The latest world traveller to enter my ongoing series is the lovely Samantha, who makes up one half of the Travelling King website. Read Samantha’s story – from Zimbabwe to Australia and now the world…
Who are you?
Hi, I’m Sam and My husband Pete and I run Travellingking.com. Travelling King is a luxury travel blog that focuses on affordable luxury travel and fun tourist attractions. It’s our mission to see and promote Luxury travel and all that it has to offer, through our own personal means and our website.
Where are you from?
I was born in Zimbabwe and moved to Adelaide, Australia with my mum in 2000.
Where have you been?
I used to travel to my grandparents every holidays, I lived in Bulawayo and they lived in Harare. Then I moved over to Australia in 2000 and didn’t do much travelling til I met Pete. Pete and I travelled around Australia in between work, we have been to Pert, Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane (including a few little places close by the city). Then we got married in 2011 and went over to Thailand for our honeymoon, we spent 2 weeks in Phuket and fell in love with it! The next year we went back to Thailand and spend 1 week in Bangkok, 5 days in Koh Samui and 11 days in Phuket. (http://www.travellingking.com/category/thailand/). I recently got back from a solo trip to London.
Where are you now?
At the moment we are home in Adelaide. Sadly we both work full time so we are limited by our time off. But we certainly make the most of it!
What are the top 3 places you’ve visited?
Thailand, Thailand and Thailand
All three of the places we have travelled have been wonderful! Thailand, Australia and London.
What is the best travel experience you’ve had?
There are so many to choose from, Hot air ballooning in the Flinders Ranges (http://www.travellingking.com/hot-air-ballooning-flinders-photo-blog-part-2/) going on a wine tour via Helicopter in Melbourne (http://www.travellingking.com/arrived-celebrities-feeling-stop-point-helicopters/), snowboarding in New Zealand, having lunch at the Eiffel Tower (on a day trip).
What is the worst travel experience you’ve had?
We have had a few which mainly include terrible hotel stays, both Pete and I have worked in hotels and I sometimes think our expectations are far too high.
What is the funniest travel experience you’ve had?
Its hard to think of one on the spot, one that sticks out is anytime we go snowboarding, I end up getting wrapped around a pole or a tree in a very arty way! Or putting my helmet on backwards and wearing it out the whole day!
Another one, which wasn’t very funny at the time was when we were at the Palazzo Versace, trying to look and act like we fitted in, I walked straight into a hard marble corner and had to “gracefully” limp to our room to find I had blood running down my leg and a nice big gash, I was too embarrassed to ask the hotel for help (good thing Pete was there to be a Nurse). I can laugh about it now because I have a fairly big scar on my leg to remind me of the wonderful time we had there (seriously, it was awesome!).
Or the time I sat in the pool with my cousin almost all day in the Thailand sun and got so burnt I couldn’t wear underwear for almost a week, the funniest part was the language barrier I ran into when I went for a “relaxing and soothing” aloe vera wrap in the hotel spa and got an excruciating hour and a half massage!
What is the scariest travel experience you’ve had?
As silly as it sounds, the scariest experience I have had, was a recent trip to London by myself (from Australia). I’m so used to travelling with someone else and being able to rely on another person if something happens. I stayed in Soho and took the tube to the Leicester station however had no idea how to get from the station to my hotel as I didn’t have a map! I wandered around for ages and stood on a corner trying to work out where I was and what I was going to do, I noticed a Bank and though they might be able to point me in the right direction but sadly they were closed and all the people I tried to talk to were foreigner’s too! Luckily I looked up from the closed door of the bank and saw my hotel and promptly asked for a map at check in!
The whole experience of travelling solo was scary to me, I didn’t feel safe walking around at night by myself and with that said I was only in London for 5 days and had travelled from Australia so I was usually fast as sleep by 9:30pm!
What is the most random job you have had on your travels?
I haven’t had a chance to work while travelling just yet – maybe one day. Although my “job” in our travelling partnership is navigator which I usually get fired from because I get us lost! Whoops!
How do you fund your travels?
Pete and I both work full time jobs and have no life.. ha ha!! We own a properly in the country and usually go down and enjoy the peace and quiet on the weekends and work during the week.
What 3 tips would you give a new traveller before they set off on their adventure?
– Get a map!
– Learn the customs of the country you are going to
– Always have travel insurance! (and back up cash)
What are your future travel plans?
I’m heading off to the Problogger conference on the Gold Coast at the end of this month and then Pete and I are off to China, Singapore and the Philippines for 3 weeks in October! Really looking forward to being tourists for the first 2 weeks and then relaxing on the beach for the last week.
Hi, we are Sam & Pete from Travellingking.com. Travelling King is a luxury travel blog that focuses on affordable luxury travel and fun tourist attractions. It’s our mission to see and promote Luxury travel and all that it has to offer, through our own personal means and our website.
Thanks to Samantha for being the latest in my series of World Travellers! If you travel the world and run a travel blog or are a travel writer, please get in touch, you can be featured (there’s a HUGE waiting list at present), either e-mail jonny (at) dontstopliving (dot) net or head to my contacts page and get connected! You can also subscribe to Don’t Stop Living by filling in the form below! Safe travels!