Featured Blogger: Emily from Let’s Roam Wild!

This week we’re getting to know Emily!

Emily is an expert on slow travel. She believes the best way to experience a new destination is to find local experiences that allow you to really connect with the people and places you’re visiting. She loves a truly great meal, the outdoors and writing for Let’s Roam Wild. She’s leaving in December for a six month trip around Southeast Asia

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

You can follow me on facebook, twitter, and Instagram! But don’t forget to follow me on the blog too at Let’s Roam Wild.

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

I wanted my website name to be inclusive – “Let’s” invites you onto the trip with me and hopefully encourages you to go on your own! Roam Wild feels like it captures the spirit of who I am. I’m adventurous, fiercely independent and have a hard time staying tied down.

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

I believe in slow travel – and that’s what I write about. To me, slow travel is spending more time in less places. It’s finding truly local experiences that allow you to deeply connect to the people and places you visit. It’s this type of authenticity of travel that elevates it to another level. You leave changed forever, in a good way.

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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This is real TBT to my first big trip abroad. I spent 5 weeks in Israel when I was 15 and this is a prime example of me at my happiest – hiking with friends. This is the trip that defined both my love for travel and planted the seed for my philosophy of slow travel.

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

My absolute favorite city that I’ve visited is Buenos Aires. I lived there for a year when I was in college and fell in love with it. It’s glamorous and European with a bit of South American charm. You can eat steak and drink malbec and then go out dancing to cumbia. It became a part of me. I also just adored Cusco, Peru. This is the small Incan town that you depart from to hike Machu Picchu. It’s a quaint international hub filled with exquisite restaurants and deep history. When I flew into Lima, I didn’t love it. But I’ll also say that I was only there for two days and I do NOT think you can judge a city in that short amount of time.

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

I think the strangest thing I’ve ever eaten was cuy (guinea pig) in Argentina. Or pig face in Houston!

7. Who are your travel idols?

Alex in Wanderland and Hippie in Heels are the women I follow most. I’m incredibly compelled by Alex’s strong moral compass and epic photography while Rachel speaks to my soul – a flower child who also loves a classy night out!

8. What’s your best travel tip?

STOP spending money on plane tickets and hotels. There are so many ways to get free flights with credit cards these days. I’ve saved thousands on airline flights and you should too! A few of my favorites right now are Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase United MileagePlus Explorer and Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards. I am also obsessed with my SPG Amex for hotels. The points are worth a significant amount – I just booked four nights in Bangkok at the Aloft for 14,000 points (you get 10,000 just for your first purchase) saving hundreds of dollars. Email me for an SPG Amex referral bonus!

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

This post is for those of you who are wavering on whether or not to take a longer-term adventure. I ultimately decided to quit my job to travel for six months and we’ll see where I end up afterwards (hopefully business school) but here’s some advice I sought out from fellow bloggers about facing your fears.

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

If you don’t love it – don’t do it – and I don’t mean just traveling. You must love blogging: writing, photographing, editing, social media – it’s all part of the package. Your readers will be able to tell if your heart is not in it. Also, start by self-hosting from the beginning! It’s complicated, but I’m happy to walk you through it if you need help. Just email me. Finally, know why you’re blogging. Is it for fun? For business? Pick your purpose and let that drive your blogging.

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