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We got Mail! - Interview with Alli from The Vintage Postcard

Written By The Travelling Postcard on 15 March 2015 | 23:47

This is Alli from The Vintage Postcard and we had the great opportunity to interview her. She gives us her best tips on one of her favourite destinations from around the globe. Read her story here and find out more! 

Photos provided are from New Zealand: Picton
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When did you first start travelling?
When I was 22 years old I embarked on my first solo trip to Europe and was hooked ever since!

How many countries visited?
So far I've visited 26 countries and 6 continents

Favourite Country? 
Such a hard question! My favourite countries so far have been Croatia, New Zealand, Peru and Laos. I can't narrow it down to one! 

Best travel advice ever received?
Life is truly what you make it!

Where are you now? 
At home in Canada!

Photos provided are from New Zealand: Christchurch
In depth with The Vintage Postcard;

Please tell us a bit about who you are, what made you love travel?
I'm a young travel blogger and writer from Toronto, Canada, and experiencing all the unknowns that come with traveling really made me fall in love with it. I love hearing new languages, tasting new exotic foods, and learning unique customs from different parts of the world! It truly gives me so much happiness and joy and I just want to do as much of it as I can. 

How did you bring about The Vintage Postcard?? What is it all about and to what type of traveler is it dedicated to? 
I created my blog The Vintage Postcard as a way to document my stories and photographs from my travels and also to create an inspiring place. The topics of my blog are mainly adventure, food and wine, art and culture, and photography. I love sharing my experiences with others and hope to inspire my readers through my writing and photography. It really is about following your passion to see the world, even if you have so many at-home commitments you don't wish to abandon and leave forever. My blog is NOT a blog to inspire others to sell everything they own and hit the road for years like countless others are. I want my home to come back to, my relationships, my work, my life. Traveling to so many amazing places is still so possible, and I hope my readers will see that through my blog and provide them with inspiration. 

From your favourite country mentioned above, what top experiences would you suggest cannot be missed? Either for the country as a whole or a town / city within it.
For New Zealand as a whole: renting a camper van and driving all along the South Island! It's an incredibly gorgeous country and the South Island brings with it so many diverse landscapes. First you'll be in the dense rain forest, then along the ocean, then an icy glacier, then a pristine beach paradise, then magical fjords, then a beautiful mountain top, then an amazing sparkling blue lake, and then in the flat countryside. . . all within fairly close range!!! A camper van is the way to see it all and take in every amazing landscape.

Two / Three hints or tips for travellers wanting to travel to your favourite destination? 
When traveling to New Zealand, a suitcase is out of the question. Well, it should be out of the question. A suitcase for a trip to New Zealand just isn't practical. It's an incredible place to hike and a suitcase will only hinder a traveler trying to navigate their way through New Zealand's exotic terrain. A backpack will be more efficient in so many ways. It will make life easier and more enjoyable while discovering this gorgeous country.

In Queenstown, enjoying a burger at the famous Fergburger is a must, preferably the "Big Al."

In Kaikoura, locate the hundreds of seal pups at the waterfall in a hidden cove off the shore of the ocean. It's a seal pup party in there! 

Make a visit to Christchurch and support the city's rehabilitation and progress to get back to the vibrant city it was before the devastating earthquake hit in 2010 and 2011.

What's your funniest / most embarrassing thing that's happened to you while traveling? 
The first thing that comes to mind is how much of a giant in a dollhouse I felt while visiting Cusco, Peru. Every shop I went into, I would bash my head on either the ceiling or door frame. The people of Cusco are so small and I literally felt like I was crouching through dollhouses. I'm 5'6" but felt like I was 7 ft tall! Despite my conscious efforts to watch my head, I would always end up whacking it off something here and there, so I couldn't help myself from laughing at how inevitable it seemed. 

If you had just won the lottery, where would you travel to tomorrow or what travel experience would you try? 
I would travel to Japan! I would travel around the whole country and make sure to participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and hopefully partake in a home stay.

Photos provided are from New Zealand: Wanaka
For fellow bloggers/writers out there: 

What advice would you give to start up bloggers? 
Do not make excuses. It's easier said than done, but life is just so short to not do the things you want to do. If nothing else, you will probably make some killer stories out of it . . . I know I did! Most importantly, have fun with your blog. It is very easy to start comparing yourself to others, but please remember why you started in the first place and don't lose sight of that.

What's the best way you fund your travels? 
Simply stating "saving" seems too generic and vague, so here are a few ways I do manage to save:
- Earn some extra income whether it's teaching yoga or my photography business
- Make it a true priority
- Assess expenditures  --> Make a list of daily/monthly expense. Organize into two columns: Needs and Wants. Slowly eliminate all the "wants" from the list of purchased items. I'm always surprised to learn how much I can truly cut back and save, as I discover how little you really need.

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