Travel can expose you to many unique experiences, such as being close to an exploding World War 2 bomb! That is what happened to the guest of this travel blogger interview, Lucy Pilz of The Wanderlust Scout.
What is your name?
Lucy Pilz aka The Wanderlust Scout
Which country do you come from/call home?
Australia / Down Under, mate!
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
I am almost a live and work abroad gal (moving to London mid Feb). This will enable me to travel on the weekend and on my holidays, plus see a lot of the UK for work purposes.
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
Savings and income from a full-time career in social media management.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
I grew up in Sydney, and spent most of my holidays as a child playing on the mudflats of Soldiers Point in Port Stephens, or running around chasing cattle and sheep, and riding motorbikes in country NSW.
I have been going up there since I was a baby.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
New York. Everyone told me I would love it, but it didn’t amaze me as much as I had hoped. My favourite part was probably eating at The NoMad Hotel, but other than that, I wasn’t ‘taken aback’ about it.
I do hope to eventually get back there one day and do a take 2. But for now, it has been probably my least favourite place.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
I have had many strange experiences, but the worst was when a WW II bomb detonated about 150 metres up the road from my apartment when I lived in Austria on exchange. It was made even scarier as all my flat mates were away for the weekend and all my friends were on holidays and I wasn’t quite sure what was going on.
Do you have any funny travel stories?
I have had so many funny travel stories. But the most recent was when I was in Melbourne. I was staying at a hotel that was not the cheapest in the city. And, after a rather large awards night, I had an unfortunate incident happen at the hands of the hotel. I was really angry about it, but it was the way that they dealt with the whole issue that made it so funny… You can read about it here.
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
I stayed in a pretty revolting private room hostel in Paris. Whilst Paris remains one of my favourite places to have been, the hostel made me sick – I managed to pick up some weird skin disease from their filthy shower curtains (that would cling to your body when showering because the shower was so tiny). And their towels smelt like rotten feet. Yuk!
Where is your favourite place in the world?
Salzburg, Austria; Plitvice, Croatia; Paris, France; And anywhere in Rome… I can’t select one!
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
I do, and it is forever expanding. On my bucket list this year is definitely moving to London and hopefully find myself a nice British man (/Prince/Rockstar/trader… I am not fussy at all ha).
Can you imagine life without travel?
It would be a very sad and depressing world; so no, I can’t!
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
I am lucky that I work full time and travel. I would love to travel full time, but I think I would grow tired of my own company. And, I also love having a career, so I have the best of both worlds.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
The Wanderlust Scout www.thewanderlustscout.com
When did you begin your website?
I started The Wanderlust Scout in October 2014. However, I have been blogging since the start of 2012 on Skeeter and Scout – a beauty and lifestyle blog.
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
I love to write as a creative outlet – I have so many ideas running through my head. But honestly, I write because I am stubborn.
When I lived in Graz, Austria, my professional writing teacher told me I would never be a writer. So, I started my first blog to prove her wrong, and within 6 months I won a big blogger competition – and decided to keep writing from there.
I also have a heap of blogging buddies who have become some of my closest friends. I am lucky that I have found people that truly understand me – and are super supportive.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
My writing is very funny and self-deprecating, so I feel that is what makes my content stick out. It also gives a first-hand perspective on how to move countries, has personal content and is full of travel stories that you wouldn’t normally hear about.
And, because I am first and foremost a beauty writer, The Wanderlust Scout will always have elements of vanity in it. From the best beauty products for travel to hotel reviews to the nitty-gritty of how to look good whilst travelling. You know; the essentials!
Do you have any products or services to offer?
I am a professional Social Media Consultant, which is what I do full-time. So, I suppose that is a service of mine. That, and content and copywriting.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
My travel bucket list was probably the best post to date, and got a lot of love on social media shares.
Because my site is relatively young, it is still slowly growing. Fingers crossed for the future.
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
My other blog was nominated into the Top 5 Beauty and Lifestyle Blogs in Australia, and for it, I had to write three pieces. My favourite one I wrote was on my love for One Direction. Sure, I am a fully-grown adult, but I thought I should get it off my chest. It ended up being one of my highest traffic drivers since. It is written in a way that is fun, pokes fun at myself and is honest.
It was also very therapeutic ha!
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
Plane because it is quick, but then car because I feel safer (not a fan of take-offs)
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Save. Research. Buy travel insurance. Buy a quality camera. Jump on the plane and go!
What has travel taught you?
Whenever I get homesick, I look up at the moon. The moon grounds me and reminds me that my family see that very same moon – and that they aren’t as far away as my heart sometimes thinks.
Weirdest travel experience?
Waking up on a boat in Croatia (that wasn’t the weird part – I feel asleep on the boat ha), and finding a man above me watching me sleep! Totally freaked me out (because it turns out, that has happened on more than one occasion – apparently I am good to watch sleep ha)!
Why are you moving to London?
To further my career and to fulfil a life-long dream of living in London. The desire to live internationally deepened after I studied in Austria for a semester.
What is your other blog, and why did you decide to start another?
I originally started blogging in the beauty industry over at Skeeter and Scout. I am a beauty hoarder and people always came to me for advice about beauty, so it was a natural progression. When I decided to move to London, I wanted to be able to keep up my beauty blogging, but not muddle up my content with travel – hence The Wanderlust Scout was born.
The Wanderlust Scout acts as a means of me showing the world my travels, and giving advice on the best in travel as well as tips and tricks to move countries etc.
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? Emirates
Favourite country? Austria
Favourite city? Paris
Favourite beach? Shoal Bay, Port Stephens (Australia) OR Chinamans in Mosman (Australia)
Favourite food? Thai
Favourite language? English cause I can speak it. But I do love French – it is such a sexy language.
Please provide the following:-
Website url? www.thewanderlustscout.com
Twitter handle? @WanderlustScout
Facebook page? www.facebook.com/wanderlustscout
Google+ profile/page? https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LucyPilz/posts/p/pub