Travel Blogger Q&A Series – Walking on Foreign Chels

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 Michelle from Walking on Foreign Chels!

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My name is Michelle and I’m a travel blogger at I’m from Hamilton, New Zealand and in the next few months I will be relocating to Nottingham, England which means easier access to Europe! I like to write about my travels and experiences and as much as I say I’ll write about it along the way, it never happens! I get too caught up in what I’m experiencing I completely forget about my blog. I’m not currently travelling, but hubby and I have plans to spend a week in Morocco in October once I’ve relocated to the UK in September so I’m in the planning stages of that at the moment.


What is your earliest travel memory?

My earliest travel memory is travelling Australia (from New Zealand) with my parents and younger brother when I was 11. We went for about 2 weeks and I remember visiting Sydney, the Gold Coast and spending time at all the theme parks there before heading over to Daydream Island in the Whitsunday’s. From here we got to visit the Great Barrier Reef and I had my very first experience snorkelling in the ocean. I remember seeing all the colourful fish and corals and I was completely blown away by two of the resident fish – a napoleon wrasse named Fred and a giant grouper named George.


Have you ever cried at the airport? 

Yes, I have cried at the airport! Only 2 weeks ago I was bawling my eyes out as my husband has relocated to Nottingham, England and it will be a few more months until I can join him. So, I was pretty upset to see him go.


What’s your travel style?

I love to plan, so does my husband. So, our trips are usually planned down to the smallest detail which allows us to pack in as much as we possibly can. We both have a love of history, so, we tend to visit places that have a lot of history there. We also love wildlife and experiencing other cultures. Trying to fit everything in can be a mission!


Hot Air Balloon Teotihuacan


What is your favourite city?

London, England is my favourite city. I love the history of the place (almost 2000 years’ worth!) and the feel of the city is incredible. There is so much to see and do, I could never be bored in London!


What is the weirdest thing you carry while travelling?

I don’t know if it’s weird, but it is practical! I carry a power board, so I can plug in all my chargers in one place with only one power adapter!


What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done on holiday?

I have two! One would be: Hot Air Balloon over Teotihuacan. We did this on my 32nd birthday while we were travelling through Mexico for a month. I had never been in a hot air balloon before and I was terrified as I really didn’t want to crash and burn. It was an incredible experience and I’m so glad I did it as seeing the ruins of the City of the Gods from the sky was so incredible – I can’t even put into words how amazing it was!

The other one would be: Swimming with humpback whales in Tonga. This was such an incredible experience! Being in the water with creatures this big is mind-blowing. I really never realised just how big they were until I was actually watching them swim around below me.




What do you collect when travelling?

Way too much stuff! Hubby and I love souvenirs, so we’ve picked up quite a few as we’ve travelled but we don’t like to have cheap knick-knacks. We try to get things that are relevant to the place we are in (either the site, city or country) so that it has some meaning to us and brings back memories of that place when we look at it. We often talk about the different pieces we’ve bought and reminisce about the experience we had there.


If you could time travel, which era and area would you choose?

There would be so many! For me, the 1920’s are an era I would love to see; particularly in Paris where all the great literary giants spent a lot of time. Also the same era in New York, LA and Chicago – gangsters, prohibition and the movies!


Which is your favourite international meal?

Burritos in Tulum, Mexico. They were the best burritos I have ever eaten! I wasn’t too taken with the food in Mexico (I know many people would disagree!) but when we arrived in Tulum we found a Burrito place and ate pretty much every meal there for three days!


What do you miss most about home when you travel?

I miss my bed the most. I don’t sleep well in other beds, so I always enjoy coming home to my own bed.




How does travel make you feel?

It is hard to describe how travelling makes me feel. There is something deep inside me that makes me want to get out and see the world. I don’t like staying in one place too long and I need to get out and experience new places on a regular basis. I love learning about the history and cultures in other countries and I feel good being able to say, “I experienced that!” There is a sense of freedom when travelling that allows me to forget about day to day life and just enjoy the world.


Where is the best party scene? 

I don’t party haha! Too old for that really but I do enjoy being part of the local happenings so we often wander around the places we visit at night to soak up the atmosphere. The closest thing to a party scene, for me, would be Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca which is like a festival all over the city.


What is your favourite travel-related book?

Do Lonely Planet guides count? They’re about the only travel books I read!




Worst piece of travel advice you’ve received?

“Lets just see what happens when we get there!” I hate it! I like to have a plan, I like to know what I’m doing when and where and how much it’s going to cost before I get there. I often have so many places I want to see and do that not having some kind of plan would mean I will miss out on some amazing experiences. That’s not to say I don’t also allow for time to relax and just see where the day takes us, I just don’t want my whole trip to be about that.


What’s your ritual when you get to a new destination?

We arrive at the airport, change some money to local currency and head for our hotel. We usually plan to get in early enough that we can still fit some sightseeing in for the day so after checking in and getting unpacked (totally unpacked, like into drawers and wardrobes and everything!) we’ll head out into the city to explore and look for food!

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