Hello, please introduce yourself and your blog to our reader.
Hello! I’m Abby from TheWingedFork, where I chronicle my quirky travel and food tales. My blog isn’t about the Top 10 things to do in a place, but more about how I felt after reaching the top of a volcano in France or after spending Christmas hidden in the hills. Also, what bit of a culture made a lasting impression on me, and what made me run the other way. Although, I haven’t found many that made me run yet. Nope, I even enjoyed eating the crunchy worms in Futuroscope.
Most of the time I travel budget, but save up some funds to dine out or stay at one good place in each city or country. I can’t afford to travel as often as I’d like to, but I travel as often as possible trying to tick off as many places off my ever growing bucket list. My favourite things are rainy days, the smell of cakes in the oven, and glasses of wine.
How did you decide your blog’s name?
My blog name, ha! I wanted a name that had to do with both my loves – travel and food. So after a few months of creating many versions that I bounced off my friends and siblings, I finally settling on The Winged Fork. I think it’s perfect! Don’t you? 😉
What plans do you have in the future for your blog?
The Inspiration Series that I started last year has received quite a few contributions from bloggers and nomads. They tell of the victories and challenges of being a nomad, and give us aspiring nomads hope. I hope it grows to give encouragement to more nomads and freelancers.
What are some of the highs and lows of travel blogging?
Start with the lows – when you work for days on a post making it perfect, and only 30 people read the post, and only 2 comments on it.
The highs – when readers message or email you to say how wonderful your blog is; and how much they like that it’s about real experiences instead of just about tips and tricks, and thing to do.
What type of traveler are you? & How do you manage to work and travel?
When I started my blog I worked full-time for the first six months; so travel was only relegated to weekends, and blogging to weekdays when I stayed up till 3 am. At present I’m more of a weekend traveler for short stints and twice-a-year-traveler for longer stints; though I hope one day I can earn enough to travel full time as a nomad.
What sites or other resources do you use to decide where and when you will go to a certain place or destination?
I read blogs by some of my favorite bloggers and also posts from Trip Advisor, where I used to post a lot of reviews before I started blogging. I even reached Level 5 on Trip Advisor before I stopped posting there.
What’s the TOP blog post TOPIC’s on your page?
The posts my readers love the most are:
Top 5 travel experiences you can’t wait to try out or do?
Shark cage diving in South Africa
Seeing the Northern Lights while sleeping the glass igloos in Kalskutten
Sky diving somewhere
Diving the Cenotes on the Riviera Maya (once I get around to getting my diving license)
Trekking to Machu Picchu
Do you have any funny or strange travel experiences to share?
Yes; there was the time I visited Austria with my sis. We booked a budget trip to see Heiligenkreuz and Karmel Mayerling from Vienna. Heiligenkreuz was beautiful, but Karmel Mayerling had a different feel to it. Most of the tourists just skipped the last room with the coffin in it.
We didn’t. My sis took quite a few pics thinking nothing of it. But later that night, my sis started speaking in a strange scary voice and I couldn’t get her to wake up. (https://thewingedfork.com/mayerling-vienna-austria/)
Please share the link to your fav photos on your Instagram page
The pic I took while visiting the Chateau de Montaigut in Occitanie, France with my ex-BF
Olive trees against the backdrop of the Serra de Tramuntana in Mallorca, Spain
This pic was taken a few years ago. It hadn’t snowed in Nice that year. So my ex-BF took me to these mountains near Col Hurries where there was no one in sight. It was a beautiful day with many memories.
Me after spending the night in an igloo in Manali, India last month. It’a an amazing novelty here.
What’s in your travel bag?
In my travel bag : Lip balm, cap, tic tacs, pen and notepad.
What travel apps do you use and why?
I’ve loved using the free version of Sygic Travel on some of my trips, since it allows me to pre-download data about a place before I go off Wi-Fi and then refer to it when I’m travelling.
What are 3 things travelling has taught you?
There’s more to life than just working and sleeping.
Travel teaches you more in a week or month than school does in a year.
The more you travel, the more you’ll want to. It doesn’t stop.
Please share 1 travel quote you love.
I don’t remember who wrote this, but I love it.
“Don’t listen to anyone, except yourself of course. It’s better to fall off the mountain than wish that you had climbed it.”
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