As far as travelling goes, I’m always doing my utmost to try and inspire you to get out and see as much of the world as possible. Give in to that wanderlust and just get on a flight that will take you anywhere with a bit of a culture shock, some new experiences and a whole load of memories…
Irish Travel Blogger – Journalist On The Run
Someone who has the right idea is Irish travel blogger Janet Newenham… better known as Journalist On The Run. So I said I’d let her give us all the low down on her travel experiences, goals and achievements… so we can all take a little leaf out of that same book!
As one of your latest blog posts suggests, you left your day job to become a full time travel blogger – how has it been so far and have you any specific highlights?
I quit my full time PR job in Dublin last September to pursue a happier, healthier and more adventurous life. I was not happy with the life I had built for myself in Ireland and decided it was a ‘now or never’ situation. I have traveled to almost 10 countries over the past 5 months but the highlight was definitely road tripping around South Africa for 5 weeks. I actually missed my flight home on purpose (the first time I have ever done something like this) because I knew I was financially self sufficient and could virtually work from anywhere. It was such a liberating moment!
What’s the best place you’ve been to so far that you might recommend to me as another travel blogger, or what’s really high on your bucket list?
I would have to say Iceland. I went there for the first time in September and the natural beauty totally blew me away. To think such an incredible destination, on par with New Zealand, is sitting right there on our doorstep just a two hour flight away is baffling. Whether you go for a long weekend or an entire month, in summer or in Winter, Iceland is a destination that you will fall in love with instantly.
Have you had any big culture shocks in any countries or what’s some interesting differences/specific traits you’ve noticed anywhere around the world?
I just got back from an extended trip to Morocco and it remains the one place in the world that I still have not fallen in love with. I experience culture shock every time I go there and I don’t think I will ever get used to having to be totally covered all the time in order to avoid harassment. I have also experienced a lot of culture shock in some Asian countries, such as in South Korea and Japan where you are not allowed to wear your shoes indoors and you must bow to everyone you meet.
You’ve done things like paragliding and a pony trek in Lesotho – are there any sort of ‘adventure trips’ you absolutely fear and would never even consider doing or are you down for trying pretty much anything?
I would like to think I am up for anything. I have done the world’s highest bungee jump, swam in a river with crocodiles and even drank snake venom in Vietnam. One thing that I would love to do someday, but am unsure if I have the courage, is cycling down the world’s most dangerous road in Bolivia. Even just looking at photos makes my heart beat faster!
I would like to think I am up for anything. I have done the world’s highest bungee jump, swam in \ river with crocodiles and even drank snake venom in Vietnam. One thing that I would love to do someday, but am unsure if I have the courage, is cycling down the world’s most dangerous road in Bolivia. Even just looking at photos makes my heart beat faster.
Honestly, I caught the travel bug at a REALLY young age, and I believe my parents are to blame (or thank) for that. They always encouraged me to follow my passion so when I was 15 I decided to go to school in France for 6 months and that following summer I sailed from Ireland to Poland on a tall ship and also spent a few weeks volunteering in Belarus. I would say that year cemented my love for travel…and also made returning to school in Ireland to do my Leaving Certificate a serious challenge!
Is it a rush to move on to the next place just to keep the blog posts coming or what’s that side of it like?
I have actually been to so many places that I have not blogged about that I think I could easily sit in a cafe in Dublin and write travel tales for an entire year before needing to hop on a plane. That will never happen though. I can hardly sit still for a month, let a lone a year. When I travel, I always get inspired to write so in my strange way, the more I travel the more I work.
Do you have to cover most or all of the expense of travelling yourself or how has it been going? Do you have any tips for people to get cheap getaways?
It depends. I have started working with a lot of Tourism Boards, big travel brands and even airlines who help to support my travels. I also get invited on quite a few press trips which means I am at the stage where I rarely pay for my own travel expenses anymore. I was recently selected to go on the Kerala Blog Express, a two week blogger trip to India organized by the Kerala Tourism Board, something I am very excited about!
With 2016 having just started, what are your main goals for the year or what destinations are you most looking forward to jetting off to?
I have big plans to write my first book this year, a travel memoir of all my travels throughout Africa. I also hope to grow my blog to another level and get my writing published in some big publications that I am an avid reader of. When it comes to travel, I am most excited about setting up a base in Thailand for a few months and maybe visiting some friends in South Korea. I will be in food heaven for the rest of the year!