Welcome, to the new interview section of my site. I know I know, its kind of a weak category name, TBI’s almost sounds like a disease, but its the content that matters right? I’ve wanted to start an interview segment on my site for a while as I feel its quite a good way for travel bloggers to get to know one another. Its also a good way of getting tips.
Todays interview answers comes from Adam who travel blogs at travelsofadam.com. Thanks Adam!
Hi, and who are you?
1. Name: Adam from travelsofadam.com
2. Age: 26
3. Twitter Handle: @travelsofadam
4. URL: http://travelsofadam.com
5. Home Town: Grew up in Texas, but lived in Boston for the last 7 years…
6. Current Location: Berlin! The coolest city in the world.
7. … Business or pleasure? Well, I spent the last year and a half travelling around the world, but now I’m doing some work for Wimdu here in Berlin. I was attracted immediately to the company because it’s a travel start-up with a pretty neat idea about travelling. The website is basically an online marketplace where people can offer their apartments or rooms to rent for travellers, and with thousands of offers available around the world, it’s already getting a lot of attention
8. Tell us a little bit about what you’re up to at the moment. Best bits, worst bits etc. Well it’s nice to be working professionally in the travel industry. I was anxious to slow down on my travels a bit, so finding an apartment in Berlin and staying here for a while has been a really great experience. It gives me a bit more time to see and explore the place, plus it’s really easy to have a lot of fun here in Berlin. Like I said, Berlin is almost definitely the coolest city in the world. The worst part about this “slow travel” thing, is that I’m essentially working a 9-5 job again, which means waking up early and actually doing things on a schedule again. But Berlin does a pretty good job of providing distractions and with a million things happening in the city every day and every week, it’s never boring.
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9. First travel experience? I travelled a lot as a kid because my Dad works in the industry, but my first solo trip to Australia for a study-abroad semester was a big deal at the time. What motivated me to travel around the world, though? That was a short weekend trip I made to Reykjavik from Boston, which inspired me to quit my job and get on the road.
10. Future travel plans? Well, I’m planning to stay in Berlin for as long as possible. I try not to make too many plans. They end up falling apart anyways.
11. If you could go anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why? Tomorrow? I guess I wouldn’t turn down an opportunity to go to London. It’s been over five years since I was there last and it’s increasingly on my mind. I would love to stay there for a while, renting a downtown London apartment and getting involved in the community there. London always has so much happening (so does Berlin) and it’d be great to be a part of it. Plus, it’s been a while since I’ve been in an English-speaking country (not that they don’t speak English in Berlin…)
12. If you could avoid going anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why? Probably won’t be flying anywhere in Scandinavia for a little while. I’m trying to enjoy the last bit of warm weather while I can.
13. What 5 items would you not go travelling without? Well, I always want to have a pair of jeans. Doesn’t matter where you are, but jeans are a really useful bit of clothing. I also require a Moleskine notebook. Though I’ve got my travel blog, being able to write things down pen and paper is really important to me. That’s where I put the really important (and often really juicy) stories—the stuff that doesn’t make it online! To top it off, I guess I’d say I need a hat (I’m a hat person), some of my favourite t-shirts and a decent wallet.
14. Best bit of advice you’ve received? Talk to people. I’ve been in some pretty controversial countries and the best bit of advice I ever received was to talk to the people in those situations—on both sides of the argument. Then you can truly make up your own mind and have a little bit more of grounding to justify your thoughts on the subject.
15. Worst? There’s a lot of terrible travel advice out there. Some of the worst travel rules I outlined online, but my biggest pet peeve when it comes to travel advice is to wear a money belt. That’s a dumb idea!
16. Best bit of advice you can give readers of this piece? Try and stay with locals! I’ve couch surfed, stayed with hosts and with family friends all the way around the world. It’s partly why I wanted to work for Wimdu, whose motto is to travel like a local. That’s a great philosophy for travel, in my opinion!
17. Favourite ice cream flavour? Vanilla.
18. Curry or Chinese? Curry all the way!
19. Apple or Andriod? Apple.
20. Blogger or WordPress? WordPress, of course!
21. Favourite Pizza? Not too picky when it comes to pizza, will most likely eat anything.
22. Hostel or hotel? Hostels
23. You know you’ve worn it so wash it, or it smells ok so wear it? I trust my nose.
24. I know I shouldn’t do that but I’m going to do it anyway, or I know I shouldn’t do that so I won’t? I do what I want, when I want. And don’t feel too guilty about it either.
25. Thank you for answering my questions, as a gesture of thanks I allow you one whole paragraph to shameless plug of your website …
A little bit more about Travels of Adam: Well, a short introduction to myself…I spent three years working in Boston as a graphic designer for a book publisher, but after that trip to Iceland in 2009 I decided I was really interested in working and travelling my way around the world. Since May 2010, I’ve travelled through parts of North Africa and the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and now a little bit of Europe, though I’m honestly finding it difficult to leave Berlin even if just for a weekend.
A little bit more about Wimdu: As for travel accommodation websites, there’s hardly a shortage but Wimdu offers a huge range of rooms around the world. Whether it’s a really trendy room in Berlin (which there are many) or a luxury apartment in Bangkok, there are a lot of options. Part of what makes Wimdu unique is that some apartment owners will voluntarily offer you travel advice and tips, or may even be staying in the room next door so might just hang out with you, too. So when you visit Berlin, for example, you can get some truly local travel advice. That’s always a plus and part of what makes travelling so fun!
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