Today’s interviewee shows that even with a full time job it is possible to max out your vacation time to really enjoy exploring the world. Please meet Angela Anderson of Angela Travels!
What is your name?
Angela of Angela Travels.
Which country do you come from/call home?
I call the United States home.
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
I am a part-time travel blogger trying to make the most of my vacation days and weekends to explore local and global destinations.
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
I save as much as I can when I am not traveling and hold a full time job.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
I remember going to Disney World when I was six. Maybe this is when my travel bug initially started. It was my first time on a plane and did not fly again until I was 15.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
I am always impressed with microclimates and natural wonders. I didn’t know what to expect when I traveled to New Zealand. I fell in love with the outdoor variety and the people. It is high on my list of countries to live.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
I have had many–from flight delays to not having a rental car even after making a reservation. However, these experiences make me have to make decisions on the fly and are great learning experiences.
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
I don’t think “worst” place is a great way to categorize travel. I travel to places I want to go and try to make the most of it. However, I would say that I have traveled to a few places that were not necessarily appealing to my travel style. But what is life without a little variety? I did travel to Venezuela when I was 15 for a month. It was definitely an eye opening experience. I want to return, but I do not think it is safe at the time. I hope it changes because it is a beautiful and unique country that many people avoid.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
New Zealand holds a special place in my heart. Did I mention I would live here?
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
I do have a bucket list. I would say the place I am dying to go most is Antarctica, which is just a really cool adventurous place to visit.
Can you imagine life without travel?
No. I used to overlook my short weekend trips and adventures as travel, but I quickly realized traveling is exploring what is unknown to you. I am out most weekends hiking and trying to see as much as possible.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
I am hiking, mountaineering, climbing, etc. I love the outdoors. My down weekends are meeting up with friends for drinks, knitting/crafting, or blogging.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
My travel blog is Angela Travels and can be found at http://angelatravels.com
When did you begin your website?
I began my blog in 2011. However, I was working full time and going to graduate school at night, so I did not have much time to dedicate to it. It was solely a trip journal for me to dump what I was doing to share with friends and family. However, I decided to dedicate more time into the blog at the beginning of 2013.
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
It is fun to share my experiences. I live across the country from a lot of my friends and family, so it is a way to share what I have been up to. Unfortunately, I find personal connections do not read my blog regularly. After I studied abroad in college, I had a hard time returning because I wanted to share what I experienced. It is easier to share on a platform where like-minded people can relate.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
I am not a full time travel blogger. I make travel work as an ordinary, young professional with a travel bug but trying to travel on a budget. I share how it is possible to fit travel into your live and even adventures. I share my experiences and learning as I progress in my outdoor exploration by overcoming my fears and limits.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
My most successful blog post was making my own fascinator for my cousin’s wedding in Ireland. I think because it does well on Pinterest with all the DIY projects out there. It was a fun project to incorporate my crafting into my travels. My second most popular was a photo essay from my trip to Banff for US Thanksgiving last year.
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
My favorite article that I have written was on kayaking the Doubtful Sound in New Zealand. It is less known to many travelers since Milford Sound gets all the attention. Check out the post here.
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
Since I need to make the most of my vacation days, my favorite mode of transportation is plane. However, I do like to travel by foot and see where the trail takes me.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
You can do it! Lots of people “talk” about wanting to travel. However, few take the plunge and get into it. It is a lot easier the more you travel because you develop a style and a system. I learned how to book a trip without having a set destination to save money on flights and spend time to troll flight deals.
What has travel taught you?
It has taught me to be flexible and open-minded. You can’t control and plan every last detail because things will change or will take longer or shorter than you had anticipated.
Why did you decide to blog about the outdoors as well?
Growing up, my family did not have the resources to travel long distances. My parents made this up by taking us camping almost every nice weekend in the summers/falls. They instilled a love of the outdoors in me, and I make it part of my travels when I can. I enjoy sharing how normal people can find adventure in their lives locally and globally. Since I do not travel full time, this is how I tame my travel bug by exploring locally.
What types of outdoor activities do you blog about?
I recently finished a mountaineering class, which I shared on my blog. I blog about hiking, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain climbing, and anything else I try. The United States is a great place to explore the great outdoors, and I want to share how to get out of the city life.
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? Delta
Favourite country? New Zealand
Favourite city? Puerto Natales
Favourite beach? TBD, I am not much of a beach person.
Favourite food? Sushi
Favourite language? French
Please provide the following:-
Website url? http://angelatravels.com
Twitter handle? @angelatravels11
Facebook page? http://facebook.com/angelatravels11
Google+ profile/page? https://plus.google.com/+AngelaAnderson/posts