This week’s Travel Tuesday travel blogger is Michele from The Intrepid Guide. Michele, an Australian living in London, is an inspiring linguist speaking Italian and Norwegian.
So over to Michele to answer my Travel Questions:
Q1 – When did you become a traveller?
My first trip overseas was when I was 22 years old. It was to my dream destination, Italy since I’m half-Italian and I’m named after my ‘nonno’ (grandfather in Italian). I spent 11 days travelling around Italy before heading over to Paris. That trip changed my life forever because that was when I decided to get serious about learning languages – starting with Italian.
Q2 – What kind of traveller are you? Full-time? Part-time? Anytime?
I’d say I’m a part-time traveller. In my mind I’m always planning my adventure but I do enjoy and need some time at home to relax and unwind before my next trip as I tend to ‘travel hard’ when I’m on the road. I love to do and see it all which catches up with you in the end.
Q3 – Which country do you originally come from and where do you call home?
I’m from Australia and will also call it home. I left my heart in Rome, Italy where I lived for 3 years and now I live in London where I’ve been for the past 6 years.
Q4 – Is there anything you miss from home when you are travelling?
Apart from my partner, nothing really. I enjoy everything about travelling, even the tough situations. It’s all part of the learning experience so even if I don’t like something, I take it in my stride and learn to be more appreciative of what I do have waiting for me back home.
Q5 – What do you love most about travelling?
Learning new languages, cultures, customs and visiting interesting and beautiful places. I love photography too, so the opportunity to capture the moment and destination I really enjoy.
Q6 – And what is your pet hate?
Airline delays and cancellations. I find it really stressful, especially if I have something booked or lined-up for the day after arriving and my flight’s been cancelled.. When I can, I try to avoid having any travel plans until the second day in to take the pressure off.
Q7 – Tell us about your favourite trip or place to visit.
A trip which I’ll forever cherish was when I spent my 30th birthday in Outback Australia. I saw the most incredible landscapes including Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and Kings Canyon and learned so much about indigenous Australians.
On New Year’s Eve, I slept in a swag (an Australian portable sleeping unit) outside, it was a warm night and I remember falling asleep under a full moon and a star-filled sky. Pure magic. I’d go back in a heartbeat.
Q8 – How do you prepare for a trip, are you a last-minute packer or days in advance?
I do a tonne of research before every trip from transportation to things to do and of course the local language. For that, I use Mondly (Get 95% off Mondly here) to get started.
When it comes to packing, I usually start packing 1-2 days before – depending on the length of the trip and if I’ve worried about airline weight restrictions.
Q9 – What 5 things do you always take on your travels?
I’m going to cheat and say my camera gear which is made up of multiple things. My hairdryer because I have curly hair and a girl’s gotta look after her curls 😉 That and no hotel/Airbnb/accommodation has a hairdryer that would fit my attachment. LOL!
Compeeds for my feet because I do a tonne of walk each day, bandaids and iBuprofen.
Q10 – If money was no object, where would you live?
Rome! In a rooftop apartment with a view over the city.
Q11 – Tell us more about your blog/YouTube channel?
I’m a language and travel blogger and ‘guide’ behind The Intrepid Guide.com. My aim is to help my readers get the most out of their experiences by providing them with detailed destinations guides, free travel phrase guides, and language learning tools.
I encourage my readers to include language into their travel preparation. You don’t need to be fluent in order to be understood. Even learning just a few key words and phrases can do wonders for enhancing your travels and it’s a great way to show respect and make a good first impression when meeting the locals.
Q12 – What three blogs inspire you?
The Blonde Abroad – I love Kiki’s photography, her honest reviews and humour. She’s such a lovely person and a blogger goals in terms of her success.
Lindsay Does Languages – Lindsay provides excellent language learning resources and learn less mainstream languages such as Guaraní (which is really inspiring.
Fluent in 3 Months – I love Benny’s approach to language learning. He’s a big advocate for speaking right from the beginning, even if you make a tonne of mistakes – because that’s how you learn quicker!
Q13 – And your go-to travel resource?
I love travel guide books and Pinterest 🙂
Q14 – What advice would you give first-time bloggers?
There’s A LOT to learn. You don’t need to know it all now, but keep learning as you go and don’t forget to implement it.
Q15 – Where are you off to next?
Quick lowdown of Michele’s favourite:
Heathrow – because I can jump on the Piccadilly Line from my house and I don’t have to change lines 🙂
Favourite Mode of Transportation?
Vespa/motorino – There’s nothing like zipping around Rome on a moped.
Window seat or aisle?
Always a window seat
Apart from my home country Australia, it’s got to be Italy. Every region is so different in terms of its history and natural beauty.
Backpack or Case?
Case for my clothes, backpack for my camera gear.
When in Rome: Chasing la Dolce Vita Book by Penelope Green
Thank you, Michele, xxx!
You can keep up with Michele on:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/theintrepidguide/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/intrepidguide
Instagram – https://instagram.com/intrepidguide/
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/intrepidguide/
YouTube – https://youtube.com/theintrepidguide
and of course on her blog – https://www.theintrepidguide.com/
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If you enjoyed this post, read some of the other Travel Tuesdays
- Travel Tuesday with Leanne from The Globetrotter GP
- Travel Tuesday with Roma from Roaming Required
- Travel Tuesday with Steve from Biggsy Travel
Larch has had wanderlust all her life, travelling as much as she can whenever she can. Now in her 50’s, she writes about her adventures on her travel blog The Silver Nomad to encourage travellers of all ages to look at different destinations. In early 2019, she qualified as a CAA PfCO Drone Pilot and now travels with her DJI Mavic Pro to capture aerial videos and photos to enhance her work.