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Meet the Gypsies : Katie of The World on my Necklace
1. Who are you? Where are you from? Where are you now?
My name is Katie Bell and I write the travel blog/resource, The World on my Necklace, about my experiences travelling the world and living abroad for the past 10 years. I am originally from New Zealand and after living in London for several years, I have recently moved to beautiful Sydney, Australia.
2. What’s your packing strategy? Heavy or light packer? Backpack or suitcase?
My packing style has definitely evolved and I am now a light packer, preferring a backpack over a suitcase. I have a 40L backpack which is great as I can’t overpack – less is definitely more when travelling in my opinion!
3. How do you afford your travels? Budget traveler or lean more towards luxury?
I have afforded my travels by travelling as cheaply as possible (most of the time) and working hard, sometimes at 2 or 3 jobs, to save money. Definitely a budget traveller most of the time but occasionally have had luxury short term holidays.
4. If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
Hawaii! The weather is pretty much perfect there all year round and it is one of my favourite beach destinations. It is also a great place to hike and the landscapes are rugged and wild – just how I like it.
5. Is there anywhere you won’t travel to and why?
If I was given the opportunity, I would travel pretty much anywhere, although there are definitely places a lot higher up my list than others. The exception would be travelling to a country at war where my life would be put in danger.
6. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve eaten?
I am a bit of a fussy eater so nothing too crazy. Alligator, snake and llama would probably be the most adventurous. The snake and alligator were like a cross between firm white fish and chicken. I had the llama as salami and it didn’t taste any different to me than regular salami.
7. After traveling through the Americas, you’ve moved to Sydney to hunker down for a bit. What excites you most about living in Sydney?
The exceptional natural beauty of the harbour and the coast, and the fantastic weather to be able to enjoy it all year round. Everywhere you turn in Sydney there is jaw-dropping scenery and cities with natural beauty like Sydney inspire me as I love spending as much time as possible outdoors.
8. You have a love for hiking. What are some of the best hikes or treks you’ve completed? What’s one hike you most want to do?
Some of my best hikes include the Crypt Lake Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, Hiking from Amalfi to Ravello in Italy, Laguna 69 in Northern Peru, Colca Canyon in Peru, Hiking between indigenous villages in Mexico, Hiking between small mountain villages in Andalucia in southern Spain, Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park in Montana, Cavell Meadows in Jasper National Park in Canada, Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in Maine and the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand.
There are still so many hikes I want to do including the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, a section of the Appalachian Trail in Eastern USA, the Stampede Trail in Alaska to the bus where Christopher McCandless died, the pilgrimage route Camino de Santiago in Spain, into the Grand Canyon to stay overnight and to Havasu Falls, Laugavegur Hike in Iceland, W Trek in Chile and I would love to hike most of the Great Walks in New Zealand.
9. What’s the #1 item on your bucket list?
Travelling in Asia. That’s very broad but I have only spent one night in Asia (South Korea) on a stopover so I can’t wait to finally travel extensively there next year. I am especially excited about Thailand, India and Nepal for the islands, food and trekking.
10. You also have a love for islands. What’s your favorite island? What’s the island you look forward to visiting the most?
Oh man that is really hard! I love the Hawaiian Islands and the Gulf and Discovery Islands in British Columbia, Canada. Both groups of islands are so different in regards to landscape, but the people are friendly, the scenery is incredible, nature is wild and it is so easy to take a step back and enjoy the laid back lifestyle. I will always go back to these islands and I think about them all the time. Waiheke Island in New Zealand is another favourite and I am hoping to live there one day. It is only 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland City but it is so laid back, has beautiful beaches, great hiking and lots of wineries.
11. Most importantly, where to next?
In June I will be spending a week in the Australian Outback visiting Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and Uluru. My brother is a tour guide so I will be taking his 3 day tour then we will be exploring for a few days after that around Alice Springs. I can’t wait to see the sunrise over Uluru (Ayers Rock)!
Where to find Katie…
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