Who is Gabriella Wisdom and what is her travel story?
Name? Gabriella Wisdom
Day job? Travel Blogger
Solo or group travel? Couples Travel
Favorite airline? Emirates
How many countries have you visited? 28
Favorite city and why? Paris. It holds a special place in my heart because it’s where my boyfriend, Michael, and I fell in love. Shortly after graduating we lived there for a year and since moving back to the UK we have visited every year. It’s such a beautiful city all year round. What’s not to love about walks along the Seine in spring, picnics in the park in summer, sipping hot chocolate under the heat lamps in autumn as the temperature drops and strolling down the Champs Elysées under Christmas lights in winter?
Top bucket list destination? Great Wall of China
Airbnb or hotel? Hotel, I like the idea of Air B&B but I’m yet to find one that I found was good value for money. My absolute favourite hotel is Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, their views are just breathtaking every time!
When and why did you first get the travel bug? I didn’t have a choice, I was travelling the world before I was even born. Whilst pregnant my Mum had already carried me to three countries and my first long-haul flight was made just at 4 months old to Hong Kong. I actually have a photo of me laying in my Dad’s suitcase which they fashioned into a cot! The desire to travel and see the world was instilled in me from the very beginning and I couldn’t imagine a richer way to experience life. All I have ever wanted to do is explore new countries, cultures, tastes and sounds. My biggest goal is to see as much of the world as I can, my second is to share it with you.
Most memorable trip? In 2016 Michael and I looked at our lives and decided between getting engaged and married or going travelling. I had spent the last year working a stressful job in London that I wasn’t very well suited for. I spent every day dreaming of a time where I could escape my mundane life and get out to see the world. We made the decision to travel and set off on a 4 month long round the world trip. Not only was it the best trip, it was the best decision of my life. I learnt so much about the world, our relationship and myself. I checked off so many bucket list items too: swimming with sharks, hiking to the Hollywood sign, snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, hula dancing in Maui, jungle trekking in Malaysia and horseback riding at the Grand Canyon, to name a few!
Best travel advice for new travelers? My best travel advice is to pack everything the same way any time you take it out, this saves you from losing anything or making a mess whenever you need to find something.
What’s your secret to affording the ability to travel? Travelling as often as possible has been my number one goal in life for as long as I can remember, so I have always saved the majority of my earning for just that. I worked solidly from the age of 14 to 26, putting away large sums of money so that one day I could do something like this, become my own boss and travel the world. I also work as an extra in-between my travels, plus I am fortunate enough for my partner to have taken his business to a point where we can fund our travels from it.
Do you have a travel blog we should check out? Yes it’s www.postcardsfromhawaii.co Postcards from Hawaii is an online travel blog for the organised traveller. Tips and tricks for smooth and responsible travel.
Upcoming travel plans? I’m ending my 2018 travels in Paris and I’ll be starting my 2019 travels with a trip to Hawaii to celebrate Postcards from Hawaii’s first anniversary.
Anything else you want us to know? Don’t let the professional travel photos you see online upset you or make you feel like that’s a life you can’t achieve. Take into consideration that the majority of travel bloggers still live with their parents because they spend all their money on flights, or that they don’t have a steady pay check to fall back on each month. Don’t let social media stop you from appreciating what you have achieved! If travel is your dream, be responsible with your money. My top tip is to create a direct debit that takes a chunk of your earnings on pay day and puts it into a savings account, think of it as a pension for your travels. Soon enough you’ll forget it and it will add up quicker than you think.
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