Our interview with Bram Reusen from travel-experience-live.com Travel Blog:
Why did you start travelling?
As a kid my parents took me all over Europe during our summer holidays. We went to France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and England. I remember really enjoying that, but I didn’t start to really travel until several years later. In 2010 I went to Australia – on my very first flight ever – to backpack and work my away around that enormous country. I bought my own car and had the time of my life. Since then, I never stopped traveling. In the past four years I have explored western Europe a bit more, cycled to the North Cape and back, hiked across England, lived in Ireland and now I am living in Vermont in the US.
What is the most important during your travels?
Nature. While I love meeting new people and seeing how people live their lives in other countries and regions, I travel mostly to see nature and landscapes. I love the great outdoors – put me on a bicycle or on a mountain and I’m the happiest person in the world.
What is the most important experience that you had during your travels?
Spending three months alone on a bicycle was one of the best things I have ever done. I thoroughly enjoyed slowly making my way north, kind of away from civilization as such, and being completely dependent on my own.
What is the most beautiful place that you have been to?
The most beautiful place I have ever been to is Norway, without any question. The Lofoten Islands, to be more specific. Those rugged spiky mountains rising up out of the Arctic Ocean are nothing like any other place I’ve been to so far. It’s a stunning place.
What do you avoid when you travel?
I (try to) avoid rushing through my destinations. The best way to travel, in my opinion, is to slow down and spend a significant amount – the longer, the better – of time in a particular place. I don’t travel to check things off a list, but rather to experience a destination: see its sights, taste the food, smell the scents and hear the languages and sounds. Taking your time is essential to achieve this.
What is your biggest travel dream?
I’ve already lived a couple of my travel dreams, but there are always more. For example, I would love to hike to Machu Picchu, climb Mount Kilimanjaro (that’s probably my biggest travel dream) and travel from Moscow to Beijing on the Transsiberian Express.
What are you favourite travelers? Which blogs do you read?
Concerning travel books, nothing compares to Bill Bryson’s stories. As a travel blogger, there are several travel blogs that I enjoy following. My five favorite travel blogs at this moment are Expert Vagabond, Finding the Universe, Wandering Earl, Treksplorer and Disrupting the Rabblement.