Today’s guest wants her travel blog to be the place to go for people looking for the truth about travelling. Please enjoy this interview with travel blogger Ashlee Tuck of Will Drink For Travel.
What is your name?
Which country do you come from/call home?
U.S. Specifically, I’m from Baltimore, Maryland but live in Washington, D.C.
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
I work full-time for the Federal Government but I try to keep a travel fund in case a last-minute deal or sale pops up.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
I remember traveling to New Orleans from Baltimore on a train with my aunt and grandmother when I was about 6. I don’t recall much else about that trip but I remember heading to the train station in the middle of the night. It felt so exciting.
I usually traveled to Virginia Beach or Myrtle Beach with my family while growing up but my first international trip was to Jamaica during the spring break of my freshman year in high school with my friend and her family. I remember being surprised my mother agreed to let me go but she trusted my friend’s family and knew I’d be in good hands. I fell in love with the people and culture of Jamaica. I’ve traveled back to various parts of the island since then and it still remains one of my favorite Caribbean islands.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
I wrote about this on my site but I imagined London to be stuffy, gloomy and not much different than other large cities I’ve visited. I went to cross it off my bucket list. However, once I was there and began exploring, I realized London had a different kind of energy. While it is indeed a big city, it still had an air of familiarity and there was way more diversity than I expected. I can’t wait to go back again and stay for a longer period of time.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
While I was in Zanzibar, I stayed at a less than stellar hotel. There was no air conditioning (like we were told there’d be), my bed had bedbugs and overall, the room provided the bare minimum. It wasn’t what I was expecting (or paid for). If you know me, you know I’m not one of those outdoorsy travel blogger types who backpacks and is okay roughing it.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind roughing it when I can properly prepare, but I was expecting an entirely different experience. Nevertheless, my rule is to always make the best of any situation and never let things out of my control ruin my experience. I still ended up falling in love with Zanzibar and its amazing beaches.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
What a hard question! But if I had to choose, my favorite place in the world would be Tanzania. Quite possibly because I’ve spent the most time there, but I truly fell in love with the country during my 2-month trip. The country is full of so much diversity – from beaches, to city life, to wildlife, there is something for everyone to love. The people were so warm and friendly, and I always felt welcome. At the end of my 2-month experience, it started feeling like home and I was sad to leave. I haven’t been anywhere before or since that’s captured my heart quite like Tanzania.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
I don’t really believe in bucket lists (everywhere is on my list!), but I can’t wait to get to the Maldives, Seychelles, Thailand and Sri Lanka. I’m all about beautiful beaches! I find my happy place there.
Can you imagine life without travel?
Absolutely not! Not only do I learn so much about the destination, but I learn more about myself each time I travel. I learn more of what makes me happy and what my limits and non-negotiables are. It also reaffirms corny sayings like there’s no place like home and home is where the heart is.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
Will Drink For Travel (willdrinkfortravel.com)
When did you begin your website?
I started my website in January 2014 as a way to keep my family abreast of my travels while spending 2 months in Tanzania for work. Once I began to do more research, I realized I could begin a side career in travel blogging.
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
I write because I like to share my travels with friends and family, and anyone else who’s interested in reading. I would love to grow Will Drink For Travel into a premier travel blog where people come for truth in traveling, and leave being inspired to travel more and hit their next destination with full force.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
My site provides an honest look at travel and travel blogging. I think I talk about a variety of topics including spirits, destinations, hotels, restaurants and everything else I experience during my travels. There’s always a new topic discussed and hopefully the reader finds it informative (and witty!).
Do you have any products or services to offer?
Not yet, but I hope to begin selling Will Drink For Travel flasks and other paraphernalia.
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite country? Tanzania
Favourite city? London
Favourite beach? Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Favourite food? Pizza
Please provide the following:-
Website url? http://www.willdrinkfortravel.com/
Twitter handle? @DrinkForTravel
Facebook page? www.facebook.com/willdrinkfortravel