Hello dear readers!
Today I'm interviewing Alex, a London-based traveler who doesn't believe in limiting herself! Her favourite things include craft beer and good food. I think her and I have very similar tastes:) Take a look!
Blog: Better Together Home
I’m Alex and I am a working mum and wife from London, England. I am a travel and lifestyle blogger at bettertogetherhome.com and I am a lover of craft beer, great food, red lipstick and exploring new places.
About Alex and her Blog
- When did you start blogging and why?
I have always adored writing, ever since I was a little girl (and would spend hours creating imaginary Worlds and insisting on my cousins performing in my handwritten plays!) and it’s always been such a big part of my life. My blog started from a friend asking me to write her an itinerary of a trip I took to the South of France, I really enjoyed writing it and she shared it with her friends; one of them then emailed me and told me I should be writing a blog and sharing my passions with the World. It took me a couple of years to actually take the plunge, and so I’m still pretty new to the blogging World but I LOVE it!
- What topics does your blog cover?
My blog is a space for me to share everything that I am and everything that I love! I am a working mama, wife, traveller, lover of craft beer and great food, wearer of red lipstick and a crafter too. So my blog covers a wide variety of subjects – people don’t fit into niches so I don’t think our blogs should either! My focus is on travel and sharing my experiences however I cover a lot of different things – anything from motivational ideas to help you find your passion in life, to destination guides or home décor projects! You can find out more about me here.
- What did you want to be when you were a child and why?
Until I was 12 and watched Jaws I was obsessed with becoming a marine biologist! I still love the sea but the sharks (and the whole science bit!) put me off of that career path. After that, I wanted to be a writer and journalist but after a stint at the Daily Mirror I realised that corporate journalism was really not my calling in life and so write for the love of it rather than for my career!
- Who is the biggest influence in your life and why?
I’ve been influenced by so many people in my life – from my incredible dad; a man who travelled the World, would do anything for his family and who is the most genuine person you could meet; to Dolly Parton (!) and my husband. I really believe that other people influence us in so many ways – even the negative experiences I’ve had with people in my life have influenced me for the better.
- What’s your all-time favourite quote?
I do love an inspirational quote and I adore The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and Harry Potter; so I have two all-time favourite quotes:
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore
“Not all those who wander are lost;” – Tolkien
I have a post of 50 most inspiring travel quotes here!
- What is the most special trip you’ve ever done, and why?
Oh this is a hard one! Our honeymoon in Edinburgh was special (for obvious reasons), as was our trip to Prague as it was our first family holiday – I’ve shared lots about Prague here.
However the most incredible travel experiences I’ve ever had were in Iceland – it was absolutely amazing and I got to see the Northern Lights; I wrote about our trip here.
- What 3 things has travelling taught you?
Travel has taught me so much, I guess the main things are:
- To be open to new experiences and opportunities
- ‘People are people the whole world over’. Countries and entire cultures get bad reputations but at the end of the day when you actually meet people from those places, it really makes you realise that we really are all the same, regardless of religion or birthplace. I like to think that when I travel I leave people with a better impression than the ‘Brits abroad’ expectation they may have had previously.
- A lot about myself – I’ve learnt what my values are, what my priorities are, who I am as a person without any of the labels I have at home – i.e. Who I am when I’m not being a ‘mum’ or ‘wife’ or ‘daughter’ or ‘employee.
- What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you while travelling?
Travelling with kids means there are always funny experiences! Once in the Tate Modern in London, my daughter said *very loudly* that she thought that one of the pieces of art was made out of recycling and looked like ‘a big piece of rubbish’!!! All the other people in the room were trying not to laugh and I was really embarrassed!
Also when I went to Iceland with a friend we’d been up all night on the Northern Lights tour and so part way through our Golden Circle tour the next day I told her that I was going to head back to the coach for a nap whilst she explored our stop. I was woken up 30 minutes later by a very confused guy who was adamant that I had taken his seat and it was a few minutes before I realised that I had gone back to the wrong coach! I very nearly ended up on an expedition to cave dive in a glacier!
- What top 3 destinations are on your bucket list and why?
I have a whole Bucket List that you can see here - it’s absolutely rammed with places I want to go, skills I want to learn and experiences I want to try.
- Where are you based now, and why do you love it?
We live in London for work and so, whilst it is not where I would love to live, I do have a special place in my heart for it. I love how multi-cultural the city is and how there is such beauty and history in its streets. Some of our favourite places in London are Greenwich, bankside (especially the Tate Modern and the Globe), and Soho. I love walking along the Southbank, eating street food at Borough Market, catching a movie at the Prince Charles cinema and drinking craft beer in a pub garden on a summer evening! I would love to move to Scotland, particularly Glasgow, as it’s one of my favourite cities ever!