Hey guys! Today I’ve got Kate, a newer blogger from Canada based in Spain. Check her out!
Hi there! My name is Kate. I’m a 30-year-old wanderluster, fashion fiend, list maker extraordinaire, and I’m the voice behind the travel and expat blog Petite Adventures.
Petite Adventures is my little corner of the internet where I share photos, stories (good and bad) about my travels, my adventures, and my ups and downs of navigating life as a non-Spanish speaking Canadian living in Madrid.
First of all, what are your website and social media links?
- Website URL: http://www.petiteadventures.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PetiteAdventures/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/petiteadventure
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kateslean/petite-adventures/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/petiteadventures/
How did you come up with your website name?
I decided to call my blog Petite Adventures because I am quite petite–I stand at somewhere between 5’2 and 5’3 depending on the day and who you ask. I’m also not a long-term traveler or digital nomad, so my adventures tend to be on the shorter (or petite) side.
What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?
My goal for the blog is to provide updates to family and friends about our life in Madrid; to share stories from my past travels and our adventures throughout Europe; and, to hopefully share information, and maybe inspire other expats. I’ve learned so much from other trailing spouses and expat bloggers, and have found so much comfort in reading their blogs. If I can help or inspire just one person, that would be pretty amazing!
Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?
In 2014 my boyfriend and I traveled to Costa Rica for a week of sunshine, relaxing and adventuring. One of the excursions our resort offered was a day in Monteverde to experience the Cloud Forest via the hanging bridges. I’m scared of heights, so I wasn’t super keen on this excursion, but when in Costa Rica! In the days leading up to our field trip I was getting increasingly nervous, and my nerves didn’t settled the day of as the bus climbed the mountain.
The hanging bridges were just as bad as I anticipated, but I crossed them all – sometimes at lightning speed, not stopping for a second to admire the surrounding fauna. At first I hated it, but by the fourth or fifth bridge (of eight) I was actually able to walk at a normal pace, and even pause in the middle to look around (but never down!). My boyfriend snapped this photo as I was hanging on for dear life crossing one of the bridges. Even though I was terrified, I didn’t turn back; I crossed every single bridge, conquering my fear one step at a time.
Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
My favourite city to travel to is Stockholm. It’s was my first solo travel adventure and a dream come true. The city was beautiful (although a bit expensive), but I had an absolutely fabulous time seeing all the sights!
My least favourite city to visit was Moscow. There was just something about it, it felt ominous.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
My boyfriend and I recently visited Tallinn, Estonia. The day we arrived it was blowing snow, the temperatures were hovering around -15C and after wandering around in the cold for a few hours we were exhausted, so we ended up at a Scottish pub not a block from our hotel; we were starving and cold, and really didn’t care what we ate. We both settled down into our club and started browsing the menu and immediately we were both draw to the crispy pigs ear. Always up for trying something new, we looked at each other and before we could think twice it was ordered.
It was odd; some pieces were crispy and crunchy, others were closer to eating deep fried fat. But, in all honesty, it was pretty tasty. If we encounter it again, I’m not sure we’d order it, but I’m really glad we tried it in Tallinn.
Who are your travel idols?
Adventurous Kate and Young Adventuress—I’ve been following both for years, long before I ever thought about travel blogging. I really enjoy both of their writing styles, they take amazing photos, and their blogs are just fun to read.
What’s your best travel tip?
Just do it. You will never regret taking that trip, eating that bizarre food, or getting up at 3AM to see that sunset. You will regret not going, but you will definitely never regret going.
I would also advise someone to not write off that ultra touristy attraction just because everyone goes there. I’ve been disappointed by my fair share of the must-see, can’t miss sights, where they just haven’t lived up to the hype, but I’ve also been blown away by some of the top tourist attractions (i.e., the Familia Sagrada in Barcelona). Whatever the outcome, I’m glad I went and saw them, because you never know until you’re there.
Which is your favorite post you’ve written?
Whether for the photos, the writing, or both, here are my three favourite posts that I’ve written.
Travel Diary: Sintra – A recap of our day trip to Sintra, a historic town just outside of Lisbon, Portugal. It was beautiful and picturesque, and I was paralyzed by my fear of heights more times that I can admit. http://petiteadventures.org/2015/12/10/travel-diary-sintra/
Maspalomas and More: Touring the Southern Gran Canaria – A recap of our day trip to the southern part of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, including visiting “Little Venice” and the Dunes of Maspalomas. http://petiteadventures.org/2016/01/19/maspalomas-and-more-touring-southern-gran-canaria/
Travel Diary: Hamburg – A travel guide to exploring Hamburg by land, sea and train. http://petiteadventures.org/2015/12/11/travel-diary-hamburg/
What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?
Don’t over think it, just start writing. This is advice that I wish I had taken—I thought so much about starting my blog that I put off writing my first post for weeks because I was worried it would be awful. Once I finally started writing, it just flowed. I was so happy I’d started, but wish I hadn’t wasted so much time over thinking.