Hello! My name is Amber Primdahl and I’m a travel photographer and blogger from Toronto Canada! When I’m not traveling around or working on my blog, I’m visiting with friends and family, and most likely cuddling with my 3 pound yorkie, Oliver. Also, I’ve recently learned about the joys of Netflix, so if you can’t find me, that’s where I’ll be. I spend most of my waking hours researching travel destinations for trips that don’t yet exist in reality, and reading about other bloggers current travels. It’s a serious case of wanderlust with this one track mind.
1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?
In order of how much I use them:
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+AmberPrimdahl/posts
2. How did you come up with your website name?
My website name came up really randomly. I wanted my domain to be my actual name, but I owned it on another platform and I didn’t know how to transfer it over. So I thought I was testing a domain name and typed in “travelandpictures” since that’s what it’s about and when I hit continue, it turns out that I purchased the domain haha. I wanted to change it, but then I came across a note my grandpa had written about my photography portfolio while alive which said “travel and pictures” so now for sentimental reasons, I can’t bring myself to change it. But I call myself “The Danish Canadian” because I was born and raised in Canada, but relate more strongly to my Danish heritage since I was brought up with more of those traditions (Sorry if this is really confusing!!)
3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?
I started blogging during my first week of college. My teacher found out I was the only student in the program interested in becoming a travel photographer, so he highly advised me to start a blog right then, so I did. At first my intentions were just to get my photography out there, but when I learned more about the community, I really liked what I was seeing, and I realised that there was more to this ‘blogging thing’ than I had originally ever thought.
4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?
This photo was taken about two months ago, but it’s really special to me. For me, it’s a huge part of the beginning of my journey. I was officially graduating the next week with a diploma in Photography, and here I was already out doing exactly what it is I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It took me a long time to get to this point in my life, and it just made me so happy and all of the hard work felt worth it in that moment.
5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
Favourite wise, I always want to say Copenhagen but I also feel a bit biased, because part of why I love it so much is because I feel like I fit in. So my unbiased opinion would be London, England or Provincetown, Massachusetts. London was so friendly and busy with so much history and so much to see and do. Provincetown was kind of the opposite. Still friendly, but they have a more quiet, relaxed way of life and I remember not wanting to go home. It really is impossible to choose (My mom blames my Gemini nature for this).
My least favourite (which I feel awful saying) was New York City! Don’t get me wrong, I love it and definitely want to go back. I just felt that my hopes were too high after seeing how so many other people fall in love with the city at first sight. When walking in the streets, so much of it reminded me of Toronto, which I’m used to seeing, so I feel like it lost the special “wow” factor for me.
6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
I don’t think I’ve eaten anything really interesting honestly. I have a pretty sensitive stomach so I’m not much of a foodie and typically stick to what I know. (I keep coming back to this question, and can’t think of anything, sorry I’m so boring!!) Haha.
7. Who are your travel idols?
SO MANY! Some people ‘fan girl’ over celebs, I fan girl over travel bloggers. I absolutely adore Brooke Saward from World of Wanderlust. I’ve also recently stumbled upon Alex Baackes from Alex in Wanderland. Seriously, go check them out!
8. What’s your best travel tip?
Again, there are so many. I feel like the most important one is to always trust your gut. If anything in your travels (or life for that matter) doesn’t look right, just trust. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written? Please provide a link.
Ah, I think I have to say Traveling With a Broken Heart is still my favourite post. It was the first post I was super proud of, and it makes me feel good that my experience could hopefully help someone else in this situation. http://travelandpictures.com/traveling-broken-heart/
10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?
PATIENCE! I still find that I have a hard time with this, but it is seriously important. You’re going to have days where you’re frustrated because you’re pouring all of this time and effort into your blog, and your networking and you’re spending money on traveling and you wonder if you’re ever going to make it to where you want to be. Just keep pushing and keep improving. It’ll happen.