Last week it was one of the big guns, this week is a travel blogging newbie. Stephanies vintage themed blog is definitely one for the future and one you should all be bookmarking. We’ve chatted a fair bit about her impending visit to Sri Lanka, which by the way sounds epic, but her travel plans don’t stop there, read on to find out her big big plans for a year travelling the globe … and then go check out hr blog, personally I love the design.

HI, AND WHO MIGHT YOU BE?

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1. Name? Stephanie Raley

2. Age? 26

3. Twitter Handle? @pearlsnpassport

4. Travel Blog URL? www.pearlsandpassports.com A travel blog with a vintage twist.

5. Home Town? Widnes, a small town in North West England

6. Current Location? Liverpool, home of the best nightlife and culture in the UK!

7. … Business or pleasure? Pleasure….for now!

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

I’m currently very busy planning for the trip of a lifetime to Dubai, Sri Lanka, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand! It tires me just saying it out loud! I fought hard for a sabbatical from work and am going to spend 12 months travelling the world with no set plan (Something that is very unlike me!).

In early 2012 I realised that I wasn’t happy. It took some searching but I realised what was missing in my life…travel! I worked up the courage to go on a life changing trip to Spain followed by an amazing week drinking beer and soaking up history in Munich not long after. I was well and truly bitten by the travel bug!

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9. First travel experience?

My first travel experience was at the grand age of two to Lloret de Mar in Catalonia. I spent my days there charming the local ice cream man until he caved in and gave me a free ice lolly and crying whenever I went near the sea! Oh how I have changed!

My first solo travel experience was to Spain last year to teach English. After a week teaching English I ended up going on a suprise road trip to Linares and Valencia! It just goes to show that amazing things can happen when you don’t plan and just live in the moment.

10. Future travel plans?

On the 23rd of February I embark upon my year long trip to Asia and Australasia to spend my days sunbathing, volunteering and learning about the local history and culture. Initially I wanted to go to Australia for three months to work but somehow it evolved into a year long trip visiting up to 10 countries! The more I read about Asia, the more I wanted to spend more time there absorbing the culture, exploring the landscapes and experiencing the ledgendary party scene. I’m most excited and nervous about visiting Sri Lanka. It doesn’t see as many tourists as other countries such as Thailand so I could have complete culture shock the moment I step off the plane, or I could love it’s difference and never want to leave!

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

To Jordan. I would love to experience middle Eastern culture and visit awe inspiring Petra. I love visiting  beautiful places with lots of history!

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

Antartica or anywhere cold. I love the sun, warmth and history and couldn’t think of anything worse than wrapping up everyday to face the snow. I would like to try a skiing holiday at sometime though. I think the thrill of skiing down a piste would be worth the cold!

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

i) Camera- To capture all of the amazing things I see and to remember all of the people I meet.

ii) iphone- Can be used as a camera and has many amazingly easy to use language apps! I once talked to a table full of Austrians at a beer hall in Munich using my iphone to translate!

iii) Pretty dress- because you never know where you could be going. It’s good to be prepared for any eventuality.

iv) Kindle- Theres nothing better than reading a good book whilst sunbathing on the beach.

v) Red lipstick- Instant Vintage chic!

14. Best bit of advice you’ve received?

Don’t make any plans when you travel, because you never know what (or who!) is round the corner…

15. Worst?

‘Don’t go travelling on your own, it’s dangerous!’

I have heard this many times from patients, friends and people from work. The first thing people always ask when I tell them of my plans is ‘what does your mum think?’ Come on, I’m 26 years old!

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

Don’t wait for a travel companion, just go on your own! Solo travel can be so cheap and you will meet so many different people from all around the world. One of the main things that pushed me to just go out and buy a plane ticket was a fear of regret. I don’t want to live an unfulfilling life in the rat race and regret not making the most of my youth. I want to wander the world whilst I’m young and able.

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17. Favourite ice cream flavour?

Mint choc chip- refreshing in the heat.

18. Apple or Andriod?

I’m an avid iphone user and iphoneographer. It’s a lot less bulky than carrying a DSLR around!

19. Blogger or WordPress?

WordPress, I have the freedom to do whatever I want with my page. I’m brand new to the world of Internet technology. I was even banned from taking IT as a subject in School because of my lack of internet finess…

20. Hostel or hotel?

Hostel when travelling solo. They are cheap and an amazing place to meet other like minded people!

21. Guilty pleasure?

Vintage clothing, unfortunately it’s not very travel friendly so I will be travelling with vintage inspired and vintage reproductions.

22. Your chosen super-power?

To be able to speak any language, fluently! It would come in very handy around the world and it would be fascinating to be able to communicate with anyone in their mother tongue.

23. Airplane seat – aisle, centre or window?

Window everytime. Who doesn’t want to catch that first glimpse of an exotic foreign land?

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

A day to remember- Homesick. That’s right, I’m a rock fan! Most Saturday nights I can be seen frequently Liverpools local rock bar and club.

SHAMELESS PLUG

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

www.pearlsandpassports.com is a travel blog with a vintage twist! It will detail my first solo travels and the preparation as embark upon my sabbatical of a lifetime to Asia and Australasia. I’m more of a dress and heels type of girl and I’m rarely seen without my red lipstick and a flower in my hair. How will I cope with hostel living? Will my curly hair go crazy in humid Asia? How will the locals like my vintage look? Find out by following my journey on www.pearlsandpassports.com


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