As part of the next instalment in my international version of Guests’ Corner, I chatted to Aniela: The Travel Teller, a keen travel and fashion blogger.
Proudly Mexican by birth and a Communicologist by profession – in her free time, Aniela is also a passionate travel teller and inspired travel and fashion blogger.
Her self-titled travel blog, I’m Aniela, offers wonderful insights into joint passions: travel and fashion. It looks at Aniela’s extraordinary travels, inspiring both English and Spanish readers alike.
Her blog was created to share her unique and personal anecdotes, particularly of time spent living in another country, and visiting different cities and places. These travels have changed how Aniela sees life – and has undoubtedly made her own life richer and more fulfilled as a result.
Aniela’s second love, meanwhile, is fashion, which she feels is an integral part of, not just how we dress, but of our individual cultures too. This is another reason why fashion is a key feature on her lovely blog.
Aniela hopes that her blog will be a space where you, too, can share your life experiences, travel and fashion stories and life adventures with her.
1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
What inspired me was my own experience. What do I mean by this? Whenever I travel to different places, I love reading blogs where I can learn about the experience of a person and their advice on things to do; I think it’s the most sincere way to get to know a place.
I love writing and giving advice to people about what they can do during their travels, so I decided to write a blog about my experiences and anecdotes.
2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or some of everything?
I can say I am something of everything. I am always looking for new experiences, which can enrich my culture, my way of seeing life and learning about new people and cultures.
So it’s important to be versatile and try the things that sometimes take us out of our comfort zone.
3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
1. Going to Belgium: It was the first time that I went to live in another country far from home. The experience was incredible because I learned to value everything in my country and to admire a culture totally different from mine. Besides, the country is beautiful – and, despite being very small, there is a lot to see!
2. Cuba: The experience of travelling to Cuba was impressive. It is a country that has stopped in time and from which I learned a lot.
The most important teaching: without having great luxuries and the things we are used to, Cubans do not stop smiling and being happy with what they have.
3. Holbox, Mexico: I have to include my country because we really have a lot of diversity.
Holbox is an island in the Mexican Caribbean, where I had the opportunity to swim with the whale sharks… A beautiful experience that left me breathless!
4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why?
Unfortunately, Mexico is a country where there is a lot of poverty – and the difference between social classes is very noticeable.
One day, I had to travel to the mountains of Querétaro, where there are many people who lack many things… It cost me a lot to understand – and it was shocking for me to see that there were many families, who had never left their villages, and could survive without things that we consider indispensable, such as a refrigerator.
5) Worst (local) travel experience?
I have to say Italy. A taxi driver scammed me and charged us much more from the airport to our hotel… I do not like that people abuse others.
6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
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?
Right now, I would love to travel to Egypt. I always been curious and interested about all its amazing culture!
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
My city, Querétaro, is one of the most beautiful in Mexico. My recommendation is: walk in the city’s historical centre; it’s a beautiful place where you can admire the architecture of the city.
Similarly, I recommend visiting magical towns, such as Bernal, where the third largest monolith in the world is, and Tequisquiapan.
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
The best advice is that I can give is: do not be afraid. Often, we do not visit places out of fear – and I believe it is the biggest barrier that a traveller can experience.
To read about and see all of Aniela’s travel stories and experiences, you can visit her awesome blog. Or follow her on Facebook or Instagram.
Thank you very much, Aniela, 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.