Each Tuesday from now on I'll be hosting interviews with other travel bloggers, to help you discover more blogs and even more inspiration to travel. If you want to be part of this series please contact me.
1. For those who don’t know you, introduce yourself and your blog.
Hi, I am Michelle. I am a Registered Nurse studying to become a Nurse Practitioner. I am also a traveller. Ok, part-time traveller because I love my day job and I doubt I’ll ever leave it to travel full-time. I am based in the southeast USA in North and South Carolina [It’s complicated]. My blog is A Traveler Rests which is a play on words of where I live [Travelers Rest, SC] and the fact that I don’t travel full-time. My blog doesn’t fit neatly in to one little box but I am a part-time traveller, female traveller, [mostly] solo traveller. I do a lot of day/short-term trips and average couple weeks long trip overseas a year.
2. Are you a light packer or an overpacker, what one thing won’t you leave the house without?
I consider myself a light packer, but some will disagree. Camera equipment is my downfall. I usually carry one backpack and one camera bag.
3. Do you plan trips or just go with the flow?
I am a go with the flow kind of gal. I usually discover things to do once I get to where I am going. I look for deals and then go there…whether that particular place was on my radar or not.
4. Where has been your favourite place to visit to date?
There have been many, but as far as countries go definitely Argentina. It’s pretty varied, and if I had to narrow it down even more, I’d go with Mendoza, Argentina. There are tons of vineyards that produce Malbec. It has an Italian background so the pizza is as good as any I had in Italy. Mendoza sits at the base of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the western hemisphere, and the climate is just about perfect.
5. Is there anywhere you don’t want to go?
I’ve never really wanted to go to China or much of Asia. I do currently have a friend in Vietnam, and I’m contemplating going to visit her.
6. What is the most important item on your “Bucket List”, or if you don’t have one what one place or thing don’t you want to miss out?
I really want to see the Northern Lights. I’ve seen the Southern Lights in Ushuaia, Argentina and I’d love to compare the two.
7. What is the best experience you’ve had whilst traveling?
I can’t narrow it down to one experience, but everywhere I’ve been I’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers. Whenever something has happened to make me want to curse the human race [and believe me, it has], almost immediately something has happened that that counteracted any negative experiences I have had. This has happened at home and abroad, where I speak the language and where I don’t. I try to pay it forward as well.
8. What tip would you give other traveller’s?
Just go. There are hundreds of reasons why you shouldn’t go somewhere. It could be financial or personal or career or whatever. Quit making excuses and just go. The universe will provide…maybe not in the way you want or expect, but the universe will provide.
9. If you had to choose one place to live forever, where would it be and why?
Well…considering I am beginning to build a house, I’d say I’m right where I need to be. I love the area where I live. I just don’t want to be confined to it permanently. For me, travel is exhilarating, but I love coming home too.
10. What’s next for you…
Finishing my degree…hiking the Foothills Trail in May…heading back to Germany in September and visiting Croatia for the first time.
You can find Michelle around the internet at
A Traveler Rests