As part of the next instalment in my international version of Guests’ Corner, I chatted to Sam Ross, travel blogger at The Hammock Hombre.
Fairly new to the blogging scene, Sam Ross is pouring his words and travel experiences into the online sphere through his beautifully curated, newly launched blog, The Hammock Hombre.
Translated as the hammock man’, Sam’s blog is a place for him to write about his global travel experiences, enjoyed in the past few years.
Sam’s blog was poignantly inspired by some wonderful adventures in Colombia, which left a travel mark on his soul – and also, inspired him to share his written travel stories with others.
He adopts a digital nomad approach to travel and believes that readers and travellers of all kinds will find value in his blog’s content.
Follow Sam as he travels the world, sharing his latest adventures as he goes!
1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
To be honest, I was getting quite tired of Accounting, as it just wasn’t fulfilling enough. I had always had a love for other cultures and found myself constantly dreaming of exploring the world instead of being tied to a desk…
After a wonderful adventure in Colombia, I decided to write about my experiences – and my travel blog was born.
2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or some of everything?
I definitely can identify with a few of those characteristics. I’m always the first in line for a bungee jump or abseiling session, if it’s available – but I also love to lose myself in nature for hours on end.
Culture is a big motivation for my travels, as I love to immerse my ways in new ways of doing things, exploring unfamiliar traditions and languages.
3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
1. My top experience so far has to have been staying in the Sacred Valley of Peru. The nature is phenomenal – overwhelmingly beautiful – and the ancient energy the place holds seems to download information when you sit in silence…
2. I will also never forget my time in the Thai islands… I found every experience possible there, from jungle hikes to sublime beaches with crystal waters, and parties like I’d never imagined!
3. India is a place I’ll never get bored of. Every state is totally diverse, and, although the place often challenges me with its illogical methods – it is so crazy and fun, and the people are warm, fascinating and open!
4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why?
My home country is (Auckland) New Zealand, and it’s given me many eye-opening experiences. I recall embarking on an ambitious hike through the Hillary Trail with little hiking experience about ten years back.
The scenery was absolutely epic, but the four days hiking sucked the life out of me – take plenty of supplies, as I can see how people might get stuck there for days with no energy left!
5) Worst (local) travel experience?
One of the worst travel experiences I had locally was a bush walk through the Okura Bush Scenic Reserve. I went alone – and along the way, I came across a guy, who had tripped over a rock and broken his leg.
Nobody had found him for two hours and, as there was no phone signal, I had to hike for three hours with him draped over my shoulder to get to a hospital… What a struggle!
6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
I still have Lake Titicaca and the Bolivian Salt Flats (South America) as a number one; the time hasn’t been right yet – but the place is like a dream world.
I also really want to go and see the Sahara Desert; I’ve heard some wildlife horror stories but both the beauty and the challenge it promises are alluring!
Lastly, I would revisit the Greek Island of Skiathos for sure. It’s tiny but serene, stunningly beautiful and the food is awesome!
7) Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?
Definitely follow Dan Flying Solo, an interesting British guy, who does regular jobs for Skyscanner and Lonely Planet. His writing is excellent and his photography skills are even better – it has even been featured in National Geographic and similar publications.
I’m also a fan of Tim Leffel’s Cheapest Destinations, as he posts about great destinations and resources that won’t cost you the earth.
8) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Right now I’m definitely in the mood for some more South American adventures. I never made it to the Rainbow Mountain in Peru while I was there, as I ran out of time.
One look at a shot of that place says it all – but the colours of the minerals that make up these mountains paint a scene like no other… What a memorable trek!
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
I currently live in Christchurch, as it’s so beautiful with a lot of history. If you’re coming here you should plan for a punting trip along the Avon River, and bring some sturdy footwear because there’s 74 acres of Botanical Gardens to explore.
Save some time and money for shopping (you’ll love the cool, indie stores) and don’t forget to visit the amazing International Antarctic Centre.
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
How to get here will obviously be one of your main questions, so I recommend tourists use Singapore Airlines to fly in. It’s well connected and comfortable, and they fly to three NZ cities here all week.
I’d also say that you should take life at a slow pace here – the place is massive and you’ll literally never run out of awesome places to see, even as a local!
To read about and see all of Sam’s travel stories and experiences, you can visit his awesome blog.
Thank you very much, Sam, 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.