Q&A with Black Kintsugi Travels
When and why did you start travelling?
Travelling has always been a passion of mine. It started with visiting family and friends around the world and then it slowly became a hobby, before I knew it, I was visiting more places and a number of countries I had visited grew and I then figured that I could actually pursue this. Now it is more than a passion, it is a way of life. I travel to find myself, for if life is a journey, does that not mean travel is a necessity?
Why did you start a travel blog? why now?
For those who know me know that this has been a long time coming. I have always wanted to share life from my point of view. I tend to make use of social media platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram (@peluminubi) but I am also a perfectionist and have always been waiting for the perfect time to start a blog. I want to share with you how to travel with the purpose of self-discovery rather than just country counting. See my first blog post here explains the Kintsugi journey
How do you afford to travel so much?
Daddy pays for it all! (lol I wish). I tend to save up for it, which involves eating a lot of pasta 😛 and I honestly cannot remember the last time I went clothes shopping. Most of my money I save toward my travel. I see it has a priority so I tend to spend more on it.
How do you plan in advance where to go and making arrangement for flight, accommodation and what you do when you visit?
I am a very spontaneous traveller! I don’t like to over think it or over plan things because I just get too discouraged and not go. I tend to make the opportunity to go with people who already have the trip planned and that way I can just tag along whilst they have planned the whole trip. On solo trips however I like to do all inclusive deals that way it’s just one package I have to worry about and hotel, flight and food are all catered for. Sometimes it works out to be more expensive than when the bookings are made separately but at least I have fewer things to worry about. I can then focus my energy on the work I have at hand and the activities I will like to do.
Where will you like to go next?
I want to explore the African continent! I have only been to Nigeria, where I was born. I think Africa has so much beauty!
After completing 30 countries what next?
Travel more! The real goal is 196 countries but I had to place them in digestible chunks, so when I am done with 30 counties which I am actually hoping to get done by 25, then backpack for a year and do as much as possible, hopefully!
How do you deal with work and travel balance?
I am planning to write a whole blog post on this! It’s all about priorities and very little sleep. I know that I don’t usually have a weekend because I am usually travelling, so I have to get my work done during the week. I have adapted the mentality; “just do it!” coupled with the fact that I am capable of anything as long as I put my mind to it.
If you could not travel anymore what will you do?
Wow this is a hard question! I really don’t know what I will do, just constantly read travel blogs or watch other people travel; which is so sad and I hope something like this does not happen.
What is your favourite country you have visited so far?
It’s really hard to judge a country solely without it being influenced by the company that were present or the activities you did. After much deliberation, I have come to a tie, Australia and Turkey!
Australia could have been miserable due to the length of flight time it took to get there (juicy details provide in my 13 hours layover post). It was, however, an amazing time! I got to escape the miserable winter months and I spent Christmas day in a weather suitable for barbecue (how awesome is that?). I love the peace and tranquillity that came with Queensland and yes I will definitely visit again in the nearest future.
Turkey was amazing! I got to tick a lot of items off of my ultimate bucket list and the locals were very friendly. The prices were ridiculously cheap. So cheap you feel a bit guilty paying so little (such as scuba diving as little as £20 and parasailing for £15), hence why I will visit Turkey again.
What are mistakes you have made whilst travelling?
- Last min planning resulting in more expensive flight ticket
- Not socializing enough due to my introvert nature – after a long flight the last thing you want to do is go out for the night but sometimes you just got to enjoy the night life, its all part of the experience.
- Sometimes not keeping in touch with new friends.
- Some trips are just way too short – trying to see a whole country in one weekend can be very hectic but not impossible.
- Not having a travel mileage card till date.
I am sure that there are more but these are a few from the top of my head, remember don’t be scared to make mistakes it only means you trying out new things and improving yourself.
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