I had the honour and pleasure to interview Tamara & Daphne, two amazing travel bloggers that write about their travels and experiences on their blog GirlsWanderlust.
I won’t add any other detail about them since through their answers you’ll for sure understand how interesting these two girls are 🙂
Firstly, I would like to ask you a couple of questions about your blogging experience:
When did you start blogging and what inspired you to start it?
Daphne: We together decided to start blogging in September 2015. Tamara always was inspired to start her own travel blog and told me one day about it. I use to travel a lot and it seemed a good idea to me to write down my travel stories and to spread my love for travelling towards other people. Together we created a travel blog: ‘Girlswanderlust’ and from that moment on, we were addicted to blogging.
Tamara: Yes, I already was inspired to start my own travel blog for a few years. I have a passion for travelling and I love to write, even in my younger years already, so I really wanted to do something with this passion. My internship at a travel trade magazine and following other travel blogs made the decision to start a travel blog. I talked about it with Daphne, because I knew she also has a passion for travelling, and she was very excited to start a travel blog together. That’s how we started blogging in September 2015.
How much time do you spend blogging? Was it difficult to find a balance between your daily activities and blogging?
Daphne: Every week I spend around four hours to write an article and around one hour a day to do marketing for our blog. This includes searching for inspiration for new articles, maintaining our Social Media and get in contact with potential business partners. It was not hard to find a balance between my daily activities and blogging. I love to write about travelling, so I do not mind to spend every day some time for our blog.
Tamara: I want to publish an article each week with good quality, so I spend a lot of time writing my article and editing my photos. Besides writing, the marketing for the blog is also very important. Like Daphne says, I think we spend around an hour per day on the marketing. The last few months were difficult for me to find a good balance between my daily activities and blogging, because I was busy with my graduation and thesis as well. This part of my study took a lot of time, but by the time I’m graduated in September, I think I will find the balance better and will have so much more time to spend on the blog. However, I love to work for the blog and don’t mind at all doing it. It is also a break and fun activity to do from my thesis essay.
Is there a specific moment you realised that travelling would have been your biggest passion?
Daphne: Yes definitely. When I was 16 years old I ventured off on my first trip overseas. I headed to Africa to do voluntary work and that trip changed my life. I was fully immersed in the culture, language, customs and beautiful nature of South Africa. From that moment on, I was addicted to travel and would like to explore as much as possible from the world.
Tamara: I think that would have been when I was 17 years old. At that time, I was in the first year of my study Tourism Management and I made my first studytrip to Istanbul for a week. This was such an amazing week and I think at the same time this was the moment that I realised travelling was my biggest passion. After this trip, I wanted to travel more and more.
What would you say that is the greatest satisfaction of being a travel blogger?
Daphne: To spread your experiences and stories about your journeys and to receive nice comments from our readers. Moreover, some people contact us with questions about their next trip and if we answer them, it feels just great to give some useful tips.
Tamara: Exactly what Daphne is saying. To spread your experiences with the world and to notice that there are people who get inspired by reading your articles. It is very nice to know that you can actually help and inspire people with articles about certain destinations and travel tips.
Talking about your travels, which was the most challenging moment in your travel experiences so far and why?
Daphne: My most challenging moments during my travel experiences was during my trip to South-Africa and Indonesia. During both journeys I fell in love with the country, the people and all the amazing things. The most challenging moment was the moment I had to go home. It took me a long time to feel at home again and to adapt to the luxury Western lifestyle. I love to adapt to new cultures in other countries, but always face a hard time when I have to adapt to my home situation.
Tamara: I think my most challenging moment in my travel experiences so far is when I went to Japan. I made this trip for my internship at the travel trade magazine and had to go all alone. I didn’t know what I could expect and I would go on a trip with travel agents from several countries in Europe. This also was my very first time I went by plane all alone. It all went fine, but it was at the same time very daring. All with all, I had a great trip!
If you had to move to one of the countries you’ve visited, which would it be and why?
Daphne: Definitely Indonesia. I have already lived in Bali for six months and would love to live there again forever. The unique living habits, culture, social life and exotic food of Bali, made Bali my favourite place on earth, so far at least (also my first culture-shock).
Tamara: I haven’t really been to a country yet which was for me a country to live in for years. For now I will go for England, because the country really appeals to me. I love all the places and the people and would love to explore so much more of the country.
Which was a place that pleasurably surprised you?
Daphne: This was the country; Nepal. I went to Nepal in March 2016 for a one month backpack trip. I was really surprised by the diversity of the country. I spend days in Kathmandu exploring the beautiful cultural sights, spend time hiking in the Himalayas to enjoy the beautiful nature, spend time in Pokhara to enjoy the party life and I spend time in Chitwan to enjoy the amazing wildlife. The country has it all; nature, cultural sights, wildlife, party life, it is just incredible. The public transportation is good in comparison with other Asian countries, so all the cities are easy to reach. Yes, Nepal was definitely one of the countries that pleasurably surprised me a lot.
Tamara: Suriname! This country isn’t very touristic and popular, so at first I didn’t know what to expect. I went to Suriname as a study trip for two weeks in 2014 and had the time of my life. People don’t know it, but Suriname has so much to offer! Especially for the adventurous people there are so many possibilities. And because the country isn’t that touristic, it’s even a better reason to pay a visit. In this way, you get in contact with the locals very easily. The locals are very friendly.
Finally, Which are your biggest goals for the next couple of years? What would you like to see yourself achieving?
Daphne: After my gap year, with five months of travelling, it is time to study again. I will start a master study in Tourism, Leisure and Environment in the Netherlands and hope to finish this study in 2018. During my studies I would like to go to America for my six months internship and do a big road trip over there. After my study, I would like to explore the world during a one year or two year world trip. My life motto is to keep on dreaming and dare to dream. As Saint Augustine says “the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”
Tamara: Hopefully I will be graduated in September this year. After graduation, I would love to discover new places in the world by work and travel, maybe via the organisation Work Away. The planning is to take a year off, where after I would like to follow a masters, maybe in Scandinavia. These are my biggest goals for the next years.
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