Totally Sam’s World – the pole dancing backpacker! Interview

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Totally Sam’s World – the pole dancing backpacker! Interview

1. Introduce yourself – Where are you from? Where in the world are you currently?

I’m Sam, the ‘Pole Dancing Backpacker’. I’m from Hampshire in England and I’m currently living the dream in Byron Bay, Australia.

 

2. Tell us about your first trip abroad? What first attracted you to a life abroad?

My first trip abroad was to Tenerife when I was 1. I can’t really remember that but even from a young age I would get butterflies at the airport and cry whenever I had to come home! I guess it’s always been in me.

 

3. What kind of traveller are you? Backpacker? Long-term traveller? Short term? Other?

In Asia I was a backpacker. Now, I’m kind of over grimy backpacker bars and dorm rooms, so I’d say more like a long-term flashpacker!

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4. How do you fund yourself when travelling?

I saved heaps before I left for Asia but since coming to Australia my money just seems to disappear! I’m currently just working whatever jobs I can to live and save for future trips and experiences. Being money comfortable would be boring… or that’s what I tell myself anyway!

 

5. Your favourite place you have been to? And why?

This is a tough one. I love so many places. Barcelona, New York, Venice, Chiang Mai, Melbourne, Koh Tao, Siem Reap! I think my fave would be the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia though. The diving was amazing, the vibe was dead chilled and the beach was beautiful. I was a huge fan.

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6. Your least favourite place you have been to? And why?

Pai, Thailand. Everyone else in the world seems to love it though! When I went it was totally bug infested, they were everywhere… in 7/11, in my hair, in my trousers, in my hair. It was horrific! I wasn’t a fan of the camping style hostel and didn’t really feel that I fitted in with the other travellers there at the time. Not to mention the awful journey from Chiang Mai!

 

7. What advice would you give to other people looking to travel?

I know it sounds cliche, but just do it. There’s always going to be reasons not to do things, but you need to suck it up and go. Otherwise, you’re probably going to regret it.

 

8. What is left on your bucket list for you to accomplish/see?

There’s so much. Every time I tick something off I add 3 more to the list! I’m hoping to skydive, learn to surf and swim with wild dolphins soon.

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9. When did you start your blog? Why should people read it?

I started my blog in June 2012, to write about my experiences and keep my family up to date with my trips. My site seemed to go pretty well and I had readers from all over the world within the month. It was amazing to think that others who shared my passion wanted to read about my personal experience and it inspired me to write tips for other newly travellers. I think that people should read my blog because I’m real. My writing style is fun, relaxed and honest. I’ve also been told it’s raw… not sure if that’s a good thing or not?!

 

10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Honestly, I have no idea. I don’t even know where I’ll be in a couple of months! I’ll keep you updated though!

 

11. What is the biggest difference to life overseas compared to life abroad?

Life overseas doesn’t feel like ‘real life’ most of the time. Although you’re working and have to be sensible sometimes, it’s nothing like the awful routine you would have back home. There’s always new experiences waiting for you just around the corner when you’re abroad. The only thing I miss would be my family and friends, but I know they will always be there wherever in the world I am. I’m a lucky girl!

 

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