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 week I’m hosting one of the best deal savvy travellers I’ve come across so far. Amy describes herself as a 30-something trapped in the 9-5 grind, trying to balance a full time wanderlust with a full time job. I can totally relate!
On her website, The Unsettled Meliorist, Amy writes with the intention to inspire others to not use life, work, or budgets as an excuse for not traveling and exploring all life has to offer. Her recent article on finding the best deals using varies tools and travel hacking have really opened my eyes up to other ways of getting the best deal.
Read on the find out What Inspires Amy from The Unsettled Meliorist.
What or who inspired you to travel and discover the world?
I come from a family of travellers and grew up taking frequent trips around much of the United States and Canada, so I guess you could say it was in my blood. I’m curious by nature and have always valued both my personal growth and understanding of the world around me; I’ve found no better way to quench my thirst for gaining new understandings and perspectives than by traveling.
Where was your first overseas trip and was it everything you expected it to be?
My senior year in high school, I took a trip to Cancun, Mexico with some friends, but I hardly count that as my first overseas trip. The vast majority of the trip was a blur of booze and beach time. A few years after that, I took what I consider my first “real” overseas trip to Europe (Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, and The Netherlands). Not to sound sappy, but it was everything I had dreamed of and more. I couldn’t get enough of the history, the culture, the amazing people I met – it was all just awesome. I was hooked.
What’s one tip you can give to anyone about to head off on their first overseas adventure?
Go with an open mind. People will have different customs and habits from what you’re used to and things may not work out like you planned, but that’s all part of the learning and growing that comes from travel.
Best travel experience so far?
It’s tough to name one, but I’d probably have to pick my trip to Banff and Glacier National Parks with my parents. From as far back as I can remember, it had been my dad’s #1 dream to visit Glacier National Park. For years, I had no idea where the park even was, but I felt like I knew so much about it based on how often my dad talked about it. My parents haven’t been able to afford as many trips since the recession hit a few years back, but I wanted to make the trip happen for him. I saved up enough points and miles to pay for our airfare and several nights of hotels so we were able to take the trip for pretty cheap. It was awesome to see my dad experience his dream trip and I was so glad I was able to make it happen after all the awesome trips they took me on as a child.
What’s your biggest source of travel inspiration between trips?
Planning! I LOVE to trip plan and am always researching places to go and things to see whether I actually have a trip planned there or not.
Do you have a favourite quote, travel related or otherwise?
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” ― Hunter S. Thompson
Connect with Amy
Check out Amy’s website, The Unsettled Meliorist, to learn more about finding the best travel deals and to read stories of her travels and experiences. You can also join her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram where she shares even more great content.
Thanks Amy 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.