As part of the next instalment in my international version of Guests’ Corner (previously a local South African travel interview section on Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust), I chatted to Esther JuLee and Jacob Fu, who, together run the amazing travel blog, Local Adventurer.
Esther JuLee and Jacob Fu are a married travelling couple, originally from Atlanta. Aside from their amazing, visual blog, Local Adventurer, which they run together – this inspirational couple has one travel goal: to explore at least one new city every year! It’s a goal most of us can only dream of achieving but city by city (with places in between), Esther and Jacob check another destination off their list… and best of all, you’re invited along for the ride!
Aside from sharing new places and their shared adventures with their readers, Esther and Jacob aspire to be grateful for whatever circumstances they find themselves in, endeavour to see their hometown, state or country with fresh eyes and above all, try to step out of their comfort zones, thereby opening themselves up to new experiences!
Follow their amazing blog to see where they head next – and read (and watch) as they hike, dive, walk and fly to that next exciting location or new city!
1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
I started the blog as a creative outlet, when I felt lost and was in a career transition. It was a way for me to share my travel photos that I long kept on the back burner.
A year or so later, I delved deeper in the world of blogging and learned that people were doing this for a living… It intrigued me, and I have a streak of turning hobbies into a career, so I decided to pursue it more seriously to see where it went.
The idea of Local Adventurer was hatched when we moved out west and regretted not exploring more of Atlanta, the hometown we had lived in for most our lives. It’s easy to get comfortable and take your home for granted, but we wanted to practice to find the adventure in our every day and open our eyes to the awe and wonder like our visitors do. At first, Local Adventures was just a weekly link up on the blog, but eventually became the identity of the blog.
2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or something of everything?
Definitely a bit of everything, but I generally plan my travel days around two things: photography and food. After figuring out what I want to photograph and eat, I fit everything else in between.
We have our preferences, but we always like to be open to everything and keep an open mind. For example, we prefer nature and the outdoors over museums, but, if a destination is known for their museums, we’ll obviously go to the museums.
3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
The Wave: It’s very hard to get permits to see this place, but fortunately we were lucky enough to get chosen in the lottery. It’s an absolutely beautiful spot.
Swimming with Whale Sharks: This was equally terrifying and amazing. It took me a while to get into the water but once I was in, I didn’t want to get out.
Living in the Airstream for three months: We loved life on the road and still talk about the time we lived in an RV.
4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why? (Please provide your home country’s name too.)
Something that has been eye-opening is moving to each corner of the U.S. Each city has been so culturally different, even though it’s the same country.
As far as humbling goes, every time I visit the national parks, I feel humbled. We’re such tiny beings in this giant universe.
5) Worst local travel experience (and if you are comfortable enough to, please explain why)?
The worst travel experience is when I accidentally left my camera in a Lyft and couldn’t recover it. We had lost all our photos from the trip, and it was embarrassing to ask some of our clients to re-shoot photos.
Lesson learned: always, always, always back up photos whenever you can even, if it’s only been a couple hours.
6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
1. Patagonia in the winter
2. The Oregon Coast
7) Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?
California Through My Lens is such an amazing resource for everything California. When we lived there, I used it so often to explore locally.
8) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Hawaii: We haven’t explored much of Hawaii (and it’s really cold in NYC right now!)
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
NYC can be overwhelming because there is so much to do. We recommend focusing on one area each day and try to do everything in that neighborhood.
If it’s your first time, you can hit the major tourist spots, like Times Square and Grand Central Station, but just know that there is so much more to NYC than those spots, and even Manhattan.
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
(Questions answered by Esther, but a big hank you to both Esther and Jacob for this interview!)
To read about and see all of all Esther and Jacob’s travel stories and experiences, you can visit their amazing blog. Or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Thank you very much, Esther and Jacob, for appearing in this international guest travel segment. Until the next one… happy writing and reading, everyone!
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.