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.
My first interview is with someone who I would say has been my biggest inspiration over the past few years. I was over the moon when she responded to my email about this interview and expressed interest in being interviewed.
To me, Amanda represents the independent female traveller perfectly. She’s adventurous but not crazy, inquisitive about the world and her writing is honest, entertaining and informative. As she says, she’s trying to balance a “normal” life with a desire to travel the world which is exactly how I see myself.
One of the first posts on her blog that I read was You Can Live a “Normal” Life and Travel, Too. It came at the perfect time for me. I’d just returned from living in London and my three years of gallivanting across the world was over. I didn’t want to go back to a normal life because I thought it would be the end of my travels. I was in mourning for the life I had and still wanted.
But this post got me thinking about how I could incorporate travel into my normal life and using the tips Amanda gives in this article combine with some of my own thoughts, I have managed to have a normal life over the past few years while still jetting off around the world a few times a year.
This is just one of the many examples of how Amanda has inspired me and my travels over the last few years and I am sure she will continue to be a big source of inspiration to me going forward.
Well, enough from me, here is the interview which I hope you enjoy.
What or who inspired you to travel and discover the world?
I’m not sure I ever had that “defining moment” where I woke up one day and decided I was going to travel the world. It was a slower process, I think. I’ve always loved history and learning – not to mention looking at photos of gorgeous places. I’ve also always been the type to go a little bit against the grain; I’ve never really been your typical small-town Midwestern girl because I’ve known since high school that I wanted something more than a conventional American life. My passion for travel – and to learn about other places and cultures – just grew organically, I think, over the years.
Though if I had to “blame” someone? Definitely Carmen Sandiego!
Where was you first overseas trip and was it everything you expected it to be?
My first major overseas trip was in 2005, right after I graduated high school. I went to New Zealand with my mom after falling in love with the country in the cinema while watching the “Lord of the Rings” movies. And YES, it was everything I expected it to be and then some. It still remains one of my favorite countries in the world.
What’s one tip you can give to anyone about to head off on their first overseas adventure?
I would tell them to be open to the experience. Be flexible, be curious, and be open to the changes travel can inspire within you.
Best travel experience so far?
That’s such an impossible question! There was chasing the Northern Lights in Canada. Celebrating Hogmanay in Edinburgh for New Year’s. Volunteering with elephants in Thailand. Road tripping across the United States with my sister. Swimming with sharks in Belize. Going to the 2012 Olympics in London… How could I possibly choose just one?!?
I swear, on each trip I come up with a new “best” travel experience.
What’s your biggest source of travel inspiration between trips?
I read a lot of travel blogs. Running a blog of my own also helps when I’m not traveling, since I still get to be writing about travel all the time and looking at photos of past trips. I’ve also started using a travel site/app called Trover, which is kind of like Instagram meets Pinterest, but just for travel. I’m LOVING that site as a way to feed my wanderlust right now when I don’t have any travel on the immediate horizon.
Do you have a favourite quote, travel related or otherwise?
I have a quote tattooed around my wrist that translates to “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” It isn’t directly travel-related, but it certainly is a good motto to live by!
Learn more about Amanda and her website and connect with her on social media.
Amanda is just a small-town Ohio girl trying to balance a “normal” life with a desire to discover the world beyond her Midwest bubble. Her adventurous nature and inability to say “no” have led her to some pretty amazing adventures around the world. At the end of the day, Amanda hopes to prove to people that traveling (and especially traveling as a woman) doesn’t have to be scary, lonely, or out of anybody’s reach. You can follow her adventures on her blog, A Dangerous Business, on Facebook, and on Twitter.
Thanks Amanda 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?
Let me know using the comments section below or join me on social media to start a conversation.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post.