Welcome to the latest installment of our interview series with some of our favorite travel bloggers. Today we’re chatting with Amanda Williams, the owner of the travel blog A Dangerous Business. Originally from Ohio, Amanda's adventurous nature and inability to say "no" have led her to some pretty amazing adventures all around the world. But she has no desire to stop exploring anytime soon. Read Amanda's blog, A Dangerous Business, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
Q1. How did you get into travel blogging/writing?
Amanda - I have no idea when I got into writing - to be honest, I've loved writing for as long as I can remember. But travel blogging was a different story. I decided to start a travel blog in early 2010 simply because I was bored at work. I was working as a copy/layout editor at a small newspaper, and didn't have the opportunity to write much any more. I decided to start a blog as a creative outlet, and settled on travel as a topic simply because I had spent some time abroad in college and really loved learning about the world.
Q2. What has been your most rewarding travel moment?
Amanda - That's a tough question! The first experience that comes to mind is the week I spent volunteering at Elephant Nature Park in Thailand in early 2014. ENP is dedicated to rescuing abused and injured elephants in Southeast Asia and then giving them a sanctuary in which to live out the rest of their lives. The focus is on sustainable tourism (no elephant rides here!), and I LOVE what they do. Spending a week getting to know the elephants and their stories was incredible.
Q3. Have any mishaps happened to you on the road? What was most notable?
Amanda - There are always mishaps when you travel, but I've been really lucky that my worst mishaps have just been getting sick. I caught a horrible flu in Scotland that followed me to Central America, I had a bout of food poisoning in Cambodia that messed up my stomach for weeks, and I caught the dreaded "backpacker lung" while traveling around Europe a few years ago, which left me with a nasty hacking cough for about a month.
Q4. Has travel insurance ever helped you out during your travels?
Amanda - I thankfully have never had to use my travel insurance on the road - but I ALWAYS purchase it for longer trips. Better safe than sorry, as they say.
Q5. What’s your best travel tip you always give people?
Amanda - My favorite tip is to always follow your instincts. Your intuition is often much smarter than you give it credit for, and it can be especially helpful when you're stressed out. If you listen to your gut - whether it's warning you to be careful, or begging you to do something you never had planned - you'll have a much better chance of enjoying a great trip.
Q6. If you could only ever visit one more place in your life, where would it be and why?
Amanda - That's evil! But I would probably say New Zealand, because it's my favorite country in the world. If I knew I could only go one more time, I think I would probably just stay there and never leave.
Q7. Please share a photo during a recent trip and give us the short backstory.
Amanda - This photo was taken at Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies in September. This was my second time visiting Lake Louise, but the first time I saw it unfrozen! I spent a day in the Rockies after taking the Rocky Mountaineer train across western Canada, and saw as many lakes, mountains, and glaciers as I could fit into one day.
Thank you Amanda for participating in our interview series, and be sure to read all of her RoamRight blog posts here!
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