This week we’re chatting with Tracey, a new travel blogger from Exploration Addict!
1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?
2. How did you come up with your website name?
I was going through a lot of options but not feeling anything in particular jump out and grab me, so I started writing down words with some relation to travel, fun and any other emotion related to how I feel when I travel. After deciding on my love of ‘exploration’ I tried to find an accompanying word that would compliment it in a fun way and fit my personality at the same time. After some time of mixing and matching I came to ‘addict.’ It felt ‘Exploration Addict’ was a bit quirky which fits me, because I can really geek-out sometimes and I’m generally a curious person.
3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?
Starting a blog was something I started to consider after reading various travel blogs while researching places I wanted to go in the future, and it looked like a great way for me to keep track of my travels and my experiences of each trip. It’s something I’m enjoying and plan to continue. I haven’t really written a journal before and this has been a fun way for me to express my enjoyment and passion for world cultures and people.
4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?
Attached is a picture from my tour of the Hokkaido Snow Festival with three of my fellow exchange student friends when I studied abroad in Japan during college. We were all from different places (D.C., Hawaii, Canada, and South Korea) so it was fun experiencing everything on this Japanese tour together. Out of all the tours I have tried this was the most fun! All the girls I was with were great fun, each hotel on the route had hot springs attached, and to this day that trip is one of my most fond college trip memories.
5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
I’d have to say Los Angeles, CA is my least favorite city, because I am very big on being able to get around easily without a car and since the city is so spread out it makes it very difficult. I’ve gone to LA a few times during college, but I don’t have much to any memorable or fun moments from those visits.
I think my favorite city to go to is Tokyo, because I have a lot of really good friends there and it’s a gigantic city that never ceases to have more and new things each time you go. Finding something good to eat on any budget is never an issue there either! It’s also great that you can easily find clean, comfortable, and affordable accommodation.
6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
I’d have to say Squid Ink Soft Serve Ice Cream is probably the most surprising thing I’ve eaten and really enjoyed. I found it while traveling in Hokkaido, Japan.
7. Who are your travel idols?
I don’t know if I have a specific travel icon but my sister and my friend Kaoru have been big motivators for me. Kaoru specifically goes to various off-the-beaten-path type places, and even though he has faced some trouble here or there he’s had amazing experiences and stayed positive through everything. My sister has inspired me to try and really gain the courage to travel alone, and introduced me to destinations like Iceland that I now really want to visit. She’s also good at finding good deals on flights, which has been very helpful for me.
8. What’s your best travel tip?
Start planning early because that can help you find cheaper flights, and give you plenty of time to figure out the various public transit options of where you’re going. I usually try to make sure to print train, bus, etc maps of where I’m staying. Sometimes even planning and printing/saving the directions of how to get to specific locations you want to go before you get to your destination can really be helpful and save you time.
9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written? Please provide a link.
My favorite post thus far is the post on Tokyo, because I had a lot of fun working on it.
10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?
I’m new to blogging so I’m still learning as I go along, but I’d say try to enjoy it and if you need or want advice to find a travel blogger group that fits your interests. It’s a big and diverse community, and from what I’ve found everyone is very open to helping each other.