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 Asmae Idrissi, a passionate travel blogger and engaging student.
In between her exciting studies – which include studying towards her Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering in France and pursuing a double degree from the Chiang Mai University, Thailand – Asmae Idrissi, a vivacious, young Moroccan lady, runs her beautiful travel blog, I without Borders.
Aside from her studies and blogging, Asmae is fiercely passionate about travelling, exploring new and unknown places and broadening her circle of friends across the world! Perhaps above all, it is these travel-made connections, which hold the most meaning for her.
Asmae’s passion for travel is truly contagious and she loves sharing her main interests with her readers and followers… So be sure to discover her fun travel blog first-hand!
1. Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
It was one of my friends, who suggested that I create a travel blog, where I can share my travel experiences.
I kind of hesitated at first, because I knew it would take me a little extra time, because of my studies… You know, for the writings, promoting the blog, selecting the good pictures for the articles and so on (you must know the struggle) – but actually, it’s not really what it seems to be… Blogging is so fun!
2. What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or some of everything?
I’d probably say I’m something of everything.
In order not to make my travels casual, I like to try adventurous experiences from time to time (cliff jumping, acrobranch, zip lining).
I also love nature so I go hiking to enjoy the great views… I’m down for anything fun and joyful, in fact!
3. Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
1. Among the eight countries I’ve been to so far, my three top, most memorable travel experiences were in The Netherlands. I always say that this country is so different from many other European countries (mills, colorful flower fields…) – and also, because I tried some of the world’s top roller coasters there!
2. Morocco, not only because it’s my home country – but I love the diversity of its cities… From North to South, every single city has its own weather, nature, culture and charm!
3. My third most memorable travel experience is back in France, in The Pyrenees, where I tried snow hiking for the very first time, in the middle of nowhere… I’ll never forget that adventure!
4. What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why?
Without thinking, I’ll say the zipline and acrobranch in Les Terres d’Amanar, around Marrakech city, Morocco.
So far, that has been the most eye-opening travel experience I have had. Since life is about getting out of your comfort zone, height activities are one of the things to try at least once – since we’re not accustomed to that in our daily life!
5. Worst (local) travel experience?
My first days in Thailand were pretty different from all my expectations… Never thought I’d someday have to deal with geckos in my room, or cockroaches and rats (dogs too) around the streets…
That’s actually the only bad side because I have a big fear of animals… Otherwise, everything about Thailand is awesome!
6. Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
I would love to go to the islands in south of Thailand. I still haven’t managed to go there, but it is on my bucket list. I also would love to visit Philippines and South Korea.
7. Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?
I recommend: Tripblan; it is intended as a social platform for creating and sharing travel guides and journals.
8. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
It’d definitely be the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. Why? Simple because of the awesome views in that place.
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
My home city is Casablanca in Morocco. To spend a day out there, I would recommend the following places: Hassan II Mosque, The ledge, Casablanca Market, L’Eglise du Sacre-Coeur and Derb Ghallef.
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
Don’t plan too much; plan only the main things to do or the places to go, and let the time, and people you meet, lead you to experiences you may not have thought about.
I always say it’s not about the travel destination itself – it’s all about the people you get to meet, the unexpected things that happen during the travels. This is what makes us grow and learn from our journeys… these are the real stories to tell.
To read about and see all of Asmae’s travel stories and experiences, you can visit her awesome blog. Or follow her on Facebook or Instagram.
Thank you very much, Asmae, for appearing in this guest travel segment.
Author: Tamlyn 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.