Today’s travel blogger interview features a solo female traveller who specialises in house and pet sitting. Lets meet Amanda Burger of Burger Abroad.
What is your name?
Which country do you come from/call home?
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
Long-term traveller and sometimes backpacker!
How do you fund your travel?
I housesit, so I rarely pay for accommodation, and I earn money through my travel blog.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
I remember going to the Caribbean a lot as a young child and playing on the beaches, eating lots of mangoes and getting my hair braided.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined?
If so, how? South Africa. I’m not sure what I expected but I really loved it there. It was so beautiful and the people were so friendly.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
I find things often go awry while traveling, just by the nature of the beast. The worst things I’ve encountered have been shattering my iPad, having my phone stolen, and losing some money. All material things that could be replaced, however.
Do you have any funny travel stories?
Lots! Mostly they involve me not being prepared for weather. I’ve had to buy everything from rain jackets, snow jackets, boots, umbrellas and bikinis along the way.
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
There have been a few smaller cities in Mexico that I didn’t particularly enjoy, mostly because there were lots of scams going on so it didn’t feel very safe. Adults would push their young children around you and the children would follow you and constantly try to pick your pockets. 🙁
Where is your favourite place in the world?
I have a lot of favorites, but the place I find the most peaceful is the Pacific Northwest of the United States. I love the landscape and the weather, I find it so calming.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
I’ve been saying for the longest time that I don’t like to have a bucket list because of the responsibility it’s existence implies. However, I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. So I’m going in July!
Can you imagine life without travel?
No, I cannot. To me, travel is life and freedom. I can’t imagine living and being fully happy without traveling.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
I would probably still be pet sitting locally, which is what I did before I started traveling (and pet sitting) full-time internationally.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
It’s called Burger Abroad and you can find it at http://www.burgerabroad.com.
When did you begin your website?
I just started it in March.
Why do you write?
I do like connecting with people and sharing inspiration.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
Amongst travel bloggers, I’m unique because I’m a vegan solo female house sitter. I have a unique combination of a lifetime of travel experience and knowledge, as well as extensive animal experience, since I was a professional pet sitter and veterinary technician. I think that perspective makes the site stand out.
Do you have any products or services to offer?
I currently do not offer any products, but I may add on something creative, such as art or photography, sometime soon.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
I get a lot of traffic to my Budget Travel Secrets + Freebies post. It’s a collection of fun and cheap/free accommodations and activities.
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
I had a lot of fun with the Liebster Award post. I like answering questions, apparently!
What is your favourite mode of transport?
I really enjoy all travel, but I like air travel the most. I love the freeing feeling you get when you fly.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
I think the most important advice is to just go do it. There are always a million reasons not to, it will never be the perfect time, and you’ll never have enough money. Life is short and you just have to go!
What has travel taught you?
Travel has taught me to be more open-minded and compassionate towards people. People around the world are mostly good instead of bad, and I think that’s an important perspective to keep in mind.
How do you travel as a vegan?
I find vegan travel quite easy. This is probably because I love to eat and can find food pretty much anywhere. It’s easy to find food at shops and farmers markets. It’s also pretty easy for any restaurant or food stand to remove meat, dairy and eggs from meals and substitute them with other things. Veganism is much more mainstream now than it’s been in the past and that’s helpful, too.
How do you travel solo?
I enjoy solo travel. I’ve traveled solo, with partners, and in groups. There are pros and cons to them all. For me, personally, I like the freedom of being able to go wherever and whenever I want, do whatever I want, eat whatever I want, go to bed whenever I want. 🙂
How do you travel solo as a female?
I think that a lot of females get intimidated by traveling solo, but honestly it’s no different than being solo at home! You just use your common sense and trust your gut.
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? Qantas
Favourite country? New Zealand
Favourite city? Portland, Oregon, US
Favourite beach? Puerto Penasco, Mexico
Favourite food? Ethiopian
Favourite language? Swahili
Please provide the following:-
Website url? http://www.burgerabroad.com
Twitter handle? @burgerabroad
Facebook page? http://www.facebook.com/burgerabroad
Google+ profile/page? http://google.com/+burgerabroadblog