Last week, I was surprised to see I’d been nominated by Amanda over at ARomerTherapy for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. I have to admit, I’d never heard of it before and had to rely on good old Google to see what it was all about. The award is based on peer nominations and recognises women within the travel blogging community. It’s a way of engaging with other bloggers and for our readers to find out more about us! I’m flattered to be chosen; it’s great to hear that people are enjoying reading my posts 🙂
The rules of the award:
- State who nominated you
- Answer their questions
- Nominate 10 other female bloggers
- Ask them 10 questions
The following questions were asked by Amanda… Let’s get started!
1. What is it about travel that you love?
There is SO much about travel that I love. I think originally I was drawn to the escape and the potential for me to leave my ‘boring’ life behind for a bit. Once I came back from my solo gap year travels in China and South East Asia and had experienced an incredible array of new foods, cultures and people, I soon realised that travelling can become a bit of an addiction! After my gap year I started University and worked two waitressing jobs on the side to be able to afford summers in faraway locations such as Peru and Australia. Overall, I think it’s getting lost in new sights, smells, people and cultures that I love… oh, and FOOD!
2. How did you come up with your blog name?
I struggled with naming the blog for MONTHS! It was so much harder than I ever thought it would be… I wrote down hundreds of words related to travel and veggie food and tried to pair some up for an interesting name. I knew I didn’t want my name (Alys) in it as people struggle to spell it/ pronounce it (it’s just ‘Alice’ but you’d be amazed what I get called…) and I wanted it short and snappy. My first ever blog was From Here to Everywhere but that was just too much of a mouthful! One day ‘The Wild Life‘ just popped into my head and I quickly scribbled it down so I wouldn’t forget. I like the way it encompasses what I want to achieve from next year – a WILD life on the road and away from a 9-5 hell here in the UK! Ha 😛 It also links with the veggie food theme loosely, as ‘wild’ tends to make me think of natural foods, fresh from the garden – as well as wild local foods from around the world!
3. What has been your most surprising travel experience?
I was surprised to love China as much as I did – after my first (one month) trip, I ended up going back three more times and have plans to spend another month there next year! I’m not such a fan of the bigger cities, but the countryside is b-e-a-utiful.
4. What are the top three places on your travel bucket list?
Oh my… we could be here a while! I actually created a Travel Wish List recently that contains some of the places I’d love to visit over the next few years.
My top three are:
- Do a skydive in New Zealand
- Take part in a big overland trip covering Southern and Eastern Africa
- See the Northern Lights in Iceland
The three places on my ‘Ultimate Travel Wish List’ are:
- Visit Hawaii
- Galapagos Islands
- Cruise around the Antarctica
5. What is a travel moment that will always stay with you?
I think this has to be when I reached the top of Machu Picchu after seven days of hardcore hiking! As we were trekking to raise money for Childreach International, we did a slightly extended version of the usual four day Inca Trail. It was HARD! We would trek between 5-9 hours a day up and down wobbly paths, jungle, muddy swamps, loose rocks and vertical hills. The views were staggering and the experience was incredible, but I nearly didn’t make it. You can read more here about the experience and how the guides tried to force me on to a donkey! Long story short, I made it to the very end – even choosing to walk the last part (1000 steps) rather than get the bus. It was a fantastic achievement and I’ll never forget how great it felt to finally reach the top! We were then rewarded with seeing Machu Picchu at sunrise, which was pretty special.
6. What is the number one thing you take on all your travels?
There’s a few essentials that I tend to take on most trips, but the most handy is probably my silk sleeping bag. It was bought for about $3 in Vietnam about five years ago and has been a lifesaver on many occasions! It’s so light and tiny that it folds into a bag that easily fits in the side pocket of my backpack. I tend to travel on a budget mostly, which means lot of public transport, including sleeper trains. Many trains offer bedding but it’s not always particularly clean… In these occasions, I can happily slip inside my sleeping bag instead. Same goes for buses and dodgy hostels!
7. If you could pick anyone (dead or alive) to sit next to on a long-haul flight, who would it be?
Hmmmmm. Good question! One of my all time favourite books is Into The Wild, so I think it would be interesting to chat to Christopher McCandless as I love so many of his quotes and ideas on life. I’m a big Ellen Page fan too, so could happily fangirl over her for a few hours whilst enjoying some tasty vegan plane food…
8. What is your favourite blog post?
So far, I think my Travel Wish List was the most fun to write, but I also love my Ultimate Guide to Melbourne as it contains lotsss of cool places. My Vegan Weekender in London was also pretty fun to write, reliving eating an insane amount of food in one day!
9. What is the one place you would love to return?
I would love to go back to South America. In Peru, we only had time to see Cusco before trekking the Inca Trail, but there’s so many amazing places in Peru we missed out on. Similarly, we ventured to Bolivia but only briefly covered Copacabana and La Paz. I never got to visit the Salt Flats which is a big regret!
10. What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
This is a hard question!! I stick by a few pieces of advice, but I think it’s just things I’ve decided over the years, rather than actually been told by anyone. E.g. Work hard and you can achieve what you set your mind to. I’m often told to worry less about what people think of me/ my writing/ my appearance etc which is GREAT advice, but so difficult to follow in reality! I’m working on it…..
That’s it, all done! Should they choose to accept, my nominations are:
- Emily from The Cosy Traveller
- Hannah from That Adventurer
- Rachel from Vagabond Baker
- Helen from Helen in Wonderlust
- Linda from Indie Travel Podcast
- Jodie from The Little Backpacker
- Ehren from Ehren’s World
- Jenny from She Get’s Around
- Chérie from Flight of the Travel Bee
- Katie from Chasing Scout
- Where was your first ever trip abroad to?
- Why did you start your travel blog?
- What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened whilst you were travelling?
- What’s your biggest travel achievement?
- What’s top of your travel wish list?
- What’s the best food you’ve eaten whilst travelling?
- If you could learn any language what would it be?
- What blog post are you most proud of?
- What’s your best advice for a first time traveller?
- Where are you off to next?
Can’t wait to read your answers!