In this interview series called What Inspires….. I aim to share with you what inspires other travellers to get out there and see the world in the hope that it inspires you to do the same.
This weeks What Inspires interview is with a very adventurous and go getting soul. Katie caught the travel bug in 2001 and has had an insatiable case of wanderlust ever since. An explorer at heart, she kept her day job as a biologist and travels the world every chance she gets. You might find her diving, hiking, digging into local food or scoping out historical monuments, which you can read more about at on her website, From Shores to Skylines.
Read on to find out what inspires Katie at From Shores to Skylines.
What or who inspired you to travel and discover the world?
I wish I had a direct answer to this, but I actually don’t have an answer at all. I have just always been a curious, adventurous person that wants to see what’s over the next hill. No one in my family travels, and most of my friends think we’re crazy for spending so much time and money on traveling. They always ask “when are you going to settle down?” And my answer is either “define ‘settling down’…” or, if I’m feeling a particularly sassy: “hopefully never”.
Where was your first overseas trip and was it everything you expected it to be?
My first international trip was to Mexico in 2001. While I stayed in Cancun, which is incredibly touristy and not very “international”, one night I ventured downtown and got a glimpse of Mexican culture. It really opened my eyes to another world. I finally realized that all my friends and family were wrong, travel is not scary or dangerous… it’s vibrant and thrilling. And incredibly addictive. I know it’s odd that someone got hooked on travel and culture in Cancun of all places, but that’s the story of my travel infection.
What’s one tip you can give to anyone about to head off on their first overseas adventure?
Just one? Ugh… Pack light, both physically and mentally (see what I did there? A two-for-one!). You won’t need half the crap you brought with you anyways, and laundry is often cheap or can be done in the sink. There have been so many times that I’ve been thankful for a light bag. I also think that you should keep an open mind about travel, which has saved me a lot of headaches. To see what’s in my bag, click here.
Best travel experience so far?
I’ve got two, both in Thailand. The first was on New Year’s Eve in Bangkok. We aren’t typically the big celebrate-on-Khao-San-Road types, so I expected very little. The only reason we were even in Bangkok was because of flight prices. I had completely fallen for the city. We walked to a quiet spot right along the Chao Praya River to wait for the fireworks. It was just Dan (my hubby and travel partner) and I, along with a few other locals on a rickety old dock. Suddenly, fireworks exploded all over the Chao Praya. It felt like we were almost underneath all of them. It was our final night in that fabulous city and I couldn’t have asked for a better ending.
The second was spending time at Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary, an impressive sanctuary in the middle of Thailand. Just walking around with the elephants for a couple days, who had been rescued from very poor conditions in the tourism industry, really made me realize how important it is to travel ethically. It opened my eyes and changed the way I travel. I’ve since written a simple guide on ethical travel.
What’s your biggest source of travel inspiration between trips?
Hands down other travel bloggers. I love reading where all my travel blogging colleagues are going, what they’re doing and what their perspective is on it. My favorite thing about reading other blogs is that you feel like you get a sense of that person and their travel style, and it’s so much easier to relate to. I can tell based on their experience if it’s something I would like.
Do you have a favourite quote, travel related or otherwise?
“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aristotle
I love this one – simple, to the point and absolutely true. Every time I think I can’t do something, I think of it as an adventure and then think of this quote. No matter the outcome, just doing something is half the adventure. And that’s always worthwhile.
Connect with Katie
Check out Katie’s website, From Shores to Skylines, to read about her adventures and experiences. You can also join her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram where she shares even more great content.
Thanks Katie for sharing your inspiring travel story with us. For a further dose of inspiration, you can look back over all past interviews here.
Over to you!
Who or what, inspires you to travel and discover the world?
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Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post.