Here's Lisa from TravelogBlog! She's a Hong-Kong-based travel blogger and journalism student who speaks quite a few languages. I admire the way she moved to the other side of the world when she was 17 and hasn't looked back since. I hope you enjoy reading her interview!
Name: Elizabeth Utley
See the world as I do through my photography and writing.
About Lisa and her Blog
- When did you start blogging and why?
I’ll be honest, I didn’t start this blog with other people in mind. I am a third-year student in a journalism and international relations bachelor’s program. This blog started as a way for me to practice writing and site management, and it gave me a creative outlet.
I have had the opportunity to travel and experience many things that other 20-year olds have not. I don’t think I’m exceptional or extraordinary, but I do recognize how lucky I have been. I just wanted to share some highlights from my life so far.
I see how dynamic and interconnected the international blogging community is. This is something I would like to be a part of.
- What topics does your blog cover?
I’m not sure I’ve narrowed down the focus of my blog to one or two topics. I live in Hong Kong and I travel around Southeast Asia, so naturally, my photography is focused on those environments.
My writing is inspired by my experiences growing up in Canada and traveling throughout Europe, North America, Central America and Japan.
- What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I moved by myself to Hong Kong for university when I was 17. I had never been there before, and I didn’t know anyone else in the city. I was accepted into the journalism program, which I loved, but my first year at school was hard. Now, I’m going into my third year at the University of Hong Kong and I couldn’t be happier!
I’m not sure it’s the absolute craziest thing I’ve ever done, but if you ask my parents they’ll tell you I was downright out of my mind.
- What’s your idea of a fun day?
I’m a history nerd, so drop me into any major European city and let me explore museums to my heart’s content.
- Why do you travel?
I have always been curious about the world around me. I get restless staying too long in one spot, and it feels like a part of me goes dull. I travel to learn about others, as well as about myself.
- Do you plan your trips ahead and if so, how?
I am a notoriously bad planner. On one hand, this has led me into all sorts of fun and unpredictable situations. On the other, I sometimes feel I miss out on certain experiences that well-organized tourists have.
Last year my roommates and I had arranged to spend a week in Myanmar (formerly Burma) during our autumn reading week. Naturally, I delayed getting my Myanmar visa until the last possible moment. But I forgot that the day before our flight was a national holiday, so I wouldn’t be able to pick up my completed visa. I missed my flight to Yangon, ended up on a red eye to Northern Thailand, and stayed there for two days before crossing the border into Myanmar. Thailand was great and I made new friends at the hostel. But at the same time, I missed an entire leg of our Myanmar trip.
- What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you while you were traveling?
Honestly there have been too many ridiculous moments to count.
When I was hiking the Juan de Fuca trail in British Columbia, Canada, my friends and I had seriously overpacked. While crossing a stream between two ridges, I slipped on a stone and ended up “turtle-ing” on my back in the water. My pack was so heavy I couldn’t get up, so I looked like a little turtle stuck on its back!
- What does your travel outfit look like?
Living in a sub-tropical region, I usually opt for shorts or leggings with my running shoes, a sweatshirt, a t-shirt and a tank top underneath. I always try to carry extra socks, underwear, and a change of top with me as well.
- What is your favourite country to travel to and why?
Nooo! You can’t ask this, it isn’t fair. I’m not just being diplomatic when I say this, but I don’t have a favourite country to visit. Let me give my top three:
- Croatia: I had an incredible time here. I visited Zadar and Split before taking an overnight ferry to Italy’s east coast. The people, beaches, food and historical sites make this country a highlight of any trip!
- Japan: I lived near Yokohama for a time in high school. After getting over my culture shock, I found myself living in a friendly and welcoming place with plenty to explore.
For me, nothing is better than getting to live in a foreign place for months or years at a time. Rather than short vacation trips, total immersion lets you see a different, more intimate side to the region.
- Belize: I spent a month kayaking and camping on islands along Belize’s east coast. From the beautiful and fertile lagoons to the white-sanded archipelagos out at sea, this country taught me to respect and value our natural environment.