Featured Blogger: Bianca from The Wild Trail

Hi there! I’m so excited to share the newest addition in my Featured Blogger Series! Please check out Bianca from The Wild Trail!

Hi! I’m Bianca, from Cape Town, South Africa and from a young age, my grandmother filled my head with stories of adventure, and crossing the great oceans in massive ships. I recognized that traveling was not just a dream for me, but my purpose. The obsession in my mind had to become a reality, and from the age of 18, I worked to travel as often as I could.

The world inspires me. Different cultures, exotic food, new adventures and ever changing landscapes, these are what make my soul explode.

I believe the world is a playground that belongs to all of us, and we should live every precious day with a happy and free spirit.

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

Website Address: www.thewildtrail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/biancaknauf
YouTube: www.youtube.com/shawnverne

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

I have always loved hiking and nature. The Wild Trail just summed up my love for the freedom of the outdoors, and also seemed like a good fit to describe my life.

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

I was sitting in traffic one day when I had a sinking, hopeless feeling that I was wasting my life. Time and potential opportunities were being wasted. There was a world of possibilities and here I was, stuck. It served as a burning inspiration to escape the rat race and routine and do what I love most, travel.

My blog is a way for me to capture the moments and experience that are so important to me. I intend it to be a diary and record of my travels and through it, I hope to inspire others to explore this planet.

That day in traffic, there were hundreds of other people staring brainlessly at the car in front of them and it felt like a tragedy that some may accept their circumstances as the norm. I hope to inspire others to live larger, with purpose and intensity.

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

This pic was taken last year November when I spent a month in Bali. It was one of those travel days that ends up revealing a multitude of surprises. Bali had been hotter than hot for several days. We had ventured out despite the heat, as we could not justify another day hiding out in the air-conditioned hotel room.

We took a drive to a waterfall we had heard about and ended up discovering a little piece of Balinesian paradise.We spent 2 hours in the heavenly cool water. During that time, clouds rolled in and blocked out the sky. Moments later, it began to rain.

We stopped on the route home to get lunch and it felt as though time fell away at the edge of the rice field. It was a moment of complete calm in a magical environment, cooled by the gentle rain.

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

My favorite city is Positano in Italy. The clean pebble beaches and turquoise water are picture perfect, although walking them barefoot was not the therapeutic experience I had imagined.  It was like playing out a scene from a movie with friendly locals greeting you in the street.

Exploring the winding stairs to the beach was like disappearing into another world. The smells, sights and exotic accent made for a transporting experience I would re-live any day.

My least favorite city was Belize City. From the moment we arrived, there was an uneasiness and our first taxi ride introduced us to the opportunistic mentality of the city. We ended up in some scary accommodation, run by some even scarier characters. We spent the night listening to neighbors fight and gunshots going off in the street outside our window. We were  all too happy to catch the first flight out in the morning to the laid back town of Placencia.

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

The strangest thing I’ve ever eaten was a Mopane worm, in Zimbabwe. The colorful worm, about the size of your small finger, is a Zimbabwean delicacy.  It is deep fried, leaving it dry and crispy and getting in down is no easy feat.

I thought, swallowing it whole would be a good solution, however… its little feet, of which there were many, had retained thier traction and gripped rather traumatically to the back of my tongue. With some effort and a lot of water, I finally manage to eat the little creature.

7. Who are your travel idols?

Anyone who travels is high up on my list. I especially love traveling families.

I have traveled solo, as a couple and now, we travel with our son. The dynamic is wonderful, but different, with a lot more planning and considerations to factor in. When it gets challenging, following travel stories of families successfully doing the same thing, helps inspire me to step out of my comfort zone and take on a new outlook.

8. What’s your best travel tip?

My best travel tip is to not have any expectations and simply go with the flow. It is impossible to know what a place is truly like until you experience it yourself.

Being open to taking it all in, ensures I don’t miss out on what the adventure has to reveal. This outlook always delivers surprises that keep travel new and exciting for me. Even getting lost or caught in the rain can create an unforgettable memory that you will always treasure.

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

My post on climbing Kilimanjaro is one of my favorites  http://thewildtrail.com/kilimanjaro-tanzania/

The climb was one of the hardest things I have done and was a great personal achievement. The climb revealed my true mental and physical strength which I’m super proud to share.

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

I would say just have fun. I’m such a newbie myself,  I just hope sharing my experiences will inspire someone else to live a more fulfilling and adventurous life. I’m learning as I go, but feel if I enjoy the journey, I’m doing one thing very right.

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