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Hi there! My name is Amber Groce and I am a freelance travel and food writer on the side of my full time job. I went to the University of Texas for Journalism with a focus in magazine writing and editing. I’m a born-and-raised Texan, but I enjoy traveling and seeing the city like a local. Feel free to share any secrets about your city with me! 🙂
1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?
2. How did you come up with your website name?
I’m a words person (obviously) and I love alliterations. I wanted something whimsical because that’s what traveling is all about!
3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?
I’ve been a freelance writer for several years, but I finally decided to create my own travel blog. It’s a way for me to share my travels in a different way, without the restrictions of the publications I write for.
4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?
This was a trip a few years ago when I went to San Diego with my mom and sister. My mom was speaking at a conference but this was one of the days where we were able to spend the whole day together. I’m a water baby so I love being by the ocean.
5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
Like I said before, I’m a water baby so I love traveling anywhere that’s close to a body of water. I love going to San Francisco because it’s very similar to Austin (where I currently live) with the element of the Pacific. I love going to Mexico with the all-inclusive resorts – you can;t really go wrong there! I also love New York City. It has a special place in my heart because I was able to live there during a summer internship with a publication. I’m not a huge fan of cruises because you’re limited to activities on the boat (unless it’s a port day) and there’s no true locals.
6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
It was actually in Austin at a restaurant called Uchi. It’s a very high-end Japanese restaurant where they fly in fresh seafood daily from Japan. The first time I went, we let the server choose what plates we were going to order because we had no clue what the different between the Hama Chili (still currently on the menu and you MUST try it if you go) and the Machi Cure. This was my first true “foodie” experience where I let the server take the reins, and that philosophy has stuck with me.
7. Who are your travel idols?
Anyone who has a passport. With a world so focused on work, I admire anyone who takes the time to open their eyes to the rest of humanity around us.
8. What’s your best travel tip?
Research, but don’t plan out an entire agenda. Google Maps is a great way to do this – you can pin different restaurants, attractions, etc. to a custom map for that particular trip, then use it once you get there as a guide depending on where you are in that city.
9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written? Please provide a link.
On my travel blog (remember it’s new!), it would be the one about IBEROSTAR Paraiso Maya (http://www.aresortrendezvous.
10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?
Write about what you know and make sure you enjoy writing before jumping into a blog!