Featured Blogger: Genevieve from the Wander Bug!

Thanks to a lovely interview with Genevieve!

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

www.thewanderbug.com
IG: @wanderbug_world
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wanderbugworld
Twitter: @genhassall
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/wanderbugworld/
I also have a new food blog, at www.genevieveeats.com.

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

Everyone talks about catching the travelbug, but I feel like I’ve got the wander bug – I love exploring anywhere, including wandering through different parts of my hometown and trying to see it with fresh eyes.

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

I started it initially as a creative outlet and to help me record my travels, but now I focus more on writing interesting, helpful content for my readers. This year I’d like to challenge myself with my writing and post more regularly.

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

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I’m the blonde, my best friend is the brunette. We were sailing around Capri for the day when the skipper pulled up and we all jumped off for a swim – I would never do this in Australia because I’d be scared of sharks! Not all waters are shark-infested, but you never know where one will show up.

This was one of the most blissful, chilled-out days of my life!

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

Paris is my favourite city, which I know is such a cliche but I’ve never felt as “at home” anywhere else. It’s certainly still a complicated city and is not perfect, but it is perfect for me – warts and all. There is such a great respect for the arts in Paris and living the good life.

I also love Levanto, a seaside village in Liguria, Italy, just 10 minutes from the Cinque Terre villages. I loved it more than Cinque Terre and it’s my number one chill out destination.

Least favourite – Berlin. I’m sure this was more because of the weather when I was there in early February, it was too cold for me and I couldn’t really enjoy walking the streets or taking photos because I felt like I was burning, it was that cold! I come from Brisbane, which has a sub-tropical climate so I was a fish out of water. I’d like to return in spring or summer and see more of the city.

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

I’ll probably have to go for snails in France – I love them though. I know it’s fairly tame, as I’ve only travelled through Europe and Australia so far, I haven’t come across many truly bizarre dishes – but I am definitely game! I always try and choose the least-familiar menu item when I go somewhere.

7. Who are your travel idols?

Jan Morris, I eat up all of her travel writing. Her description of arriving in New York is one of my favourite pieces of writing. Also Jen Lin-Liu for combining travel and food culture so well in her book On the Noodle Road.

8. What’s your best travel tip?

Take advice from well-meaning friends, family and strangers with a grain of salt. Certainly, take heed of facts especially if it will put you in danger, but be careful when they tell you people are rude or places are boring. Leave your preconceptions at home!

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

Chew with a View: Paris http://thewanderbug.com/2013/02/27/eating-in-paris-chew-with-a-view/

It’s about the best places (in my opinion) to go to eat in Paris, where you’ll enjoy great views of the city. They’re cheap, too!

5 Travel Cliches that Need to Die sums up a lot of my views about travel, and how these differ to common assumptions or misconceptions. http://thewanderbug.com/2013/11/20/5-travel-cliches-that-need-to-die/

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

Keep at it and read lots of other blogs. Reading other blogs keeps me inspired to keep writing about travel, even when I’ve got long periods of time where I can’t go overseas. Also, don’t think you need to go to exotic destinations to blog – write about what you know, even if its just around your city or region. Appreciate everything as if you’re seeing it for the first time, but with the insight of a local.

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