Traveller Tuesday with Alice of Teacake Travels

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

Hello lovely people! I’m Alice! I’m a British chick travelling around the world for as long as I can get away with it.  I’m particularly mad about hiking.  I’ve been slowly travelling through Asia for the last 5 years and have covered South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines and China so far.  I like to take my time really getting to know a culture and fully throwing myself into it.  My blog is all about solo female travel in Asia and empowering women to be kickass, independent and live life to the full. How I got here in the first place was a complete leap of faith.  You can find out more about my crazy impulsiveness here

2.       Are you a light packer or an overpacker, what one thing won’t you leave the house without?

Without a doubt, I’m a light packer.  If it doesn’t fit in my 32L backpack, I won’t buy it.  I’ve only broken that rule once, buying a Chinese painting which I simply couldn’t resist.  That was shipped right off back home to my parents.  I love biking, hiking and throwing myself on transport impulsively so the last thing I want is the kitchen sink on my shoulders.  I never leave the house without my buff.  I use it as a headband, face mask and a place to store valuables around my wrist.  For my ultimate backpacking packing list, you can learn some super cool tips here.

3.       Do you plan trips or just go with the flow?

It’s a balance of both.  I research online and through word of mouth before leaving, to find things I simply don’t want to miss.  However, for me, travel is all about the adventure, the unknown, meeting locals and putting myself to the test.  If someone suggests something amazing to see or do, I will seize the opportunity.  I believe by being open-minded and flexible, you will gain unforgettable experiences you could never have imagined before leaving. 

4.       Where has been your favourite place to visit to date?

This is a tough one to answer! I feel blessed everyday for being in such amazing places. Huashan Mountain in China really blew my mind though.  I’ve never seen mountains so grandiose and breathtaking.  I crave challenges, adrenaline rushing through my veins and the thrill of truly having to focus.  Hanging off of those relentless mountain sides with just a small harness to keep me safe made my day! 

5.       Is there anywhere you don’t want to go?

I’ll go anywhere and give it a shot!  I strongly believe that you cannot make your mind up about a place until you have been there. It’s impossible to know if you will like something without experiencing it.  I have been in Asia specifically because I feel it presents the most extreme differences compared to the UK.  I am open to the unknown and places which will push me. 

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’m desperate to go to India but in all honesty, I’m still working up the courage to go by myself solo.  I keep getting conflicting opinions from men and women about how safe I would be. I consider myself a calm, assertive, patient and travel savvy lady but would I be able to manage myself there? Regardless,  I need to follow my own cheerleading that I give other women and make sure I go there: ‘You can do it Alice!’

7.       What is the best experience you’ve had whilst traveling?

It’s impossible to whittle it down to one.  Overall, riding around Vietnam on a motorbike for 3 months was one of the most rewarding experiences for me, especially exploring all of the far regions of the northeast and west.  Don’t believe that the route from Saigon to Hanoi is the be all and end all.  It’s another world far up North. 

8.       What tip would you give other travellers?

Travel slow if you can.  Living in a different culture will teach you so much. Your eyes will open even wider to a world you never knew.   Try not to whizz through a country in one week, which is what some people choose to or can only do.  If it is within your means and time is there, slow down, stay and take the time!

9.       If you had to choose one place to live forever, where would it be and why?

Busan in South Korea.  It’s the perfect city.  You have the busy bustle, the beach and endless mountains: all in one place.  That’s heaven on earth for me.  The food is mind-blowing, the social life is fruitful and the people are energetic, warm and hip.  The only reason I left was because I knew I would never leave.  I still think about South Korea a lot.  I don’t regret leaving at all but I have a lot of emotional attachment to that place. 

10.   What’s next for you…

I left Shanghai in August! I’m off to Taiwan for 2 months to hike like crazy, and then I’m off the TBEX travel blogger conference in Bangkok, Thailand.  After that, I’ll finally head to Myanmar.  From then on, I’ll be in Asia (where else?!), continuing to rock solo female travel!

Alice can be found around the internet at:

Facebook: Teacake Travels
Instagram: @teacaketravels
Twitter: @teacaketravels
LinkedIn: Teacake Travels


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