Featured Blogger: Laura from Savored Journeys

Heeeey people, we’re chatting this week with Laura from Savored Journeys!

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

Blog address: http://www.savoredjourneys.com, Twitter: @savoredjourneys, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savoredjourney; Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/savoredjourneys; Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/savoredjourneys

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

When I started the blog, it seemed appropriate that the name reflect my passion for both food and travel, since much of our traveling these days focuses around culinary and wine tourism. I liked Savored Journeys because it evokes a sense of happiness that I hope to get out of each of my trips.

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

Savored Journeys is all about affordable luxury travel, food and wine adventures. It’s meant to inspire other travelers to experience the world through food and wine. I’ve been blogging for one year in April and I’m really looking forward to what comes next. I’m planning to add some food & wine guides to the site in the coming months, which is very exciting.

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 photo was taken in 2009 in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. I was never much of a solo traveler, but when my good friend was getting married in Serbia and I had no one to travel with, I decided to go alone. That trip ended up being the most challenging in terms of where I went and how I got around, but it was also the most rewarding and it made me realize I can do anything I put my mind to, no matter how hard or scary it might seem.

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

The world is truly an incredible playground and I’ve had the pleasure of visiting many lovely places. My favorite city thus far has probably been Cape Town, South Africa. It’s a beautiful city with so many things to offer — great restaurants, delicious wine and tons of fun things to do and see. Second place goes to Rothenburg od der Tauber in Germany. Even in pictures, it’s the cutest little town you’ve ever seen. I would have a very hard time pinpointing my least favorite city. I can usually find the good in any place I go.

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

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While I was in Cuzco, Peru, I learned that guinea pig (known in Peru as cuy) was served as a specialty in many of the restaurants. Far be it for me to go somewhere and not try the specialty, so I ate guinea pig, but I’m not sure I’d do it again.

7. Who are your travel idols?

Anthony Bourdain will always be my number one travel idol. He’s fearless and willing to go, do and try just about anything. I admire his curiosity and sense of adventure. I’m also constantly in awe of fellow travel bloggers who travel full time.

8. What’s your best travel tip?

If there’s one thing I can’t stress enough it’s packing light. There is absolutely no need to pack a giant suitcase full of everything you own for a 1-2 week trip. Not packing non-essentials forces you to leave the “at home” version of yourself behind and find your true spirit. Also, pulling a giant suitcase over cobblestones or through a city at rush hour is really no fun.

9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written?

My favorite posts are the infographics I put together on top cities around the world, like this Shortcut Guide to the French Quarter. I enjoy the creativity involved in designing them, and the final product is fun to read.

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

Don’t get too caught up in the fact that you don’t know what you’re doing. It’s a lot to learn at first, but if you keep pushing through, you’ll eventually feel like you’ve caught on. If you’re doing it because you love traveling and telling stories, then success will naturally follow.

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