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Hi travel junkies, want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with favorite destinations and what they never leave home without.
So, check this out! travel like a Rebecca ‘Round the World:
Name: Rebecca Chant
Hometown: Montreal, Canada
Residence: Currently getting lost around Europe
Travel Blog/website: www.rebeccaroundtheworld.com
Short Bio: I was right on track with the whole “graduate, job, marriage, kids” thing that us westerners love. I even loved my job, but there was a certain pull for me to go travel that I kept shoving to the back of my mind.
Other life goals came first, right? Then one day, the desire to get on a plane became too strong, so I quit my job and did just that. I have now traveled on my own for six months in Asia, I have just arrived in Europe, and I plan on being in South America within the month.
How did you first get into travel blogging: While planning for my trip, I read a whole lot of female travel blogs (including Adventurous Kate, Legal Nomad, Never Ending Footsteps). I kept thinking “I can do that too!”.
There is always this fantasy of making money online to support more adventures. Even if my blog never makes any money, I thought it would be great to have an ongoing record of my travels, write down my memories and let my family, friends and strangers know what I’m up to.
What do you love most about being a travel blogger: I love getting an idea and making it happen. Sometimes I write the whole blog in my head when I’m out wandering. It helps give a unique perspective while you’re out exploring, trying to put what you’re experiencing into words.
I also love when strangers comment positively! It is such a wonderful unique feeling. Interviews are pretty damn awesome too.
What’s the secret to creating a successful travel blog: I wouldn’t consider myself successful yet, but I know that consistent high-quality content and networking are huge factors.
How do you get your blog noticed amongst the millions of other blogs out there: I’m still working on it! Any tips? Haha
What advice would you give to fledgling travel bloggers: Make sure you like writing, because sometimes you just need to force it out. If I didn’t like writing, it would be much tougher.
Also, for real, always carry a pen and paper with you to jot down any ideas, or entire blog posts. Even if you want to write a post 4 months down the road – write down your idea somewhere you can reference it later.
How do you make money out of travel blogging: Currently, my income is at zero. But if you would like to send me money, I would be willing to accept! Haha
How do you fit in blogging while on the road: Overnight buses are fantastic (which is where this interview has been written). Sitting at a café and writing is a great way to take a break from walking, enjoy your surroundings, and make some blog progress.
What’s your most epic travel story: Getting on the plane to Beijing! What could be more epic than actually getting on that first plane?
What is your favourite destination so far: I have two, for totally opposing reasons. Beijing because it was so interesting, different, challenging, wonderful, frustrating and delicious. Chiang Mai because it was so relaxing, warm, friendly, peaceful, and, again, delicious.
What’s been your biggest travel disaster: Knock-on-wood, I haven’t yet considered anything a disaster. I’ve had a few items stolen from me, and there have been a couple broken hearts, but I thankfully don’t have any true travel disasters. No natural disasters, no accidents, no major injuries, not even any missed flights. I hope nothing ever happens, but I feel like the more I travel, the more I would be prepared for a disaster, and less likely to consider it one.
What are your top gadgets that you always take traveling: In my purse I always have my phone (Gmail, Whatsapp, Google Maps, Instagram), my camera, a pen and paper, and of course toilet paper (not a gadget, but essential).
What’s your favourite phrase in a foreign language: Sabai, sabai in Thai. It pretty much means relax, and it summarizes the lifestyle change I underwent when I was in Thailand.
Would you ever do any other job: Blogging is just a hobby at the moment. I really hope to work my way through South America either doing odd jobs or utilizing my nutrition degree.
What’s next on your bucket list: Learning Spanish in Bolivia!!! I have already signed up for an intensive month long course.
Favorite travel blog/website(s) – besides Traveljunkieindonesia.com, of course!: It is hard to pick, because traveljunkieindonesia.com is just so awesome! But you’re making me pick, so I would choose FloraTheExplorer.com who is currently in Colombia, and who has worked/volunteered around South America.
What has travel taught you: How to eat dumplings with chopsticks, how to order food without speaking the same language, how to pack my bag in under 30 minutes, how to invite myself into a conversation, how to sit on the back of a motorbike, how to use a squat toilet (and to always carry toilet paper), how to sleep on buses, how many Chang beers are too many…
Best travel tip: The best people are unexpected, so meet as many people as possible. You can learn from everyone you meet, absolutely everyone, so keep an open-mind, be welcoming and just go talk to people.
Happy Sustainable Travels!