One of my goals for Undaunted Adventure this year is to interview a variety of fellow travel bloggers, vloggers and podcasters. I’ll be releasing a Q&A each month, and this month Jess from I’ve Bean Travelling took some time to answer some questions all about her blog, travel experiences and tips for future bloggers!
Based in Toronto, Canada, Jess has been documenting her incredible travel memories over the last few years on her blog, sharing her top moments, favourite foods, and giving her readers tonnes of inspiration to jet off on their own adventures around the Globe!
First of all, you’ve been to some incredible countries! Can you pick a favourite?
I’ve been fortunate to visit countries on five continents so it’s tough to choose a favourite! However, I would say that my trips to Asia have been the most memorable so far. If I absolutely had to choose my top countries, they would probably be Japan or Vietnam.
How did you get into travel blogging?
I started my blog I’ve Bean Travelling on a whim while planning my trip to Thailand and Laos. Many of my friends and family were interested in hearing about my travels, so I thought a blog would be a great way to send updates out to those who wanted to hear and see about my trip. Since then, the blog has grown its readership to over 4000 followers via social media and WordPress, which I am very proud of! It has been a fun way to document my travel experiences and I actually really enjoy going back through my old posts to reminisce on fun memories.
I loved reading your posts on the Best of Toronto – do you have a favourite spot in the city?
I enjoy spending time along the Lake Ontario waterfront and have spent many afternoons and evenings cycling along the Martin Goodman Trail. This summer, I discovered the Port Lands area and specifically Tommy Thompson Park, an amazing little nature reserve that feels like an escape from the city. You can read more about that in this post.
If you could sum up your travelling style in 3 words, what would they be?
Organized – I’m definitely a planner.
Yummy – Food experiences are a must on every trip itinerary.
Adventurous – I love having experiences that are unique to the destination I’m visiting and I’m willing to try most things!
Are there any home comforts you really miss when you’re on the road?
Oh yes. I’ve desperately missed my comfy bed and clean running water during many of my trips to less developed places, such as rural Tanzania.
Do you prefer travelling with a backpack or suitcase?
I always travel with a small rolling suitcase.
If you were travelling round the world, which three destinations would be your “must sees”?
My current top 3 “must see” destinations are Iceland, Scotland, and New Zealand.
Have you ever had any crazy experiences whilst travelling?
I’ve definitely had a few. The first experience I can think of is my gorilla trekking trip in Uganda, where I went on an intense hike through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and our group was nearly attacked by a female gorilla. That was the scariest experience of my life, which I’ve documented in this post.
Another crazy experience that was comical in retrospect was getting our car stuck in an alleyway while driving to see Mount Fuji in Japan.
Would you rather travel everywhere by sea, air, or road?
If it’s logistically feasible, I really prefer train travel. The high-speed train systems in places like Japan and in Europe are so amazing, and I’ve been able to take advantage of them to go on local excursions. For longer distance travel, I do have to go by air. I’d say that I am not big on sea travel; no cruise trips for me!
Do you have any advice for anyone thinking of starting their own travel blog?
In terms of gaining readership, I’ve found the most effective strategy is to engage with other bloggers – such as through social media, collaborations (like this interview), and being an active reader and commenter on other blogs. Most importantly, enjoy the experience and make it fun!
Thank you Jess for taking part in our Q&A! You can connect with Jess over on her social media channels by following the links below.