Interview With Travel Blogger Dannielle Noonan Of While I’m Young And Skinny @danniellelily

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Today’s interview features someone who has been sick whilst riding on a scooter, had people laugh at her cleavage and looked for an address written on a leg with eyeliner. It looks like some great stories ahead in this travel blogger interview with Dannielle Noonan of While I’m Young And Skinny.

Dannielle Noonan of While I'm Young And Skinny

Dannielle Noonan of While I’m Young And Skinny

What is your name?

Dannielle Noonan

Which country do you come from/call home?

I was born and grew up in the Isle of Man, but I couldn’t wait to get away! When I was 18, I moved to Edinburgh to study English and that’s probably the place that feels most like home now.

Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?

I’m an anything goes kind of traveller. I try to have it all – balancing a career with travelling the world. Committing to a job I love means I’ve had to change my approach to travel a fair bit. It means more planning and less spontaneity, but on the other hand I can afford to visit the places I really want to go!

How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?

I make it my priority. It annoys me when people ask how I afford to go places. I work, I save up, then I go! I don’t care about having loads of nice clothes or useless items – the less I have, the less I have to pack!

What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?

When I was little, my family would take me on package holidays to Spain. Maybe that’s why the country still holds such an appeal for me. I still see it as the perfect destination.

Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?

Hmm. I recently went to Amsterdam, and it far surpassed my expectations. I was envisioning a stoner paradise full of gross men, but as soon as I got off the train I realised that Amsterdam is a charming city full of culture and things to do.

Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?

Nope, nothing terrible. Any mishaps have usually been down to bad planning or lack of research. I signed up to climb Mount Rinjani because a man knocked on my hotel door and said it would be easy when I arrived in Lombok. It turned out to be the most dangerous, physically challenging three days of my life. I’m still glad I did it though.

Do you have any funny travel stories?

Too many! They’re all on my blog. I’ve had my cleavage giggled at by tiny women in Cambodia who weren’t used to fuller figures. I’ve been sick off the back of a scooter, where I was crammed in between two people, zooming through the Thai wilderness drunk as a skunk. I’ve been lost in Sydney with an address scrawled in eyeliner smudged on my friend’s leg. I could go on!

Where is your favourite place in the world?

New Zealand will always hold appeal for me, maybe because it was the first country I backpacked in. The scenery out the bus windows was unforgettable.

Cable car view of Queenstown - Dannielle Noonan Of While I’m Young And Skinny

Cable car view of Queenstown

Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?

Yes, and it keeps getting longer! I really want to go to Rio, and do a US road trip, see Morocco, and teach English as a foreign language. Italy and Croatia are also high up there.

If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?

Having loads of babies and no life!

What is the name of your travel blog and the url?

While I’m Young and Skinny

When did you begin your website?

It began as a way to share my adventures with my family and friends when I went on my first big backpacking adventure in 2013. I wrote about my antics in New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Now, I write about my latest escapades and all aspects of twenty something life!

A monk washing robes at Angkor Wat - Dannielle Noonan Of While I’m Young And Skinny

A monk washing robes at Angkor Wat

Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?

My blog started as a creative outlet, but now I like to connect with readers. I hope to inspire, entertain and encourage other curious twenty somethings (and other age groups!) to take chances and see the world.

What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?

I get lots of lovely comments from readers who appreciate that my writing is honest – I don’t sugar coat my travel experiences! I write as if I’m speaking to a friend, and people like that.

Do you have any products or services to offer?

I am a digital marketing professional as well as a travel blogger, and I want to work with brands to help them build their reputation and online presence. I currently offer blog writing services for companies and social media management.

What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?

I loved writing my post about sailing in the Whitsunday Islands because it meant reliving the experience, and those two nights were the most alive I’ve ever felt. Sleeping on the deck of a catamaran under the stars and picking out the constellations, snorkelling in the beautiful Great Barrier Reef and walking on one of the best beaches in the world. It was incredible and I recommend every Aussie backpacker blows their budget on a trip!

The Whitsundays - Dannielle Noonan Of While I’m Young And Skinny

The Whitsundays

What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)

Although it’s really slow,  I really like bus trips. I think they’re a great way to get from A to B cheaply and you get to see parts of the country you wouldn’t normally.

Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?

Just go! Do it while you’re still young enough to get away with it all. Have a plan and throw it away when you arrive.

What has travel taught you?

To always remember that there are other ways of life. One culture’s way of doing things isn’t the best, or only way.

Dannielle Noonan on Bondi beach

Dannielle on Bondi beach

Quick fire questions:-

Favourite airline? Emirates! I flew with them on my first big adventure and got ridiculously excited over the flawless hostess’ uniforms, the free booze and the hot towels.

Favourite country? Tough one – Thailand. The people are so lovely.

Favourite city? Edinburgh!

Favourite beach? The beach at the tip of Borneo is pretty amazing.

Favourite food? Italian. I need to go to Italy and eat all of the carbs!

Favourite language? Spanish.

Please provide the following:-

Website url?

Twitter handle? @danniellelily

Facebook page?

Google+ profile/page?



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  1. A native of Isle of Man? Cool. Bus travel is fun.

  2. Thanks Guy for sharing this amazing interview.

    I just discovered you blog and this was the first interview.

    I absolutely love your mission and blog,
    harmonizes very well with my own vision.

    I started my own passion blog recently and one
    of the things I do is interviews with tough cat travelers too 🙂

    I’ll be heading to the next interview now and
    if you like you can check out my own interviews I’ve done so far here:

    But be warned, you might get hooked to my weird and furry humor 😉

    Love and light,

  3. Great interview!!! I’m her new fan! 🙂 I totally understand the funny story from Cambodia. Girls there are so tiny!

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