always trekking 1. Name? Natalia Sokolova

2. Age? 24

3. Travel Blog? http://alwaystrekking.com

4. Twitter Handle? @alwaystrekking

5. Home Town? Toronto

6. Current Location? Toronto

7. Your current location, business or pleasure? Business, there are a few more places where I aim to live.

8. Can you tell us a little bit about what you’re up to at the moment? Best bits, worst bits etc.

I just got back from teaching English in Korea and travelling for over a year. My boyfriend, Jonathan, and I are just working, living day to day and debating on what to do next. The ultimate plan is to end up in BC but we want to fit a few years of travel and living abroad before then.


9. First travel experience?

I went to Cyprus with my parents when I was 4 years old. Does that count? I travelled with my family quite a lot before they changed their definition of traveling to include resorts. My first backpacking trip on my own was to Germany when I was 18.

10. Future travel plans?

Future travel plans revolve around trekking jungles and forests and seeing some endangered animals in the wild like silverback gorillas in Rwanda, mature male orang-utans in Borneo (didn’t see them last time) and if I see a Siberian tiger in the wild I can die a happy woman. Basically Jonathan and I want to see what’s left of the natural world before we all turn it to s***.

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

I would go to Papua New Guinea to see some endemic species, dive and just experience remote areas of the world again.

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

I don’t know, Edmonton? I’m always open to go anywhere, but big cities that only have good restaurants or malls to offer don’t entice me to the slightest.

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

*Camera – self explanatory

*Bathing Suit – never know when you gotta jump in.

*Mouth guard! – Strange? Yes, I learned my lesson in Indonesia where I split my chin and broke two teeth falling off a motorbike. I don’t care about the scar on my chin too much, but the two crowns in my mouth for the rest of my life bring me down. Also, dental care is expensive.

*Some sort of device to connect me to the outside world like a smartphone or a laptop.

*International Driver’s License is something that a lot of random countries want you to have in order rent a motorbike.

14. Best bit of advice you’ve received?

Always look for a better deal or ask for a discount. For example, did you know that if you just ask for a discount in a hotel in Indonesia they will give you one? Discount in Bahasa Indonesian is “Korting”.

15. Worst advice?

When someone tells me to be careful or just gives me the “it’s dangerous” spiel. I really am not looking for myself to get stabbed or eaten by a chimp. I think I’ve got as much of the survivability gene as the next guy.

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

Don’t be afraid. Not everything out there is out to get you. We are all people and if you need help from a local but don’t speak the language then you gotta start miming. Most people will understand and are patient enough to help you out. Also, sometimes you should just rent a motorbike and climb the first mountain you see.

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17. Favourite ice cream flavour?

I’m not a huge ice cream fan, it’s definitely not the dessert I would ever order.

18. Apple or Android?

Considering I just spent a year in Korea and I’m a PC gamer, I would never buy an Apple product. I love my Samsung S3, it’s my only friend on my long commutes to work. I’ve also become somewhat of an advocate. Jonathan and I have converted 5 of our friends to get Note 2 since we’ve been back.

19. Blogger or WordPress?


20. Hostel or hotel?

Hotel, simply because I travel with my partner in crime and splitting a room is cheaper or same price as a bed in a hostel. Plus I like to have a bit of peace of mind knowing that my stuff is not in a room full of 20 strangers.

21. Guilty pleasure?

American fast food on trips. I stopped being a foodie after food tried to kill me twice in past year (once on my birthday) and sometimes I just don’t want to go through the hassle of sitting down, ordering and cutlery.

22. Your chosen super-power?

To not be afraid of anything. Fear of heights and speed are the only things that are holding me back from being better at skiing, biking and jumping off things.

23. Airplane seat – aisle, centre or window?

Aisle and Jonathan takes the window as he’s a huge nerd and likes to stare out of it. I guess clouds are mesmerizing.

24. What song/album are you listening to right now?

I got some Digitally Imported beats in my headphones, it’s not distracting when I have to think and write.

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

Jonathan and I like to go off the beaten path and then take another step off. We get into situations at which some people just shake their head. We love to explore what has been left untouched by civilization and progress and love to visit destinations before they become *the* place to visit. Sometimes we choose to inhale CO2 from trucks and cycle across countries. We’ve taken a few friends on our trips, but those who can’t attend should take a look at our stories at Always Trekking.