing your blog as if it is for your eyes only until you have enough content to really promote it.
What are some of the highs and lows of travel blogging?
A high of travel blogging for me is the completion of each blog entry. They are quite time consuming, but when I finish one I feel very accomplished. Another high of course is the actual travelling itself.
A low of travel blogging is definitely the beginning when you are trying to promote your blog and obtain a good following. This is still something I find I am struggling with which can be very discouraging.
What type of traveler are you?
I am a solo female traveler who works to travel.
As someone (if this relates to you) who works full time, how do you fit in travelling around your work schedule?
I work full time; however I have a very flexible schedule that allows me to plan vacations when I see fit.
What sites or other resources do you use to decide where and when you will go to a certain place or destination?
I use Pinterest a lot for my research because I feel that reading other travelers blogs give true insight to the places I plan to visit. I have a list of places to visit and the best time to visit them so when I am ready to plan my next trip, I pull out this list and start reading up on each place before I make my final decision on where to go next.
Do you have any favourite travel books you have read or use?
I love the Lonely Planet guide books and rely heavily on them when I am travelling.
What’s been some of your favourite destinations & why?
I have so many favourite destinations, so it is always hard to choose. Bali is definitely on the list mainly because it has everything I love about a country: great beaches, amazing food, interesting history and fascinating culture. The Maldives is another top choice mainly because it is pure heaven there. I was able to take in the sand and the sea (two of my most favourite things while on holiday) by beaching and diving. London and New York have to be my top two favourite cities. Both have so much going on and I am never bored in either.
What equipment do you use to blog or for your blog?
When I am travelling, I use my mini dell laptop computer because it is light and easy to carry. When taking pictures, I tend to use my iPhone 8+ a lot because it has a great camera or I use my sony a6000 mirrorless camera. When editing my photos, I use lightroom quite a bit to touch up my snaps.
Do you have any photography or making travel videos tips?
When taking pictures, it is important that you know your camera and all its functions. This helps take the best pictures. I also recommend researching where you are going for some of the best photo spots so you are prepared ahead of time. This also helps with your trip planning. Also when taking pictures, it is all about camera angles and patience for the best picture. I try to beat the tourist crowds in big cities by either going out early or later in the day to try to avoid crowds of people in my pictures.
What’s the TOP blog posts on your page?
My top blog post with the most views of any other pages is actually my “What’s in my Travel Bag” post which can be found at What’s In My Travel Bag.
Do you have any tips or suggestions on how bloggers can earn an income from blogging?
The best way to start earning a little income on your blog is through affiliate marketing. This is really easy to incorporate in a travel blog as you can link to travel companies, airlines and hotels, just to name a few. I have also earned money by writing for online magazines every now and then. The best way to find these magazines is through a google search and research different magazines and their niches before approaching any with ideas. However, I am nowhere near quitting my job and writing for a living quite yet.
Top 5 Bucket-list Destinations?
- Sri Lanka
- South Africa
Top 5 travel experiences you can’t wait to try out or do?
- Cherry Blossoms in Japan
- Cage diving with sharks in South Africa
- Scuba Diving in the Great Barrier Reef
- Witness the Northern Lights in Tromso, Norway
- Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Do you have a money saving travel tips?
Aside from paying the bills, any extra money I bring in I save. I would much rather spend my money on travel and new experiences over buying new clothes all the time or eating out on a regular. I still do those things, but minimally. Another way to save is to take a certain amount every week or month and put it in a savings account or travel fund until you eventually have enough to take that next trip. When I am travelling, I try to save money but eating cheaply and looking for the best deals when it comes to accommodations and excursions.
Do you have any funny or strange travel experiences to share?
One of my favourite travel experiences which can be seen as both funny or strange, as well as very memorable, was when I went on a sailing tour in Croatia. My friend and I decided to go on this trip of a lifetime a couple summers back. When we got onto the boat, it was just her and I along with a group of around 12 very young Australians guys who only wanted to party. We thought it was going to be the week from hell, as we aren’t exactly party animals, until another group of 4 joined. We hit it off with them instantly and spent the whole week with our new friends. We are all still great friends to this day.
Was there a place you visited that did not live up to your expectations & why.
I found that Goa in India did not live up to my expectations. To be fair, I was warned that I probably wouldn’t like it for a number of reasons, but I did expect nicer beaches and more variety of food options considering it is such a touristy place nowadays. Overall I loved my experience there, but I didn’t love it there.
What’s in your travel bag?
- Hand wipes/sanitizer
- Reusable water bottle
What travel apps do you use and why?
- Google Maps- best navigation app where you can download maps for offline use.
- Skyscanner- best app for finding the cheapest flights
- TripAdvisor- easy access to reviews on everything travel related
What are 3 things travelling has taught you?
Travelling has taught me so much about myself. The main thing travelling has taught me is how to be more independent. It has forced me out of my shell and forced me to be more open when it comes to learning news things and meeting new people. Travelling has also taught me to appreciate the smaller things in life. When you go to countries that are third-world or war-torn, it really brings perspective on your own life and teaches you how to be grateful for what you have.
Have you encountered any travel mishaps or scary moments if so what happened?
The scariest and worst thing that happened to me while travelling was having all my money and my passport stolen from my B&B on one of my first trips to London a few years back. I was to be travelling to Spain the next day which I had to cancel because I didn’t have a passport. I spent the following 24 hours in the Canadian Embassy, after spending hours at the police station to report it, until I was issued an expensive emergency passport so I could continue my travels. I had to have my mother transfer me money to help me get by for the next four weeks of travel I have planned. There is nothing worse than having everything taken from you when you are so far away from home.
Do you have any recommendations for cities and beach places that you have visited and loved?
For beach vacations, I would highly recommend Bali. The beaches were soft, clean and beautiful. Of course, the Maldives have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world in my opinion. This is because the beaches there are so pristine. For closer beach destinations, I would recommend the Algarve in Portugal or Aruba in the Caribbean. You will find beautiful white sandy beaches with different vibes in all of the above places.
My favourite cities have to be London and New York City. These cities are full of life, culture, amazing shopping, restaurants, you name it. Both cities never sleep which means there is always something going on to make sure you have the best time.
Where do you see your travel blog in two years?
The main blog goal I have set for the next two years is to increase the traffic to my site substantially enough to help me actually monetize it and earn an income off of it so I can travel more.
Please share one travel quote you love.
“Not all those who wander are lost”- J. R. R. Tolkien