I love talking to people about why they travel, where they travel and their best travel tips. There's something so wonderful about meeting someone for the first time and swapping travel stories. Sometimes with all the content on the blogosphere we can miss truly beautiful stories and inspiring people. So, I thought I'd do a little interview with one of my favorite travel bloggers, Kayleigh from The Way I Wanderlust!
Why is travelling so important to you?
Ever since I can remember I was the odd ball in my group of friends. In high school they all talked about getting married and settling down with kids as soon as they were done University. All I ever thought about was taking off and discovering every Country possible. I was the girl with the box filled with pictures of travel destinations and movies like Under the Tuscan Sun were my favourite to watch over and over again. I definitely have a gypsy soul and find it hard to stay in one place to long. I get very restless unless I am planning or experiencing a new adventure. I think that life is to short to be afraid of the unknown and with each place that I visit I am more sure of myself and who I want to be.
Big Crystal Creek
So far our favourite destination would be Big Crystal Creek in Northern Queensland. We found this by chance when we took a wrong turn. Its this secluded place that not many people know about. There was no one else at the campground we stayed at so it felt like this entire place was ours. There was this deep area in the creek that was perfect for swimming in, natural rock slides and cliff jumping if you wanted a bit of adventure. Spending our afternoons sunbathing on the rocks watching the little turtles with their babies. Making smores on the campfire and star gazing until the early hours of the morning. It was such a peaceful time and we forgot all about technology and electricity and all those modern luxuries that you get so used to. Finding that place made our trip and the fact that it was an unplanned destination made it that much more special.
I always make sure to carry smoothing oil for my hair. I don't like packing a bunch of things like a straightener or a blow dryer so the oil is a good way to style my hair without having to pack so many things. Benefits lip tint is a big must for me as well. You can use it on your cheeks and lips which gives you just that hint of colour that your looking for.
What are some things you always travel with?
I always make sure I have a couple books with me when I travel. There is never a time where I don't have a book in my purse. Its such a good way to spend a few minutes or hours relaxing when you have time. My Mac book never gets left behind. I need it to document and write about my trips. A camera is really important to me as well. I never stop taking pictures. You never know when your going to catch something amazing.
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Do you have some tips for travelling solo?
What's your best piece of travel advice?
Be open minded. It can be scary travelling by yourself and sometimes you can miss out on great experiences because you were to shy or to self conscious to strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to you on the train or the girl staying in the same dorm as you in a hostel. Some of my closest friends are people I met in the most random situations while I was travelling around Europe. Its not always easy but if you just open up a little you will make some wonderful friends and then those places that you visit become even more magical because of the people you were with.
all photos courtesy of Kayleigh
Best piece of travel advice: Don't plan to much. Don't be afraid to go off the well known route. I find its the surprise encounters and by stumbled upon places that end up being the best experiences and the ones that you will always remember. My favourite places here in Australia are the ones that we found by chance and ended up staying for 4 or 5 nights because we enjoyed them so much.
See Kayleigh's previous post on travel here
What piece of advice would you give to a fellow traveler like Kayleigh?