Featured Blogger: Kim-Ling from Travel-Ling!

This week we’ve got Kim-Ling from Travel-Ling!

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

http://travel-ling.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/lingstravels
Instagram: @travel_ling
Twitter: @travel_lingy
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/travellingy/

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

I like to think of myself as a bit of a wordsmith and I love playing with words. Since my nickname is “Ling”, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to go with Travel-Ling! We’re still working out the best way to audibly spell out the name to others though; do people say hyphen or dash these days?

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

Guy and I love travelling almost as much as we love each other. This love of travelling is paired up with a love of food and adventure. I used to be a travel agent, and enjoy writing and talking about travel (to anyone is willing to read or listen!) We’ve recently returned home to Australia after living in Spain for 8 months and can confidently say we are Hispanophiles! We would love to move back there one day (whilst visiting as many countries as we can in between)! Often trying to see the lighter side of life and travelling (with an Aussie sense of humour), we hope to inspire fellow travellers out there and offer plenty of information and visuals for anyone else to live vicariously through us.

Ideally, we would love to grow the blog into a successful business that will allow us to live in Spain, or anywhere else in the world!

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

LingSevilla

This picture stirs up so much joy and different memories rolled into one. As I am a true hispanophile, I really wanted to get a traje de flamenca (Flamenco dress) to wear to the ferias (big Spanish fairs). It was like I was going wedding dress or formal dress shopping. Trying on these elaborate and beautiful dresses certainly bought out the ‘girly-girl’ in me. Eventually I found my dream dress.

This picture is of me all dressed up in the traje de flamenca in Sevilla. We had gone to the feria the night before and had a great time, so we thought to visit Plaza de España the next evening. Plaza de España is my favourite place in Sevilla as it is so scenic and tranquil. It’s easy to see why it has been used as a backdrop in a few movies! It was just a wonderful experience to walk around all dressed up and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We even had tourists come up and ask to take photos of me (which I happily obliged, but left out the part that I wasn’t actually Spanish!).

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

Hmm, I always have trouble picking favourite cities, as I am so attached to each experience, that I feel it would be wrong to pick a favourite! It’s like a parent being forced to pick their favourite child! But IF I had to pick a favourite, it would be Barcelona. Simply because it has this cool cosmopolitan vibe of food, fashion and culture, all the while being a beach city. Plus I love Gaudí’s masterpieces, and just can’t help but be in awe every time I see the Sagrada Familia. Oh and Desigual is my all-time favourite fashion brand, and Barcelona is its birthplace.

Least favourite would have to be Naples. We love Italy and had never had a bad impression until we visited Naples. It is just so crowded and dirty. We actually saw a grandma throw out her half-eaten sandwich and rubbish on the street as she walked past us! However, it is a great base to do day trips to places such as Pompeii, but we still prefer Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.

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

Silk worm larvae in Seoul! You’d think we would know what to expect by its name, but it was quite bitter and the taste got worse the more you chewed! I’m not sure if it was the idea of eating it, but the texture was kinda gross too – a bit gritty and dry.

7. Who are your travel idols?

Richard Branson. I saw him as a guest speaker at a conference. He is such a positive and ambitious force! I love how he just keeps coming up with ideas and won’t take no for an answer! He really pushes the boundaries of travel with his ventures such as Virgin Galactic. And for the Australian readers, it would be Hamish and Andy, hands down. Technically they are radio celebrities, but their Gap Year TV series (where they visit different countries and hilariously film them finding and doing weird and wacky things) is my favourite travel show!

8. What’s your best travel tip?

This one is more so for the ladies (but men too!): Always carry tissues or napkins wherever you go. So many times we’ve been travelling and needed to use the bathroom to find there is no toilet paper!

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

Tough one! We’ve recently been putting together videos of some of our destinations, and whilst it takes a lot longer to put the post together (editing for me is such a long process!), I am really enjoying this aspect. So with that in mind, Falling In Love with Dubrovnik would have to be one of my favourites. http://travel-ling.com/love-dubrovnik/

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

Ha! I still consider ourselves very new to travel blogging! But I would just say to be persistent and don’t give up. If you really love what you do, don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of you achieving it; including yourself! I’m constantly second-guessing myself and having doubts, but at the end of the day, I love what I do and am willing to take a chance on it. If you don’t try, you’ll never know!

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