Featured Blogger: Sally Around the World

In December 2013, 31 year old Brit Sally quit her job as a Sales and Marketing manager to go off and explore the world. She love animals and parties and is not ashamed to say she is super tight with her money. She writes about her cheap adventures around the world on her blog.

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

I blog at http://sallyaroundtheworld.com
Twiter @sallyatworld

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

Seven years ago when I was a Camp councellor in Upstate New York I was obsessed with chicken wings. I ate them everyday. I vowed that one day I would travel the world and write a book named ‘Chicken wings around the world’. That hasn’t happened yet, but Sally Around the World was born from that idea.

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

I am a normal girl who wants to explore and party the world without spending a fortune. I want to show people you do not have to be rich, brave or extraordinary to travel. Anyone can do it!

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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At the time this was not one of my favourite memories! When I arrived in Bali everyone was talking about climbing Mount Batur volcano to watch the sunrise so I thought why not. I signed up to do it the next day. Only once I had signed up did they tell me it was 1: An active volcano and 2: I would have to wake up at 2am to climb this volcano!

It was a 3 hour walk up the volcano to watch the non existent sunrise as it was too overcast. A monkey then stole my breakfast. It was freezing at the top. I was exhausted and then to top it off, we had to climb for 3 hours down. It was horrid, but worth every second haha!

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

Ah, every traveller’s least favourite question! My favourite would have to be Berlin. It is such a cool, hip city with loads of night life and plenty of culture and sights to keep you busy by day. Oh and of course Currywurst, chopped up sausage with tomato sauce and curry powder. I am addicted to it with fries. The ultimate drunk, end of night food.

The least favourite would have to be Ho Chi Min city (Siagon) in Vietnam. I did not ‘hate’ it, but it is so busy with not much to do. It is like running the gauntlet trying to get from one side of the road to the other. It makes London look like a walk in the park!

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

To some of you this may be normal but Chocolate covered Bacon is NOT normal guys! It is weird! I ate it in Boston, US. They love it there and I love Bacon and Chocolate in equal measures so I thought why not! It was not disgusting but it was a strange experience. It also made me feel like I needed to eat salad for the next 3 days.

7. Who are your travel idols?

Last year when I was was in Koh Rong Samloen, Cambodia, a few of us took a walk to the other side of the island. There was a deserted beach with a few trails leading from various resorts. On this beach stood a tiny hut and a bar. The bar was owned and run by a young French couple who had visited the island a few years previous and fallen in love with it and each other. We chatted about their old homes and their new home. They were such cool, laid back people that we chatted for hours. People like that are my idols. People who have hardly anything in terms of monetary values but have everything in terms of life. It is then that it sank in that I do not need things when I have all these experiences. They are my travel idols. They are made me realise what travelling was all about.

8. What’s your best travel tip?

Do not plan every detail of your trip. I made this mistake when I first travelled solo and ended up having to cancel some things and loss some of my deposits as I met some cool people and heard some great word of mouth places I had to see. The best way to get information is to talk to other travellers. There are some amazing people and places out there, relax and go with the flow!

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

I wrote this post when my flight from Manila to Palawan was delayed by 8 hours and I had to spend the night at the airport. I was chatting to some people on social media and fed up of them saying they were jealous of my travels and how they could never do that. I want to give them some reasons they should travel.

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

It is hard. You will get a lot of no responses but keep going. It is very addictive and when you do get a yes, it makes it all worth it.

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