This week I’ve got Irene from Piggy Traveller! Check her out!
I am originally from Extremadura (Spain), although I am a happy expat living in Oxford (UK). I studied Translation and Interpreting and I am a professional translator and content writer. I took my first flight at the age of 19 (very late, I know!) to go to Tallinn as an Erasmus student. That experience changed me and it was then that I started travelling at every single opportunity I have.
1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?
2. How did you come up with your website name?
It took me quite a while to come up with the name of the blog. It had to be short, easy to remember and be directly related to Extremadura, but allow me to be able to diversify the topics I write about in the future.
3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?
The main goal of Piggy Traveller is to show Spain lovers that Spain is much more than Madrid, Barcelona and the coast. I want to inspire people to visit my beautiful, yet still undiscovered, region of Extremadura and experience a different Spain. As a non-English native speaker, the blog is also a very good exercise for me to improve my English writing skills.
Last year I launched the Spanish version of the site in order to write about other topics, such as international trips, expat life and travel stories with the Spanish-speaking travelling community.
4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?
This picture might not be great, but it is, because it reminds me of one of the best travel memories I have. It was taken back in 2006 during a trip to an Estonian forest in the middle of nowhere. I signed up to the activity on the spur of the moment and I had no idea of what to expect. I was totally unprepared for it and, as you can see from the picture, I had no proper clothes to spend two freezing days walking 20 km in the snow and sleeping in a tent at -19ºC. I wouldn’t do it again, but it was a surreal and incredible experience.
5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
My favourite city so far is Saint Petersburg. I lived there for a few months quite a few years ago and I fell in love with it. It is simply beautiful and there is so many things to do. I am longing to go back!
My least favourite city might be Glasgow. I only spent a weekend there, but it wasn’t great. The accommodation was awful and the area I was staying at was very dirty. I wouldn’t say I totally dislike it, but I think I might need to give it a second chance.
6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
I am not very brave at eating strange things, but there is something I will always remember. During a student party in Lithuania they made me eat black bread (I hate it), topped with a thick, disgusting slice of pork fat and onions. All these after downing a shot of local vodka. Ew.
7. Who are your travel idols?
I am currently envying two good friends, Pedro and Víctor, that quit their jobs to travel the world. They’ve been travelling for 18 months now and I feel so jealous every time I get a new picture from them on my phone.
8. What’s your best travel tip?
Don’t stress and pretend to see everything. It’s impossible. Make wise choices depending on the time you have in that particular destination. It’s ok to visit Paris and skip the Louvre if you are there for two days and have to queue for 4 hours. Enjoy the places at your own pace.
9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written? Please provide a link.
I enjoyed writing ‘Extremadura or how NOT to be yet another typical ‘guiri’ in Spain’. It’s a short post to encourage people to visit Extremadura by analyzing their previous experiences in Spain.
10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?
To care, not only about what you write but about how to write it. Pay attention to grammar, vocabulary and typos. Always check facts and names of places. It’s always better to write less, but better content.