FAQ's: Get the Scoop!

Photo Credit: Alky Fennell

Photo Credit: Alky Fennell

I love to hear from people whether it be questions about travel or if it's just wanting to know the person behind the photos. It can get overwhelming to answer similar questions repeatedly so I jotted down the most asked questions I receive. Have a look and if you're still curious, don't hesitate to reach out!

How do you travel so much?

No I am not rich. No I do not have a sugar daddy. No I am not a drug cartel (these are real things I've heard by the way). I am a regular person who lives a regular life. I make sacrifices and allocate money to things I love aka travel. I am lucky to work for a firm whose one of many core principles is a good work life balance. Because of it, I am given ample vacation time every year. I use my time wisely by incorporating weekends in my trips. Ex: 3 vacation days will equate to a 5 day trip for me. Most of my travel is done during the off season (January-March, Early to mid May, October-December) so I am able to snag some pretty good flight deals. You can get a full breakdown of the way I travel here.

Who do you travel with aka who is taking all of these photos?

With respect to one solo trip, all of my travels are with women friends of mine (it's been many ages since I've taken a 'bae-cation'). They are very patient with me and my shenanigans when it comes to a great photo. Surprisingly with the right direction and enough attempts, I've gotten some pretty good shots from tour guides and strangers.

What is your favorite place thus far?

In order for a place to be considered a favorite, I have a few factors: Culture, History, People (how they treat me), beaches and of course FOOD. Combining all of these factors my favorite place thus far was Italy. A very close runner up is Zanzibar.

Where are you headed to next?

I don't have much of a 'bucket list'. There are many places I would love to see. I usually go by what I see on The Flight Deal or Secret Flying. Basically whatever will give me the most bang for my buck.

I want to travel solo but I am afraid. Any tips?

It can be hard for women but my tips are pretty simple: Stay in a hotel in a relatively 'busy' area ( I wouldn't recommend an AirBnb for a woman traveling alone). Book your tours through your hotel or in a tourist area. When wandering, try not to go too far off and don't walk on any empty or desolate streets. Stay aware at all times. I recommend everyone take at least 1 solo trip. You will do things how YOU want and when YOU want without having to compromise as you would with a group. It is a great feeling to do things by your rules and be forced into full independence while trusting your own judgment. Traveling solo was the most liberating thing I ever did. I can't wait to do it again.

What is your education background?

I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and a Masters Degree in Finance.  

What made you want to start a travel blog?

I am the absolute furthest thing from a writer. I have a hard time painting pictures with words. However I love travel and I am passionate about it. It's one of the few things that make me 'tick'. I always got compliments on my photos and people would message me on Facebook or Instagram asking me questions. The idea just popped into my head one day to start documenting the experiences behind the photos I've taken.

What Camera do you use?

Currently I shoot with a Sony A7rii. My lenses are a Sony 55mm 1.8 lens and a Sony 35mm 2.8 lens. When I am not shooting with my camera and depending on the lighting, I can still get great photos with my iPhone XS.