Alannah has a serious case of itchy feet and incurable wanderlust! Originally from Canada, she went on her first international trip at the age of fifteen to Paris France.
Since then, her passion for travel and adventure has continued to grow. She has currently been to over thirty countries and lived in three. She writes her travel blog, Itchy Feet Travel, where she shares her adventures and travel tips.
What or who inspired you to travel and discover the world?
There was no one person or one thing that inspired me to travel. It is simply something that I’ve always loved to do. My inspiration and motivation for travel is intrinsic. I am at my happiest when I’m travelling and find travel to be very rewarding.
Travel makes you more open, more understanding, more patient, more thankful. It changes the way you look at the world and makes you stronger, more independent, and more adventurous. Travel makes you a better person.
My biggest inspiration to travel and discover is travel itself.
Where was your first overseas trip and was it everything you expected it to be?
My first overseas trip was to France for two months with my grandmother when I was 15. We went to visit family that I had never met. My grandmother immigrated to Canada from France when she was 18 after meeting a Canadian soldier.
I didn’t have many expectations I just remember feeling really excited. I felt like something major was going to happen – something that would change me and the course of my life. And I was right!
That trip become the first of many and made me realise that travel was something I wanted to have in my life. I felt like a new person when I got back home.
What’s one travel planning tip you can give to anyone about to head off on their first overseas adventure?
When planning for your trip make sure you don’t cram too many things into your trip itinerary. It’s normal to try to pack as many cities, countries, attractions, and tours into a trip as possible. After all, you don’t know if or when you’ll be back to that part of the world, so you want to see and do as much as possible.
While it might seem like this is rational good thinking, it can actually result in a stressful and exhausting trip. Constantly rushing from one spot to another and trying to get to everything on an overcrowded schedule is stressful. You won’t have the time to properly see or experience a new place if you are rushed and stressed.
Best travel experience so far?
One of my favourite travel experiences was a four month trip I did to Australia and New Zealand in 2015. I had wanted to visit these countries for a long time. After I graduated from grad school in Austria it was the perfect opportunity to do some travelling before finding a job.
It was a great experience because I got to do, see, and try a lot of things for the first time. I got to see a lot of native wildlife that I had never seen before (kangaroo, wallaby, dingo, emu, koala bear, and Tasmanian devil just to name a few). I was able to cross a lot of things off my bucket list including: snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, white water rafting, skydiving, and bungee jumping.
What’s your biggest source of travel inspiration between trips?
Definitely following travel accounts on social media. They are a great way to find out about new places and to get lots of inspiration. Reading articles by other travellers and bloggers and looking at travel pictures on Instagram and Pinterest.
Do you have a favourite quote, travel related or otherwise?
I wouldn’t say that I have an all-time favourite quote but I recently saw this one which I really like.
“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”
To me it’s not just about solo travel but can apply to many different areas of life. It’s always easy and comfortable to go with the crowd. To do what you should do or what you are expected to do by your family or society. It’s always easier to agree with the crowd, to not stand out and to not stand up.
It’s okay to be yourself, it’s okay to be different, and it’s okay to stand out. If you always go with the crowd then you will never know what you can accomplish on your own.
I never leave home without…… iPhone
My favourite place is……. Vienna
Solo, couple, family or group travel…… Solo
The best food I’ve eaten was in…… Vietnam
City, sea, mountains……. Sea
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Blog: Itchy Feet Travel
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Over to you!
What or who inspires you to travel?
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