Do you have some burning questions you want to know about me? I have answered some of my Frequently Asked Questions below!
I’ll start off with the fact I’m an iced coffee addict, complete Potterhead, addicted to magic, a cat lover and I love anything to do with history.
I’m super petite, around the 5-foot mark, and people often say I’m a free spirit.
Where are you from?
I get this question A LOT. People always think I’m from some exotic land. But, I’m just a Brit.
My family is from Wales in the UK but I was born in Bournemouth, England. So, I guess you could call me a half Welshie! I now live in Wiltshire in the South West of England.
How old are you?
Cheeky, but I’ll let you off. I turned 32 next year!
What’s your favourite destination?
Ohhhhh. This is such a hard question as I love so many aspects of so many countries! My favourite continent is definitely Asia.
There are lots of books that I read often. At the moment, I am well and truly obsessed with both the ACOTAR and TOG series by Sarah J. Maas!
Also, the From Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout…Casteel is just…*chefs kiss*, IYKYK.
What sort of music do you like?
I definitely grew up as a teen listening to metal music like KoRn and Slipknot. But, now I’m more of a ‘classic rock’ fan (cringe term but does the job). Favourite bands are The Doors, Stone Roses and Nirvana.
Do you dye your hair black?
Yep! Unfortunately, I was blessed with the family gene of early greys. So, It’s a necessary evil haha.
Do you have a boyfriend?
Nope, I’m a content single pringle!
What’s your travel style?
I think that travel styles change as people change and grow. At first, I was a shoestring traveller who would stay in hostels try to keep in a £5 budget.
But, now I appreciate a good nights sleep, so I have stretched my budget and I’m not afraid to splurge!
I definitely like to travel slower and, as well as seeing the main touristy attractions (I mean, they are amazing and touristy for a reason!), I hunt down hidden gems and offbeat places. It’s definitely my soft spot.
Craziest travel experiences?
Worst travel experience?
Definitely that time my friend and I stayed in a hut on Koh Rong and someone broke in while we were sleeping….they climbed in from the rooftop!
Not fun. at all. This resulted in lots of screaming and the police had to get involved. Never again.
Is travel blogging your full time job?
YES, for the last year or so I’ve made my travel site my full-time job. This means, yes, I do make money from my site! I couldn’t do it without you guys so THANK YOU.
No, I’m not thinking about getting a ‘real job’. My blog means I pull in way over a 35 hour work weeks (more like in the 90s). But, I love it and when your passion is your profession it doesn’t feel like work!
If you want to know more about how I make money, you can see this post here.
What do you blog about?
I always call my blog a little bit like a cabinet of curiosities! I blog about travel destinations, tips, hidden gems, offbeat places, literary travel, and even historical pieces.
So, I blog about a lot of stuff. See my start here page if you want to know more.
Why Third Eye Traveller?
I chose the name when I was living in India! Living and travelling around the country is really what inspired me to start my blog. I guess it gave me a ‘third eye’ to see how my future would lay out. It hasn’t failed me so far!
Also, it doesn’t limit what I can write about and no one else had that name at the time.
What camera do you use?
For my videos and photos I mainly use my iPhone 11 Pro Max! The photo quality is so good now.
But, I also use the Olympus OMD EM-10 Mark iii (bit of a mouthful) which looks almost vintage and I love it! I tried getting on with a heavy canon but it just wasn’t a me.
What do you edit your photos with?
I use the Adobe Lightroom Classic CC for Desktop. I don’t know why but I’ve never got on with the phone app.
I use my own set of presets to edit them so they have a similar feel.
How do you take travel photos on your own?
I use my camera, set up on a tripod and then use my phone as a remote shutter via bluetooth. Olympus have an app I can download.
Most big camera companies have an app where you can practice remote shooting.
It feels a bit awkward at first, but then you get used to that awkward stage of taking photos in public haha. If you want to see more tips, click here.
Do you have any blogging/SEO tips?
There are many things I would recommend if you are thinking about implementing SEO on your blog! Learn how to start a blog here.
Also, I would 100% recommend the free resources from Make Traffic Happen. They have helped my blog no end. As well as their resources they have AMAZING e-books and courses.
I’ve bought all three of their e-books so far and all of them are easy to read and have made a massive improvement.
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Where did you live in India?
I lived in Gurgaon which is a city near Delhi and the NCR. Sector 54 if you want to get specific!
I had an apartment at Park Place which was a gorgeous complex set up for (mostly) for expats. It had a private pool, a park with a running track, a supermarket and even a nail salon. I didn’t have to leave if I didn’t want to.
I also had a personal driver (oo err) and had an absolute blast! Gurgaon wasn’t my favourite place in India.
It’s actually known as the expat/bar district and it was FULL of shopping malls. But, I definitely made the most of it with friends. We’d often escape to Delhi for sight seeing!
Who did you work for in India?
I won’t disclose the name of the company but I worked as a Project Analyst and Trainer for a large Building Society in the UK!
We were hired in India for cultural awareness training and support for new financial systems.
I would travel across India and I provided training in many big name IT companies located in Chandigarh, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and more.
How long did you live in India?
I lived in India for around a year. Then, I decided to leave on a sabbatical from my corporate job and travel around the country for six months!
Again, I went on a four month trip recently. So, I’ve spent almost two years travelling the country now. Can you tell it’s my favourite place?
What was it like living in India?
In a word. Crazy! But, I feel you really get to know the country well when you live and breathe it. It’s amazing how quick you adapt to traffic and the honking of horns.
Delhi is always a nightmare with traffic and chaos. But, that why I really appreciated having a driver. It gave me quite a lot of security, especially at night.
Eating out is incredibly cheap. Wine, however, is not! A large glass of wine would cost around the price of a bottle back home due to Alcohol tax.
But, despite all the differences, it was one of the best times of my life!
How many places have you been in India?
Over the last two years of travelling around India, I’ve visited 22 of 29 states in India. Which is quite a lot considering India is MASSIVE!
I’ve visited all of the North Eastern states, the North to the likes of Ladakh, South India, even East and West coasts. But, not very many places inland, It’s the middle bit that I want to see next.
My goal is to travel to all the Indian states one day and write about my experiences on my blog.
Favourite place in India?
Definitely all of Rajasthan. It’s just the colours, mountains, temples, the people, culture and the food is amazing too!
But, I am also in love with the North East of India. I recently travelled to every state there and can’t wait to share my adventures.
Favourite Indian foods?
Indian curries are so much different to the curries we have in UK. But, I’d definitely kill for a Murg Makhani (or butter chicken) right now or Aloo Gobi with a garlic nan on the side! Although the gee just makes my bum grow.
My favourite deserts are Gulab Jamun (so sweet it makes your teeth rot) and Jalebi! Sweet greasy batter haha.
Also CHAI is life!
Something I have never liked in India though is paneer. Never got on with it. But, everyone loves it. Guess it’s just me.
Have you ever thought of doing group tours?
Definitely something I am considering soon so watch this space! Or, get in touch if you need any trip planning advice.
I have a whole range of India resources and posts here.