As part of the next instalment in my international version of Guests’ Corner, I chatted to Hannah Henderson, travel writer, blogger and photographer of HH Lifestyle Travel.
Originally hailing from beautiful New Zealand, Hannah Henderson is a travel writer and blogger, photographer, foodie, Francophile and travel gypsy/planner of note. Through her stunning blog, HH Lifestyle Travel, Hannah shares a veritable wealth of travel insights and hacks, 24-hour guides and much more.
Her passion is travel (along with writing about it, of course!) and she enjoys fitting travel and adventure into the busy but exciting lifestyle she shares with her musician husband.
And, with a certificate in Tourism and Art & Design (Photography), a BA (Hons) in Art History and a Masters in Museum Studies… it’s safe to say Hannah is as well-studied, as she is well-travelled!
She is a firm believer in the concept of ‘work to live’, as opposed to ‘live to work’ – and what’s more, she loves to learn; this is undoubtedly something that translates seamlessly across into her travels and writing.
Join Hannah on her adventures, as she plans, documents and showcases her favourite places around the world for you to enjoy seeing – and hopefully visiting!
1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
It all started for me when I went travelling at age 19 – this was in 1999, so blogging wasn’t as easy as it is now. Instead, I sent ‘newsletters’ back to my family and friends via email.
These emails turned into what would become my travel blog years later. Writing about my travels was a way to remember the details and to share my travel joy with my family!
2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or some of everything?
I would class myself as a culture vulture and people-watcher. I love museums, cafés, wandering and taking photos.
3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
1. Naples, Italy at 19: I nannied in Naples when I was 19, and it really was a eye-opening experience. I had just travelled around London, Wales, and Paris and ended up in Naples – and I made so many newbie mistakes! At least I did learn from them.
2. Paris: I have been to Paris more times than I can count, and simply love it more than I can explain. It is a place I am happy to visit on my own (for people-watching in cafés), as well as showing my friends around. Here’s why I love it: www.hannahhendersontravel.com/for-the-love-of-paris.
3. New York: I’ve been to NYC a couple of times now – but taking my husband to this incredible city for his birthday was a real treat. You know when you have one of those holidays that is just perfect from start to finish? That was this holiday!
4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why?
I grew up in New Zealand, and there is no doubting that NZ is a magnificent country in which to travel.
I think the most humbling experience I had there was seeing dolphins swimming and feeding in the ocean across the road from my childhood home… We used to have binoculars at the ready to watch those wonderful creatures!
5) Worst (local) travel experience?
Scarborough! I think I had this lovely, rose-tinted idea of an English seaside holiday – but perhaps my ideals were stuck in the Victorian times! What we discovered were run-down hotels, penny slot machines, bad food and horrible architecture marring the Victorian charm!
6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
1. San Francisco: We eloped in SF on our first visit there! It was a fab place to get married, and we were excited to visit again this year and enjoy more of the delights of this wonderful city.
2. New Zealand: It really is as beautiful as it looks in the brochures. I don’t think I appreciated it fully when I lived there – but I see it through different eyes now that I have been back to visit as a tourist.
3. France: I’m biased about France, as we own a house there. It doesn’t seem to matter where in France I go, I love it all. I love Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Mont Saint-Michel, Nice and Montpellier to name a few! I really want to visit Alsace, Arles, Nimes and Biarritz!
7) Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?
8) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Nashville! I’m a musician, along with my husband @roadtrippingroy, so visiting Nashville is a dream! We have a week-long visit planned in Spring 2019 as part of our BBQ tour of the Southern States of America!
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
I used to live in Edinburgh and it is a fab city to visit; it is compact, full of history and you’ve got great food options.
I loved visiting the National Museum of Scotland: a great mix of natural history, Scottish innovation and dynamic curation.
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
Don’t try to do too much in a city. Take your time to just sit in cafés and watch the world go by.
Always talk to the locals for tips on where and when to visit… you might just make friends too!
To read about and see all of Hannah’s travel stories and experiences, you can visit her awesome blog.
Thank you very much, Hannah, for appearing in this guest travel segment.
Author: Tamlyn Amber Ryan
Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. And, despite a national diploma in Journalism, in her free time, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.
Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.