The old TBI series has had a couple of weeks off of late, taking some time to bask in the London sunshine and unwind after the hard slog that is the British winter/spring time.  But now its back, for at least for a week, to bring you just one more awesome travel blogger interview.  This one’s been a while in the making so happy reading.


DSCN0058 (Custom) (Custom)1. Name?  Sofie

2. Age?  26

3. Travel Blog?

4. Twitter Handle?  @wondwand

5. Home Town?  Heverlee, a borough of Leuven

6. Current Location?  Heverlee (not that exciting, I know)

7. Your current location, business or pleasure?

Both, as I’m working full time, but enjoying the evenings and weekends.

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

Worst bits: I’m working full time at the moment and I’ve already taken up all my vacation days for this year. Luckily I’ve still got some trips to look forward to.

Best bits: We’re finally having a real summer here in Belgium! I’m a real summer/heat/sunshine person, so living in this Belgian climate is already hard on me and because of the horrible winter and spring we’ve had this year, I nearly cried a couple of times. I’m not exaggerating.

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9. First travel experience?

The first one I remember is learning the song ‘Sur le pont d’Avignon, on y danse, on y danse…’ when I was only just a toddler. I learned it from some French kids somewhere on a beach. No idea in which country we were at that time. Might have been France, might have been the Belgian seaside.

10. Future travel plans?

At the moment of writing: a day in Versailles, 2 weeks in Portugal, a weekend in Cambridge, 2 weeks in Los Angeles and a couple of days in Barcelona. I’m also planning on exploring some cities and nature areas more close to home.

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

Australia. Without any doubt. I’ve read so much about it and it just seems like an amazing country.

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

Anywhere where it’s below 20°C … because it’s cold.

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

Hmm, if I couldn’t buy them on site:

-lip balm,

-paper tissues,

-my smartphone,

-clothes and

-my medication.

If I could buy stuff on site:

-my smartphone,

-my contacts,

-my daily medication aaaaaaaand

-my glasses.

Not exciting, I know. Sorry.

14. Best bit of advice you’ve received?

“Just book/do it/go/decide!”

I’m an eternal doubter, you see…

15. Worst advice?

Can’t really think of any. Definitely not travel related. My friends and family have always been pretty supportive and my parents have this policy that they get excited when they agree with something, but keep silent when they don’t (to let me make my own decisions). As they say: sometimes silence says more than wordsJ

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

Don’t be afraid. You’ll have so many more great (or at least interesting) experiences when you just go for it.

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17. Favourite ice cream flavour?

Vanilla! I love so many different flavours but vanilla is like the mother of all

18. Apple or Andriod?


19. Blogger or WordPress?


20. Hostel or hotel?


21. Guilty pleasure?

Chocolate. Lots of it.

22. Your chosen super-power?

I can think of lots of a-typical, cool stuff, but the first thing that always comes to mind (yes, I’ve had this discussion with a lot of people alreadyJ) is flying. Flying above traffic jams. Flying with a backpack on to my next destination. Never use public transport again. just fly, fly, fly…

23. Airplane seat – aisle, centre or window?


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

I’ve turned the music down at the moment, because I find it hard to concentrate when it’s on. I always end up paying more attention to the music than to whatever it was that I was doing.


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

I love to plan trips and advice people on where to go/what to do/where to stay… After years of sharing my passion for travel with friends and family, I decided to take it a step further. With Wonderful Wanderings I want to show that it’s possible to work full time and see the world. On the blog you’ll find destination information, itineraries, travel gear reviews, restaurant and hotel recommendations as well as more general travel related tips and a guest post series focusing more on photography.