Travel Interview: Have You Packed the Camera?

HaveYouPackedTheCameraInterviewIf not traveling, what is your 9-5 life like?

I work in the exciting steel reinforcement industry as a Production & Transport Planner. I enjoy my work. I am not a career person, per se, but my job is my means to afford to travel and have fun. Out of work, I regularly play badminton and basketball and always try to keep in shape.

Who, or what, inspired you to travel the first time?

I have always been lucky enough to go abroad on holidays with my parents. Going away was something I looked forward too. As I grew older I loved watching travel and nature documentaries, particularly the BBC series presented by David Attenborough such as Planet Earth and Frozen Planet. I wanted to see these wonderful places and cultures for myself. Furthermore, I have undergone kidney transplantation and, unfortunately, this will not last indefinitely. Therefore, I try to make the most of my life and experience while I am healthy.

How have you changed your life to travel more?

Funding my travels has made me careful with my money, but never tight. I always make sure I buy something if I want it, and never pass an opportunity to go out with friends. Travel is important to me, but I would never travel at the expense of having an enjoyable day-to-day life. I have started staying in hostels when I travel too, to save on hotel costs. I find this makes a huge difference as hostels can be as cheap as £10 per night where a hotel might be £50 upwards.

How has travel changed your life?

Travel has, without a doubt, made me more confident and outgoing. I have never been an extremely talkative person, but travelling solo has encouraged me to make an effort to talk to strangers and step outside of my comfort zone. I am definitely more impulsive now (not sure if that’s a good thing or not). Before I really started travelling I would plan everything out. Now I will generally book a trip and then worry about the planning and details after.

What is your main purpose/goal of your travel blog?

I started Have you Packed the Camera as a personal journal and memory bank; a place I could store my stories, photos and memories from my travels, so I can look back on what I have done. I would like to think that people also enjoy looking at my photography and find the travel info I provide useful.

This or That:
Backpack or rolling suitcase? Rolling suitcase
Cities or Open Spaces? Open Spaces
Salty or Sweet? Sweet
Sandals or Snow Boots? Snow Boots
Comedy or Drama? Comedy

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