Check out this week’s featured interview!
I’m Taylor, a new travel blogger at taylorstracks.com where I write about travel and life lessons that I’ve learned not just from traveling, but also from growing up and becoming an adult. I have plans to travel across Canada (my home) with a friend from Australia in October, and am in the process of securing a job as an English teacher in Thailand where I’ll spend at least six months working and traveling. I’m a film and media production graduate, but have decided to spend my time traveling instead. I’m a lover of yoga, wine, and food, am an avid reader (of books and blogs!), and can’t wait to see more of the world.
First of all, what are your website and social media links?
2. How did you come up with your website name?
I knew I wanted something that was an alliteration using my name, something that wasn’t too specific to travel, but could also be related to travel. I originally created my blog to track my happiness progress, something that I could look back at. Before naming my blog I had watched the film Tracks, which is about a woman who treks across the Australian desert on her own. For some reason that film stuck with me and eventually I thought of Taylor’s Tracks, a place where I could go back to and read about the tracks that I’ve made.
3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?
I started my blog for myself, to get myself on track and to be a happier person. One of the things that makes me the most happy is travel, and I want to share that with the world. My goal for my blog is to share my thoughts, previous travel experiences, and life lessons that I’ve learned as a way for my family and friends to understand me better. But most importantly I want it to be something that other people can relate to, to inspire other’s to travel or to make a big life decision. I enjoy writing for myself, but my main goal is to get my word out there so I can inspire other’s like many other blogs inspire me.
4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favourite travel memories with an explanation?
Throwback’s are my favourite! I love food, so obviously one of my favourite travel memories will be connected to food. In this case it happens to be the most delicious pizza I had ever had in my life at a little restaurant in Rome.
I’m a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and in the book she describes a moment while she was eating pizza in Naples; about how good it was, the atmosphere of the restaurant, the feeling she got from eating the pizza. It was in Rome where I had what I call my “Eat, Pray, Love” moment while eating an entire pizza to myself. It was the simplest of pizza’s, and I was silent while I ate it all, forgetting about where I was, or any worries that I had. I fell into a moment for myself, the music being played by a little band down the street from me faded into silence and any thoughts I had floated away. My friends eventually commented on my silence through most of the meal and broke my pizza trance. But to this day I remember the simple moment so clearly and how peaceful I was, and how I was able to feel a connection to a book I loved and adored.
5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
So I have a little bit of a love/hate relationship with Greece. It’s home to my favourite and my least favourite cities…Mykonos is my favourite, in my opinion it’s better than Santorini. There’s less hills, and the blue and white towns are beautiful. I liked the night life and the relaxed atmosphere, plus it wasn’t crowded with tourists. Athens, however, is my least favourite. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a must-see city with all the history it has, but was just not what I expected. This took me off-guard. I didn’t feel very safe there, like I was going to be pickpocketed at any moment (which I had never felt like before), and uncomfortable with the cops in heavy uniform and big guns. It has lot’s of graffiti and wasn’t a very pretty city in a lot of areas. I still highly recommend that people visit though, but encourage them to do research beforehand and know what to expect.
6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
I was a picky eater for most of my life so I haven’t tried many weird things! The weirdest is frog legs, which I attempted to eat while my friends pointed out how much it still resembled the lower body of a frog. This was while on a tour in the South of France near Monaco.
7. Who are your travel idols?
I’ve never really thought about this before. But, while I was going through a pretty rough patch in my life I loved to watch a Canadian TV series called Departures, where these two men (Scott Wilson & Justin Lukach) traveled around the world with their cameraman (Andre Dupuis), camping, traveling cheaply, and doing things that I would never have thought of doing. They really pushed the limits when traveling and got to experience things that I think few people will ever experience. They inspired me to keep my dream of travel alive when I thought it wouldn’t happen, and opened my eyes to things I thought impossible.
8. What’s your best travel tip?
Let things happen and just let go. Don’t plan every little thing and have each day booked solid. Give yourself time to breathe and experience things without your nose in a map or guidebook. It’s important to be prepared, but most of the time the best memories come from events for which you were unprepared for and when you least expect them.
9. Which is your favourite post you’ve written? Please provide a link.
I wrote a post called Traveler or Tourist: Does it Even Matter? It’s something I’ve been debating with myself for a long time, and is something I think a lot more people should think about. Too often be label ourselves or try to fit-in. In this case many people try to fit into the “backpacker” role, which I think is wrong. There’s no role for a traveler/tourist.
10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?
Just keep going. I tell myself this everyday, as I’m also a new blogger. If I’m interested in something, then others must be as well. The hardest part is finding those other people who like your posts, but eventually you’ll connect. So everyday I’m working on my blog, whether that be writing a new post, or managing my social media, or monitoring my statistics for the day, I’m always doing something.