This week’s Travel Blog interview:
Lisa from Girl About the Globe
1. Who are you and where are you from? I’m Lisa (known as Little Lisa in my home town), originally from Lee-on-the-Solent near Portsmouth in the UK but aiming to become a digital nomad and spend my days travelling and living abroad.
2. Favorite thing about your hometown? That I still have life-long friends that live there and nothing ever changes.
3. #1 Reason you travel? I’m beginning to think I’m actually addicted to travelling! There so many reasons I do it: the thrill of a new place, meeting the locals, to challenge myself, to be completely selfish and do what I want to do, freedom, to make the most of living, to be carefree but most importantly to live in the moment.
4. Job you left behind? I gave up my job as a Press Officer last year to travel again and ‘find myself again’ after getting divorced. (That old cliche!)
5. What thing(s) did you give up to save money for travel? I was lucky enough to have savings for a rainy day and I thought; ‘it’s not going to get much rainier than this.’ So I used them. I am very frugal when I am at home and stopped buying things I didn’t need such as clothes and nights out. I would rather spend my last penny on seeing another country than a night out in my home town.
6. What kind of backpack do you carry and why? A pink Vango 60 litre. I love watching it as it comes around the carousel as it’s so easy to spot and I’m always so grateful to see it, knowing that it hasn’t been lost by the airline.
7. Funniest Travel/WTF moment? I was sat on a bus in Cambodia and could hear someone crunching behind me. Thinking they were snacking on some fried banana, I turned around and was horrified to see the man sitting just inches away from me tucking into a bag of deep-fried tarantulas. I fought the urge to scream and jump straight of the bus but as I was with other people, I had to sit there and put up with the noise of crunching legs. As adventurous as I am, I draw the line at insects.
8. Favorite ‘Off-the-beaten-Path’ place: Wadi Rum in Jordan. It was the setting for the movie Lawrence of Arabia and is the most spectacular and magical place I have ever seen. Just sitting on top of a mountain within the red desert without anyone around you is solitude at its very best.
9. Your MUST HAVE(s) while on the road: I’m a bit spiritual and carry a crystal with me to protect me whilst on the road. My laptop is the most important possession I own and my whole life is on there – that comes with me everywhere.
10. Laundry: Send it out or use the sink? Sink, unless I am only in a place for one night and am desperately running out of clothes. I always carry travel wash as it’s so much cheaper.
11. Favorite book: Eat Pray Love. It really resonated with me and I aspire to be like Elizabeth Gilbert! The book actually inspired me to go to an Indian yoga ashram and live my dreams as a writer.
12. Stay out late or get up early? Both! I’m really lucky when travelling and find that I don’t need much sleep. I’m generally an early bird and love the mornings before others are awake. During my last trip I went to Coco Bongo until 3.30am then was up at 6.30am to swim with whale sharks then partied in the biggest club in Latin America that evening until 3am! Needless to say the following night I was exhausted…
13. DSLR or Point & Shoot? What brand(s) and lenses do you carry? I am not a good photographer and I do get camera envy when I see people with huge lenses acting like professionals. I had to buy a new camera on my last trip from a Chinese supermarket in Belize for £120 (that was the cheapest!) which was a Sony but that’s what iphoto enhance is for…
14. Favorite kind of Pizza: Any, I love pizza but Meat Feast is my absolute fave.
15. What is your average daily budget? It depends which country I go to. For Central America I had a budget of £25 a day which I totally blew when I got to Cancun (try swimming with whale sharks and experiencing the Mexican nightlife on that budget!) I rarely stick to my budget as I never turn down an opportunity to experience something different whether it’s bungee jumping or caving, knowing that I may never come back.
16. How many countries have you visited? I have been lucky enough to visit 58 countries and 19 of them as a solo traveller. There are still so many more out there and I won’t rest until I have seen them all 🙂