I have only recently met Marie through my AFAR Ambassador activities, but I already adore her blog, Eurotrip Tips! She has Europe as her backyard and takes advantage of it via travels and tales of some of the most beautiful and interesting spots on the continent. She shares her adventures and misadventures as an expat, I found a lot of myself in her recent post, “Things I’m Doing Wrong As An Expat.”
I am having a great time getting to know some of the other bloggers working with AFAR and I think they are perfect candidates to spotlight for Traveler Tuesday. I’ve already shared interviews with Matt, Charu, Lauren and Lindsey. Today we have Marie!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
I became a traveler at the age of 19, when I decided to just pack a bag and leave, because we only have one life to live and the world is such a big place, right? Turned out to be more complicated than that. I’ve been a britophile for as long as I can remember, and everyone knows how hard it is to move to the UK, even if you’re from the Commonwealth countries. After much paperwork, tears and desperate sighs, I finally moved to London on a working holiday visa. I lived there for a year, and to this day, it’s the memory I cherish the most from my traveler life.
 What is travel to you in 10 words or less?
Travel is curiosity. Simple as that.
 What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?
Trains, especially in Europe. The network is incredibly spread out, and it’s one of the few modes of transportation where 1st class is affordable. No time is wasted traveling to and from airports, no stressful security checks, and some trains even have free wi-fi and snacks. Plus, hello the scenery. What’s not to like?
 What do you typically do while traveling by plane?
Catch up on the latest movies. I’m a bit of a workaholic, and I can never justify “wasting time” on watching a movie at home. But in a plane, I have no excuse.
 What is your favorite travel memory involving food?
I’m a big fan of trying iconic dishes in their home country. Be it fish & chips on the beach in Brighton, baguette in Paris, meatballs in Sweden or pasta in Italy… I think my favorite, though, is the night I ate my weight in free (!) tapas in Granada. So delicious!
 What is one blogging tip or lesson that you have learned along the way that you can share with my readers?
Don’t give up. Most bloggers will abandon their project within the first year, because for the first few months, it feels like you’re only blogging for yourself, and well, your mom. But readers WILL come if you produce quality, compelling content. Perseverance is key here.
 Where to next?
England – how surprising! – in April, Slovenia and Canary Islands in May and then Canada in June. So exciting!
You can see all of Marie’s AFAR Highlights and Wanderlists which share her experiences in Paris and beyond as well as keep up with her on her blog EurotripTips or Facebook page and check out her chatter on Twitter. She’s also on Pinterest and Flickr. Wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her adventures!
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