This week we’re meeting Sarah from Kiwi On the Loose! Can I just mention how much I love her blog name?!
1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?
2. How did you come up with your website name?
A kiwi isn’t just the flightless natural bird of New Zealand, it’s also the nickname given to New Zealanders. The ‘Kiwi on the Loose’ name along with my tag line of “I’m a kiwi spreading my wings and seeing the world” is kind of a play on the fact that the kiwi bird can’t fly. Loads of New Zealander’s fly the coup (so to speak) and embark on their OE – Overseas Experience. Our national bird might be flightless but Kiwi’s as a people are anything but.
3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?
I am what I like to call an ‘everyday traveller’. I don’t go out for months/years on end travelling around the world but instead I work and save hard to afford a nice holiday each year. This blog is a place for me to share my stories, photos and tips from these holidays and hopefully inspire other people who think they can’t travel to do so.
4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?
Attached is a #TBT photo from Brighton, UK. I had been in London and was spending the day with my niece and her boyfriend, we decided to head to Brighton for the day. It was a great day weatherwise, the company was awesome and this photo just kind of summed up Brighton for me.
5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
Favourite city by far is London. I just love the history and stories associated with the city. London has a very rich history and that can be seen just by walking down the streets.
Least favourite would have to be Ho Chi Minh City. It was fast paced, crazy and I didn’t really enjoy Vietnam as a whole so being in their largest city really didn’t inspire me at all.
6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
Probably kangaroo – not really all that strange but it was strange for me. I was in Melbourne with friends and we decided to give it a go, have to say I’m really not a fan!
7. Who are your travel idols?
I think anyone who travels is my idol. To leave the norm and get out into the world is a big thing really when you think about it. Leaving your comfort zone for the unknown is really scary so anyone who does it is pretty amazing in my book.
8. What’s your best travel tip?
Take a multi-point power board with you – sometimes electrical sockets can be few and far between, having a power board with you to charge all your electronic devices is extremely helpful.
9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written? Please provide a link.
Great Ocean Road Photo Essay (http://kiwiontheloose.com/2015/01/30/photo-essay-the-great-ocean-road/). I did this day trip in 2009 but hadn’t really done anything with the photos. I looked at them again this year and was actually quite impressed with a lot of them. When I am looking at this post I have to remember they are my photos and not someone else’s.
10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?
I am pretty new to this myself but I think don’t give up is a big one. You have to figure out why you’re blogging – what is the real reason? Also content is key!