Welcome back to my Meet the Blogger series!
This week we have Jessie from Wonderer and Traveller.
Jessie is SUCH a lovely blogger who owns a Lifestyle and Travel blog. Jessie posts a lot of relatable content and it’s always brilliant to read about what she gets up to on her travels. I think you’re going to love her blog, I’m honoured to have her as part of my series.
Onto the questions!
1. What inspired you to start your blog and how long have you been blogging for?
I started blogging because I have always had a passion for writing! Ive been blogging coming up 3 years now! I actually in my younger fangirl days wrote a entire 27 chapter story on wattpad which attracted a fair whack of attention. After reading it back I don’t half cringe at myself now but I can’t quite bring myself to delete it (nor share it so apologies for that matter haha!) because it was the main reason I started blogging. I thought why not mix my two favourite things I enjoy? Travelling and writing! I have always been quite lucky from a young age to be well travelled, so its always been something I have loved. Especially with a family with a strong travel and tourism background.
2. What is your number one favourite place you’ve ever visited?
Im sorry but I just can’t narrow it down to one for many different reasons! My favourite places I have ever visited is a close tie between Miami, America Or Vienna, Austria. Miami I was all about South Beach. The lifestyle and the hype all rang so true, it was like living in a dreamland for a couple of days. Vienna was much more in terms of culture. It won an award for being most liveable city and it doesn’t surprise me! I believe my main reason for Vienna in honest truth was their love for Techno music, I’m a huge basshead so I lived for it. But if I could get up and move anywhere? Iceland. I’d happily bare the -10 temperatures to live in such a beautiful and wonderful place.
3. What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
I feel that even though I have been doing it for so long, I don’t really feel like I am getting anywhere with it. I’m still so new even though Im not very new at all. Im interested in Monetising my blog, but wouldn’t even know where to start! Although recently I have really gotten into the blogging community on social media which has made me feel a lot more confident. Im looking forward to going back to my studies early September so I really have some time to work on my blog! But I feel its so difficult to put all your time into it when you feel like you’re not going anywhere.
4. What are your top money saving tips when travelling?
Definitely look into where you’re going before you go. That way you can get an idea of how expensive things are. If you know friends and family who have been to the location you’re going as them how much money they took and how much they spent as well so they can give you a rough idea of how much you’d need to take! I am currently writing this from Budapest. All the sight seeing is free here like in a lot of places bar the odd few things, if it isn’t and you’re dying to do it look into it beforehand and get a plan together. Weight out what you need for the activities you want to do. I also find that eating in is always so important as well! Yeah trying local cuisine and going out is all part of your travels but you don’t go out every night either, cooking or making your own food and taking it our with you for the day saves you a lot of money so much so its surprising!
5. What product would you seriously stockpile if you found out they weren’t going to sell it anymore?
MATE TEA. I LOVE tea. Upset? tea. Just gotten out the shower? tea. Just woken up? tea. Just got home from a boozy night out at 4am? you guessed it, tea. I swear by the stuff, I’m even sat here in 26 degree head in Budapest drinking a cup of tea. I know its not really a useful product to stockpile but trust me my boyfriend would probably run for the hills if I couldn’t have my tea in the morning, chances are I would go after him with my morning rage. Sorry Brad.
6. What advice would you give to somebody starting uni soon?
Go into the experience with an open mind. It took me 3 months to settle in once I got to uni, Now I am due to go back for my 4th year and I CAN NOT BE MORE EXCITED. The friends I have made, the experiences I have had and the things I have learnt through my course is phenomenal. Without Uni I wouldn’t have the confidence I do now. So go in open minded and level headed. If you go straight to uni dreading it and wanting to go home from the moment you get there, you won’t enjoy it. Its literally simple as that. Your university experience is what YOU make of it.
But hey, If you do go to uni with a positive mindset but it still isn’t for you and its doing you more bad than it is good, don’t be afraid to leave. No one is going to judge you for your choices and university really isn’t for everyone. Don’t feel pressured to go just because it seems the ‘in thing’ to do. Follow and create your own dreams, uni or not!
7. How do you think travelling to a lot of different countries changes a person?
It really opens your mind to the world around you. The different cultures, manners, styles, lifestyles. Its an eye opener thats for sure. For myself, it changed me in terms of it giving me a motivation. Travel is such a huge part of my life, it makes me so happy. Before I could travel on my own, I really wasn’t in a good place. For me being able to travel made me happy and motivated to get up and go, do more and see more. Get on with my life. Travelling around did wonders for my self help, and although I didn’t ‘find myself’ as they say, I did find how to change and make myself a better person fo myself.
Travelling is different for everyone, the way it effects everyone is singular to that person. I would obviously recommend it, but its all up to that person of course!
8. How would you describe your fashion style?
If I had to describe it, it would be chilled and played back. Lots of big t-shirts and jeans. A couple of dresses which are light and and can be comfortable. I HAVE to be comfortable. But from this I have learnt from others I believe answer to this question is What fashion style? I have the poorest fashion style known to man. My younger sister definitely got the fashionable vibes. I’m more of a see something I like and buy it second hand or not type girl. My wardrobe is not the latest fashion and nor the most expensive. Primark is my fave place trust me, comfort over anything else ❤
9. What advice would you give to somebody who wants to travel more but doesn’t know where to start?
Start small. Work you way up. Do small trips, then once you get into the swing of it which shouldn’t take you long, go for the big ones! There is NEVER an ideal place to start, but if it works for you then it works for you! Whatever makes you feel the most comfortable is always the best place to start. You don’t want to scare yourself on your first trip!
10. Who or what has had the biggest impact on the person you have become and why?
My University friends have had a huge impact on myself as a person and who I am today, mainly by helping me discover my love for alcohol. (JOKES. But not really at the same time) These guys made me feel comfortable at uni, and in my own skin. They are second support system after my family who are also the ones who have made me who I am today.
I feel my placement year had the largest impact on who I am. Making me much more confident in being able to stand up for myself, be able to actually adult properly and show that I am now a push over. I moved to London for a year (which you can read about on My London Bucket List page if you want! We did ALOT). Moving to London from a small town by the seaside was a huge jump and I lived for it. I had the best year, I even felt myself improving and theres no better feeling.
And of course, my man. Lets just say I wouldn’t be the nearly anxiety free girl that I am today if I didn’t have his support and love. Including a couple of my best friends too, who if you’re reading this, you know who you are.
11. If you could learn the answer to one question about your future, what would the question be and why?
I wouldn’t want to know. Anything can happen and anything can change in a instant. I’d rather take life as it comes and not know at all. I’ve got my whole life ahead of me to find out!
12. And finally, where do you see your blog going in the few years?
HOPEFULLY, becoming a full time travel blogger. That would be the dream anyway. It’s something I have always wanted to do. I am just waiting for university to finish so I can try and make it a reality. A lot of people have told me that I’m stupid and that it won’t work, I even know a bunch of girls who read my blog just to laugh at me. So it will be a really great kick in the teeth for them when I’m getting paid to do what I love as well. I want to travel for a living because whats more exciting than that? exploring the world, theres so much to see and writing about it at the same time!