Today we have an interview with a special traveler named Angela from Angela Travels who was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions for us!
1. What is your name, where are you from and where have you been in this world?
I am Angela and am from rural Pennsylvania. I have traveled to 15 different countries. Some of my favorites include: New Zealand, France, Iceland, and Chile. For a complete map, please visit My Map.
2. What is your blog address? How long have you been blogging and what is the main focus of it?
Even though I have just started to actively blog about my travels, I have kept a journal of my travels and have been slowly incorporating past trips into my blog. I started my blog in the summer of 2011.
My main focus is to share my local and world travel and adventure experiences from cubical to travel: making the most of my vacation days.
3. Besides the basic essentials, what is something you simply could not live without on the road?
I could not live without my camera. Since a young age, I have always loved capturing memories and sharing my photos.
4. How has travel enriched your life?
It has taught me patience with a main lesson on being flexible. I have learned that plans do not always go as scheduled and being able to make decisions based on the situation can sometimes be a story in itself.
5. Of all the cities you have ever visited, which 3 left the largest impression on you and why?
Aix-en-Provence, France – I lived here for roughly 6 weeks during studying abroad. It was one of my first trips on my own, where I learned a lot about myself. It is a cute little village in the South of France with a great cultural feel.
Wanaka, New Zealand – Another small town, but it has access to many outdoor recreational activities in New Zealand. Some people love Queenstown as well, but I just liked the feel and friendliness of Wanaka.
Genoa, Italy – I just finished my study abroad program in France and missed my train to Italy to meet my boyfriend. I was riding on a train and asked a couple with a dog if they knew where my hostel was located. I told them I would be taking a taxi to get there. They insisted I follow them, and the male carried my bag. Neither spoke English well, and I knew little Italian. They took me on public buses and walked me to the door of my hostel!
6. If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?
Samantha Brown. I grew up watching her on the Travel Channel and loved all the experiences and destinations she was able to see.
7. In a perfect world, where do you see yourself and your blog in 5 years?
Man, five years is a long time. I hope that I keep expanding on my writing styles and am able to add a few more countries to my list. I really hope to do a longer trip than just a week here or there, but my vacation days are limited.
8. If you had 1 travel tip to share with the world, what would it be?
Stop making excuses and travel! So many of my friends and family say they wish they could travel, but they do not have the money or time to do so. If you make time and budget, it is possible.
9. What stands out as your best and worst travel memory?
It is hard to pick one travel memory as my best because so many of my trips are different in many ways. However, if I had to pick, I would say the best travel memory is traveling with my brother to Alaska. I was able to be part of his first trip away from the East coast. His facial expressions throughout the trip were priceless, along with sharing my love for travel with him.
I have had a few setbacks along the way. However, the flights to and from France/Italy were the worst. I was so excited to study abroad. I got to the airport all packed and ready to go when my flight was canceled due to weather. I was a day late to my program and missed orientation. On the way home, my flight was overbooked and we were forced to volunteer our seats. We sat on marble floor in the Rome airport for hours until they finally told us what was going on. We fortunately received airline money and a hotel for the night.