Our interview with Miriam from adventurousmiriam.com
Why did you start travelling?
I went on my first backpacking trip when I was 23. After traveling around Asia for 6 months, I came back changed and it is still to this day the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. Now, I can honestly say that I live life to the fullest and that’s thanks to traveling.
What is the most important during your travels?
Safety. I know I know – I could have said: ”having an awesome time” or ”meeting new people”, but the truth is that I won’t be able to have all that if I don’t feel safe. So… I simply always make sure to stay at a nice hostel in a good area when I get to a new place.
Another thing is research. As a travel writer and obsessive… ahem… structured person, I always research the next destination thoroughly before visiting. It gives me inspiration on what to write about and knowledge on what the place has to offer. But it doesn’t mean that I follow the list religiously, though – I use it more as an inspiration.
What is the most important experience that you had during your travels?
I have gotten more insight. I don’t think anything can teach you so much about life, yourself and others than traveling. By backpacking all these years, I have definitely grown much more as a person and gotten a whole lot more life experience than I would have at home.
What is the most beautiful place that you have been to?
That’s easy: It’s the salt flats in Uyuni, Bolivia! I have seen many stunning places in my life, but nothing has ever touched me so deeply as this unearthly place. It’s just.. wow!
The salt flats cover an area of 12,000 square km and I was there during the rainy season, which left a sheet of water on top of the salt. Everything was reflected in it – the sun, the clouds, the car, us – it was like one giant mirror as far as the eye could see. I have never seen anything like it.
What do you avoid when you travel?
Charter destinations and all-inclusive trips.
What is your biggest travel dream?
My biggest travel dream right now is to move abroad. I have always had a special relationship with Thailand so that will probably be our next home. And I would really love to visit Japan, Korea and Myanmar while I’m there.
What are you favourites travelers? What blogs do you read?
There are so many great travel blogs out there, but the ones I read the most are: Alex in Wanderland, Neverending Footsteps and Johnny Vagabond.