OffAtEveryThing recently interviewed Turner an American travel blogger. Check out his interesting interview regarding her personality and travel experiences on our website.
- Let us start with your formal introduction and your interesting story on how you developed the interest for Traveling?
While I was in school I met a beautiful girl from Argentina. She was so kind, smart, and one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. Unfortunately, she left after a year to go back to Argentina. So when I graduated college I went to Argentina to visit her. It was the most alive I have ever felt. It was so romantic and exciting being a new country and quickly got the travel bug from there.
- How often do you travel?
I am on the road 6-8 months year.
- What’s your travel style?
I like to travel to one central place – say Bangkok or Barcelona, and get an apartment as a home base. Then I go off and take trips from there every week or two, since I usually pick base that has cheap flights from it.
- What is that triggers you to travel to an entirely new destination?
I think the feeling of excitement of going to some place completely new triggers me. When you watch a movie that features a far off destination or the new yet somehow familiar smells when you go to an ethnic grocery store.
- What you like the most about traveling?
I like the newness. The experience that all of my five different senses go through when I travel to a new location. The sights, the smells, the way the food tastes, how the touch of the fruit feels to even the different ambient sounds.
- What you dislike the most about traveling?
Carrying a heavy backpack and sweating like I just ran a triathlon. A very close second would be the killer mosquitos and bugs hot countries seems to have. Mosquitos love my fatty American blood.
- How do you plan your destinations?
Whatever life throws signs at me. If I met someone from a particular country, or maybe I catch a glimpse of somewhere new from a movie or magazine.
- What are the 3 destinations you loved the most?
The Galapagos, Mexico, and South Africa.
- What were 3 destinations opposite to your expectations?
Guatemala had a lot more going on than I thought it would have. I thought Egypt would be less touristic than it was. And Colombia had much more friendly people than I could have ever imagined.
- Which 3 dishes from around the world made you fell in love with food?
I have had a tuna tartar in Spain that I can’t get out of my mind. I had some home made prosecco from an Italian family that was out of this world. And I don’t like bread, but when you get a real fresh baguette in France – it is pretty amazing no matter what you have it with – especially with a duck or rabbit confit.
- How do you manage to get perks/upgrades/etc based on your traveling life-style?
I look online for deals and specials and you can score some really worthwhile luxury lounge passes, which make a layover much more tolerable.
- How do you finance and manage your trips?
I manage the dating blog Dating and Other Stories where I give dating advice, and I also run the luxury travel blog Luxury Life Goals, which shows luxury lifestyle options. Through partnerships, products sales and advertisements I am able to fund my travels.
- How do you save money while traveling? Can you share any 3 tips?
I use sites like Jovago to find the cheapest hotels deals, which can save you big money in the long run. I try to cook one or two meals home a day if I am staying in an apartment, which not only saves you money but you can control your waistline a lot more. And I used websites like Flights and Points to figure out how to accrue airline miles. I also use other flight clubs like Jack’s Flight Club to find flight deals.
- Have you tried travel discount (or promo codes) such as Thomas Cook Discount codes ever?
No. I haven’t.
- If ‘Yes’, how was your experience? If ‘No’, do you plan to try these travel coupons and promo codes for budget traveling?
Sure why not? I just need to know where to find them.
- How do you manage when interacting with people without speaking their language?
I try to learn a bit of the local language if possible when I go to a new country. There are tons of Apps for this too. Also, I can use the App, iTranslate, which also has a voice feature if I really get stuck. I’ve had some pretty funny conversations with locals using this App.
- Any worst incident while traveling which you will never forget?
Any incident that involves “stomach problems” coupled with a lack of access to a toilet can become tragic. I remember one time, I was going to meet a girl for a date in Colombia and nature called right as my taxi got to her house. I quickly ran upstairs to her place so I could use her toilet, and much to my surprise, her whole family was there to meet me. It was the most awkward first meeting ever as I was in the toilet for a good 20 minutes.
- What is the funniest story you experienced while traveling?
I had some Dutch friends in Holland who work for a party/event company who talked up how great their job was. They had an event coming up that they hooked me up with a job at because it was going to be ‘huge party’. That night at the bars I was telling other Dutch people to come to this cool festival that I was working at and how all the cool people would be there. I showed up at the festival to work and soon realized that it was a children’s music festival. There a guy playing children sons with his guitar dressed like a clown. I had the important role of bathroom attendant.
- Any ending note for travel lovers?
Go out there and do it! You only have one life to live, and you will always remember that trip you randomly took than any steak dinner. So save up for experiences and get out in the big travel world.
With this ending note from Turner, the interview session came to an end. If you want to stay tuned to Turner’s travel stories check out his website www.americantravelblogger.com.