I’ve embarked on a Travel Blogger Q&A Series – These are the amazing people that travel the world and share their stories on their blogs. Through this series, I aim to share a better understanding of travel bloggers apart from their blogs – a little more on the personal side of travel! Join me in this interview with Nic, one half of KIC Travels!
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I’m Nic, half of Kic Travels. Originally from the UK, I’ve been travelling with my husband around Central and South America for the past 6 months. Sadly our trip will be coming to an end in the next few weeks (pass the tissues), but we have exciting things planned for the next few months including a move to Australia!
What is your earliest travel memory?
My earliest travel memory is playing on the beach in Exmouth, Devon, where I spent most of my childhood summer holidays. Whilst on holiday I remember that I was always allowed an ice-cream a day from the ice cream van. Subconsciously I still feel entitled to this… but when we’re travelling for 6 months it’s probably not the healthiest rule!
Have you ever cried at the airport?
Yes, always on the way home. I’ve had a few big adventures abroad and at the end I’ve found saying goodbye to the friends I’ve made really difficult. After doing Camp America 8 years ago I remember crying most of the way home. More recently I spent 6 months working in Zambia and I definitely shed a tear at the airport on the way back from there. I knew that most of my Zambian friends (and pets) I would never see again.
What’s your travel style?
Backpacking, scrimping and saving, cramming into local chicken buses and walking everywhere else… yeh we’re currently those people.
What is your favourite city?
It has to be Newcastle in the north of England. It’s where I went to University and where I met my husband so we have so many great memories.
What is the weirdest thing you carry while travelling?
My husband is pretty ruthless with packing so I don’t get away with bringing anything too weird. For the last 3 months, however, we have been lugging around 3kg of coffee that we bought in Colombia… it might not be that weird but it’s most definitely heavy!
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done on holiday?
You might argue that some of the self-guided hikes we have done are more adventurous, but for me the most “out of my comfort zone” I’ve felt recently was whilst rafting in Banos, Ecuador. I’d never been rafting before. We were given a 10 minute zero to hero lesson and then before we knew it we were bombing down Class IV rapids! Unfortunately our boat flipped on one of the first rapids and I got caught underneath the boat. After a small panic I was lured back into the boat and did get to the end of the rapids. Did I enjoy it? In hindsight, yes, but at the time I would have said no!
What do you collect when travelling?
Scarves – I just love them!
If you could time travel, which era and area would you choose?
I loved visiting the Galapagos recently, but how cool would it have been to be one of the first to visit the Islands on the HMS Beagle in 1835! Imagine how mind-blowing seeing those Giant Turtles would have been!
Which is your favourite international meal?
Has to be a Pad Thai! Just the way they whip it up on the streets of Bangkok.
What do you miss most about home when you travel?
My own bed with my comfy pillows and childhood cuddly toys (yes I’m married and still have a cuddly toy).
How does travel make you feel?
Free, humble and often very privileged.
Where is the best party scene?
I’ve travelled to so many places but no where will beat Newcastle for parties for me. Where else in the world can you head out to a trebles bar in the middle of winter wearing a mini skirt, crop top and heals?
Favourite travel related book?
I’ve read a lot recently, but nothing can beat Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. It’s so beautifully written and heart warming.
Worst piece of travel advice you’ve received?
“6 months is too long, you won’t enjoy travelling for that long”… well at the end of our 6 month adventure I can safely say we’ve had an absolute ball!
What’s your ritual when you get to a new destination?
After finding somewhere to stay I head straight out to explore a place by foot. Sometimes I even put my trainers on and run around a place. Just wandering the streets is a great way to get your bearings on a place and absorbs the atmosphere.
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