As part of the next instalment in my international version of Guests’ Corner, I chatted to travel blogger, writer and photographer, Delphine of LesterLost.
Born and raised in France and now residing in lovely Sydney (a place she has called home for twenty years now), Delphine is a curious traveller, blogger, writer and photographer. Through her beautiful blog, LesterLost, Delphine inspires people to travel, far and wide, with her insightful writing and gorgeous photos.
Having grown up with travel-loving parents – and then meeting her Australian husband in Vietnam, it’s safe to say that Delphine was destined to travel the world with her loved ones – and to share her adventures with others online too.
Her blog, which she started in 2015, mixes travel stories and handmade experiences. Delphine shares her stories and encourages her readers to visit new destinations for themselves.
When she isn’t travelling, Delphine enjoys crafting and sewing… And though these are a far-cry from road trips and hiking, her passions merge nicely.
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1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
I actually got into blogging through my interest in craft. I was reading sewing blogs and I was looking for a creative outlet.
At the same time, I remembered I was actually really good at travelling too! So, I decided to write about my two passions – but more recently, travel has taken a lot more space…
2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or some of everything?
I enjoy a good mix of beautiful nature, culture, food and relaxation. I think if you mix things up, you are more likely to have a balanced and genuine experience. My problem is that I tend to ‘power-travel’; I want to see so much I don’t always take enough time in one place…
3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
1. Driving in Morocco was fantastic. I went there a lot as a child and, in more recent years, I let others do the driving. I remembered the roads as being cluttered and dangerous. But last time I went, I was behind the wheel most of the time, including on some pretty tricky roads… It was a great way to visit the country – and not as difficult as you would think!
2. Visiting Uluru and the Red Centre of Australia is an unforgettable experience… I also drove to Kings Canyon and did the Rim Walk in 40 degrees Celsius… It’s not for the faint-hearted but I love a good hike and the view from the top was gorgeous!
Uluru is a spectacular sight, and quite mysterious as well. It’s slightly odd to pay so much attention to a rock stuck in the middle of nowhere, isn’t it? As strange as it sounds, the attraction is to approach the rock from different angles and watch the changes in colour at different times of day.
3. Taking the cable car up to the Aiguille du Midi in the French Alps was a highlight of my last trip home. I was doing a renovation of my family home with my husband and a friend and we were working very hard… We took a day off and headed to Chamonix for a break.
Being so high up, so close to the top of Europe, was a thrill. The majesty of the mountains was very humbling. It felt like a fantastic reward. I took some wonderful photos and we even had some beautiful sunshine over the glistening snow…
4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why?
I’m French but I’ve been living in Australia for twenty years. Whenever I travel around the country, I am always humbled by how much Australians are proud of the beauty around them, and how dedicated they are to preserving it.
They are very aware of how special their country is and very respectful of the wildlife and nature around them. I didn’t get that impression so much growing up in Europe. And I’m much more comfortable living in a country where nature is celebrated.
5) Worst (local) travel experience?
I went to India with my father when I was 18. I received a lot of attention from people on the street, especially men, and I found it quite jarring. I was overwhelmed by how large the crowds were. It was also my first experience in tropical heat… I couldn’t handle the spicy food very well either…
It was a lot to take – and I was very glad to go home in the end. The cultural sights were amazing but I felt I didn’t get to experience India properly… Maybe I’ll go back some day!
6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
I grew up in France and I would love to spend some time there as a blogger. It sounds silly but I’ve been away for twenty years and I miss it. I would like to do a comparison of what it was like growing up there and visiting as a tourist.
I have been going to Morocco since I was a child, so I know it quite well. It’s very different to the place I grew up in and the place I now live – but I feel strongly connected to it… In Australia, people can be quite hesitant about visiting Morocco. And I hope that my experience is useful in showing that it’s a great destination.
7) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Right now, I am itching for Japan… I am fascinated by the culture, the food and the infinite detail in everything. People returning from a trip to Japan always tell stories of an exotic but welcoming country.
As a crafter and seamstress, I would love to visit their craft and fabric stores and learn more about their unique handmade techniques.
8) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
Experiencing the life of a Sydneysider is easy: go around on the ferry, spend some time at the beach or have a barbecue with friends. Sydney life is outdoors; nature is everywhere and the sights are gorgeous!
Sydneysiders are very blessed with an easygoing and casual lifestyle, and that’s the best thing to experience. I take the ferry everyday, passing the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. It’s the only gift I need to have a good day!
9) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
When visiting a new city or country, the best thing to do is to mix it up: visit a museum or a landmark, take an excursion around town. But also experience the food scene and do some shopping… I find that doing a variety of things gives me a genuine idea of the place.
As a traveller, you should be true to yourself. Do things that you really enjoy – you don’t have to follow the tourist trail!
To read about and see all of Delphine’s travel stories and experiences, you can visit her awesome blog.
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.