As part of the latest instalment in my international version of Guests’ Corner, I chatted to travel blogger, Kristin of Notripophobia.
Kristin is the travel blogger behind the insightful Notripophobia, an international travel blog. On her blog, she shares some excellent travel guides and provides inspiration for all your unplanned adventures.
Originally from Ohio, Kristin considers herself an extreme traveller, digital nomad, history nerd and beer lover of note!
After many years in the corporate industry, Kristin decided to follow her dreams of exploring the world. To date, she has explored 127 countries and all seven continents. This makes her one of the most widely travelled bloggers I have featured on the blog thus far! 🙂
Kristin has also lived and worked in a number of countries and/or cities. These include New Zealand, New York, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Mexico and India.
Kristin loves exploring and meeting new people. When she isn’t travelling though, you can usually find her drinking beer in a dive bar; catching a Broadway show; or running in the park.
Follow Kristin’s blog and see which country (or city) she explores next!
1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
I have been travelling for as long as I can remember. And for many years, I filled diary after diary with my travel memories.
These diaries are now sitting in storage so I figured that a blog would be a much better way to chronicle my travels.
2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or some of everything?
I am definitely a little bit of everything, depending on the destination. I love exploring new cultures, trying new things (whether it be jumping out of an airplane or learning how to knit) and learning.
For me, I think a trip is “successful” if it opens my mind to a different way of life or point of view.
3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
1) Running a 10k (race) as part of the Pyongyang Marathon.
I never thought that I would make it to North Korea in my life, let alone run down the streets of Pyongyang surrounded by cheering North Koreans!
2) Being serenaded on a mountaintop in Afghanistan by a popular local musician.
On a trip through Afghanistan, I was in Samangam with my tour guide. A local musician was filming a video at the top of a mountain and when my guide and I approached, he asked me to sit with him and sang a song to me while everyone watched. It was so awkward but very memorable!
3) Finally reaching my seventh continent, Antarctica.
Visiting Antarctica is something that very few people get to do. The trip across the Drake Passage is rough and the trips are very expensive.
I was lucky enough to get a last-minute “deal” on a trip and finally got to reach my seventh continent. Antarctica is mind-bogglingly beautiful and unlike any other place on earth.
4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why?
(United States) Many years ago, my boyfriend and I did a road trip through the southwestern United States.
Although I considered myself well-travelled at the time, I had no idea of the natural beauty of that part of my own country. It was a reminder of how little I knew about the world around me.
5) Worst (local) travel experience?
I have been to some pretty far-flung places and luckily, I haven’t experienced anything too terrible. However, if I have to make a list, I would say:
1) Getting a horrific stomach infection while I was on an island in Lake Titicaca, Bolivia;
2) Getting heatstroke in India;
3) Being stuck for five days in Djibouti while waiting for the next whale shark tour. Djibouti city is not very pleasant, there were no other tourists and in the end, I didn’t even get to see any whale sharks.
6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
- The Balkans
7) Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?
I used to read Hippie in Heels a lot. I also love Goats on the Road.
8) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
India. I had been living there for two years when COVID-19 hit. I got shut out when the borders closed and miss it dearly.
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
I don’t really have a “city” any more, as I have been on the road for my years.
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
Here are a few tips from places that I have lived.
1) New York: Never pay full price for theatre tickets or use TKTS. Instead, go directly to the box office and ask about rush tickets.
Otherwise, you can often enter lotteries for many popular shows via their websites. It isn’t guaranteed that you will get the tickets but it is much, much better than paying full price!
2) Hong Kong: Many people think that Hong Kong is just skyscrapers and concrete but they actually have amazing hiking trails there.
Check out the ones on Lantau Island or Sai Kung to see Hong Kong’s nature at its finest!
3) Delhi: Do not be terrified of Delhi and take the time to explore the city.
Delhi is an amazing place for history lovers and you can see spectacular architecture there. Just follow the same common sense that you would in any big city and you will be fine.
To read about and see all of Kristin’s travel stories, you can visit her awesome travel blog or follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Thank you very much, Kristin, for appearing in this guest travel interview.
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.