It’s FRIDAY!! Do you know what that means? Not only have we finished up our work routine for the week, but I have the pleasure of introducing you all to another talented blogger!
I came across Desiree through the Travel Bloggers Network on Facebook. As soon as I landed on her blog, I knew she would become on of my feature topics (well, I hoped). The word unique is the perfect way to sum up Desiree’s blog, The Anti-Tourist.
We all know what a ‘tourist’ is and many of us have fallen into the ’10 things to do in Spain’ trap. Sometimes, its the easiest article to post and other times its the comfort of doing the 10 things that everyone else has done. Desiree is not a tourist, she is a wanderer.
The Anti-Tourist is all about embracing who you are, in whatever country you may find yourself in. It is a motivation to walk off the beaten path and go experience something new. To eat lunch at the small cafe that is right next door to the famous pizza shop or to spend your day exploring hidden beaches, instead of ticking another box on someone else’s bucket list.
I think you get the point….She’s awesome. So, without wasting too much more of your time with my rambles, I am excited to introduce you to Desiree (well, point you in direction to her blog) and share her responses to my five interview questions.
Introducing Desiree Attard…..
“I’m Desiree’, law student, bookworm and foodie extraordinaire”
Your blog is titled ‘ Anti- Tourist’, what does that mean to you?
For me, Anti-Tourist travel is about you doing you, when traveling – I believe that there shouldn’t be one standard list of ‘must-sees’ or ‘must-dos’ in any given area. Anti-Tourist travel is about not being tied down by stereotypes or cliches, and embracing every new place you visit with an open heart and an open mind.
What is in your camera bag?
I live for good photos, which is why I prefer solo travel – that way, I don’t bother anyone with my 1000 shots of wherever I’m at! I’m usually traveling with my trusty Olympus, my GoPro if I’m by the sea or adventuring, and my LG phone with a couple of attachable lenses – super cheap and make for some really good photos!
When and where did you first discover your passion of travel?
I’m a bit of a history geek, and when I was 13 my history professor took us to Florence to study the Renaissance period. Those few days breathing in art and the beauty of Florence, together with my best pals was an unforgettable experience, and from then onward, I couldn’t imagine my life without travel. (I’ve since been to Florence another three times!)
“Never forget to really enjoy where you’re at”
If you could give one piece of advice for a travel blogger who has just started out, what would it be?
Unless it’s something you’re doing just for yourself, make sure you’re ready to commit to it. Sure, travel blogging sounds easy and fun from the outside, but it’s really just another job – you have to work really hard to make it work. That said, it does have its perks, and never forget to really enjoy where you’re at, most travel bloggers burn out because they feel like it isn’t fulfilling them anymore!
Tell us about a time your travel experiences went wrong
Thankfully, I haven’t had seriously bad experiences, but there was this time in Rome where my friends and I went to book a seat on the coach to the airport around 2 and a half hours before our flight (way late, I know) and we found they were all fully booked! We were this close to missing our flight, and had to catch a taxi with a crazy driver who whizzed us to the airport just in time. Lesson learnt: always plan ahead, especially when it comes to transportation!