Travel Interview With Jeffers Adventures

Hi, my name is Claire and I am the person behind Jeffers Adventures. Jeffers Adventures is a travel blog as I love all things travel, but I am also London based and there so much that London and the UK has to offer that I want to showcase what my home has to offer. I also have experienced my fair share of mental health issues and try to use my blog to de-stigmatise the issues around mental health. My married surname is Jeffrey, and it is now a nickname that I have, so it seemed appropriate to use it for my blog name. I have only been blogging for 8 months.

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

I am planning a trip to New Zealand in the next few weeks and will be covering lots of topics from this trip. I have also started working with a couple of small London based companies about local events that are happening across the Capital. I want to cover more about the people of London and what they offer, rather than just the typical tourists destinations. I am looking to do more collabs and guest posts.

Does your blog cover anything else other than travel? If so what? 

I am looking to cover lots of mental health topics, and try to empower more people to speak opening about their own topics and to feel that they are not limited by what they think their mental health limits them too.

What can our readers find on your website?

Things to do in London, the UK and other destinations, my own personal experiences, mental health and travel and overall travel advice topics. A pretty wide niche

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

Be aware of the time commitment it will take (you have to blog constantly to build up your traffic), plan out your content and use scheduling tools to help maintain your regular feed. Pick a name that means something to you and just be yourself. That is your unique selling point, no one is you!

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

Highs is getting your message out there getting constructive feedback. Lows are feeling like I have let myself (and readers) down for not being that consistent in blogging.

What type of traveler are you?  

Work full time in London (learning and development) and trying to become a nomad. Travel as and when I can!

As someone,  who works full time  how do you fit in travelling around your work schedule? 

With great difficulty! I work 9-6 Monday to Friday, but have my own experiences of travel previously and trying to save up so I can travel more. I am realistic that I have bills to pay and commitments, and that I am building my skillset and knowledge to be able to work remotely. It means I get to explore more of London and the UK though.

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

Utilise Lonely Planet guides and Instagram a lot, but also just talk to as many locals as possible.

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

I like reading fiction books based in different countries, so wouldn’t say that they are travel books. I do make use of a travel journal though.

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

I studied in New Zealand, so Dunedin is one of my favourite places. London as it is my home and Glasgow as it is my second home. My journey to Milan was also a great trip as it was a surprise for both my husband and me.

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

I have my macbook air, ipad pro and my Panasonic GH3 camera and gopro. This makes up most of my kit as well as a notebook. I am one for physically writing, so always have a notebook with multiple coloured pens

Do you have any photography or making travel videos tips? 

I sometimes cover photography topics in my blog, understanding what different types of photography. Best tip is practice!

What’s the TOP blog posts on your page?

Exploring Edinburgh

From Balloch To Tarbet The West Of Loch Lomond

Travelling Anxiety  

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

I am still learning myself, but really start to build your content and traffic first

Top 5 Bucket-list Destinations? 

Anywhere! China, Brazil, Columbia, Botswana, Antarctica

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

Far too many to list!

Do you have a money saving travel tips? 

Plan in advance and bit adventurous!

Do you have any funny or strange travel experiences to share?  

Booked a surprise trip, so we only found out our destination on the way to the airport. The destination was Milan and we probably never would have booked this destination but we absolutely loved it!

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

I have always found Paris to be an unusual, and I think this might be due to the people are quite difficult!

What’s in your travel bag? 

Wet wipes – you never know and quick to freshen up

Ear plugs – have issues with noise so help me to focus

Phone/Ipad – journal and take photos

Trainers – always need very comfortable shoes for amount of walking!

Scarf – I am always cold so take a scarf or pashmina to wrap myself up in!

What travel apps do you use and why? 

Kayak and Skyscanner for booking flights

Instagram for staying connected

Maps – always need a map

Duolingo for language tips

Whatsapp – for free messaging and calls

What are 3 things travelling has thought you? 

To be myself, appreciate the opportunities I have been given and a great sense of awareness of cultures, traditions and languages

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

I am pretty clumsy and forgetful and I have missed trains and lost tickets but something that can always be resolved

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

Keep an eye on the blog!

Please share one travel quote you love or one you have made up? 

Maybe not a travel quotes ‘There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you’ and ‘Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away’ Maya Angelou

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