Featured Blogger: Morgan from A Beautiful View

This week we’re all about Morgan!

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

Hey! My website is called, ‘A Beautiful View’. As for social media, I am most active on Facebook and Twitter. However if you check out my website you’ll see I’m a bit obsessed with taking pretty pictures on my Galaxy, so my favorite social channel is definitely Instagram.

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

Well, I was initially inspired by a lyrics from a Death Cab for Cutie song, but once I latched onto that idea it blossomed into something more. When you’re traveling there are beautiful views by the hundred (hence all the pictures), but I like to think that any view can be beautiful as long as you approach it with the right perspective.

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

‘A Beautiful View’ is meant to be a showcase for the triumphs and struggles of life as a millennial wander, a place to share my travel experiences, and a resource for people looking to teach English in Korea (which is where I am currently living). Though I do label my site a “travel blog,” my life is not only characterized by travel, so I also try to include other aspects of myself and the world.

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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You know, I probably overuse that picture (it’s even the main header for my site), but it really is one of my favorite travel pictures. I took when I was staying on Koh Phi Phi, Thailand in January of 2014. This trip was actually my first international venture after moving to Korea, and I just remember being so blown away by the sheer beauty and the fact that I had finally managed to live out one of my childhood dreams. I had seen pictures like this so many times before, but I was just so happy and grateful to actually be able to take one for myself.

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

I was not a huge fan of Phuket, Thailand. Though I’m sure it was once different, the tourism industry has had a very negative effect on the city. The sex trade, though technically illegal, operates very openly in the streets, the beaches were insanely crowded, and every time you turned around someone was trying to hustle you to either eat in their restaurant, come into their massage parlor, or buy something from their shop.

My favorite city without question (so far) is Kyoto, Japan. I spent three days there by myself last year, and from the moment I arrived I was completely in love. The food is mouth-watering, the city is clean, beautiful, and easy to navigate, the people are friendly, and the sites are absolutely stunning. I will definitely be going back there as soon as I can.

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

Either the grilled chicken heart in Thailand, which actually was not too bad. Or, grilled pig intestine in Korea, which I don’t think I’ll be trying again.

7. Who are your travel idols?

I’m pretty consistently amazed by Drew of the Hungry Partier (my age and been to over 50 countries and counting), and Sabina of Girl vs. Globe (knows four languages, completely hilarious, and has impeccable fashion sense).

8. What’s your best travel tip?

Understand that though things won’t always go your way, they will always work out eventually. Getting stressed out/and or angry about really anything is not helpful and just leaves you feeling shitty. The world is a beautiful place filled with people who despite any differences will almost always be willing to help if you smile and ask nicely. Trust in the fact that things pretty much always find a way of working out for the best.

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

That’s a bit of a difficult one, but I’m actually pretty proud of one of my more recent posts called, “Traveler vs. Tourist: A Debate I Hate.” The main gist? Travel is about breaking down arbitrary divisions, not creating them! This being said, my most popular post by a wide margin was about my journey through a college heartbreak. That one is called, “Dear Sean.”

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

Don’t get discouraged when building a following takes longer than you had hoped. I’ve been at this pretty seriously for the better part of a year, and though I have seen gains my following is miniscule compared to some people. Just keep at it! Also, don’t be afraid to be yourself. You will find that the internet is inundated with travel blogs and you might feel influenced to be more like the popular bloggers, but the reality is that they are popular because they did what was right for them. Don’t feel like you need to put out a certain kind of content just because someone else is doing it. Stay true to yourself and you will find that more people will be willing to get behind you.

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