Erin from TheWorldWanderer has an obvious passion for traveling, that’s why she has visited six continents before turning 30 and Antarctica is the only place left in the list. Without surprise, her dream is to visit every country in the world!
She’s answering our questions and sharing with us his experiences and thoughts.
1. How long have you been travelling?
My first trip was to the beach when I was around eight months old. Since then, I’ve traveled on and off, my whole life. But, I’d say since 2010, I’ve been traveling more frequently.
2. Which one of you trips was the craziest one?
All my trips wind up being just a little bit crazy, but the craziest was the three weeks I spent in Southeast Asia with my cousin and her friends. We didn’t plan anything, just booked flights in and out of Bangkok. Our plan was to travel throughout Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, but it wasn’t enough time to do it all, and we weren’t exactly organized in our plans.
We wound up spending most of our time in Thailand and Vietnam, and didn’t make it to Cambodia, which was disappointing. But, we did see a lot, and it was my first real experience with culture shock when we arrived in Vietnam. It didn’t last long though, I completely fell in love with the country.
3. If you could travel back in time, where would you go? Why?
This is an impossible question, since I love history. However, lately, I’ve been thinking about how great it would have been to backpack before access to technology was so prevalent. The idea of being able to completely fall off the grid is intriguing, and just being able to experience the moment, rather than posting photos while there, is something I would like to experience. I realize that I can do this now on my own, but it’s still different than what it used to be like.
4. What is the best advice you can give about travelling solo as a female?
Don’t worry too much and don’t listen to the people who are afraid of traveling alone. It’s not as scary as you may think.
That being said, there are the logical precautions that need to be taken. I always make sure I know where I’m going before I leave my accommodations, and I walk with a purpose, even if I’m lost. I’ve never encountered a problem, and I always trust my gut, if I’m not comfortable in a situation, I find my way out of it.
5. What’s your most and least favorite destination? Why?
Without a doubt, my favorite destination is the Okavango Delta in Botswana. I can remember every single detail of my time there, and it’s just so far away from everything. I remember feeling totally at peace with the world and loved being cut off from it too. It’s also one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.
My least favorite is Munich, Germany, which I feel bad about, but it’s the only place in the world I didn’t like. I’m not sure what it was, but I just didn’t fall in love with it the way I’ve fallen in love with every other place. This was many years ago, when I was still in college, so I do want to give it another chance, but for now, it will stay at the bottom of my list.
6. Think of a single song that you could listen on repeat while travelling, which one would it be?
Usually, while traveling, I like to listen to the music of the country I am in. I always find new music this way, and I love making playlists that are filled with artists from around the world. Still, I have a few favorites that are my go to travel songs, especially for a road trip.
If I can only pick one, it would be Elton John’s Tiny Dancer, just because it’s so much fun to sing at the tops of your lungs, and it always reminds me of the bus scene in Almost Famous.
7. Taking in consideration your bucket list, what is the most important thing that you want to do next?
Well, I turn thirty in less than six months, and my goal was to visit all seven continents by that age. I only have Antarctica left, and for a while, I was really aiming to reach this goal. However, I’ve come to realize that there are more important things on that list, and I think the next one I’m aiming for is to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Africa really worked its way into my heart, and it’s been two years since I’ve been back, so I think I’m making that my next priority. Then, I’ll also be able to visit some of the countries in Eastern Africa.
8. What did you like the most about climbing the Table Mountain at Cape Town?
This hike was definitely a challenge, as I had spent the weeks prior overlanding from Zimbabwe to South Africa, and did not do much to condition my body and prepare for the hike. I thought it would be a lot easier than it was, but it was worth every difficult step.
Table Mountain is beautiful from the top, but by taking the cable car, you miss the beauty within the mountain itself. There are waterfalls, streams, unique plants and flowers, and views that are vastly different from those at the top.
I would recommend the hike for all travelers, and there are many different routes to choose from, depending on how much time you have. Plus, if you don’t want to hike down, you can take the cable car, which also does offer some fantastic views.
9. You’re going to participate in an extreme adventure - Mongol Rally 2014 - a car rally that starts in the UK and ends in Mongolia. What are your expectations?
Unfortunately, due to problems with my visa for India, which I was supposed to visit before the Rally, my plans have changed a bit. At this moment, my plan is to do half of the Rally, from England to Georgia, and fly to India afterwards. I didn’t get to get my visas for Russia or Uzbekistan due to the hold up with my Indian visa, so to say I’m disappointed is an understatement.
I’m not entirely sure what to expect, because after everything I went through to get my visa and with cancelled plans, I know that the only thing you can expect as a traveler is the unexpected!
10. And what’s your favourite Instagram photo?
My favorite Instagram photo is from Santiago, Chile, and it’s of the statue of the Virgin Mary at the top of Cerro San Cristobal. I’m not a religious person, but I love the angle I took the photo and the contrast of the colors of white and blue.
It’s not my most popular photo, but for some reason, it has always been my favorite.
11. Pick one situation for each destination:
A. Live for one year
B. Travel for two weeks
C. One-day trip
Ireland / Colombia / China
This is a tricky one, but I think I’d pick Colombia to live for a year, as I’ve been dreaming about visiting the country for a long time. I’d spend time in the cities, hike in the mountains, and lounge on the beach.
For two weeks, I’d travel around China. I know, it wouldn’t be enough time, but it would be a good introduction to China.
Finally, I’d take a one day trip to Ireland. I’ve been to the country before and have family there, so I can go back whenever I’d like.
12. What is your favorite hobby while you’re not travelling?
I love writing, which I guess makes sense since I have my blog, but writing in general puts me in a good place and helps calm my mind. I also love yoga and hiking, probably also for the same reasons.
When I am home, I try to find new activities to try so that it feels like I am traveling, even when I’m not. I’ve found this helps me from going stir crazy.