This week we’re in Dez’s world!
1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?
www.thisisdez.blogspot.com / twitter: @thisisdez
2. How did you come up with your website name?
Like a lot of people, I began blogging just to keep my family and friends updated with what I was doing instead of sending the same email home a ton of times, so I just used my name. I had (and still have) no idea where my adventure will take me, so didn’t want to use anything too specific.
3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?
The primary goal is still to keep family and friends updated so they can follow my journey along with me. I also now use it to post travel wisdom and tips that I pick up along the way, place reviews of where to go and what to do there, and also to detail events that will remind me of the amazing experiences I have had for many years to come. Currently in the process of going self-hosted, once I find the right domain name that is.
4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories?
I spent a year teaching at an after-school academy in Ulsan, South Korea. My main motivation at first was to go for the travel experience, but I enjoyed the actual teaching far beyond my expectations. The photo is from my last day at the school with some of my favourite students I had taught for most of my time there.
5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
I really love Melbourne, there is just something about the city that makes me think if I was to live anywhere other than England, it would be there. It’s big, multicultural and has a ton of things to do but is still close to natural escapes like beaches and mountains. As to places I haven’t liked, I can’t actually name one – I think of travelling to new places as an opportunity for an experience and try to make the best of it.
6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
I’m not shy when it comes to food, so I have eaten my fair share of strange cuisine. The strangest and also my least favourite thing I have tried is 닭똥집 – or chicken rectum – in South Korea. I ate it before I knew what it was, so it’s not what it actually is or what it does that made me dislike it.
7. Who are your travel idols?
There is no one person in particular, but I really admire digital nomads. Anyone who can travel and work or make a living from travelling is a winner in my book.
8. What’s your best travel tip?
Become a ‘yes’ person. Even if things slightly push you out of your comfort zone, try them anyway. You’ll probably never get a chance to have some of the experiences again and in 10 years from now you will kick yourself for not giving things a shot.
9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written?
Haha your questions are tough! If I had to pick one that gives me the most pleasure looking back at, it would be the blog I wrote on my journey to start my travels about 18 months ago. Re-reading it, it brings back the excited/nervous feeling I had when I first left my home and comfort-zone behind.
10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?
I’m still fairly new to the travel blogging scene myself, at least blogging to a wider audience anyway. My only advice would be to enjoy it. Write because you love writing, write because you love sharing your experiences with others, write because when you look back in 10 years from now, things you will have forgotten will once again put the biggest smile on your face. That way, blogging won’t feel like a chore and your passion for travel will come across in your posts.