Featured Blogger: Becka from Seek the Mysteries!

Hey everyone! Check out this week’s featured blogger, Becka!

Hello! I’m Becka, a globe trotting Essex girl who enjoys discovering hidden waterfalls, sunbathing on tropical beaches and watching sunsets with a cocktail in my hand. I was bitten by the travel bug back in 2012 and have since spent a year living in Thailand and almost two in Australia. I am constantly discovering new places I have to visit and there are no signs of me giving up travelling for a life of monotony and security any time soon. ​

1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?

My website is www.seekthemysteries.blogspot.com and I also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/seekthemysteries , Instagram @seekthemysteries and a Twitter account https://twitter.com/rebeccalucyh.

2. How did you come up with your website name?

I recently returned back to one of my favourite Islands in Thailand, Koh Tao, for a holiday and one evening in Los Pollos Hermanos ( think Nandos but fresh! ), I got talking to an American guy and we ended up having quite a deep conversation about life and travel. ‘Seek the mysteries’ was one of the phrases he used and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. I think it’s an encouraging phrase that helps to remind you what’s out there that you’re yet to see and push you to explore new places, despite any fears or doubts you may have.

3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?

My blog is ultimately a way for me to share and document my adventures so that in years to come, I’ll be able to look back on things that I may have forgotten. Of course, I’d love to be successful in the blogging world as writing is something I am passionate about, as is travel. Being able to transform my passions into a full time job would be a dream so that’s my goal for the next five years.

4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?

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I have a lot of favourite memories so selecting a specific one is quite tricky! This photo is from a day trip we took in Pai, Thailand. My friend Liz ( who I’d met a week earlier in Chiang Mai ) and I decided to visit one of the waterfalls that was nearby to where we were staying. The morning began with us hiring scooters, driving them around the corner to our room and then deciding that we were far too hungover and terrified of hurting ourselves to actually drive them for the day. We decided to rent push bikes instead and began our search for the waterfall. Two hours later, after driving uphill in the midday heat, we asked the first truck that had passed us for directions. We were told that we were no longer on the map and had ridden past it! The lovely couple put our bikes and our sweaty selves in the back of their truck and drove us to the base of the waterfall. We did see some very pretty sights but still never made it to the waterfall as we discovered it was a four hour round trip and would be dark before we got back! After drinking a beer at the base of where the trek began, we cycled for ten minutes back to our room. Oops.

5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?

Singapore is probably one of my favourite cities. It’s so beautiful and clean and the people are really friendly. Due to the death penalty still be actioned, crime is very low there so you feel safe when you go out, even at night time. My boyfriend and I visited the city for two days en route to Australia so being our first ‘mini holiday’ together makes it a bit more special.

I think my least favourite city would probably be Cairns. The city itself reminds me a lot of my hometown, Romford in Essex. The bars are all the same and pretty rubbish to be honest. There’s not a lot to do within the city but, Cairns is surrounded by the rainforest and the reef and there are so many adventures to be had if you have a car ( which luckily my friend does ).

6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?

I suppose scorpion would be the most unusual thing I’ve eaten which was in Bangkok. Although I’ve also tried kangaroo and crocodile. They were all pretty tasty and I’d happily taste them again.

7. Who are your travel idols?

Travel idols? Hmm..I wouldn’t say I have a particular idol but I admire people who visit remote places or go off the beaten path as a solo traveller as I don’t think I’d have the confidence to myself. In a group, I’d be happy too but sometimes I let my worries prevent me from doing things. I admire people that don’t let anything stop them from fulfilling their dreams.

8. What’s your best travel tip?

Enjoy every moment of it as before you know it you’ll be back at home wishing you were still exploring.

9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written? Please provide a link.

Am I allowed two favourites? My first favourite is one of the first posts I wrote about a recent camping trip in Queensland, Australia. I’m quite proud of how it’s written and I had such lovely feedback from my friends and family. http://seekthemysteries.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/two.html

My second post is a more recent one that lists the unattractive side of travelling. Personally, I think I’m quite funny and wrote this post in a light hearted and humorous way. http://seekthemysteries.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/nine.html

10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?

Don’t overthink things and if you’re not writing for yourself first and foremost then don’t bother.

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