Part teacher, part dancer but mainly adventure traveller, Becki recently rebranded her blog to Meet me in Departures. She combines her travel with her teaching and her dancing
So over to Becki from Meet Me in Departures to answer my Travel Questions:
Q1 – When did you become a traveller?
I was working as a secondary school teacher for 5 years, after initially doing a degree and then on to a post-grad and it dawned on me that I’d pretty much lost my 20s to getting an education, which isn’t a bad thing, but there were so many things I wanted to achieve.
As soon as I hit my 30s, I made the decision to quit the rat-race and start living my life. I became travel obsessed in January 2014.
Q2 – What kind of traveller are you? Full-time? Part-time? Anytime?
I’m a part-time traveller, mostly because I need to find a way to fund it. So I go away on an extended trip and then come back to the UK to work and to recoup the funds before setting off again.
Q3 – Which country do you originally come from and where do you call home?
I’m from Bristol in the UK. I’ve only lived in the UK although I move about depending where the work is when I come back between trips.
Bristol will always be home though it’s a pretty awesome city! Besides, I’m never going to shed my slightly west-country twang from my voice.
Q4 – Is there anything you miss from home when you are travelling?
I don’t really miss anything as such, although I do end up missing out on events from my friends (birthday parties, celebrations etc) that I’ll often be away for.
One food I miss though; I remember while I was travelling in Asia I couldn’t find a tub of hummus anywhere. On the return journey, I had a connecting flight in Doha, Qatar. Helloooooo hummus – it’s fair to say I OD’d on it there.
Q5 – What do you love most about travelling?
There are so many things I love about travelling, but one of the main things is seeing how the rest of the world live and meeting new people – whether that’s locals or fellow travellers.
I love the way a landscape can make me feel like I’m the tiniest human in the massive world. I love seeing wildlife in its natural environment. I love the tingly adrenalin rush as I cascade down waterfalls in a kayak.
There are so many things to love about travel.
Q6 – And what is your pet hate?
Instagrammers and Fashionistas! Like who the f**k wears strappy dresses and high-heels in the middle of the jungle or at the top of the mountain.
Don’t get me wrong, Instagram is great for showcasing places in the world that inspire people to get out there and travel. But I hate the artificialness of some of it. I prefer to see real people, covered in mud and sweat from hiking in a jungle, or up a mountain with their flaws and all, showcasing the beautiful world as it is. I’m not interested in artificial and unrealistic images.
Q7 – Tell us about your favourite trip or place to visit.
I’ve visited so many places this is really difficult to choose. To make it easier I’ve split it into categories. Each trip I do I’ll have a different focus.
For wildlife – a no brainer, Galapagos (Ecuador) or the Amazon Rainforest (Peru) and Mexico or Belize for Scuba Diving.
For temples and ruins – the Yucatan Peninsula and Tabasco (Mexico) and Machu Picchu (Peru)
For adrenalin sport – Costa Rica
For food – I’m really torn between Italy and Thailand.
For beautiful cities – the Baltic states – Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia) and Vilnius (Lithuania)
Q8 – How do you prepare for a trip, are you a last-minute packer or days in advance?
I’m quite spontaneous. So I will go as far as having a block of time to go away. I pretty much choose my destination by the price of flights. My research and preparation go as far as booking my first nights’ accommodation and a couple of things to do in that region on the first day.
The rest of it I make up as I go. I like to talk to locals, other travellers and generally get a feel for the place before I make too many plans. With regards to packing, I’ll probably start it the day before I leave, I’ve got used to being quite a quick and efficient packer and have my standard go-to packing list that I just need to tweak. This style of travel doesn’t work for everyone but after 30-something years of being a last-minute-dot-com person, this isn’t going to change any time soon and it works for me.
Q9 – What 5 things do you always take on your travels?
In no particular order 1) My laptop, 2) A thick and warm hoodie, 3) My phone, 4) My camera, 5) A water bottle
Q10 – If money was no object, where would you live?
I don’t have a specific country in mind, but it would be somewhere where I could be surrounded by nature. I love waking up to either the waves, the sound of rivers, bird-song and even howler monkeys at the crack of dawn. I don’t like being cold and I love the sun, so somewhere tropical would suit.
Q11 – Tell us more about your blog?
My blog, Meet Me In Departures was launched on 10th October 2019. The name comes from the constant desire to get away from the rat-race and do something exciting with your life. I write a lot about temples, wildlife and adventure sport as well as off-the-beaten-track places.
Q12 – What three blogs inspire you?
I don’t have one go-to blogger that I follow. I love a mix of lots of different styles so if I come across an article that strikes a chord with me, then no doubt I’ll stick around that site and see if there is anything else that interests me.
Q13 – And your go-to travel resource?
I’m slightly addicted to Lonely Planet and for inspiration and a heads-up on a country, they provide great itinerary ideas. I probably need to stop looking at these in my lunch breaks! I have so many trip ideas that I need to start working through.
Q14 – What advice would you give first-time bloggers?
Just hit launch – I’m a Virgo through and through so I have to keep telling myself ‘just get it done’ and stop worrying about everything being perfect. It’s taken me a long time to learn this – and I’m still learning how to be more efficient now.
Q15 – Where are you off to next?
I have a few small trips books for the start of this year. I’m off to Catania (Italy), Madrid (Spain) and Israel in the coming months. I’m planning on a bigger trip to Canada, for road-tripping later this year, and I’d also like to get a bit of scuba diving in too.
Quick lowdown of Becki’s favourite:
Favourite Airport? Schiphol in the Netherlands
Favourite Mode of Transportation? Walking
Window seat or aisle? Long haul – window, short-haul – aisle
Favourite City? Bristol (my hometown) or Madrid (my second hometown)
Favourite Country? Thailand
Backpack or Case? Backpack
Travel Book? My diary/notebook
Quote? “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” By Robin S. Sharma
Thank you, Becki, xxx!
You can keep up with Becki on Meet Me in Departures and:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/InDepartures
Twitter – https://twitter.com/in_departures
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/meet_me_in_departures/
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/In_Departures/meet-me-in-departures-best-of-blog/
and of course on her blog – https://meetmeindepartures.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.