Hey everyone! ♡
Another blogger interview for you today! The 3rd one this month, it is super crazy how fast March is going! Today’s tea chats is with the lovely Kate from: http://katelovestravel.net/ her blog is all about the wonders of travel and holidays. It makes me so want to go on holiday right know, whilst writing this in rainy Wales. I hope you enjoy the post and ,make sure to leave a like and or comment if you did!
Me: So Kate could you tell my readers all about you and your blog?
Kate: My name is Kate and I have always had a passion for travel. I travel as much as I can… when I was younger I backpacked alone but now I usually travel with my family or as a couple. I started my blog in April 2017 on a bit of a whim to be honest… I hadn’t really any idea what I was doing. My decision to start my Kate Loves Travel was based on the fact that I had always loved writing and photography and this was a way to showcase both. Up to this point, all my scribbles were confined to my notebooks and the pages of guidebooks and my photos were in a totally disorganised mess (I’m still working on that!)! My blog covers anything and everything travel-related… from specific locations to general travel tips.
Me: Aw I love travelling and this makes me so want to go on holiday soon! What were your favourite blog posts you have written about where you have travelled and why?
Kate: I think my favourite posts so far are the post I wrote about our road trip round France and the two posts I wrote on my favourite railway journeys – one of which was the Chihuahua – Pacific Railway in Mexico and the other the Fort William to Mallaig line (aka the Hogwarts Express) in Scotland.I think I like these posts best as they were about locations/experiences I really loved and therefore I enjoyed writing them and choosing which photos to use.
Me: Sounds great! What are your plans for future holidays and your blog life etc?
Kate: So far this year, we have booked to go to Center Parks as a big family group in summer and New York with friends in November. Other than that, we are planning a camping trip to Wales (we bought a new tent last year) and hopefully a road trip round Iceland. We should also have been going to Lanzarote for a week in February but, due to Monarch’s collapse, that trip isn’t going ahead.Thinking further ahead, we have family who have just emigrated to New Zealand so I would love to go and visit them some time soon. New Zealand has been high up on my bucket list for a while… As far as my blog is concerned, my main aims in the short-term are to improve the quality of my writing and photography. Longer term, I will just see how it evolves I guess.
Me: Sounds like a good plan. Have fun on all your holidays! I’m sure lots of students are interested in doing some travelling do you have any tips?
Kate: Thank you!
I think the best travel tips I can give are:
– shop around for absolutely everything – flights, hotels, travel insurance… the differences in price can be shocking.
– always take out travel insurance – it’s not worth the risk.
– pack as light as you can – most people come home not having worn half of the outfits they’ve taken. Use the space for souvenirs instead!
– never take anything with you that you are not prepared to lose.
– try and immerse yourself in the local culture – it will enrich your travel experience.
Me: Brilliant tips! Do you have holy grail travel toiletry/beauty bag you always take with you and if so what is inside?
Kate: I keep a travel wash kit permanently packed and ready to go… it’s filled with a selection of travel-sized toiletries and my makeup essentials (I don’t wear a lot – usually just concealer, mascara and lip gloss). At the moment, most of the products are actually from my M&S beauty advent calendar!
Me: Aw that sounds lovely! I always struggle so much with packing what should you actually pack and what should be packed less?
Kate: I try and work out what I will be doing whilst I’m away and pack accordingly… what I usually do is get out what I think I will need and then try and halve it! I’m as guilty of over-packing as anyone else… I generally try and take a number of pieces that can be mixed and matched to suit different occasions. One thing I rarely travel without is a sarong – you can use it in lots of ways and it packs very small. Wear it on the beach or round the pool over your bikini/swimsuit, as a cover-up when visiting religious sites, in place of a towel on your sunbed (dries quickly), or as a bed sheet… amongst other things. As far as toiletries are concerned, I pack the things I would normally use at home, just in smaller bottles/containers.
Me: Yes such good tips! Do you have any thing you would like to say to people who are considering starting a blog or new bloggers especially who want to do travel posts or incorporate some into their sites?
Kate: Just take the plunge and give it a go… if you’re not sure whether it’s for you, start by using a free blogging platform and see how you get on. Obviously, you’ll need an idea of what you want to write about first… just remember that it’s YOUR blog and you can write about anything you like. Just make sure it is something you are passionate about so you don’t lose interest before you really get started. In terms of travel blogging, you don’t need to do lots of big, expensive trips to write a travel blog. You can write about trips you’ve done in the past, day trips and weekends away as well as your adventures to far-flung places… not to mention anything else related to travel, such as trip planning, packing, etc.
Me: So true! Can you link some of your favourite posts you have written for my followers to read and do you have any blogging inspirations? And what do you find is the best thing about travel blogging?
Kate: Here are the links to some of my favourite blog posts:
I don’t have any specific bloggers who inspire me, but I take inspiration from many different ones. There are lots of very talented writers and photographers out there, blogging about a massive variety of subjects. For me, the best thing about travel blogging is writing about something I love and, hopefully, inspiring others to get out there and travel more!
Thanks so much to Kate for taking part in the interview, it was so interesting talking to a travel blogger! Make sure you check her out!
Lots of love,