Two in a month, I’m on a roll! Stepping up to the plate this week is Kiri who doesnt actually live that far from me, but is currently residing in far off lands on a working visa.  Lucky for me she still found time to answer my questions, pretty cool!

travel bumpkinHI, AND WHO MIGHT YOU BE?

  1. Name: Kiri Bowers or Kiribum to most
  2. Age: 28
  3. Twitter Handle: @kiri_bumpkin
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  5. Home Town: Kingston, Jamaica – ok, I wish… I mean Kingston Upon Thames in good old Surrey, UK
  6. Current Location: Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand
  7. … Business or pleasure? Pleasure bro!
  8. Tell us a little bit about what you’re up to at the moment.  Best bits, worst bits etc.

I’m two months into a working holiday visa here in New Zealand after a year travelling through India, South East Asia, Australia and Fiji. Best bits: My man and I have a sweet little flat near the ocean and a giant dormant volcano lurking in the distance.  I’ve nabbed a hilarious cocktail bar job in the coolest club/live music venue in town and I still have lots of free time to catch up writing about my adventures. Worst bits: I spent six months living in Thailand on this trip and I miss it like mad.  Not a day goes by where I don’t pine for spicy thai food, cheap beer and endless sunshine.


9.  First travel experience?

I was lucky enough to have great holidays as a youngster so the travel bug started early. In fact, I think I spent most of my Uni experience dreaming up my first trip for when I graduated. When I finally did it at 24 I was hooked.  Thailand was and still is my favourite country in the world.  I spent the next three years dreaming up going back and it was everything I could have hoped it would be.

10.  Future travel plans?

I’ve got a base here for at least six months but ideally, I’d like to get away and see the South Island too. It’s supposed to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. From there, I’ll probably go back to the UK and start planning another trip!

11.  If you could go anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?

Brazil. South America fascinates me and it is right up there on my bucket list. It’s been a little too expensive to include on the two Round The World Trips I’ve taken so far but you can be sure it’s on the next one…

12.  If you could avoid going anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?

God, this is a hard question for a traveller isn’t it? I want to go everywhere! I guess I’d probably avoid going somewhere cold where my breath might freeze. Not the hugest fan of the nippy weather. If they invent heated body suits, then I might reconsider.

13.  What 5 items would you not go travelling without?

Wind up torch (it’s not because I’m afraid of the dark or anything, ok well maybe I am), my netbook, a decent pair of walking boots (fyi – whoever stole my beloved pair at the airport in Auckland I hope you fall down a very large well), a good book (I don’t care about the weight, a book will never be replaced by an e-reader in my life) and my inhaler (coz I’m a useless asthmatic and I might very well die without it)

14.  Best bit of advice you’ve received?

It’s part of a quote that I’ve always loved by Omar Khayam in “The Rubaiyat” –

‘Be happy for this moment…for this moment is your life.’

I tend to spend too much time worrying about the future and travelling is really teaching me to stop and enjoy each day for what it is.

15.  Worst?

“Oh go on, have another bucket”

at the Full Moon party in Thailand. Insert memory loss, possible public weeing incident and hangover from the depths of hell here.

16.  Best bit of advice you can give readers of this piece?

This is something I really wish I had thought about before this trip. If you are going Round The World – start at the most expensive place and end up in the cheapest. I was too eager to get back to Thailand that it just had to be my first stop after three years of saving. I spent so long there that by time I got to Australia, the huge costs compared to Asia really broke me. I wasn’t able to do as much as I wanted. Had I started there I would have been able to achieve everything and when I got to Asia, your money goes much further so it wouldn’t have mattered that I wouldn’t have had huge amounts of money as you can live really well there for virtually nothing.

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17.  Favourite ice cream flavour? Pralines & Cream

18.  Apple or Andriod? Apple

19.  Blogger or WordPress? WordPress please

20.  Hostel or hotel? Hotel – I’ve done my time in Hostels

21.  Guilty pleasure? Cooking shows. I am obsessed with food. A dream day is the cooking channel and a fully stocked fridge.

22.  Your chosen super-power? I used to dress up as Wolverine as a kid. My mum thought I was mental.

23.    Airplane seat – isle, centre or window? I like to readily partake in the mini bar on planes so aisle is probably sensible

24.  What song/album are you listening to right now? Midnight – Drum n Bass classic that never fails to make me happy and remember some of the best times of my life with my friends back home


25. Thank you for answering my questions, as a gesture of thanks I allow you one whole paragraph to shameless plug of your website …

Travel Bumpkin is my personal travel blog that follows my travelling life, offers advice for fellow travellers and throws in some awesome photography from Roscoe, my photographer fella. My Facebook Fan Page has all my new updates from around the world.  While I’m busy tweaking my site and attempting to document a truly epic trip I’m also now Associate Editor of TraveLinkSites.  I’m stoked to be part of this new interview site where our aim is to get lots of insider information on starting out travel blogging from some of the best bloggers out there, whilst also creating a huge breadth of advice and information on every country you can think of!


If you’d like to be interviewed for just drop me an email ( and we can easily arrange something. I do have a few rules though …

  • No more than 3 backlinks in your piece (not including the questions 3 and 4, you get those for free).
  • Once published on my site, the interview must then be linked somewhere on your own site.
  • Once published on my site, you should visit and ‘like’ my facebook page. (shameless i know)
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