In this travel blogger interview we meet Miguel of Travelsauro. A long term backpacker who loves hiking off the beaten track.
What is your name?
My name is Miguel
Which country do you come from/call home?
I’m from the Basque Country, Spain but I’ve lived in different countries and I call home everywhere I can live, meet new friends and be happy.
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
I’m a backpacker and definitely a long term traveller too. I’ve been traveling the world for the last 5 years and I don’t have any plans to stop!
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
Well, I’ve done pretty much everything since I started my trip! I’ve worked as a bartender, receptionist, bricklayer, painter, etc. You don’t need to be rich to travel the world… Just attitude!
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
I went to Barcelona with my girlfriend when I was 16. We took the train and visit the city for a few days. It was great!
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Pretty much all the places that I visited were always different than expected but I remember the first time I went to Africa.. I arrived in Mali and I was in shock.. Everything was just too crazy and amazing at the same time. You can never have an idea about how Africa is until you really go there.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
I got assaulted once in Rio de Janeiro. The funny thing is that it was during the carnival and I was dressed up as a ballet dancer with a pink tutu. So, I pulled my tutu up to show him that I actually had no pockets and so no money.. Can you imagine that? The situation itself was a bit surrealistic.
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
I always try to see the upside of every situation so even though I didn’t enjoy a few places, I think they are all part of my experiences and memories.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
I really love Indonesia, Brazil and Colombia. I think they have some of the friendliest people in the world.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
Everywhere is on my bucket list! haha.. On my next trip I’d like to go back to Africa and visit the East coast.
Can you imagine life without travel?
No, it would be a very hard life. Maybe not worth it.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
I used to be an architect, but I don’t wanna go back to that life. Traveling is my thing.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
When did you begin your website Travelsauro?
I’ve started this travel blog 6 months ago.
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
I want to reach more people and I actually enjoy blogging. If you do something and you don’t have any fun.. what’s the point? Of course, if I can make some money out of it, that’s great too.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
I realized that there is not much information about off the beaten path hikes and adventures and I wanted to do something different. This is a blog for people looking for some great adventures in places like Papua, the Caribbeans, Africa, Timor, South America etc..
The blog is especially focused on Hiking and Diving in those countries.
Do you have any products or services to offer?
I have created a backpacking gear list with all the gear I recommend for travelers. Check it out here. http://www.travelsauro.com/best-backpacking-gear-list/
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
Travel guide for backpacking the Caribbean islands on a budget. http://www.travelsauro.com/travel-guide-backpacking-caribbean-budget
There I explain how to travel all the way from Venezuela up to Puerto Rico along the Lesser Antilles on a budget.
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
I love an article I wrote about Hiking the Baliem Valley in Papua because it was a great adventure and there was nothing like it online. A lot of people told me that it helped them to plan their hike and that made me happy. http://www.travelsauro.com/hiking-baliem-valley-papua-budget/
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
I love buses and boats.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Open your mind and do not have prejudice. We are all different and we need to respect other cultures. We should always try to understand and learn something from each other.
What has travel taught you?
Everything! Traveling helped me to open my mind, to understand and respect people from different countries and cultures as if they were my own brothers.
What is your most memorable travel moment?
Probably when I went to Papua. I had been learning a bit of Bahasa Indonesia language and I felt confident to have a basic conversation. So I went to explore the remote Baliem Valley with no guides, only by asking local people for directions and staying at their house. It was a fantastic experience in such a beautiful place surrounded by these nice people.
I found out how important it could be to learn a bit of the local language when you go somewhere. People will welcome you and it changes the whole experience.
Could you visit a new country without hiking around its mountains?
No way.. Hiking is always part of all my travels. (If not the main reason to visit the country).
What is your favorite hike in the world?
Mount Roraima in Venezuela is one of the most beautiful mountains I have never visited in my life. It might be my number one.
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? None in particular
Favourite country? Indonesia, Colombia, Cuba
Favourite city? Rio de Janeiro
Favourite beach? Tobago Cays, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Favourite food? Mediterranean
Favourite language? Brasilian Portuguese
Please provide the following:-
Website url? http://www.travelsauro.com
Twitter handle? http://www.twitter.com/travelsauro
Facebook page? http://www.facebook.com/travelsauro/