I met Noni of Noni May in a Facebook group for travelers, like minds coming together to support and help each other in the travel blogging space. Noni is a digital nomad who has a lot of great free and paid content on her website, definitely check it out.
But first, let’s meet Noni!
When and how did you become a traveler?
I've always traveled a lot in Europe, with the thought that everything is so close by (from Amsterdam), why not fly to London for the weekend or ride to Paris for a good breakfast?
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But those didn't feel like proper trips. I got used to it. When I really started to travel was when I got invited by hotels as a blogger. It was my first trip alone and since then I'm more often in other places than home! The world becomes smaller the more you travel, so I'd as easily visit Sweden as Japan or Sydney as New York nowadays! People always ask me how I can travel this much, so I've created a checklist with my top tips to travel more with less money.
Where do you love to travel?
I fell in love with Australia & Fiji and I cannot wait to go back! Unfortunately, it's on the other side of the world so I'd have to save for it after my recent world trip, but I hope to visit Australia this summer again!
Most memorable travel moment:
I've had so many adventures! I can't pick one, but if I have to tell a good story I often tell stories about Fiji because it's such a different world and stories about my time in Macedonia, for the same reason haha.
What won’t you travel without?
My notebook & a camera! Such a standard answer for a writer and photographer 😉
Travel essential – 3 things you always travel with…
Notebooks, gemstones & cameras
Name one thing people would be surprised to find in your travel bag:
When I got about 17kg of overweight in the airport (I wasn't allowed to travel with a bag of 38kg – lol), the airport staff looked really surprised to find out I brought like 8 magazines and 6 books (one of them a 5kg Lonely Planet!). But when you're on the other side of the world, they have literature and magazines they don't import at home – so better make sure you bring back as much as possible.
Perfect travel day from start to finish.
Wake up early with sunrise, a healthy breakfast, some reading by the pool or at the beach, some more in the hammock, meeting up with other travelers or friends to explore the city or go for a walk and ending with a fun dinner, a campfire and cocktails! And second place: waking up in a tent, waking up early from the sunrise & proceed a multi day hike in a beautiful national park (ending with a campfire & beers!)!
What are your favorite food cities? What restaurants do you go to in each?
The best food I've ever eaten was in Indonesia. In Bali, there are a lot of healthy/gluten-free options and both local food (street food, fried rice with chicken) to ‘Western food' like gluten-free/fruit/superfood/whatever… they are both awesome and both widely available on the island.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Los Angeles was a totally different city than I imagined. I expected glamour, The Hills & Hollywood. But (I can't drive) I had to take the bus all the time, people were really rude, a lot of homeless people and weirdo's and.. I didn't really felt safe or glamorous at all.
What has travel taught you?
It's really easy to make new friends and you don't need a lot to be happy. The less money you have to more you feel proud of yourself of surviving and you'll get really creative. Oh and I also learned that I don't really need luxury, the less the happier I am!
Best and Worst place you’ve been to and why?
Best places I've been were Bamboo Backpackers in Fiji and in general Tasmania & Melbourne in Australia. Worst place? The police station in Indonesia.
Noni's Lightning Round of Favorites
Hotel: I really loved Bamboo Backpackers in Fiji (hostel) and the Hilton in London.
Airline: Emirates & Qatar Airways are amazing! The service, the flight attendants, the food… everything is just perfect, even when you're not in business or first class it feels like a 5-star hotel! (I haven't even flown in the luxury classes – as if!)
Airport: Singapore Airport is really rad with all the hangout places they've created and the super nice bathrooms including dressing tables for the girls with superstar light.
Country: Australia & Fiji
Travel Gear: My camera (a Canon Digital SLR), backpack.
Travel App: Pinterest for travel hacks travel inspiration & guides. (And see this blog post I wrote about my favorite Travel apps)
Travel Book: On The Road
Travel Movie: Into the Wild, The Beach, Wild (and okay, On The Road Again)
How about you? What would you like to know about Noni?
You can download Noni's checklist “Travel More with Less Money” here:
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