Traveler Tuesday – Sonja of Migrating Miss
Sonja of Migrating Miss is a very friendly Kiwi that has used homes in 6 countries to travel to 40 countries around the world starting with a stint in America at the age of 16. From there she has never stopped! A non-practicing lawyer and keenly curious traveler who can't sit still, Sonja's mission in life is: Travel is what I love, and travel is what I do.
Let’s meet travel blogger Sonja!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
My parents were really amazing at taking my brother and I on adventures when we were kids. Whether it was a walk along the river to a friends house instead of the road, a road trip around the north island of New Zealand or a trip to the Gold Coast in Australia. I guess that sparked my wanderlust and I’ve loved travelling ever since!
My first big trip alone was when I was 16 and I moved to the USA as an exchange student for a year. When I realised easy living abroad made it to travel and really get to know a new place, I was hooked. I came home and saved money that I constantly put into travel, before moving to Canada for 6 months on a university study abroad.
A year after finishing university I moved to Australia and I haven’t really looked back since! It’s now been six years and I’ve lived in the United Kingdom, returned to Australia, moved to Spain, and moved back to the UK, all while travelling close to wherever I live as much as possible.
 What kind of traveler do you define yourself as?
I switch between a lot of different styles! I’m probably a “slow traveller” in the sense that I often move somewhere and use it as a base to then travel from. But I also enjoy backpacking and usually travel on quite a strict budget if I’m travelling solo (dorms and the cheapest food possible!). Now that I’m married and travelling as a couple a lot more my budget has increased a bit but I’m still usually on the lower end! I love city breaks but I also travel for longer whenever I can, so that I can get out and explore more adventurous areas.
 What do you love most about traveling?
Constantly learning and being somewhere new. Doing new activities and seeing amazing sites with my own eyes. I love to explore new places and learn about them. To try different foods, to meet people who live completely different lives. I just find it all fascinating! Something about travelling makes me feel more alive.
 What do you dislike about traveling?
Packing and unpacking! It used to be exciting to pack for a trip but now it often feels like a chore, unfortunately! Other than that, I do have moments when I wish that someone I know who would love it could be there with me, and they’re not.
 Why should people travel?
Travel can totally change your outlook on life. It can make you more openminded, or see things in a way you might never have before. It can help you to realise what you want to do, or find someone new that you love.
 What famous person would you like to travel with?
Hmm, maybe Louis Theroux! I’ve been watching a lot of his stuff lately and I love how he can be so unassuming, and yet people just open up to him.
 Travel essentials – 3 things you always travel with.
My phone, a pair of shoes I can walk in, and a bunch of adaptors.
 If you’re a foodie, what's your favorite food city? Do you have a restaurant recommendation?
Hmm, this is so hard to choose! I usually like to try the classics wherever I go. Pierogis in Poland, dumplings, and stew in Hungary, currywurst in Berlin… it’s not also the most “foodie” food if that makes sense, but it’s a local staple. If I had to pick one city then I would probably say London. You can find everything there! And they have unlimited brunch, which is basically unlimited food and usually unlimited prosecco or some other kind of drink!
 What's one location on your bucket list?
Just one?! Greenland (and India, and Tanzania, and Peru, and Oman…you get the idea).
 Do you have a piece of advice for bloggers starting out?
Read everything you can about blogging and marketing. Start yourself off on the right foot by knowing about how to market through social media, and what makes a good blog post, and SEO, and website speed. Then you can concentrate on the content!
Sonja's Lightning Round of Favorites
Mode of Transportation: Train
City or Country: Scotland
Travel Gear: Osprey Farpoint 40
Travel snack: Boots Meal Deal..
Book: The Alchemist
Movie: Way too many to choose from! The Shawshank Redemption is one of my favourites.
Song: Here I Go Again… it was my travel song for ages!
You can keep up with Sonja on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and of course on her blog. Wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her travel adventures!
How about you? What would you like to know about Sonja?
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Sonja sounds super interesting and definitely portrays many of my own travel goals! I especially love her tip regarding brunch in London.
Her pictures are stunning! I love what she says about travel! I would love to travel via train sometime!
And yet another person I’ll be jealous of. I so wish I had the time and freedom to travel that much!
I do love to travel, and I have to agree with her that Scotland is one of my very favorite places. I’d love to be able to go back soon.
I think packing and unpacking HAS to be the worst part of traveling. I always darn well forget something I need. Sonja seems as though she has had some really amazing adventures.
So neat! I have always wanted to travel a lot, but with 4 kids that’s not possible for a long time yet for more than vacation. Packing / unpacking is my worst part of traveling.
I just love traveling!!! It must be so neat to always be on the go checking out somewhere new!
I dislike packing, too! The only thing worse is unpacking. and doing the laundry.