You don’t want to mess with the guest on today’s travel blogger interview. Not only is she a law student but she is also training to be a martial arts coach; little wonder she is the Kung Fu Princess! Please meet Sabine Krestel.
What is your name?
Which country do you come from/call home?
Home is for me where my family lives, which is Germany 😉
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
I am currently doing an exchange semester, I am a law student but I will put my studies on hold, to stay in China and become a martial arts coach, if everything works out =) So what does that make me? Backpacker kind of, who lives in a foreign country and studies there, to then travel the rest of the world during break times. Yeah something like that 😀
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
I work part-time whenever possible and I save loads. Don’t go out to eat often and before buying something new I always think about whether I really need it or rather save it for a flight ticket instead, or maybe splurge a bit when traveling.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
The first trip I took was with my parents to Spain when I was 2 years old, however the first trip that I remember was to Spain when I was six. The first time I travelled alone, no parents or school class, was when I reached 16 🙂
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Mhh that’s a tough one, I usually try not to expect anything, because things always do come totally different than one would think.
But I guess LA was one of these trips. I was expecting it to be totally posh and clean and models running around everywhere. But the walk of fame was rather run down, the beach was actually a bit scary with people taking and selling drugs and away from the glamourous shopping areas it had this rather violent atmosphere…not my favorite city in the States.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
Define bad? 😀 I am a magnet for bad luck, whether it is having to sleep at the airport, losing money, getting my handbag stolen…if something happens it usually happens to me…I guess karma is kicking my ass for some reason. But then those things just belong to the package called life and in the end they make the best travel stories. I believe most things happen for a reason, so no need getting fed up about it, it is a lesson, I learn from it…could have happened at home as well 🙂
Do you have any funny travel stories?
Many… for example I traveled a lot by train through China and this one was overbooked so instead of a sleeper ,we ( a friend and I) had to take a hard seat. It was so crowded that sleeping wasn’t really possible so this Chinese guy asked us if we liked to sing, got his Ipad out and we had a full grown Karaoke session on the train. I probably should feel bad for the other passengers but we still had a blast ^^
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
None to be honest…I mean sure you have to adept in some countries, they all have some good and some bad parts, you just have to make the best out of your situation. I love exploring, so there is no possible worst place, because there will always be something new to learn and see.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
That one is a hard one. I kind of lost my heart to China. Ireland was closing in this summer, but still the best place ever is the Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) in China. The scenery is like out of a Kungfu movie, you’ll expect some dragons flying over the hills. It is simply stunning.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
How many pages am I allowed to write? It is huge, I literally have the whole world on my bucket list. Just to name a few: Hiking in Nepal, Learning Scuba Diving and Surfing at any pretty beach, Hiking the Grand Haute in the Alps, Biking through Germany, Cookcourse in Japan, Horsebackriding in New Zealand, Capoeira lessons in Brazil, Machu Pichu, New York and so much more.
Can you imagine life without travel?
No, because travel is my life. I tend to get all jumpy if I don’t travel for more than 6 month. I just have to be on the road. You know how other people get homesick? I get travelsick 🙂 I am a nomad at heart, there is no changing that.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
Finishing my law studies and then either working in criminal law or something in direction human rights…who knows maybe I still will go back to law at some later point, but first I have to try out if my passion with travel and martial arts will work out. I don’t want to ask myself all the time, what if! I will just follow my heart for a change^^
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
Kungfuprincess on the Road, http://kungfuprincess-on-the-road.com/
When did you begin your website?
I just started in May 2015, after I made the decision to persue the martial arts career.
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
I hope to make it into a buisness, because otherwise I won’t be able to finance my 4 years of martial arts training in China, with travel breaks inbetween (visa issues).
It is a bit of a tool for me, yes, but then I always have been a story teller, I love to write and enjoy sharing experiences and tips with other people. But I like to do so on a more personal level, which is why I would rather write a blog than to do freelance writing.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
I will give you as many information as possible, which can end up in pretty long articles, but I just hate it when I click on a post looking forward to some great information and the post is about 300 words long, with some pretty picutres and I am still as clueless as before. That’s why I try to go into detail ^^
I also intertwine my travels with martial arts, sports and healths topics, some directly connected to traveling, f.e. Martial arts schools in China…So I guess I am a bit in a unique niche, maybe I will seperate these two parts in the future, but right now I am trying to combine Martial Arts & Travel Stories as good as possible 🙂
And there will be loads of posts about traveling in China. I have already been living in China before for 9 months and this is now my fourth time here. So lots of insider information 🙂
In the end I will share every funny story, inspirational experience, beautiful scenery and useful bit of information I have and hope to entertain and inspire my readers =)
Do you have any products or services to offer?
Not yet…currently working on setting up my fiverr profile, where I will be offering planning travel itiniaries…I am totally occupied right now with trying to get my blog out there and to learn Chinese at University.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
Successful huh? Well I did get a fair share of reactions for my post Finding what was lost, where I talk about how we sometimes forget our passions due to our struggles in daily life and how traveling is helping. And my post about guided tours and why you shouldn’t be ashamed of taking any was quite popular.
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
My absolute favorite one has been one of the rather personal ones, but it was amazing to just get it off my chest and the responses just showed me that I should keep on writing about things I am passionate about and not just about the general travel topics. Here it is: How Wushu helped me to love what others made fun of.
Haven’t written anything for another blog /magazine yet, going to send my first pitches this month (so fingers crossed !)
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
Train… I love sleepers, get in in the evening, wake up and exit in the morning.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Just do it! Don’t do it just because everybody else is traveling, because if you don’t enjoy it and you force it, you’ll most likely won’t have the best time. But if you always wanted to go some place, no matter if hiking or 5 Star Hotel, there is nothing keeping you from it. It is all up to you 🙂
What has travel taught you?
You don’t need much to be happy and never compare, because every place and person is different.
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? Turkish Airlines
Favourite country? Ireland (for the people)
Favourite city? Rome
Favourite beach? Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
Favourite food? Hot Pot
Favourite language? Spanish, even though I can’t speak any =D
Please provide the following:-
Website url? http://kungfuprincess-on-the-road.com/
Twitter handle? @Kung_FuPrincess
Facebook page? https://www.facebook.com/Kungfuprincessontheroad
Youtube page? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Ncm3Z2is2HivCHrmauhag