Interview With Travel Blogger Tracey Pictor Of Journal Of A City Girl @traceyhansen

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Today I feature someone who sets up home all around the world as she follows her husband on work assignments. Enjoy this interview with travel blogger Tracey Pictor of Journal Of A City Girl.

Tracey Pictor Of Journal Of A City Girl

Tracey Pictor Of Journal Of A City Girl

What is your name?

 Tracey Pictor

Which country do you come from/call home?

 South Africa

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

 Full time nomad – live and work abroad

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

Husband is moved around the world on work assignments and I happily follow.  We save and explore the country and surrounds where we are based.

Professional Nomads by Tracey Pictor Of Journal Of A City Girl

Professional Nomads – Tracey and her husband

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

I was about 10 and we took a family vacation to the UK, Liverpool to visit my dad’s family. I remember one morning roller-skating in the yard and the postman came by and we started chatting, when I came back inside I remember thinking how different life is over here, we just don’t do that back home, I don’t even think we have a postman.   

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

Mozambique. The drive from the South African border to the beach on their “highway” was actually a mere bed of beach sand and there are no road signs, you have to just make it up as you go along. We stayed in Ponte Do Ouro area for a week in the spring and it was freezing and windy (I had packed nothing but swimsuits and sunscreen).  The entire time we were there, the beaches where covered in jellyfish and Bluebottles. So it did not live up to my expectation of crystal clear waters, clear skies and white beaches. Needless to say I left with zero tan.

Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?

The most recent memory that comes to mind is having our rental car breakdown in the middle of the Namibian desert and then spending the rest of the afternoon walking with our suitcase in the blistering heat back and forth trying to hitch a ride to our next hotel.

African sunsets by Tracey Pictor Of Journal Of A City Girl

African sunsets

Do you have any funny travel stories?

 Trying to cross a road in Vietnam is no joke.

Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?

Luderitz in Namibia, we spent one afternoon there and that was enough for me, I just didn’t like the vibe of the town.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

Vietnam. It just went above and beyond our expectations. The contrast between the chaos of the traffic and streets in comparison to the quiet humble locals was a life changing experience.   

Vietnam - a country like no other by Tracey Pictor Of Journal Of A City Girl

Vietnam – a country like no other

What is your favourite travel experience?

Cycling through Hoi An to a local farm where we tended to the fields, learnt to cook and ate all afternoon.

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

 I have a bucketlist that seems to just grow almost daily. I want to experience everything from shopping in New York to parting at Rio Carnival, seeing the Northern Lights and running a marathon.

Can you imagine life without travel?

 Yes and it would be rather dull so lets rather not imagine it.

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

Planning weddings

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

 Journal of a City Girl –

When did you begin your website?

9 September 2013

Walking through the oldest desert in the world by Tracey Pictor Of Journal Of A City Girl

Walking through the oldest desert in the world

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

I started my blog as a way of keeping a journal of our lives as we embarked on the expat life and started living like nomads.

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

My blog started as an online diary and a way to keep the family back home abreast of our life’s but it developed into a platform to showcase our new hometowns, insiders guides to the best places in the city and noting the stories that for some are so ordinary but when you come from a different culture and background, what it’s like to drive on the other side of the road, go grocery shopping for the first time in a new city and try set up home in a foreign land with no help and support. My blog focuses on travelling and discovering a new country and its nuances and all the funny stories and challenges that come along with living like a professional nomad.

What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?

My Windhoek City Guide. Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia, it is a small city and slightly behind the times when it comes to internet marketing (eg. The phone book is still Namibians “go to” information source, not Google).  So the only way to discover the best restaurants, hidden gems and what to do in Windhoek, is through word-of-mouth. This can be a challenge for a tourist or anyone new to the country as you know no local friends.   

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

One of my favourites to write about was a tug of war we witnessed between a crocodile and a pack of wild dogs.  I am an African girl and have grown up going on safari trips but this was such a unique experience and I just loved reliving that moment.

Crocodile tug of war by Tracey Pictor Of Journal Of A City Girl

Crocodile tug of war

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


Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?

Save, and then just go, you will never regret putting your hard earned cash into travel experiences.

What has travel taught you?

Travel has taught me patience.

Not to collect material things, memories are so much more valuable.

“The greatest mistake you will ever make is the risk you never take”  

Quick fire questions:-

Favourite airline? Don’t really have one

Favourite country? Austria

Favourite city? Hoi An

Favourite beach? Zanzibar

Favourite food? Chocolate

Favourite language? French, and I am hopeless at it even after I did a course

 Please provide the following:-

Website url?

Twitter handle? @traceyhansen

Facebook page?


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  1. A city guide to Windhoek – now that’s different! Heading straight over there now to check that out 🙂 Great work! And I love that first pic of you in the bathtub in the desert!

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