Continuing my weekly series of questions to other travel bloggers. Let me introduce you to Tea from Culture Tourist. Not only is Tea a travel blogger, but she has also designed postcards that you colour in yourself as a memory of your trip.
So over to Tea from Culture Tourist to answer my Travel Questions:
Q1 – When did you become a traveller?
I always loved to travel! When I was a kid, I would pack a few things in my backpack and go on little ‘trips’ on my bicycle 🙂
When I started university, I began to travel more. After I finished my studies, I moved to the Netherlands, and this was when travelling became a big part of my life. I started to earn a steady income, and with flights to almost anywhere in the world from Amsterdam, travelling became much more manageable.
Q2 – What kind of traveller are you? Full-time? Part-time? Anytime?
I am a part-time traveller combining all the different styles of travelling.
I’m travelling alone, as a couple, as a family and often for business. I am a full-time blogger, so I’m quite free to travel whenever I want. But, my husband has a 9 – 5 job, and my son’s going to school, so we’re tied to the Netherlands.
Q3 – Which country do you originally come from and where do you call home?
I’m originally from Croatia, but am living in the Netherlands for the last six years.
Q4 – Is there anything you miss from home when you are travelling?
Perhaps that relaxing feeling that you don’t have to plan anything and could just have a slow day at home. I also really love my house, it’s very cosy, and I’m so relaxed there 🙂 So, sometimes I miss it when travelling.
Q5 – What do you love most about travelling?
The feeling of freedom. That you can be whoever you want. I love exploring new places, sit at local cafés and just spent some time among the locals.
I also really love art, so before travelling somewhere new, I always research local museums and cultural sights. Seeing some of the famous pieces of art for the first time is one of my favourite things about travelling. I always cry a bit when standing in front of them.
Q6 – And what is your pet hate?
I hate changing the money and calculating the local currency to euros. Usually, I’m good at math, but somehow shopping in a foreign currency is the biggest headache for me.
Q7 – Tell us about your favourite trip or place to visit.
Oman! It’s a place with the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. I hope to visit it soon again.
My favourite trip from this year was a two-weeks long trip during which I followed the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh. He’s one of my favourite painters. So, I travelled from Amsterdam to the south of France and have visited places where he lived and worked along the way.
Q8 – How do you prepare for a trip, are you a last-minute packer or days in advance?
I’m mostly travelling light, so packing is never a big issue for me. I usually check the weather forecast a few days in advance and plan the clothes I’m going to bring with me.
Q9 – What 5 things do you always take on your travels?
My camera, phone, small backpack, reusable water bottle and hand cream.
Q10 – If money was no object, where would you live?
I would travel around the world and live for a few months in each place. That’s actually my plan for when my son goes to college 🙂
Q11 – Tell us more about your blog/YouTube channel?
My blog is called the Culture Tourist, and it’s a travel blog with a focus on art, history and culture of European destinations. My goal is to encourage people to look for art around them more while travelling.
I’m also creating colouring postcards from places I’m visiting and am selling them on my blog.
Q12 – What three blogs inspire you?
World of Wanderlust – It was probably one of the first blogs I started following
The Travel Hack – It inspired me a lot to quit my 9 – 5 job, and became a full-time blogger myself
Sophie’s Suitcase – Always finding a great travel inspiration there
Q13 – And your go-to travel resource?
Mostly Instagram and Pinterest.
Q14 – What advice would you give first-time bloggers?
Invest in yourself! Do a blogging course, invest in a good camera and improve your skills (writing, photography…).
Also, collaborate and work with other bloggers. It’s so much easier to work when you have a supportive group of other bloggers around you.
Q15 – Where are you off to next?
I’m travelling to London in a couple of days. And am off to Thailand at the end of the year.
Quick lowdown of Tea’s favourite:
Favourite Airport? Schiphol, Amsterdam
Favourite Mode of Transportation? Train. I’m a nervous flyer and am choosing the train whenever it’s possible. Plus, it’s more green!
Window seat or aisle? Always a window seat. I love to enjoy the view.
Favourite City? Paris
Favourite Country? Croatia
Backpack or Case? Backpack if I’m travelling on public transport. Case if I’m travelling by car.
Travel Book? Not really a travel book, but Elizabeth Kostova’s ‘The Historian’ is a book that always gives me wanderlust.
Quote? ‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone’
Thank you Tea, xxx!
You can keep up with Tea on: Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/culturetourist/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/culturetourist1
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/culturetourist/
Pinterest – https://nl.pinterest.com/culturetourist1/
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMk4VHBATRPZz7W09f0F24Q
and of course on their blog – Culture Tourist
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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.