One of my goals for Undaunted Adventure this year is to interview a variety of fellow travel bloggers, vloggers and podcasters. There are so many amazing people out there who are doing a phenomenal job at what they do, and I thought it would be great to showcase some of my favourites! I’ll be releasing a Q&A each month, and this month Emma from The World by Emstagram took some time to answer some questions all about her blog, travel experiences and tips for future bloggers!
About Me/About The World by Emstagram
My name is Emma and I’m 22 years old. I’m from Stafford in the UK and started the travel blog The World by Emstagram just as a little something to keep me busy and writing about travel whilst I was working. I have travelled to 27 countries, most of which have been on solo ventures over the last couple of years. My blog focuses on advice for solo travellers and how to travel on a budget – because who doesn’t love cheap things?!
What’s your favourite thing about writing a travel blog?
It’s great to have somewhere to share my travel experiences and potentially help others have as much fun travelling as I have. I try to use it as a means of answering questions I’d always wanted to know the answers to. There’s a lot of big travel blogs out there which are amazing, but the often the people behind them are full time nomads and their lifestyle just seems so different and it can be hard for the everyday reader to relate. I’d like to think that my blog is an example of how you can work a very normal job and still see different parts of the world!
What place is at the top of your bucket list?
I always say I’d go anywhere that isn’t extremely dangerous! I think I’d like my next backpacking trip to be to South America. I spent a very short amount of time in Australia in August 2019 and I’d love to go back there to see my friends and probably stay a little more long term and find some work.
Tell us about your favourite holiday memory!
My favourite travel experience was when I did the Ha Giang motorbike loop in north Vietnam. It was a 4 day trip which spanned across 420km of roads in the mountains, going all the way up to the border with China. I drove myself around the whole thing and it was absolutely incredible! One day, me and a couple of others got lost and ended up spending the night 100km from where we were supposed to be. It’s actually one of my favourite travel memories though. We ended up staying with the kindest Vietnamese family who washed our bikes and cooked us dinner, all whilst communicating with us through Google Translate – apart from when he asked me if I liked Manchester United would you believe!
What’s something you can’t travel without?
Packing cubes are an absolute must for keeping everything in your luggage organised! Earphones and a neck pillow are essential for long journeys, and a portable charger means you don’t need to worry about your phone dying and being without a map.
Do you prefer travelling solo or as part of a group? Why?
I definitely prefer solo travelling because it involves no compromise, you don’t have to think of anyone but yourself! It also means that you make so many more friends as you just have to socialise all the time. Travelling with friends take away that need to form new friendships. I am still in touch with lots of people I’ve met whilst travelling and now have friends all over the world which is quite cool!
Do you have a favourite food from your time on the road?
I loved Gado Gado which was an Indonesian dish involving peanut sauce – need I say more! I also really enjoyed Bryndzové Halušky which are Slovakian potato dumplings, and Bahn Xao – crispy Vietnamese pancakes.
Window or aisle seat on a plane?
I can’t lie I love a window seat, if I’m not by the window I’ll be fully swan necking when we’re taking off and landing! But there have been numerous times on early or overnight flights where I’ve been bursting for the loo and had two other sleeping passangers in my row.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone wanting to start their own blog, what would it be?
Definitely do some research about blogging first! It can be a lot more involved and technical than you expect if you want to go somewhere with it – just to clarify I very much haven’t gone anywhere with mine! I’ve just been through the task of rewriting a lot of old posts to make them more ‘Google friendly’ something that would’ve been avoided if I’d just learnt a bit more about blogging first! Some topics you might want to look at are SEO, keywords and affiliate marketing.
But most of all just enjoy it, it’s easy to fall into the trap of chasing numbers when you’re working on the internet, but at the end of the day you’re doing it because you love it, don’t lose sight of that.
You can check out Emma’s social media sites and blog below!
Thank you Emma for taking part in our Q&A!