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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
Mexico! Watch this space…
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.
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.
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!
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!).
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!
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.