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Meet the Gypsies : Angela of Angela Travels
Angela is a small town girl with a travel bug to explore the world. Trying to make the most of her vacation days, she is a travel blogger sharing her local and world travel adventures. From local weekend hiking to full vacations, her blog shares how she gets out of the city.
1. Who are you? Where are you from? Where are you now?
I am Angela of Angela Travels. I am from a rural town in Pennsylvania that loves the outdoors. I currently live in Seattle and am exploring the PNW when I am not traveling.
2. What’s your packing strategy? Heavy or light packer? Suitcase or backpacker?
I try to be a lightweight as possible and pack a backpack. Since most of my trips include overnight backpacking and camping, weight and a suitcase wouldn’t cut it.
3. How do you afford your travels? Budget traveler or lean more towards luxury?
I am very frugal in general. I started off as a very budget oriented traveler since I was in college and didn’t have much money. This included camping instead of paying for accommodations. However, now that I have a full time job, I can afford more perks when traveling. I definitely still research and spend time trying to use miles or deals while traveling. The more time and effort you make to save money; the more trips you can take.
4. If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
I worked in a Thai restaurant through college. I just adored the kindness I received from my Thai coworkers, so I would definitely want to learn more about where they came from by visiting their beautiful country.
5. Is there anywhere you won’t travel to and why?
I try to be as open as possible. I guess I would have to say either some remote places in Africa since I have a hard time saying no to people. It would probably scar my heart to see the corruption. Some people thrive on traveling to places like that, but I like to be as helpful and considerate to the places I visit. You still can be, but I feel I would lose lots of money by trying to “help.”
6. You love photography and are a fellow Canon user (yay!). What would you say are the must have camera items for travelers?
I could do a whole blog post on this! If I had to chose one, then I would definitely pick an extra battery. I find that everyone always has extra memory cards or can delete some access pictures, but you are done if you don’t have more battery life. Another must have would be a tripod to help with low lighting. Intervalometers serve two purposes: long exposures and time lapse settings. If I have time, I love to take time lapses, so this piece of equipment is very useful!
7. I also lived in the PNW. What are some of your favorite areas out there?
The mountains! The North Cascades can be a drive, but they are totally worth the beauty. However, if you are short on time, Rainier is a great option as well. The Olympic Peninsula is great and has mountains, rainforest, and beaches, but it can be hard to get to and time consuming. If you want to check out the city of Seattle, then Pike Place Market and the Museum of Flight are high on my list.
8. You have a bucket list. Of the items you’ve crossed off, what has been your favorite? Will you be crossing anymore off this year?
I get asked what my favorite place I have been to was all the time. The answer is always the same: New Zealand. I didn’t have a bucket list at that time or do much research on the trip (my boyfriend did most of the planning). I was mesmerized by the natural beauty of the South Island and had a blast.
Since I do not have any major trips planned yet, I am not sure I will be crossing off anything yet. The list could be WAY longer after reading more travel blogs, but I try to keep it short and realistic.
9. Do you find it difficult to balance a life of working full time and traveling often? What things do you do to make it easier?
Saying it is extremely hard is an understatement. Having a full time job in the States is hard. My prior job had more flexibility and ways to earn more time off. However, my current company has decent time off for being a private firm. I cope by focusing my time and effort on my blog and planning future trips and how to best use my vacation days. I try to use federal holidays when possible to stretch my vacation. To tame my wanderlust, I take weekend trips and do lots of outdoor exploring around the PNW.
10. You seem to love the outdoors–moving to the PNW couldn’t have been better. What are some of your favorite outdoor activities?
I enjoy backpacking–the kind that you are not moving city to city but are hiking the whole time. Since I work at a desk, it is a great way to refresh my body from being stagnant and gives my mind a break. I recently started to ski and really love it. I have two ski trips planned next month: one to Whistler and one to Colorado.
11. Most importantly, where to next?
I am flying down to San Francisco and driving back to Seattle with my boyfriend over President’s Day weekend. We plan on seeing Redwood trees, Crater Lake, and drinking some microbrews.
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