This travel blogger interview is with Sam Buss of Yoko Meshi. Sam is not only a lover of travel but of animals and wildlife too.
What is your name?
Which country do you come from/call home?
England is my home and I live on the outskirts of London.
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
I am an annual leave traveller, however I am still waiting for my opportunity to take a long backpacking adventure.
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
I work full time as a Veterinary Nurse to help fund my holidays.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
My first to Disney World Orlando, Florida aged five.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Hong Kong, I wanted to visit for so long but when I finally reached there I was really disappointed. Hong Kong city made me feel completely anxious and not at ease.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
Only in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt… do not enter their perfume shops no matter what they tell you!
Most dangerous experience whilst travelling?
Not being able to clear my mask when scuba diving in Koh Phi Phi, resulted in me panicking and inflating my BCD to go straight to the surface (This is very bad and can result in decompression sickness).
Do you have any funny travel stories?
Although it was not funny at the time – When I was in South Africa I was woken up in the middle of the night by a Red Roman spider crawling across my foot because I did not put my mosquito net up properly! At the time I have never been more scared but now I look back and it is quite funny.
Most exhilarating experience whilst travelling?
Flight of the Gibbon in Chiang Mai, Thailand! I would recommend this to everyone!
Where is your favourite place in the world?
The Kruger National Park, South Africa. There is no place quite like it.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
My bucket list grows every day! The top two additions are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and scuba diving at the Great Barrier reef.
Can you imagine life without travel?
Never, travel has built me into the person I am today.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
Finding ways to make travel possible.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
Yoko Meshi – www.yokomeshi.co.uk
When did you begin your website Yokomeshi?
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
To inspire people to travel or least considering visiting new places.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
I use Yoko Meshi to highlight ethical animal experiences around the globes as well as mentioning why people should avoid irresponsible animal experiences (such as elephant riding).
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
My most successful post to do is called ‘ Tips for anxious scuba divers‘. I love scuba diving but it also terrifies me, so much so I have had panic attacks in and out of the water! In the post I talk about tips on how to overcome this as well as the importance of finding a good diving school.
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
My favourite is probably ‘Five reasons to volunteer abroad‘ which I wrote after returning from a baboon volunteer trip in South Africa. It really opened my eyes to a new form of travel which I think everyone should consider.
Favourite Animal experience when travelling?
Working as a Veterinary Nurse at a Chacma Baboon Sanctuary in South Africa.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Travel as much as you can, you can always make more money, you cannot always make more memories.
What has travel taught you?
That there is so much kindness in this world, even when it does not feel like it. It has also taught me that nature is incredible!
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? Emirates
Favourite country? South Africa
Favourite city? San Francisco
Favourite beach? Any of the beaches in Thailand
Favourite food? Vegetable red thai curry
Please provide the following:-
Website url? www.yokomeshi.co.uk
Twitter handle? www.twitter.com/yokomeshiuk
Facebook page? www.facebook.com/yokomeshiuk