Featured Blogger: Alex from Gin and Giraffes!

Hey guys! Check out this week’s featured travel blogger, Alex!


Hi everyone, I’m Alex. A 27 year old English girl who is currently blogging at www.ginandgiraffes.com!

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

Instagram – instagram.com/ginandgiraffes/

Pinterest – pinterest.com/ginandgiraffes/

Facebook – www.facebook.com/ginandgiraffes

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

It was quite simple really, I love gin, I love giraffes and who doesn’t enjoy a bit of alliteration! Also I was living in Botswana for 15 months last year where I was lucky enough to gallop alongside giraffes on a few occasions, one of the most amazing and fun things I’ve ever done! A daily g&t sundowner was also a feature of life over there!

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

My blog is a personal outlet. I’ve always enjoyed writing and travel is one of my biggest passions. I’m knows as ‘Captain Holiday’ amongst my friends because I’m always plotting my next adventure! So far my audience has been fairly varied but I would say that I write for people who want to make the most of their precious holidays to explore and immerse themselves in fascinating places, take time out to relax and have the odd adventure along the way.

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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One of my favourite travel memories comes from my first week in Botswana. I was still finding my feet so was up before dawn checking that everything was ready for the day ahead, breakfast laid for the guests, horses fed and staff aware of their roles for the day. I was rushing around like a headless chicken until I looked up, over the river to the front of camp and saw the most spectacular sunrise gleaming on the river. Two mokorros (Botswanan canoes) where perfectly juxtaposed against the modern powerboat and I can remember thinking, ‘it’s going to be fine here!’

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

My favourite city – Ho Chi minh city is a huge favourite of mine. A fascinating mix of old and new, bursting with culture and history it is impossible not to be drawn in to this fabulous city. What’s more the food I ate there phenomenal, always a good thing in my book!

Least favourite city – I didn’t find Lima in Peru very inspiring. To be honest my overwhelming impression is of a huge, dirty, congested city which was hard to get around and quite intimidating. It was quite a while ago that I visited and I loved other South American cities so it may be an unfair impression but it has stuck with me!

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

The strangest thing I have ever eaten is a Green Tree Ant in the Daintree Rainforest, Northern Australia. Well in actual fact I liked it’s bum…yes you heard me right. Our guide assured us that we would get a sherbet taste in our mouths and lo and behold we did! A tangy citrus flavour fizzing on our tongues. Whilst we let the little critters go there are many cold and fever natural remedies that use Green Tree Ants in the northern part of Australia.

7. Who are your travel idols?

My travel idol is Beryl Markham – an incredible lady whose love of travel, exploration and distant lands comes acros so vividly in her memoir ‘West with the night.’ Born in 1902, she was the first women to fly solo across the Atlantic east to west! An adventurer through and through Beryl’s spirit, love of Africa’s country and people and general joie de vivre makes her my travel idol.

8. What’s your best travel tip?

My simplest travel tip is to always have the address of your accommodation written out in full so that you can use it to direct taxi drivers or ask for directions. My other tip is to use AirB&B to find excellent value accommodation in brilliant locations.

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

My favourite post is about how it feels to return ‘home’ after living abroad/travelling for a long period of time. http://ginandgiraffes.com/2015/09/06/everything-is-rosy/

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

I would say join some travel blog groups on Facebook. These forums are so supportive and inspirational and you can ask anything from technical advice to tips for your next adventure.

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