Ah caravans, been there done that. Having spent many a wet English summer cooped up in a static holiday park caravan, I am well versed in the delights of fold away beds, fold away kitchens, and toilets that never seem to work quite right.
When this weeks interviewee started their awesome travel blog however, I don’t think the title of their blog was based on similar experiences with caravans, in fact i’m pretty sure they use the word Caravan with a totally different and much more meaningful way, i’m just using these intro paragraphs to vent a little at crappy summer holidays I suffered as a child (the parents did make up for it with a trip to Disney). Read on and find out all about this weeks interviewee and why their use of the word caravan is much much more interesting than my own. You shall be rewarded for your efforts!
1. Name: Hannah
2. Age: 25
3. Twitter Handle: @caravanofone
4. URL: http://caravanofone.com
5. Home Town: Grew up in Colorado but lived in Austin, Texas for the last 3 years
6. Current Location: Scotland
7. … Business or pleasure?
I am currently traveling simply for the love of it. However, I spend a lot of time every day working hard on developing my travel blog. So, I guess you could say a bit of both!
8. Tell us a little bit about what you’re up to at the moment. Best bits, worst bits etc.
About a month ago, I quit my job and sold my belongings to pursue my dream of exploring the world long-term. I’ve been on the road now for about 2 weeks and counting. I’m currently traveling around the UK for several months trying to soak up a bit of Celtic culture.
I think the best part about my trip so far is just having the freedom to be flexible. It’s a luxury that most people don’t have. I can wake up in the morning and decide I want to go anywhere or do anything. I don’t have to go to sleep or wake up at a certain time. Constantly moving around can become tiresome, however. I can’t lie; I’ve had a couple days where I just wished I could go home. But the feeling quickly passes.
LETS TALK TRAVEL
9. First travel experience?
I first got on a plane when I was several months old. Apparently I had diarrhea at the time and had a messy accident all over my mom and the airplane seats.
Apart from that, the first travel experience that I can actually remember was when I was in elementary school and went to Mexico with my family. Strangely, I think that experience involved some diarrhea as well. Over time, I’ve come to accept that poor digestion is just a natural part of the travel experience.
10. Future travel plans?
I am going to spend several months traveling around Europe on a Eurail pass. After that, I really would like to visit Iran and northern Iraq. I’ve travelled to the Middle East before, and I think it’s my absolute favourite region in the entire world. But I’m trying to keep my plans open and just see where the winds take me.
11. If you could go anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?
Where I am now. That’s why I came, isn’t it?
12. If you could avoid going anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?
The dentist’s office. I’ve been terrified of going ever since I was a little kid.
13. What 5 items would you not go travelling without?
The first thing that I would find it impossible to travel without is my laptop. Nowadays I rely on it for everything: working on my blog, buying bus tickets, checking out local reviews, finding a restaurant, getting directions, staying in touch with my family; the list just goes on and on! I also find a camera, earplugs, and money quite useful when I’m traveling. And, of course, I would never leave home without both my first and second valid U.S. passports – for those times when I want to pretend I’m James Bond!
14. Best bit of advice you’ve received?
Never stay at hotels unless you have to. Hotels are an expensive way to travel, and they also put up significant barriers to meeting people. As someone who travels alone, I need to meet people while I’m traveling or else I just get really lonely. I have found that Couch Surfing has been such an awesome way to travel cheaply and meet local people. Hostels are a close second as an accommodation choice. Actually, there are so many different ways to travel for free or nearly free that you should rarely ever need to stay at hotels.
“Oh! You’re going to (such and such place)! You HAVE to go to (such and such tourist attraction) while you’re there!!”
I really dislike the travel style of people who just visit a place to snap a picture of themselves with a famous attraction, building, or monument. I find that I much more enjoy going to obscure places with few tourists and plenty of locals.
16. Best bit of advice you can give readers of this piece?
Be flexible and open to new things. If you are flexible, you will save money in terms of transport and accommodation. You will also do things and go places that most tourists would never think of. Also, meet as many people as you can while you are traveling. It will open you up to learning about the world, other cultures, and other ways of living. And that’s what travel should essentially be all about.
17. Favourite ice cream flavour?
Chocolate chip cookie dough. Yum.
18. Apple or Andriod?
19. Blogger or WordPress?
WordPress all the way.
20. Hostel or hotel?
21. Guilty pleasure?
Watching Judge Judy.
22. Your chosen super-power?
I would love the ability to apparate, Harry Potter style. How cool would it be to bypass all those long airport lines and just suddenly zip from one place to another?
23. Airplane seat – isle, centre or window?
Window, always. I love being able to see places from the air. Of course, an isle seat could be advantageous if you have to use the bathroom really bad and the people around you are napping.
24. What song/album are you listening to right now?
I’m listening to a German acappella group called Die Prinzen.
25. Thank you for answering my questions, as a gesture of thanks I allow you one whole paragraph to shameless plug of your website …
My blog is called Caravan of One, where I post uncommon tips and tales for traveling on a budget. My goal is to show you things you haven’t seen from some frequently visited destinations around the world, as well as take you to some countries you probably would never have considered going to.
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