This week on Wednesday interview, we have Keri the co-editor of Ladies what travel, a part-time travel blog aimed at helping people make the most of their weekends and annual leave. Keri is a freelance journalist and editor, where she writes about everything from technology and engineering through to video games and education.
What type of traveller would you say you are?
I’m all about affordable luxury. I love seeing the world but I like to have a lovely hotel to come back to at the end of the day. I’m not one for travelling across the world just to sit on the beach or by the pool, I like to see and learn as much as I can about the places I visit.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
I remember family holidays up to Whitley Bay, which isn’t far from Newcastle. It’s where my nana was originally from so she loved to go back up there. I must have been around five years old the first time we went up there. My favourite memories are of playing bingo and visiting the arcades with nana and going to the sea front and waiting to get drenched by the big waves that crashed against the wall.
What is the one thing that you always carry inside your backpack?
I don’t have a backpack, the closest I get to backpacking is travelling with carry-on luggage instead of a case! I always have my handbag with me, though, and in there you’ll find my purse, phone (to take photos of everything for Instagram!) and my walking stick.
I have a condition called post-thrombotic syndrome, which causes pain and swelling in my legs, so I always have my stick with me in case needed.
Do you prefer to travel alone or with someone? Why?
Definitely with someone. I guess I’m just not the solo travel type. I love to have company, and someone to share these experiences with. I’m quite shy and introverted, so don’t feel confident in travelling alone.
What is the one place that you would highly recommend others to travel to?
I’ve just come back from Budapest, Hungary and I’ve fallen in love with it. The entire city is so beautiful and has so much to offer whatever you’re into. The history and architecture are amazing, there’re fun things to do like visit escape rooms or the pinball museum, there’s lots of food, cake and coffee, the baths are to die for and the ruin bars are so much fun. If you haven’t been yet, book a trip there now!
What’s the worst place that you have stayed in for sleeping? What’s the best?
The worst was a hostel in Cairo, Egypt. It was my first hostel experience and probably not the best choice of location. The bed had itchy, worn blankets that didn’t look very clean and I couldn’t wait to leave.
The best was in Phan Thiet, Vietnam. We found a boutique luxury hotel where we got a private bungalow overlooking the beach. Every night when they did the turndown service they left us a bedtime cake and a Vietnamese fable to read. Brilliant!
Do you have any challenging and bad experience while travelling?
Cairo was tough – not just because of the hostel, but I didn’t like the culture. As a blond, blue-eyed lady there, I felt uncomfortable a lot of the time and although I covered up, men would still stare at me and call and whistle. The people there were quite pushy too so I didn’t relax very much during my time there. Sellers at the Pyramids separated me from my boyfriend and demanded money from us, which was quite a scary experience. It’s sad to say, but I was happy to leave.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
Well, I only travel part-time, so when I’m not travelling I’m working as a writer and editor. I’ve written about tonnes of different things over the years; special effects in movies, engineering and technology, career advice, education, video games, even forklift trucks and CD packaging!
If money was no object though I’d be off volunteering for animal charities, that’s my dream, to help animals.
Are you planning a new trip or do you already have a new trip in mind?
I’ve already got a summer and winter trip booked, but we’re also looking at some weekend getaways and have already started discussing destinations for 2017!
So far, booked trips are to Warsaw, Poland and Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Don’t keep saying you will book that flight, holiday, train ticket etc – just go and do it! Anything is possible if you want it badly enough, with some planning and research your travel dreams can become reality!
Ladies what travel is a part-time travel blog aimed at helping people make the most of their weekends and annual leave. To help and inspire readers to explore both locally and overseas and show that there’s lot you can do with an average income. Don’t have to give up work and become a nomad in order to see the world.
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