17/08/2019

Interview a Travel Expert: The Travel Writer

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As you may have read, I’m in America at the moment at a summer camp so created a series of blog posts all about some incredible women who work in the travel industry. Every other week throughout summer, I am focusing on a different area of the travel industry and this week I am interviewing Rose from the travel blog Where goes Rose?

I love following other travel bloggers and Rose is someone who always keeps it real on Instagram, telling you the ups and downs of full time travelling as well as informing you about the history of places she visits.

How did you get into travel writing? 

I always had an interest in writing from a young age and studied communications and media at uni. I worked as a copywriter in London but left my job to go travelling. I started my blog and began to love writing about travel almost as much as doing it! When I wanted to keep travelling, I looked for ways to make money online, and travel writing was a natural fit because I already had writing experience. With travel and writing as my main interests, it kind of came together naturally.

interview with where goes rose

How do you plan where you go next as a full-time traveller? 

Like any traveller, I have a long list of bucket list places. I never really have a time when I think ‘Hmn where do I want to go?’ because I usually have a million and one places I’m desperate to see! Because I work online, I do have to think about places I can have a decent base and work remotely from. But that’s more of a consideration than my main reason for picking a place.

What is the best and worst thing about your job?

Best thing – definitely being able to go wherever I want and work there, plus setting my own work hours. Worst things are missing things while travelling because of having deadlines, as well as the instability of being a freelancer and not knowing your jobs are stable.

interview with where goes rose

Working in travel, what is the one lesson you’ve learnt that has changed the way you travel?

I’d say I travel much slower and stay longer in places since it’s been my job. Backpacking can be tiring enough but combined with work deadlines, I like to stay put longer and this doubles up as a way to get more immersed in the culture. And eat more (most importantly!)

Do you have a favourite country or travel destination?

Vietnam would be the top one! I just love the food, the people, the scenery, the busy feel, the charm. In terms of working, Chiang Mai is also a great base and so is George Town, Malaysia. 

If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would it be?

Mexico! Watch this space… 

What is your hand luggage essential?

Probably pants and a toothbrush in case your backpack gets lost at the airport, although half the time I forget to do this. Day to day, my reusable coffee cup and straw are glued to me. 

Do you have a favourite travel memory?

These always tend to involve wildlife! Seeing the big 5 in Africa and also doing a wild tiger safari in India stand out as some of my best travel memories. And diving with sharks in the Philippines! You have to be lucky to see these animals as they’re totally in control of whether they show themselves, so there’s something about the anticipation and unpredictability of nature experiences. When you’re lucky, it’s such a pinch-me moment. 

interview with where goes rose

Any advice for somebody starting out as a travel writer / blogger?

I would say work from your passions. The people I look up to always seemed to start just for the love of it, experiment a lot, and eventually fall into doing it more professionally. Also create constantly, even if you look back and think it’s terrible. That’s how you learn and improve. The bravest people are those who go out and make something creative and aren’t afraid of it being bad!

Is there such a thing as a typical day and what does it roughly look like?

A typical day will either be exploring and sightseeing if I’m somewhere new, or if I’m just based in one place and getting work done, I’ll have a laptop day from a cafe or my accommodation. I usually base these days around food coffee to be honest, and I’ll try to squeeze in some recommended local restaurants for my blog (and my stomach!).

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?

Probably something similar in social media or marketing, and if I wasn’t travelling full-time I would probably have a 9-5 in Europe and be travelling like a maniac at weekends! Either way, it would probably involve a creative profession and travelling of some sort. I also think being a tour guide would be really fun!

interview with where goes rose

Quickfire round

Roadtrip or cruise? Roadtrip
Ski or beach? Beach
City break or weekend in the country? City
Planner or spontaneous traveller? Spontaneous
Backpacker or luxury hotels? Backpack
Kindle or paperbacks? Kindle
Sunrise hike or sunset cocktails? Hmnnn cocktail
Suitcase or backpack? Backpack
Thank you to Rose for taking part in my interview series! You can find her links below and all imagery belongs to Rose. As always any shares would be much appreciated while I’m away but camp is ending soon so I will be back to normal in a few weeks when I finally get back to the UK! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram here and I’m also on Pinterest too!
Where goes Rose? | Instagram @wheregoesrose | Twitter @Wheregoesrose

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I post once a week covering topics such as solo travel, working and living abroad and also creating Gabriella’s Guides to places I have been. I cover topics under the following categories such as Planning and Packing, The Travel Diary, Travel Inspiration, Photo Diaries, Gabriella’s Guides and Working Abroad.

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