Meet location independent world traveler Barbara of Barbaralicious, a travel website that won the Digital Nomad Blog Award in 2017. Barbara is a Travel Blogger, Zumba Instructor, Kizomba dancer and professional translator. She’s also the author of 3 books; My Trip Around The World – A Dream Come True, Traveling on a Low Budget and Travel Solo.
Put it this way, if you are dreaming of a laptop lifestyle then Barbara is probably the person to go to for inspiration, tips and advice. A self-confessed travel addict and digital nomad since 2014, Barbara loves to indulge her passion for languages (she speaks German, Italian and Spanish) while exploring new places and cultures.
Tell us about your digital nomad travel website and how you became a blogger?
My travel blog is called Barbaralicious and is specially targeted to digital nomads and people who work location independent. I started blogging in 2013 because I always had the dream of becoming a writer and a friend said: “Why don’t you just start a blog?”. That same day Barbaralicious was born and just one year later it became my full-time project.
What do you love most about travel blogging?
I just love writing and taking photos. And being able to share beautiful moments and places with the world. I see it as my mission to show people how amazing it can be to work from wherever you want and not being stuck in one place or in an office.
When did you first get the travel bug and how long have you been traveling for?
Well, I think I always loved traveling. But the travel bug got me when I started my trip around the world in November 2014. I haven’t stopped traveling since.
What motivates and inspires you to be a digital nomad?
I just love to be able to decide where to go and where to work from. Opening my MacBook in paradise, watching the most beautiful sunsets after finishing my latest blog post, going on little adventures whenever I want – all this makes me wake up with a smile in the morning.
Name your 10 favorite places you’ve visited.
- Chiang Mai (Thailand)
- Canggu (Bali)
- Koh Lanta (Thailand)
- Budapest (Hungary)
- Palermo (Italy)
- Lisbon (Portugal)
- Valparaíso (Chile)
- Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
- New York City (USA)
Any major travel fails you care to share?
One thing that reminded me that everything happens for a reason: I wanted to book a flight from Saigon to Hanoi and searched on Kiwi. The flight search engine also suggests you other “close” airports when there are better deals. So I didn’t realize that the flight I had chosen wasn’t going from Saigon but from a town called Da Lat. I was super angry at myself and this stupid feature, in the beginning. Then I googled for Da Lat: It’s an amazing region in the mountains of Vietnam. I’m so happy that I had to go there to take my flight to Hanoi. I spent three days in this beautiful region, which I would probably never have gone to otherwise.
What place in the world would you recommend everyone should visit at least once and why?
It’s not about single places. It’s about the act of traveling. It educates you. It shows you how small you are and how big and beautiful the world is. So, in my opinion, everybody should travel alone and long-term at least once in life.
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Based on your travels so far, where have you visited that you would love to go back to and why?
I would love to go back to almost every place I’ve been to. There’s always something new to discover. Maybe, Indonesia is the country I have seen really little of. Even in Bali where I have been twi for a month each time there is still so much to see.
Have you ever visited a place that ended up being a total disappointment?
A few, yes. I was disappointed by Machu Picchu but maybe that was because I had the altitude sickness. I was also disappointed by the Corcovado. Sooooooo crowded! And I’ve been disappointed by Buenos Aires. I expected an amazing city but I didn’t like the atmosphere at all.
What’s the one thing you’d never travel without?
Name your 3 carry on essentials that you bring with you on every flight
My noise-cancelling headphones, my MacBook, granny socks.
What do you love most about coming home after a long trip?
Home is where my MacBook is! It’s not one place anymore.
Where are you off to next?
Budapest! It’s my favorite city in Europe. I will be there for a dancing festival.
What’s on your future travel bucket list?
In the near future, I want to travel to Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Brunei, and Timor Leste. Then, I will have visited every country in South East Asia. I’m also very keen on going to Taiwan.