I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to interview Tara from Where Is Tara recently, and have really enjoyed reading about her travel experiences. Hint: Poutine has been mentioned! Check out the interview below to learn more about Tara, and make sure to go check out her blog!
Have you ever lived abroad/ do you plan to live abroad in the future?
I’ve lived in New Zealand, Ireland and the UK. I was born in New Zealand and also went back there for a Summer to live with a bunch of crazy college kids and visit family. I grew up in Ireland and always come back to it. I spent 2.5 years working and living in the UK. A lot of my close friends live there so I go back often. I’ll probably be living in Canada at some stage in the next couple of years. Mainly because I love poutine and the outdoors.
What is the most important traveling tip you have for anyone wanting to travel?
I say this all the time but, travel towels suck. It might not be the most inspiring advice, but I know a lot of people going on their first big trip invest in them and it really isn’t necessary. They literally absorb nothing. You still feel wet after using them. You could do just as good a job if you used your hand to wipe the water off your skin.
What has been your worst experience while traveling? What did you learn from it?
Ooookkkk. I’ve had a couple. I had a very bad experience in Peru that I don’t really like to talk about. Maybe I’ll eventually write about it, but I don’t want to get into it right now. I did, however, learn a lot from that experience. I learnt that no matter how careful you are with your drinks, none of that matters if your bartender is one that’s trying to take advantage. I learnt that I am strong enough to keep travelling even after having a terrible experience. And, most importantly, I learnt that there are wonderful people in this world that are like angels on earth.
What was your first traveling experience?
Haha. Hmmm my first long haul flight was when I was about 1 and a half years old. I flew from New Zealand to America for my uncle’s wedding. I’ve been travelling with friends and family ever since. BUT if we’re talking solo travel, I went to Australia/New Zealand by myself for 3 months when I was 21.
What is your favourite travel memory?
Oh gosh, so many! However, me and my sister agree on this one. When I was about 17 my mother, my sister and I went on a roadtrip from Boston to Canada and had the most amazing time. We stopped in this tiny town called Wakefield and did a camping horse trek up the mountains to the lakes with a private guide. We were sitting around a fire, toasting marshmallows, canoeing, cliff jumping into the lake and just being at one with nature. There were frogs sitting on our shoes and tiny mice. It was incredible. The sky was like nothing I’ve ever seen before, sooo many stars.
How did you learn about the wonderful world of blogging?
Oh no, controversial! WELL, I’d always wanted a blog but never had a clue how to start it. Then I started dating my ex who is also a travel blogger and he basically showed me the ropes. After that I made friends with other lovely bloggers and they have all helped me along the way. I google a lot of stuff and watch Youtube tutorials.
What is your goal with blogging?
Gosh, Hmmmm. What IS my goal with blogging?! I think mainly I want to inspire people. Not necessarily just to travel but to be brave and kind and positive. I want to remind people that they only have one life and they should do exactly what they dream of doing. I want to help people take that step towards their own happiness and I want to connect with wonderful like-minded people. Oh, and world peace! (That’s a Miss Congeniality reference in case anyone is confused)
What has been your favourite post to write so far?
Wow, ok, definitely something where I embarrass myself. Sooo either the time I got attacked by a stag beetle AND a wasp in the Amazon (http://www.whereistara.com/amazon/ ) OR the worst flight of my life to Canada (http://www.whereistara.com/i-am-never-flying-again-period/ ). I love telling funny stories and making people laugh.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a world traveler?
I’d still be a pharmacist, trying to do art on the side and living for my holidays. It would be the same routine every day and I would probably be depressed, haha. I just love change too much for that amount of routine.
Favourite Airline: Ryanair, straight up!
Favourite Country: Ireland (Loyalty).
Favourite City: Wellington or Reykjavik.
Favourite Beach: Brittas Bay, Wicklow. (Ireland again)
Favourite Food: MEXICAN FOOD!
Favourite Language: French.
Favourite Transportation: HORSE….. or my legs.
Favourite Hotel: St. Christopher’s Hostels are amazing
Where can we follow you?