Hi, I’m Angie, and I guess you landed on this page because you are interested in discovering more about me and how I became a travel blogger.
Firstly, I am not a digital nomad, but do consider myself a wanderer. I haven’t given it all up to travel the world, but never say never!
For three decades I have travelled independently to some of the most amazing places on the planet.
I enjoy talking about my travels with others and planning in-depth travel itineraries, which is why, after many years of pondering about it, I became a travel blogger and created Where Angie Wanders so I can share my love of travel and inspire others to wander in my footsteps.
I write about destinations I have experienced, and if I don’t like any aspect of my stay, I won’t sugar-coat the facts. You will get my authentic opinion so you can build trust in my recommendations.
How my love of travelling began
I first went abroad when I was 19 with my then-boyfriend/now-husband, and I immediately became hooked on travel. Foreign shores and the excitement of being away from home gave me such an adrenaline rush.
Now in my 50s, I am still as passionate about organising a trip as I was all those years ago. As soon as I return home from one trip, you will find me arranging the next.
Travel has shaped me into a passionate travel blogger
The countries I have visited have all given me different reasons to fall in love with them, from the landscapes of Norway and the historical past of Cambodia to the culture in France and the diversity of Australia; I am always curious and love to explore hidden paths and doorways away from the crowds.
The excitement of not knowing what lies beyond drives me and keeps me searching for that next undiscovered secret. These travel experiences have shaped me into the person I am today.
About my travel style
My travel style is mixed. I am fortunate to have stayed in some of the world’s finest hotels, resorts and destinations, but that doesn’t define me as a traveller.
If you enjoy the same things as me, then I hope my travel blog will inspire you, and my section on Hotels and Resorts will appeal to you.
Am I a solo travel blogger?
A huge no to that. I have never needed to travel alone, and although I enjoy my own company and am open to trying it, I always have a willing travel companion ready to come along on one of my trips.
Where is home?
Of course, I also adore long-haul trips and Road Trips at home and abroad.
The longest time I have travelled constantly was when I enjoyed an epic round-the-world three-month trip with my 18-year-old son. A mother/son adventure that will stay with me forever.
My methods as a travel blogger
My extensive research for trips includes flights, hotels, excursions and restaurants, and I book everything independently.
I look for places that are not so widely written about so I can share the excitement of finding a hidden gem with my readers.
I like to know where I’m going and what I will be doing, but sometimes life does throw a curveball at you, and I like to think I can generally catch it and work around the problem.
Be prepared and research everything
I like to know where the best places to eat, drink and get great coffee are before I arrive at my destination, and I have to admit, in all my years of travelling, I have never tried “street food”. However, I have eaten crocodile, warthog, snake and several other unusual concoctions in restaurants worldwide.
Travelling is food for the soul; it enriches your life through the experiences you gain from exploring new places.
Fun things I have experienced during my travels
- Climbed Table Mountain in flip-flops.
- Bumped heads with a turtle while snorkelling in the Maldives.
- Visited the Tsar palaces in Russia.
- Been inside Buckingham Palace.
- Been to the top of the world’s tallest building in Dubai.
- Slept with elephants in South Africa.
- Drunk the world’s most luxurious 24kt gold coffee in Abu Dhabi.
- Eaten at a hobbit’s banquet in Hobbiton, New Zealand.
The more amazing places I travel to, the more things I want to do when I get there.
- This travel blog is my labour of love, and it makes me so happy when a reader tells me an article I have written has helped them.
- Planning a trip itinerary from scratch.
- Swimming in the ocean and watching the sunset.
- Walking through a forest on a sunny day
- Discovering a new culture.
- Setting a goal and achieving it.
- Rudeness and lack of manners.
- Noise. My earplugs are my number one travel essentials.
- Lack of people’s spatial awareness when encroaching into my personal space.