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 Lizzie Lacey-Brennan, travel blogger at Wonder Here Wander There.
Since a young age, Lizzie Lacey-Brennan has been a naturally keen explorer, whether this has meant hiking up Snowdon as a young scout, booking trips to Barcelona in her students days or glamping with her husband. On her lovely blog, Wonder Here Wander There, she enjoys documenting her travels to the benefit of others, as much as to herself, and particularly loves recommending some of earth’s finest spots.
Join Lizzie on her travels, as she explores more of this amazing planet.
1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
I was actually away ‘glamping’ for the first time and I literally woke up in the morning and decided I would start a travel blog so that I could record the amazing places I stay, and the adventures I go on – not only for others to read about, but also to look back on, as I grow older, like a sort of journal.
2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or something of everything?
I am a complete mix of everything, really; one minute, I’ll be camping and at one with nature in England… to travelling around Australia and jumping our of aeroplanes, and then taking a luxury night or two in a five-star hotel, taking in local culture on a European city break.
3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
1. Glamping because it made me start my blog and it was my first ever luxury camping experience, which I loved!
2. A five-week trip travelling the East Coast of Australia, where I was able to catch up with my best friend, and experience some of the wonderful sights with my now-husband.
3. South Africa, as it’s one of the countries we visited on our honeymoon; those memories will stay with me forever.
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.)
You couldn’t say it is travel per se, but every time I head to the New Forest I’m amazed by the natural beauty and the ponies wandering free.
5) Worst local travel experience (and if you are comfortable enough to, please explain why)?
I’m pretty lucky to say that so far so good – and I haven’t experienced any bad local travel experiences in the UK.
6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
1. Croatia: a somewhat hidden gem still, which is stunning to travel around.
2. South Africa: both Cape Town and further East in the safari district is incredible. You can go from visiting Robben Island to spotting a lion within just a few hours.
3. Istanbul: a culture sensation from the markets to the food – and couple that with such friendly people and you’re on to a winner!
7) Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?
GoWonder is a great community for female travellers, with a friendly group on Facebook too. Members have so much knowledge, and often questions are answered within a matter of minutes!
8) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Perth, Australia, visiting my best friend.
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
There is so much to see in London so, if you’re only here for a couple days, I’d definitely get a Rough Guides or Lonely Planet book to plan out what you want to do.
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
Always check if it’s necessary to pre-book attractions or restaurants, otherwise you may miss out.
To read about and see all of Lizzie’s amazing travel stories and adventures, you can visit her blog. Or follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Thank you very much, Lizzie, 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.