My Travel Tuesday guest this week is Angie from Where Angie Wanders. A fellow mature blogger, Angie has also embraced the blogging world in her 50s and travels whenever she can.
So over to Angie from Where Angie Wanders to answer my Travel Questions:
Q1 – When did you become a traveller?
At the age of 19 I took my first flight to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands with Andrew my husband. Up until then, I had never been anywhere other than short weekend breaks in the UK but after that first trip it opened up a whole new world for me and I was hooked on travel.
Q2 – What kind of traveller are you? Full-time? Part-time? Anytime?
Definitely an anytime traveller. Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere!
Q3 – Which country do you originally come from and where do you call home?
I am a Londoner born and bred and have never lived anywhere other than England.
Q4 – Is there anything you miss from home when you are travelling?
Sad as it sounds, I miss my washing machine and fresh fruit and veg. I find that fruit isn’t always in the best state even when grown in the country I am visiting.
Q5 – What do you love most about travelling?
Freedom, learning about new cultures, having new experiences, meeting new people and making memories.
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Q6 – And what is your pet hate?
Noise and people with no spatial awareness. Travelling has made me realise what a loud and chaotic world we live in. As a person who needs a good nights sleep it frustrates me when others have no consideration for the noise levels they can inflict on you in the early hours. People who have no idea of what their private space is and what is yours also annoy me.
Q7 – Tell us about your favourite trip or place to visit.
With over 30 years of travelling under my belt, there have been so many it is very hard to choose. Last year I travelled around the world for 3 months with my 18-year-old son which was something I will hold in my heart forever. I think Tasmania impacted on us both as a place that felt untouched by the outside world. We hiked around Cradle Mountain and just felt at one with nature. Bayan temple in Cambodia was a place that left me dumb-struck and in awe of its history and magnificence. Nearer to home, Venice was just about as magical as anywhere can get and fulfilled all my expectations of this floating city.
Q8 – How do you prepare for a trip, are you a last-minute packer or days in advance?
I would say weeks in advance! I check and then check again that I have packed every last essential. I would freak out packing at the last minute.
Q9 – What 5 things do you always take on your travels?
This is an easy one.
- A travelling companion (usually my husband)
- Earplugs because as you have read, I hate not being able to sleep.
- A cotton scarf that I spray with perfume so on a long flight it gives me something nice to smell covers my nose and mouth if the flight is full of people coughing and sneezing acts as something soft to rest my head against and is a fashion accessory.
- First-aid kit with probably too many items in it but as a Girl Guide, I was conditioned to always be prepared.
- My I-phone for communication and taking photographs.
Q10 – If money were no object, where would you live?
I would stay in England. It is so beautiful in all seasons.
Q11 – Tell us more about your blog?
I started my travel blog in August 2019. It highlights global destinations, 3-night stays and hotels and resorts. It is something I have always thought about doing but just never got around to it. It was after my round-the-world trip that friends and family encouraged me to put down in print what I spoke to them so passionately about. I now write for up to 7 hours a day and love living vicariously through my own memories of past and present trips. I only wish I had started it years ago.
Q12 – What three blogs inspire you?
My initial inspiration came from one called Hippie-in-Heels. I have since found out that the lady whose site it was has passed away. I would have loved to have been able to tell her what an inspiration she had been for my own blog.
Nothingfamiliar.com – Jake and Brigette – nomadic travellers who give great tips on destinations and local foods and take fabulous photographs.
TheBlondeAbroad.com – Her website design and content are fabulous and I love the way she writes.
Q13 – And your go-to travel resource?
Pinterest travel blogs.
Q14 – What advice would you give first-time bloggers?
It is so cliché, but I would say stop thinking about it and just do it. Share your stories with others whatever age you are, there will be someone out there that wants to read it and will be glad you wrote it. At the ripe old age of 52 I never thought I would be able to compete with the “younger bloggers” but I have now realised that there is space for us all.
Q15 – Where are you off to next?
Plans afoot for French Riviera, Azores, Japan, Azerbaijan, Poland and Croatia.
Quick lowdown of Angela’s favourite:
Singapore – so easy to use, clean and if you have the time a tourist attraction in its own right.
Favourite Mode of Transportation?
A car so I can throw all my stuff in the boot and just go.
Window seat or aisle?
It used to be a window so I could always see the aerial views of my arrival destination, now it is an aisle so I can get to the toilet without having to wake my seat companions!
London. Not just because I am a Londoner, but it offers a diverse range of attractions that are always changing.
Vietnam. Once you have been there yourself you will realise why. An incredible history, friendly locals, great food and just a vibe like no-where else I have ever been.
Backpack or Case?
I know I should say backpack but for me it is a case. If I am going for 3-night trips I will take a small carry-on.
At the moment it’s The Tattooist of Auschwitz. It is based on a true story and very moving.
Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think – Winnie the Pooh
Thank you, Angela, xxx!
You can keep up with Angela on:
Facebook – https://facebook.com/whereangiewanders
Twitter – https://twitter.com/whereangiewand1
Instagram – https://instagram.com/whereangiewanders
Pinterest – https://pinterest.com/whereangiewanders
YouTube – Not Yet!
and of course on her blog – Where Angie Wanders
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Larch lives a semi-nomadic life. Her life changed 20 years ago when a silly accident left her with restricted use of her right arm and neck and was told she would never work again. She turned her life around, retrained herself and set up as a self-employed website designer. This allowed her to work wherever she was in the world. Her passion for travel led her to start up her travel blog The Silver Nomad, to inspire over 40s to explore new destinations and expand their horizons. In 2019 Larch qualified as a CAA Drone Pilot which she combines with her travels.