I admire people who risk the stability of a stable job or a long-term residence and make travel a priority. Seriously, if I was to start my adult life over I would be the gypsy that I am in my heart. But at this moment in my life, I like having a nice roof over my head and organic groceries on my table, which is why I am only a part-time travel blogger!
However travel blogger Sofie of Wonderful Wanderings decided differently. She left “a stable, predictable career and lead a comfortable life,” hits the road often and has never looked back on her decision. In fact, she thrives on it! By making travel a priority and she happily wanders from her home base in Belgium to the world beyond and shares her stories with her readers.
She proves you can combine work and travel, it is just a matter of organization and prioritization!
Let’s meet Sofie!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
My parents have taken me abroad ever since I was little, but they wouldn’t let me travel by myself until I was 18 years old. Reaching that blessed age I immediately booked a six-day trip to Barcelona with a friend. The hostel we stayed at was pretty crappy, but we met so many people and had such an amazing time in the city that I became hooked. Travel was my thing.
 What is travel to you in 10 words or less?
Getting to know yourself by facing new experiences.
 What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?
A car. I know it’s not ecological, but I love the freedom a car provides. True, it isn’t the most practical means of transportation in a busy city, but other than that it’s the perfect way to get around as you’re free to stop whenever you see something interesting or leave again when you’re ready for a new place.
 What do you typically do while traveling by plane?
When there are in-flight movies I always watch movies as I feel that makes time go by faster. Otherwise I read a book on my tablet. Now that I’ve gotten a new skinny laptop I might try to get some work done on my next long flight, but I don’t think economy class (what I travel in) will be comfortable enough for that.
 What is your favorite travel memory involving food?
Without a doubt having diner at DOP Restaurante in Porto, Portugal. This restaurant is run by the famous Portuguese chef Rui Paula and the food there was exquisite. Siemen, my boyfriend, and I were a bit worried that the place would be to fancy for us, but we had a lovely evening talking and munching away.
 What is one blogging tip or lesson that you have learned along the way that you can share with my readers?
Know where you want to go. I’ve been blogging for two years now, but have only recently really decided upon the direction I want to take my blog in. I feel more confident now about the content I’ll product and which partnerships I should say yes or no to, as I have a certain idea to follow.
I’m sure you can just travel blog about anything and everything and enjoy it or even get some results from it, but I believe that if you want to take this a step further, you really need to specialize. You need that annoying niche everyone keeps talking about:)
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