1. Please introduce yourself.
I’m Hannah and I blog over at www.thatadventurer.co.uk.
I’m am a complete travel nut and have been searching for adventure ever since I climbed Mount Vesuvius at the age of 6! I’ve never been one to turn down a challenge. Whether it be a bungee jump, learning to tango, or trying my hand in the kitchen.
2. What was the trigger for starting Thatadventurer.co.uk?
I’ve actually started quite a few blogs but never persisted with them and was too embarrassed to share what I’d written.
When I graduated last summer, I suddenly found myself with a lot of time on my hands and decided I’d create a blog to share all my previous and upcoming travels. If no one else read it, at least it would be a good way to remember what I get up to!
3. How important is travelling to you and how did it influence you throughout your life?
Travelling is very important to me and I’ve been lucky enough to travel from a young age.
The first family holiday I remember was a trip to Italy when I was six. We visited Pompeii and then tackled Mount Vesuvius. Apparently I wasn’t in the best of moods jelly-sandals and boiling sun with no water don’t make the best conditions for a hike. But that didn’t put me off at all.
Whilst friends seem to save money for clothes, bags, luxury holidays or even houses, I save for travelling.
Travelling has seen me try so many new things, meet new people and, of course, made me want to travel even more.
It’s given me a great deal of confidence, the sort you get when you gain from having to speak another language for months, and taught me how to stand up for myself. Travelling is pretty great, isn’t it?
4. Can you give us 5 travel on a budget tips please?
- Hostels aren’t actually all that cheap. At least not in South America. I travelled in a couple and in a lot of instances hotels were far cheaper (and often nicer too) than hostels. They’ve got a bit of a reputation for being cheap, but check out both options first.
- Make your own food. Most of the time when I’m travelling two out of three meals are bought from markets to keep the cost down.This meant we had a lot of ham and cheese sandwiches! It’s surprising how adept you get at making a sandwich wherever the location; on a bumpy bus, up a mountain or on a park bench.
- Don’t book tours before you travel. One of the few exceptions to this would be the Inca trail, that books up six months in advance, so you’ll have to be prepared with that one. This tip was hard for me to get to grips with as I’m one of those organised people who likes to have things booked to avoid potential hassle. However, in places popular with backpackers there’s loads of tour companies operating pretty much the exact same tour. If you turn up on the day, or the day before, you can haggle the prices down by a lot saving you a good deal of money!
- Set menus are a fantastic deal. Set menus and meals of the day are fantastic value. It’s often what all the locals eat, and if the locals eat it it’s a pretty safe bet that it’s good. In Bolivia you can get a starter, main and a drink for about $2! It fills you up and is a good way to experience traditional cuisine.
- Look into apartment rentals. Apartment rentals save you a lot of money when you factor in the ability you have of being able to stay in and cook your own food. In countries like Brazil and Argentina, using Airbnb was by far the most cost effective way for me to travel. I was in Brazil for the World Cup where 5 nights in a crappy hostel cost £300. Five nights in a private room with access to a kitchen and laundry facilities cost less than half that. Of course if you want to splash out and get a luxury private apartment you can, but that’s the beauty of apartment rentals: there’s so much choice.
5. What is your preferred travel gear?
I always travel with my hiking boots which have seen me through trekking in Turkey, two weeks in the Himalayas and now the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu.
They’ve got quite a few holes in now though, so might be time to get a new pair!
6. Do you use a multi tool? What other tools do you use?
I don’t have a multi tool, although my boyfriend, who I travelled with, had a small penknife just in case. I did pack along a stocking filler “emergency survival kit” though. It has fishing wires, flint and a sewing kit along with other bits and pieces. We actually used the flint to light a candle when there was no electricity one night!
7. Tell us a little about the most adrenaline filled adventure you had.
It has to be the bungee jump I did in Cairns, Australia back in 2011. I’m still not sure whether it was something I actually enjoyed, all I remember is going head first into the water whilst still screaming, and shaking afterwards from the adrenaline. I couldn’t control my hands – it was so weird! Love being able to say I’ve done one though!
8. Who is your favourite traveller?
Its hard to narrow it down to just one, but I really admire people who have the guts to just sell everything and live a life on the road. I’d like to think I had the confidence to do it one day, but I think I might end up missing home!
9. A message to your readers.
Adventures don’t have to be big things like bungee jumps or moving to live abroad.
Adventure can be found in just doing something different from what you usually do: trying something new.
I think everyone should try and find the adventures in day to day activities – it keeps things interesting if nothing else!