Hey All , we are so happy to share with you that we received great feedback for our first featured traveler post! 😀
So continuing with our featured traveler series, this month we share our interview with Emily.
Here’s a little preview of our second traveler. We came across her post for a collaboration on one of the Facebook groups and were happy to contribute. You can read about it here.
So when Emily wrote us an email that she would love to be featured on our traveler series, we were more than happy. 🙂
Let’s get to know more about her!
Tell us something about yourself – name, location, occupation etc.?
My name is Emily, I am from Hampshire, England. I am currently a student studying Creative Writing, however I would like to do my teacher training when I am finished. I hope to teach primary school children, in English schools this means the children are 4-11 years old.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
The first trip I remember was when I was about four or five years old. Although I have been on holidays every year since I was born, this is the earliest I can remember. We went on a family holiday to Fethiye in Turkey. I mainly remember the people I met on this trip, the hotel staff were so friendly and I loved playing and spending time with them. The next thing I remember about this holiday is the gorgeous Blue Lagoon, the turquoise water was so inviting and warm. As a young child I loved splashing around and swimming in the water. We always make an effort to go back and visit the Blue Lagoon when we go to Turkey.
Why do you travel?
I travel because I want to expand my knowledge. I love learning about history and culture, so whenever I go on a trip somewhere I like to observe the way people live their lives. I tend to visit all the main tourist attractions with my camera. I really enjoy photography too, so visiting gorgeous new countries provides me with a lot of things to take photos of. As I am a writer, I find a lot of inspiration in visiting new places.
Your favourite destination/ location you have been to?
I have been to a lot of places abroad, but one of my favourite destinations that I have visited is in Beer, Devon (England). I first went here on a school trip when I was about ten, and the memories I have of playing with my friends by the seaside are some of my happiest. It is a simplistic, traditional seaside village, with lots of ice-cream shops and small cafes. It is idyllic.
Do you have any interesting experience you would like to share?
One of our family friends works at Disneyland Paris and when I was a lot younger he organised for me to ride on one of the parade floats through the park. This was an incredible experience, I shared the float with Mickey Mouse and lots of other children and their parents. It was amazing to see all the smiling faces of the crowd looking back up at you. At the time, I felt like such a super star. Looking back now I realise how lucky I am to have had that experience, as not many people could say that they’ve done that. Disneyland Paris is one of my favourite places to go, it always makes me feel warm and nostalgic.
Do you have a travel bucket list? If so what is on it?
I am a huge fan of music and food, so I would love to visit Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans. Ideally I would love to do a classic American road trip passing through all of these routes. I would also love to do the Inca trail in Peru.
Who’s your inspiration?
I don’t ever really say I have one inspiration. I am very into fashion and beauty, so old time Hollywood movie stars inspire me. I also think Michelle Obama is a lovely and thoughtful woman, the way she conducted herself as First Lady was impeccable, and even though I live in England I loved watching her develop in the role and make so many new initiatives. I also really like our own Kate Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge).
Is this a hobby or something you do for a living?
Travelling for me is a hobby, but one I love to invest in.
What have you learned from your experience with travel?
I have learned to always be open minded and always try and make friends wherever I go. If you greet people with openness and kindness, they will return it to you.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
I believe it is incredibly important to learn about the country you are visiting. I like to do a bit of research before I go, but also love to immerse myself in the culture whilst I am there. I think it is respectful to the people that live there to learn more about them and their country.
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