Julia from Julia Antoinette, a fashion and travel blogger has travelled the Philippines and Asia. Julia would be on the hot seat this week on Wednesday Interview.
Julia, What type of traveller would you say you are?
I’m the type which loves to plan my trips. I don’t like being lost so I make sure to at least research my itinerary. I’m also the type to take my time to take photos and take hundreds of them.
Do you remember the first trip that you had?
The first trip I remember would be a family outing to Baguio. I was pretty young then, maybe 5 or 6, but I vividly remember taking a photo with the big lion statue there. It’s iconic and a real tourist spot.
What is the one thing that you always carry inside your backpack?
My camera. I love taking photos of everything and everywhere. My camera is heavy and bulky, but I don’t mind. I think the pretty photos and the visual reminder of the memory are super worth it.
Do you prefer to travel alone or with someone? Why?
I’ve actually never travelled alone for leisure before. Aside from the awesome company I always have, it’s super nice that I have someone to share my expenses with. Halving the accommodation costs is almost too much to give up on!
What is the one place that you would highly recommend others to travel outside of the Philippines?
Cambodia. In terms of climate, its similar to what we are used to. It’s sort of familiar but exotic at the same time. The food is AMAZING and the ruins are wonderful.
What’s the worst and the best place you stayed in?
I don’t remember the name of the worst place I stayed in, but it was only for a night (thank goodness). The photo in their website is super far from what is the reality. We actually slept early so we can get out of that hole of a place earlier.
The best place I stayed in at would be at Two Seasons Island Resort in Palawan. It’s a luxury resort and the only reason I got to stay there was because of work. The place is super amazing. The room is huge and unbelievably comfortable, the staff super friendly, and the beach. Oh, the beach. Aside from the clean white sand, 10 metres from the shore is already the one of the best snorkelling spots I’ve ever been to. I can’t rave about this place enough.
Do you have any challenging and bad experience while travelling?
I think that bad experiences are part of travelling and you have to take it as it is. It can be in a form of a bad accommodation or getting really lost, but consider it as part of the adventure. It’s the bitterness that complements the sweet times you go out and experience the world.
One of the biggest challenges I’ve had would be the language barrier. Sometimes even in the Philippines, since the locals speak a different dialect, it’s pretty difficult communicating.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
Working to get money to travel! Even the most budget trips need moolah and it doesn’t grow on trees.
Are you planning a new trip or do you already have a new trip in mind?
I’m set to go to Japan and Hong Kong this May. I’ll just be going around Tokyo and Fuji, but I’m super excited! I might go to Malaysia this year, but it isn’t set in stone yet.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Research is your friend! I do recommend that you make an itinerary for an easier time. I even made a post about how to make your own itinerary: Make a custom tour itinerary Don’t travel for the sake of travelling. Travel because you want to and you enjoy it!
JuliaAntoinette started late last year in 2015, to share her experience and opinion. It is a lifestyle blog dedicated to art, food, fashion, lifestyle, geekery, and of course TRAVEL!
Check out last week’s interview, Steven from Travel to Blank, Steven is 23 years old and currently getting his Masters in Visual and Digital Media in Madrid, Spain. He currently travels the world with his beautiful wife during his free time.
Next week on Wednesday Interview, we would be travelling with Luca from Luca Travels Around.