A passionate wildlife enthusiast and globetrotting writer… meet our latest Female Travel Blogger! This week we’re getting to know Jo and we bet that if you do, you’ll want to wander the world with her too – virtually – alongside her many blog readers over at the aptly named Wander With Jo. A self-confessed thrill-seeker, Jo’s been traveling the world pretty much all of her life and has uncovered some of the world’s best hikes, paragliding hotspots, waterfalls and ahem drinking holes. We wanted to know who, what, why, when and how, and so we asked…
Hi Jo, tell us about your website and how you became a travel blogger?
My travel blog WanderWithJo cropped out of my top two passions in life – travel and writing. It was a fairly obvious choice, but it took me a decade of traveling to finally start the blog as a journal to jot down my adventures. Soon, it turned into a full blown passion project.
What do you love most about travel blogging?
The constant challenges it throws your way. There is always something new to learn, a new Google algorithm update, a new Social media site, a new bookmarking tool, a new travel app – there is never a dull moment. Blogging keeps you up to date on the digital world, new travel trends and pretty much keeps you on your toes all the time. The constant kudos from friends, fans, fellow travelers and well wishers is always a big plus.
When did you first get the travel bug and how long have you been traveling for?
Honestly, I have been traveling since I recall. My early travel days were constant trips to the jungles of India with my parents. My father is a wildlife tour operator which fueled my love for animals, nature and travel, at a very young age.
What motivates and inspires you to travel so often and so far?
Well, once the travel bug bites, there is no turning back. Exploring new offbeat places, meeting locales and ticking things off my never ending bucket list is a constant goal.
How do you afford to travel to so many amazing places so often?
I have multiple income streams and I can work remotely. Mainly, I work as a freelance outreach expert for top travel brands where I connect brands with bloggers. Next I have the travel blog and several freelance travel writing projects which all add up. Often, I collaborate with brands or tourism boards to go on sponsored press trips.
Name your 5 favorite places that you’ve visited so far
As a wildlife lover, I would put Africa on top of the list. Kenya and South Africa were absolutely fantastic. I also enjoyed Croatia and Slovenia a lot and Indonesia is pretty much like a second home to me.
What’s your biggest major travel fail so far?
As a queen of travel fails, this question seems to be meant for me. I have had many but I guess a bike accident in Laos on my very first completely solo trip while doing a 300 km bike loop, and having no insurance, was quite horrific. I had to drive back 100 kms to the city with an injured leg. The wound was so bad I could barely walk and had to take a wheelchair at the airport while flying back to India.
What place in the world would you recommend everyone should visit at least once and why?
Africa! It is so diverse and wonderful. Especially if you are a wildlife lover, this continent is unmissable.
Have you ever visited a place that ended up being a total disappointment?
I wasn’t very thrilled with Cambodia though I loved Koh Rong. I am not a big fan of cities so even Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam weren’t as exciting.
What’s the one thing you’d never travel without?
Name your favorite backpack or suitcase of all time
When not on the road describe a typical day spent at home and where is ‘home’ for you?
Home is New Delhi in India for me. A typical day is responding to emails for the first half, gym in the evening, drinks with friends every few days or working on the blog in the evenings, and Netflix at night.
What do you love most about coming home after a long trip?
Familiarity – family, friends, my bed 🙂
Where are you off to next?
No plans. Just got back from two months in Europe so taking a month to catch up on work backlog before I head off again.
What’s on your future travel bucket list?
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Northern lights in Norway, top my list. South America is a close third.
Finally, what advice would you give to an apprehensive best friend about world travel?
Don’t overthink anything, just travel and there will be no looking back.
I’m deeply inspired by: Bloggers who can juggle work and travel
My latest obsession is: Netflix
#1 place I love: Africa
#1 place I hate: Delhi
Easiest place to travel solo: Anywhere in Southeast Asia – Laos, Thailand, Bali, Vietnam, Cambodia are easy first time solo travel destinations which won’t even break your bank.
Best place to party with friends: Berlin
Most romantic place in the world is: Eiffel Tower at night can be pretty impressive
My favorite travel quote is: “Don’t listen to what they say – Go See”