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 Tom Stevenson, travel blogger at The Travelling Tom.
Tom Stevenson is inspirational traveller, writer and travel blogger at The Travelling Tom. Tom, who hails from England, has spent the last few years living in various countries scattered across the globe, including Australia, Spain and New Zealand.
In addition to his writing, blog and travels, Tom is also keen on fitness, sports and the occasional Guinness!
Tom’s exciting and popular blog, The Travelling Tom, was created to help people ‘travel cheaper, for longer’ – but it is also there to ignite a passion for travel in people, to provide handy tips and guides and above all, to empower people to lead a life of travel… Because as J.R.R. Tolkien wrote in The Hobbit, “The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.”
Follow Tom (and his exciting journeys) on his blog, which offers many great and essential travel guides!
1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, and as I’ve travelled a lot, I thought it would be cool to combine the two. It’s an outlet for my creativity, which I was struggling to find prior to starting my blog.
2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or something of everything?
I would say I’m a mix of everything. It really depends on the mood I’m in, as to which category I fall under.
Some days, I feel like getting an adrenaline rush, while others, I simply want to relax in a park!
3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
Going to Australia: This was my first solo trip, and it was a country I had wanted to visit for a long time.
New Zealand: I spent a year working and living in New Zealand. It’s an incredible country, with great people and beautiful scenery. I went there on a whim… Easily one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Spain: I lived in Spain for two years teaching English. It was an eye-opening experience living in a country where the main language wasn’t English.
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.)
Going to London was an eye-opening experience for me… My hometown of Chester in England is considerably smaller than London.
I was blown away by how big and crowded the city was when I first visited a few years ago!
5) Worst local travel experience (and if you are comfortable enough to, please explain why)?
My worst experience was sleeping in a car for three nights in Melbourne. Everywhere was fully booked in the city while the Australian Grand Prix was on, so we had to resort to sleeping in the back of a car… It’s an experience I wouldn’t like to repeat anytime soon!
6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
1. New Zealand: The scenery there is out of this world. I don’t remember a single place I visited that I wouldn’t go back to!
2. Albania: Albania is high on my list of places to visit. From what I’ve seen, it looks like a hidden gem, with lots of beautiful beaches and stunning lakes!
3. Spain: Spain is such a rich and diverse country. There is definitely more to it than the prevalent image of sun, sea and sangria.
7) Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?
I really like Indie Traveller. I always check his blog from time to time to see where he’s been and read his guides… I always discover new places that I’d love to explore!
8) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Right now, I would like to go to Madagascar. I saw a videos about the country recently, and I was blown away by the beauty.
It looks like an incredible place to visit if you love the outdoors!
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
If you’re looking to visit Chester in England, I would recommend you bring a camera and a jacket. It’s a Roman city, with lots of old buildings and historical sites.
However, the weather can be temperamental, and it can change in an instant. A jacket is necessary in case you get caught in a quick shower!
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
My best advice would be to walk as much as you can, and keep your head up. It’s amazing what you can find if you keep on walking and observe what’s around you!
To read about and see all of all Tom’s travel stories and experiences, you can visit his amazing blog. Or follow him on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Thank you very much, Tom, 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.