On today’s edition of Hg2’s ‘Meet the Blogger’ series, we’re chatting to Lindsey Chandler – the blogger behind The Everyday Adventurer, a site dedicated to celebrating the spirit of travel. Lindsey believes that travel doesn’t always have to be about how far you go, but should be about the adventure you are embarking on and the celebration of life it represents. She also works at one of the world’s largest travel technology companies. At the end of the day, her job is to help airlines get customers in their seats, hotels get guests in their rooms, and most importantly, make sure travellers get to where they are going.
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Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how did you get started blogging?
I am a native of Dallas, Texas and have been fascinated with seeing the world ever since I can remember. My boyfriend encouraged me to start blogging because I am like a walking travel guidebook or dictionary and have always enjoyed writing in my spare time. It has been so much fun to share my experiences and knowledge and meet readers from all over the world in the process.
What made you decide to start blogging about your travels?
I have always loved to write and I am constantly reading travel news and planning where I am going next. Blogging about travel has enabled me to be a resource to inspire other people to figure out the next place they want to go and the technology and tips that are available to them.
What’s your favourite thing about staying home in Dallas, Texas?
My proximity to my family and friends and an ever growing list of restaurants I want to try next.
How do you decide where to go next?
I am a serial trip plotter and research nerd when it comes to travel planning. I keep a huge file folder that has articles and information I’ve ripped out of magazines on destinations I hope to make it to someday, so I dig through there to get my mind thinking about what all of my options are. My process is usually to think about the kind of experience I wish to have and then come up with a list of places that fit those characteristics. The hotel is also a big part of the experience, so I tend to look at websites like Tablet Hotels or Kiwi Collection to see what a few of my options are in the countries or cities I wish to visit.
What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done on your trips?
The scariest planned thing I have ever done on one of my trips was repelling off of a cliff outside of Santiago, Chile in the Andes Mountains. I thought my heart was going to beat out of my chest right before I hooked myself in to the harness.
The scariest unplanned thing that has happened to me was getting off at the wrong train station en route to Lake Como and ending up in a very deserted, graffiti clad train station near midnight. It looked like it could have been a part of the set in a horror movie and I was so grateful when we got on a train going in the other direction.
Who’s your favourite travel companion?
Anyone who is ready for an adventure, willing to try new things and laugh when there is a bump in the road.
Does your job whet your appetite for travel? What insights has it given you to improve your travel experience?
I am very fortunate to work at one of the largest travel technology companies in the world, so the insights I have in to the trends and latest and greatest in technology definitely inspires me to prioritise travel in my life outside of work. Travel is all about the experiences you are having with the people you are with and I feel really lucky to get to help facilitate travel at my job each day. I have new insights about the industry every single day, which significantly improves my experiences while I am on the go.
What tips have you got for travellers to make the most of a city break?
Do not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. Do your research about your destination beforehand, but do not hesitate to throw it all out the window when something exciting comes up along the way. Some of the best experiences are the ones that aren’t planned.
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