This week we’re learning about Marcia!
1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?
2. How did you come up with your website name?
Two friends and I decided back in 2003 that we needed to prepare for our move from the corporate world to do our own thing. We’d meet weekly to brainstorm and in one session, we worked on the name of the business I planned to start. I described my vision and we came up with the name and a tagline. I think we did both in one session.
3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?
Even though I started thinking of a travel business many years ago, blogging was not part of my vision. That changed in 2010 while I was on a trip to Southern Africa. We had such wide-ranging experiences, I could hear myself telling the stories over and over. Then I remembered the blog I had registered about 2 years before and decided it would become my online travel journal. I’m blogging almost 4 years later. I’ll continue blogging and documenting my trips and develop the travel business I dreamed about.
4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories?
My friend and roommate, Gloria, took this photo in Ciutadella Park, Barcelona. We were studying Spanish in Barcelona and would go to the park whenever we could.
5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
I have many favorite cities – Barcelona is probably my favorite because it was where I came of age, travel wise. It helped me to understand the value of slow travel, of spending time really seeing and experiencing a place. After Barcelona, I told myself I wouldn’t go anywhere unless I could spend a month, at a minimum. Of course, that doesn’t always happen. As to a least favorite, I can’t think of one.
6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
In Jamaica, where I’m from, we have a fair number of foods that, to some, could be considered “strange.” The strangest might be mannish water soup. Considered an aphrodisiac, mannish water is made from goat’s intestines, feet, head and testicles and is quite popular. I’ve discovered that a lot of people don’t eat chicken feet or fish head. My mother used to make me chicken feet soup and fried fish is just great with the head on.
7. Who are your travel idols?
Nomadic Matt, Lola Akinmade-Akerstom at Official Website of Writer and Photographer – Lola Akinmade Åkerström | Freelance, Stockholm, Sweden and Bret & Mary at Green Global Travel.
8. What’s your best travel tip?
Travel insurance. The price is a drop in the bucket compared to what it would cost if you got sick abroad and had to be hospitalized or returned home.
9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written?
After almost four years of blogging and receiving hundreds of comments, it’s the comments I receive from non-blogger readers that touch me and make me remember that I am providing a service, that my blog reaches many people, not just the ones who leave a comment. The first of those comments was for one of the posts I wrote about Jamaica’s Greenwood Great House.
How Greenwood Great House is Connected to Pinkie – InsideJourneys
10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?
Blogging can be a lonely endeavor. The best way to combat the loneliness is to join a group of bloggers. The first group I joined was one organized by WordPress. They provided blogging topics, prompts, tips, etc. I also did a WordPress blog challenge that connected me with about 5 bloggers. We read and commented on each other’s posts and supported each other. It helped a lot, especially that first year when I was still trying to understand the blogging sphere, find my voice and identity as a travel writer, feel comfortable with my niche and have fun. That’s another key – have fun!