|Mekong Delta Tour, Vietnam|
Audrey is a travel-blogger who has spent most of her time travelling the world. Her blog ThatBackpacker is an inspiring resource of information, stories and tips/tricks for those who want to travel the world.
Audrey has been travelling ever since she was a child with her family. But when she turned eighteen she decided to travel on her own and since then she has traveled through Europe (3 times) backpacked through northern Argentina and is right now travelling through Asia.
Apart form travelling and blogging, Audrey is also a freelance travel writer and a YouTube video maker, BackpackingTravelTV where she along with here travelling companion Nomadic Samuel share their travelling experience.
"I love travel, languages and all things foreign. I enjoy talking to strangers and getting to know their stories, using smiles and gestures when words fail, sharing new foods with people I've just met, strolling local food markets, and getting lost down narrow streets", shares Audrey on her blog.
Audrey is originally from Canada and has studied from the York University, Canada. She's currently exploring Asia. To learn more about Audrey we got in touch with her and here is what she shared with us:
1. Hi Audrey, please introduce yourself to our readers.
Hi there! I'm Audrey and I'm the girl who is on a quest for more stamps on her passport. I'm a bit of a travel enthusiast and I am currently travelling around Asia (though I'm about to skip over to a completely new destination in a matter of weeks!) Aside from blogging, trying new local foods, and getting lost in street markets, I also enjoying making travel videos with my boyfriend for our YouTube channel BackpackingTravelTV.
2. What is ThatBackpacker.com? What was it that got you into travelling? What inspired you to blog while travelling?
ThatBackpacker.com is my personal travel blog where I share my stories of places I have visited along with a dash of local cuisine and adventure thrown in.
Travelling has always been a way of life for me. My parents got me started at a really young age, and as I grew up, I became intrigued by other 'faraway lands'. I think curiosity and an itch for adventure is what drove me to take on this very extended trip that I am currently on.
As for blogging, I started ThatBackpacker.com a few years ago because I had all these photos and stories with no place to share them. At the time, I didn't even know there was such a large community of travel bloggers out there; I just wanted to share my experiences and I coincidentally ended up discovering this whole other world.
3. How has life changed for you since you had your travel experiences?
I think I've learned to be more flexible and get by with less.
Travel will throw lots of little unexpected surprises your way - broken buses, cancelled hotel reservations, mystery meals, and cold showers. I have learned to go with the flow and deal with things as they come.
Backpacking for months on end has also taught me the importance of a light backpack. There's nothing worse than running in tropical weather with an overweight backpack in order to catch the last bus out of town. I have given up a lot of comforts, but I am also happy living a more minimalist life.
4. What is the basis on which you selected your travel destinations?I don't really have a technique when it comes to selecting my destinations, though I do prefer covering a set of countries in a specific region as opposed to switching continents every few weeks. I think when you focus on a specific region, you get a better understanding of the local culture, plus it's a more budget friendly way to travel.
5. Could you tell us something about the most exciting places that you have visited?
I found Hong Kong to be a very exciting city! They say New York City never sleeps, but I would argue that Hong Kong gives the Big Apple a run for its money. In Hong Kong, there are always people out no matter the time of day - shoppers browsing the crowded street markets, commuters taking the ferry across the harbour, worshippers burning incense at the temples - there is always something to catch your eye. And then there's the food - Hong Kong has an amazing food scene!
|Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
6. What have been the some of the craziest incidents that have occurred while you have been travelling abroad?The latest I can think of would be my train derailment in northern Thailand. Earlier this summer I was taking the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai when our train came off the tracks. It took several hours for help to arrive since we were in the middle of the jungle, but thankfully no one was injured and we were able to climb our way out of the dark, muddy tunnel unscathed.
7. If I'm not wrong you're currently backpacking around South East Asia. Where are you exactly right now? And one thing that I'm really curious about is that how do you manage the time to blog while you are travelling?
I bid farewell to Southeast Asia at the end of summer after 6 months of travel there. Since then I have spent the last month exploring a bit of southern China, Macau, and Hong Kong.
In terms of blogging while I travel, I try to make the most of my computer time when I can find a reliable Wi-fi connection, plus I tend to travel at a slower pace which allows me to keep up with the blog as I go.
|Li River Guilin, Yangshuo, China|
8. You have travelled to so many parts of the world. Though it would be difficult, but according to you what is that 'must-see-once-in-a-lifetime' place that you would recommend for a person interested in travelling?That's a toughie! It all depends on what you are looking for.
As cliche as it may sound, I really enjoyed being able to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat - even if I was surrounded by hundreds of people, it still felt magical.
Other favourites of mine were seeing the landscapes of northern Argentina (the colours are out of this world!), exploring the rural villages in the Bolivian sierras, and castle-hopping across southern Germany.
9. When not travelling or blogging, what other activities do you indulge in? What do you find most relaxing?
I'm a foodie, so whenever I find myself some place new I like to try the local dishes. For me, that's the best way to experience a new culture. I also really enjoy reading, so whenever I get some down time, I like to pick up my Kindle and dive in to some travel literature.
10. What are your future plans, both as a blogger and as a traveller? What are your must-go-to destinations that you haven't been to yet?
This fall I will be exploring a part of the world that I have never been to before - the Middle East! I'm really excited to get to experience a completely new cultural landscape with new flavours. I am especially excited about going to Jordan and getting to see Petra for the first time - a certain Indiana Jones film may have contributed to my fascination with this place.
As for destinations that are calling my name: Morocco, South Africa, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Papua New Guinea...I could keep going!
|Roti Canai, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
11. What advice would you would like to budding bloggers and travel-enthusiasts?Don't forget to enjoy the moment! I think bloggers can sometimes get caught in the trap of trying to document every single moment of their trip; I think it's important to have days where you go out without your camera and experience a place for yourself and not just for your readers.
Thank you Audrey for taking the time for this interview and sharing your experiences with us. Your blog can truly inspire anyone to pack-up their bags for an interesting adventure. We wish you the very best for the future!