Every Thursday, A Dangerous Business will be shining the spotlight on a world nomad, travel blogger, armchair adventurer, or just someone really cool in the travel world. This week, the traveler is Alison of See My Travels. Alison is about to embark on a six-month solo trip around Canada and will be documenting her journey on her blog.
In England, the word traveler is often associated with gypsies in caravans! So this was the first definition that came to my mind. But, in the context of traveling, a ‘good’ traveler to me is somebody who gets the most out of their travels, takes risks and is open-minded to different cultures and new experiences. I would like to think that I try and meet this definition. I am just about to set off on a six-month solo trip around Canada and this is definitely stepping out of my comfort zone to the extreme. I’m really getting excited now though.
2. What has been your favorite travel experience thus far?
There are so many, it’s difficult to choose. Bruges for its beer and medieval architecture; Las Vegas because it was the most fun I ever had; Australia, which was my first experience with long-term travel and happens to be an absolutely stunning country with the best beaches I’ve ever seen. I’m sure there are plenty of travel experiences awaiting me in Canada that will far exceed these ones.
3. How about your proudest travel moment?
Although I was traveling in Australia with two friends, I spent one week alone in Sydney. I was not sure how I would feel being alone, but ended up having a brilliant time and met some interesting people. It opened my eyes to the possibilities of solo travel. That first experience of standing completely on my own two feet, on the other side of the world, was extremely liberating and made me feel proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone. Six months traveling solo will be another huge step for me.
I have had a few travel mishaps, such as being eaten alive by bed bugs in Australia or being violently ill with sea sickness on a full-day boat trip to the Great Barrier Reef. But I never let these experiences put me off visiting places. I would maybe just approach things a different way the next time. Such as seriously dosing myself up on a boat trip, for example.
5. Name one thing you can’t travel without.
My Vaseline lip balm. I’m prone to chapped lips and apply this ALL of the time.
6. Name one thing you wish you COULD travel without.
My laptop. I know a lot of people say this, but that’s because they are often so bulky and annoying to drag around. I wish I didn’t have fat fingers, so that I could use the tiny keys on a netbook comfortably.
7. What do you think has been the biggest thing you’ve learned while traveling (about yourself, a destination, a culture, travel itself)?
That people are capable of more than they think and that being adaptable and doing things that scare the hell out of you is the best thing you can do for yourself (within reason, of course!).
There are so many places I want to travel. But ‘living’ somewhere is a different matter. I’ve heard Vancouver, my starting point in Canada, is meant to be a really livable city, so maybe this could be a possible choice. My home city Liverpool is a great place to live.
9. Name one place you’d like to see or one experience you’d like to have before you die.
I would love to learn to surf. I’ve only ever had one lesson and failed to stand up (sob), so I would like to have an intensive course to at least get to the point where I can ride a wave. It might take a while as I’m extremely uncoordinated.
10. If there was one thing you wish somebody would have told you before you started traveling, what would it be?
I wish somebody had given me the push earlier to start saving up and get out there and see the world.
Are you a travel blogger who has something to say on these topics? Do you know of somebody really interesting in the travel universe that you’d like to see interviewed? Speak up! The Thursday Traveler needs some interview subjects.