This week my questions have been answered by travelling America, Skye. He runs the blog Skye Travels. About to embark on an exciting project with a converted van, he took time out to answer my questions.
So over to Skye from Skye Travels to answer my Travel Questions:
Q1 – When did you become travellers?
Skye: I left the USA in January with a one-way ticket to London and I’ve been on the road ever since. However, I grew up moving from one home to another along the west coast of the US, and I travelled a bit around the States at my old job.
Q2 – What kind of travellers are you? Full-time? Part-time? Anytime?
Skye: I’d say we’re kinda a cross between part-time and full-time. We sometimes set up a base to stay at for a few weeks at a time, but otherwise, we’re constantly on the road.
Q3 – Which country do you originally come from and where do you call home?
Skye: I was born in California, USA. As mentioned, I have lived in several homes and cities growing up, so it’s hard to say which one I’m from specifically. Now I call Edinburgh my home base and try to spend a couple of months there each year, but the truth is that home is where your rump rests. As permanent travellers, we make our home in each city as we travel the world.
Q4 – Is there anything you miss from home when you are travelling?
Skye: Not really. I’ve always had a very minimalistic lifestyle. About the only item that’s hard to travel with (although I plan to get one in our new van) is a large computer monitor which makes photo and video editing much easier. I also really enjoy having a good kitchen to cook in, but we’re building that into our van too, and many Couchsurfing hosts, hostels and self-catering B&Bs around the world have good kitchens.
Q5 – What do you love most about travelling?
Skye: That’s hard. I love every aspect of travelling, but there are some aspects that stand out. I love meeting new people, getting factual, first-hand information about things in the world, trying different foods, exploring nature and pushing my comfort zone. If I had to pick one, it would be the first – making friends all over the world.
Q6 – And what is your pet hate?
Skye: Hmm. I think that would boil down to how much negativity there is in the world, and the silly assumptions people make from it. One person from a country or culture does something wrong, and the whole country or culture is labelled bad. It’s almost as bad as a person making an occasional mistake and then being completely judged based on that one mistake.
Q7 – Tell us about your favourite trip or place to visit.
Skye: I honestly don’t like that question, as there are a few that rank way up there for me. Some truly memorable ones were in Sweden, Iceland Morocco. It might be corny, but I usually say the Isle of Skye is my favourite place in the world. I’ve been there a couple of dozen times now and perhaps the magic is starting to wear off on me, but I still think some of the most beautiful locations on the planet are on that island.
Q8 – How do you prepare for a trip, are you a last-minute packer or days in advance?
Skye: A little of both. I definitely pack at the very last minute, but I start to get a general idea of what I’ll need a week or two before the trip, and I’ll start planning where to stay, what to do and who to work with days or weeks in advance. Then again, there are those trips when I go from city to city and there’s just no time to plan in advance.
Q9 – What 5 things do you always take on your travels?
Skye: The only things I really need are my passport, phone and power pack, a change of clothes and toiletries. Outside of that, I can be pretty minimalistic. I usually travel with my laptop, hard drives, tripod, stabilizer, notebooks, rain gear, base layer, sleeping bag, and a few other essentials, but I don’t have to.
Q10 – If money was no object, where would you live?
Skye: I really like this question. I think I would go with Reykjavik, Iceland if I had unlimited funds to cover the cost of flights every time I wanted to travel. It’s just such a beautiful country and the only real trouble I had there was the cost of everything.
Q11 – Tell us more about your blog/YouTube channel?
Skye: My blog focuses on adventures, wellness, and food. I write to inspire others to travel and follow their dreams. I always try to focus on the positive, give honest reviews from my own, personal experience and also help others push past their comfort zone. My YouTube channel is still in development. Currently, I’m mostly just using it to host the videos I need for my blog. I do plan to change that in the near future and put up travel videos and make video recordings of my podcast too.
Q12 – Which three blogs inspire you?
Skye: When I first started travelling, I read blogs like NomadicMatt, OneStep4Ward, WanderingEarl, and BeMyTravelMuse. Now I’m addicted to TheBlogAbroad as the best inspirational blog, but I refer to others as much as I can as I meet hundreds of other bloggers around the world.
Q13 – And your go-to travel resource?
Skye: The only website I really use on a regular basis is WikiTravel, and I just kinda skim that for the highlights and the best way to get into town from the airport. Otherwise, I’ll ask a local friend or host more often than going to a website.
Q14 – What advice would you give first-time bloggers?
Skye: That answer could fill a book! The answers you usually hear are to find your niche, find your style and just go for it, which are totally true. Another thing I’d recommend is to spend a couple of hours every day reading how-to blogs and watching Youtube videos on how to hone your blog. I’ve been at this for over five years now and I’m still learning things every day.
Q15 – Where are you off to next?
Skye: I actually have a trip booked next week to Bordeaux, France. After that, it will be exploring Spain, Andorra, more of France, Italy, San Marino and then into the Balkans.
Quick lowdown of Skye’s favourite:
Skye: I haven’t been to Singapore airport yet, so I can’t list that one yet as most others do. I like Inverness just because it’s so small and easy to get through, and Oslo Airport for how incredibly innovative it was, except that Norway is wickedly expensive.
Favourite Mode of Transportation?
Skye: It really depends on the scenario. I love walking, hitchhiking, carpooling, buses, trains, planes, yeah, all of them. Maybe my favourite would be some of the nicer trains around the world, but I usually skip them in favour of cheaper buses.
Window seat or aisle?
Skye: Definitely window. I love the ability to take photos from the sky, even if they’re terrible and I almost never use them in my blog.
Skye: Edinburgh still tops my list for this one. There are quite a few cities I love around the world, but Edinburgh is where I truly feel at home and there’s just so many great things about the city. The food there is wonderful, I love the climate, it’s got a castle, a beach, a volcano, a forest, another castle, the list just goes on.
Skye: Along with Edinburgh, Scotland is my favourite country for just about the same reasons, but also because the people are so friendly. Iceland might be marginally more beautiful, but as a package, Scotland is the best. I love the cheap flights out of Edinburgh Airport.
Backpack or Case?
Skye: Backpack, always. True, there have been a couple of times I overloaded my bag and was in agony by the end of the day or month, but I shudder at the thought of dragging a case behind me when I travel.
Skye: Hmm, I don’t know if I have one. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is my favourite travel movie, which is based on a book way back in 1939, but I’ve never read that book. A couple from when I was a kid come to mind, like True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, My Side of the Mountain and The Bronze Bow.
Skye: “Not all who wander are lost,” by J.R.R. Tolkien
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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.