Today we are lucky enough to be interviewing Chery Howard!
1. What is your name, where are you from and where have you been in this world?
I’m Cheryl Howard from Toronto, Canada. I relocated to Berlin, Germany in June 2011 to start a brand new life as freelance writer in Europe.
So far, I’ve been to 22 countries throughout North/South America and Europe.
2. What is your blog address? How long have you been blogging and what is the main focus of it?
I’ve been blogging on and off for about 10 years. My blog focuses mainly on European travel and expat living.
3. Besides the basic essentials, what is something you simply could not live without on the road?
My iPhone 4s. I couldn’t live without my baby!
Aside from staying on top of emails and being connected to social media (a travel writer never really takes a vacation), my phone proves useful in many ways.
As I often travel alone, I have Find Friends activated so my friends know where I am at all times. A little safety measure in case something ever happens.
I use Four Square to find new restaurants or shops preferred by locals.
I use Google Maps to find my way around town.
4. How has travel enriched your life?
Seeing new places and even re-experiencing places I’ve already bee inspires and excites me to continue my travels. My first few solo journeys were pretty hard for me (it was sometimes lonely and even scary), but with each one my confidence and enthusiasm grew. I was able to apply that to other parts of my life.
5. Of all the cities you have ever visited, which 3 left the largest impression on you and why?
Budapest. My favorite city in the world. Why? It’s beautiful, friendly and somehow just me. I recently published A Weekend Guide to Budapest with some tips for first time visitors to the city.
Berlin. It’s now my hometown and I don’t think I could have chosen a better place to live. It’s not the prettiest city but it’s definitely the coolest. I love Berlin because it’s relaxed, creative and alive. There is always something happening! Read about Why I Moved to Berlin.
Rio de Janeiro. A hot hot hot city with beach and mountains. Good food, high fashion, amazing art scene, beautiful people and music! One of my top travel moments occurred in Rio when I met Selaron, an eccentric artist who maintains a living outdoor art installation.
6. If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?
Anthony Bordain, just so I could travel and eat my way around the world all the while swearing and making naughty jokes
7. In a perfect world, where do you see yourself and your blog in 5 years?
Well, of course I hope that I’ll still be traveling and writing about it on my blog. I also hope to become a published author and currently have a few book ideas in mind. And now that my life (and heart) is now in Europe, I hope to become settled down here for good.
8. If you had 1 travel tip to share with the world, what would it be?
I know this sounds weird, but if you ever hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu be sure to bring several rolls of toilet paper with you in your backpack! Trust me, you’ll need them. I received this advice from a friend before I went to Peru. It’s pretty much the most valuable piece of travel advice someone has ever given me.
9. What stands out as your best and worst travel memory?
Best? Oh, it’s so hard to just pick one so I’ll just pick the moment that changed my life. Walking along the Charles Bridge in Prague on a cold, snowy night just before Christmas. Filled with happiness, hope and a desire to change – it was then and there that I decided I’d move to Europe.
Worst? Easy. Getting robbed in Barcelona losing my wallet filled with ID, credit cards and cash and even the keys to my flat! The aftermath of dealing with that experience lasted months.
10. Please list 3 of your most popular blog posts?