Today’s travel blogger interview features the people behind the most comprehensive blog about Santa Fe. Please meet Billie Frank and Steve Collins of Santa Fe Travelers.
What is your name?
We are Billie Frank and Steve Collins, collectively, Santa Fe Travelers. Billie is answering these questions.
Which country do you come from/call home?
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
My husband Steve Collins and I are hyper-local bloggers mostly writing about Santa Fe where we live and Northern New Mexico as well as food and our travels.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
A road trip through coastal New England when I was four.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Most places turn out differently than I imagine. I don’t get a feel for a place until I’m there. It may look the same as photos but the smells, the sounds, the people, the vibes- these are all things that you can’t get without being somewhere.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
We had an ATM issue in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The machine took the money from our account, gave us a receipt but no cash. It took almost a month to straighten out but luckily we got the money back. It put a bit of a dampner on our trip. Luckily I had a stash of dollars that I converted at a money-changer.
Do you have any funny travel stories?
Lots. One of our family favorites, though it wasn’t funny at the time, was when we were late for a ferry to an island destination and wanted to get gas on the mainland where it would be less expensive. For some reason, the pump wouldn’t accept our credit card, there was a long line inside and we were late for the ferry so we decided to drive on. The problem? We still had the hose in the gas tank. When we drove off the hose came with us and there was gas spurting all over. I ran into the store and tried to get the clerk’s attention. The store was packed. I yelled that I had an emergency. His response was “Ma’am. Please wait your turn.” I tried to get his attention again, but he didn’t want to hear it so off we went. I spent the entire week thinking that they were going to track us down on this small island and arrest us. It wasn’t funny until years later and now it makes a great story.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
I have two: the west of Ireland and Santa Fe. I live in one, would love to live in the other if it wasn’t so damp and rainy.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
I don’t call it a bucket list but there are some places I’d really like travel to. Easter Island is at the top of my list. I want to see those giant heads. We’d also like to visit Machu Pichu, Italy, Hawaii, Alaska and Croatia but there are lots of others. There are also places that don’t call to me at all.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
Santa Fe Travelers www.santafetravelers.com
When did you begin your website Santa Fe Travelers?
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
All the above. We started the blog to promote our travel-planning and tour business,The Santa Fe Traveler, which plans customized Santa Fe experiences for clients. I forgot how much I loved writing and now the blog is my first love.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
We are one of the few blogs that focuses on Santa Fe. We’ve been called “the most comprehensive blog about Santa Fe.” The Guardian called us one of the best blogs for travelers to New Mexico.
Do you have any products or services to offer?
Travel planning and tours. We’re also working on downloadable tours of the area that people will be able to buy. You can find out more on The Santa Fe Traveler.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
Our most popular posts are recipes. One is about posole, a New Mexican food popular at Christmas. It gets hits all the time but at the holidays it’s very popular. The other is a recent recipe for Green Chile Chicken Pot Pie. Makes me wonder why we didn’t do a food blog.
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
We’re big on road trips and love train travel if we can afford a sleeping compartment. I don’t do overnight coach. If we have time and a major ocean is not involved those are our first choices.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Don’t over-plan — be open to the moment.
What has travel taught you?
To have a sense of humor and to be flexible.
Please provide the following:-
Website url? www.santafetravelers.com
Twitter handle? @santafetraveler
Facebook page? http://www.facebook.com/santafetravelers
All photo credits: Steve Collins/Santa Fe Travelers