Today’s interview features award winning travel blogger Sophie Hannah Davis of Sophie’s Suitcase. Sophie won the Best for Travel category at the Cosmopolitan Magazine Blog Awards.
What is your name?
Sophie Hannah Davis
Which country do you come from/call home?
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
I’m a weekender/annual leave traveller
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
Some of my salary
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
Road trips to France with my family to visit family friends
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Vietnam – I imagined it to be far less modern and up and coming!
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
I was left on the side of a motorway in Malaysia, as we had a dodgy taxi driver who took our money and then wouldn’t take us to where we had requested!
Do you have any funny travel stories?
Funny stories always started with beer or Chang – after many travels around Southeast Asia I had many journeys where we just fell about laughing about the night before or funny things that happened.
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
I wouldn’t say any place was a bad place, simply a learning curve. You are always going to find somewhere that doesn’t float your boat but you just move on to the next place.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
East coast Australia – sun, sea, sand and beautiful coral reefs. And if not Australia, New Zealand is pretty close with incredible scenery, history and LOTR treasures!
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
My bucket list is ever expanding, this year is Amsterdam, Iceland and Mexico. I’d also love to visit Peru and Canada for a skiing holiday.
Can you imagine life without travel?
Nope, for the past 23 years my parents have encouraged adventure and exploration and since I turned 18 I have gone off on my own exploring the world. I never want to stop finding new places, experiencing new things and meeting amazing people.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
Well I am not always travelling as I work full time as a marketing executive but if not, I have no idea. I’d be bored…
What is the name of your travel blog and the URL?
My blog is a travel and lifestyle blog called Sophie’s Suitcase. www.sophiessuitcase.com
When did you begin your website Sophie’s Suitcase?
I began writing five years ago but only made it public two years ago. Previously it was only for my family to read my travel journal but now thousands of people a month tune in to see what I have been up to and get my travel advice!
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
I write because I love writing, but I also like helping others. After being on the other side of the coin seven years ago – I now love giving tips to others for their journeys across the world.
What’s your biggest blogging achievement?
Winning the Best for Travel category at the Cosmopolitan Magazine Blog Awards – it was such a whirlwind night and crazy few months in the aftermath. I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunities it has given me!
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
I focus on affordable luxury, the in between bit between hostels and hotels. I love booking myself a boutique hostel and love writing about making the most out of your weekends and annual leave.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
My most successful blog post to date was weirdly a product review of the IKEA Packing cubes. One month they bought in 85% of my page views.
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
One of my favourite articles to write are ‘guides’ to destinations. Having travelled to Southeast Asia four times it has become my second home and last year I wrote http://sophiessuitcase.com/2015/10/01/a-guide-to-backpacking-southeast-asia
What was your favourite Instagram photo?
My favourite photo of all time was a photo of me and my best friend at the top of Bob’s Peak in Queenstown, New Zealand. We had landed in the country the day before ready to start our three-month trip around the country and couldn’t be more excited! https://www.instagram.com/p/-QvMmRAT06/?taken-by=sophiessuitcse
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
Plane (Yes I realise it isn’t eco!) or car – roadtrips are the best!
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Always be prepared! This may sound cliché but I am so organised with my travel that I am ready for most eventuality. However I also need to learn to be spontaneous sometimes…
What has travel taught you?
Travel has taught me to accept everyone – don’t be dismissive – don’t be mean – don’t be discriminative. Everyone is equal and you should treat everyone as equals.
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? Emirates for long haul, Easyjet for local
Favourite country? New Zealand (actually I changed my mind)
Favourite city? Copenhagen!
Favourite beach? Noosa beach, Australia
Favourite food? Thai Green Curry
Favourite language? Swedish
Please provide the following:-
Website URL? www.sophiessuitcase.com
Twitter handle? @sophiessuitcse
Facebook page? www.facebook.com/sophiessuitcse