This is my first in a weekly series of questions to other travel bloggers. Let me introduce you to Leanne from The Globetrotter GP. Leanne combines her love of travel with her job as a locum GP. She is a fountain of knowledge and recently set up another blog all about being a Passive Income Superstar.
So over to Leanne from the Globetrotter GP to answer my Travel Questions:
Q1 – When did you become a traveller?
I first got the travel bug in 2003 when I was 17 and went on a school trip to Belize. We went jungle trekking, climbed the Mayan ruins and swam with sharks on the Barrier Reef. I’ve not stopped travelling since.
Q2 – What kind of traveller are you? Full-time? Part-time? Anytime?
I’m a part-time traveller fitting travel around my job as a self-employed locum GP doctor.
Q3 – Which country do you originally come from and where do you call home?
I was born in Berlin to English parents as my father was in the RAF. After moving about a bit as a kid, my family settled in Wales when I was a 13. Now I feel part English, part Welsh.
Q4 – Is there anything you miss from home when you are travelling?
My bed and my Spaghetti Bolognaise!
Q5 – What do you love most about travelling?
I love learning about different people’s cultures as well as experiencing beautiful landscapes. I’m also a massive fan of photography and travel gives me so many photo opportunities!
Q6 – And what is your pet hate?
I hate very hot weather, it makes me so lethargic. So I always try to travel to places out of peak-season!
Q7 – Tell us about your favourite trip or place to visit.
This is the hardest question to answer! But The Galapagos Islands probably take first position. It’s an incredible place if you love wildlife photography and so unlike anywhere I’ve been before.
Q8 – How do you prepare for a trip, are you a last-minute packer or days in advance?
I used to be a planner but as time goes on, I’m turned into a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type. I usually start packing a few hours before my flight and I’ve planned a 5 week trip to 3 different counties in just 6 days!
Q9 – What 5 things do you always take on your travels?
My camera, a power bank to keep connected, a kindle, my laptop and a comfy travel pillow.
Q10 – If money was no object, where would you live?
I had the opportunity to live in Australia, I did so for 2 years. I loved it there and settling there was definitely something I considered. But family drew me home and that hasn’t changed. So as things stand now, I would still say the UK.
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Q11 – Tell us more about your blog?
More recently, I’ve set up a website, Passive Income Superstars, teaching other people how they can make a passive income online through a blog. I have a geeky obsession with affiliate marketing and I want to teach people how to make a good income without huge blog traffic
Q12 – Which three blogs inspire you?
I love HappyToWander.com and PracticalWanderlust.com for their humour as well as their detailed travel guides. FollowMeAway.com has beautiful travel photography – their Instagram channel is especially inspiring.
Q13 – And your go-to travel resource?
I usually search for blog articles on Google or on Pinterest so I don’t really have one resource I use.
Q14 – What advice would you give first-time bloggers?
Learn about SEO and Pinterest early on, only do it if you are passionate and try to work out what makes you different.
Q15 – Where are you off to next?
I’m currently contemplating a trip to Morocco leaving in 10 days time…
A quick lowdown of Leanne’s favourites:
Singapore – they have a rooftop swimming pool and a butterfly garden – what more could you want?!
Favourite Mode of Transportation?
Sailing! I love a sailing trip as you see several places and I find being at sea very peaceful. I think a large cruise ship would be too formal for me but a small sailing trip is perfect.
Window seat or aisle?
Always window so I can have a good snooze.
Melbourne in Australia – so much culture, art, music and good food. There is also beautiful countryside close by for day trips.
Possibly New Zealand but I have many favourites! Italy, Australia, Indonesia, Iceland, Laos, Brazil …
Backpack or Case?
Depends on the trip – I have both!
Favourite Travel Book?
‘East of the Sun’ by Julia Gregson. It really bought India alive for me and I’ve been itching to visit ever since.
‘You only live once.’ It’s short and simple but reminds me to live my best life every day and say yes to opportunities.
Thank you to Leanne for filling in!
You can keep up with Leanne on:
Facebook – facebook.com/theglobetrottergp and facebook.com/passiveincomesuperstars
Twitter – twitter.com/globetrottergp
Instagram – instagram.com/theglobetrottergp
Pinterest – pinterest.com/theglobetrottergp and pinterest.com/passiveincomesuperstars
and of course on her blog – www.theglobetrottergp.com and www.passiveincomesuperstars.com
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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.