As I would be starting a whole series of “Wednesday I Interview” whereby I would be Interviewing other travellers, and to share their perspective of travelling and their best and worst moments of travelling. But, before I start the series of travellers, I had decided to put myself on the hot seat.
So, in this week’s Wednesday I Interview, I would be interviewing myself, Bernard from Bernard The Traveller.
Introduction about yourself
I am currently working as a Business Consultant, a part-time traveller and a part-time blogger, that has just begun the journey of falling in love with travelling, it might be a little late, but the travel bug has been making the itch terribly bad but is loving it every time I travel. I reckon myself as living in the stone age, whereby I didn’t focus on travelling in my early days of my life. But now the caveman has decided to move out of the stone age and to explore the world, one city, one country at a time.
What type of traveller would you say you are?
I wish I could say that I am a super spontaneous traveller, but sadly after the incident where I was scammed in the Thai Gem Scam, I am more of an event planner (but am not inflexible) + early riser + lone ranger . (Read 14 types of travellers)
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
I remember when I was at the age of 5 or 6, my parents brought the whole family to Thailand. I had my first taste of wild adventure, trying the parasailing. During the trip, I remembered clearly that my dad left all our passport on the boat ride in Thailand, and we had to pay the owner of the boat some money to get back the passports.
What is the one thing that you always carry inside your backpack?
In Asia, the weather can be extremely warm and sticky. I would always have my deodorant in my backpack. I hate the warm and sticky feeling!
Do you prefer to travel alone or with someone? Why?
Last year, I had the opportunity to travel alone. I planned a trip to Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City, and I totally enjoyed it. (Read 5 Times to travel alone) That trip makes me realised that I enjoyed travelling alone more than anything else. Travel alone does not make you a lonely traveller.
What is the one place that you would highly recommend others to travel to?
I am always in awe of the beauty of Cambodia, it has given me many opportunities to constantly visit it.
What’s the worst place that you have stayed in for sleeping? What’s the best?
Sadly, I am not a hostel person. I have tried staying in a capsule hostel but has never enjoyed it. I felt extremely stressed out, as I constantly wonder if I would snore or If I am disturbing others….., and that whole night I didn’t really sleep much. My best night sleep was where I tried Airbnb for the first time when I was in Taiwan. I had the opportunity of staying at a studio apartment with my mum.
Do you have any challenging and bad experience while travelling?
I believed that scams and bad experience are inevitable while travelling, it also means that as tourists or travellers, we need to be more aware regarding the situations and the challenges ahead. I think more importantly is the mentality of how you embrace every experience and learn from the situations.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
If I am not travelling, I would be working hard for my next travel. As a business consultant, I tend to travel around Singapore to meet clients and there are many reports to write on a monthly basis. I also planned, organised and speak at events.
Are you planning a new trip or do you already have a new trip in mind?
I would be doing the Bangkok to Siem Reap to Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City route in June-July. I also have the intention to try doing a silent retreat something similar to the Eat, Pray, Love.
Introduce your website
Bernard The Traveller is a travel blog focused on Asian travelling in Asia (at the moment), providing useful travel tips, inspiration, and travel research. Follow the cave man to experience and to explore the world.
When did you begin your website, and Why?
I have always wanted to start a travel blog to pen down my ideas and travel experience but had never made the first move it was in February 2016 that I started this blog. If you had read my first post, it was about how I got a pretty good deal by using Expedia. I had tried to research on this to see if it was a scam. But could not find much information, that became the catalyst for me to start the blog and to share useful travel tips and research with others.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Travelling is the best medication and the best investment that you can have for yourself!
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Next Week in Wednesday Interview, I will be interviewing Hayden Lee from Travel Stories Podcast.