Adventure Catcher, a.k.a. Kinga Jaskulska, is originally from Poland and is a very happy globe trotter as well as travel blogger.
After leaving Poland to study English in an Australian college, she returned home with the intention of settling down, but instead decided to travel instead.
At present, Kinga’s been travelling for almost 3 years, earning the title of full-time traveller. Read more about Kinga from her IQPlanner profile.
Why did you start travel blogging? How long have you been doing it?
It’s been 8 months since I posted my first article on Adventure Catcher. It may sound like a cliché, but I started blogging to inspire people to travel. My mission is to encourage and give people the push to start travelling and explore the world.
Travel is one of the best things you can do in life. Many friends of mine say over and over again that they love travelling, but they don’t have enough money to discover new places. I want to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a journey of a lifetime.
Name your top 3 most memorable places?
There are so many beautiful places that it’s hard for me to choose only 3. However, Palau Tailana — one of the 99 uninhabited islands in the Banyak Islands, Indonesia — is one of them.
The journey to get there takes 25 hours, and includes 2 boats, a train and bus! There’s no electricity, restaurants, shops and only 5 local people living there. It’s a place to forget about the world, and you’re surrounded by palm trees, white sands and crystal, clear water.
Another place that has a special place in my heart is Surfers Paradise in Australia. I lived here for a year during my first journey to Australia. It’s a sentimental place with beautiful memories, because it’s here that I decided to make the first step toward solo travel.
The third place is Pai in northern Thailand. You can reach this small hippie town by bus, passing 762 curves up the mountains. It takes around 3 hours to get there from Chiang Mai. The land’s surrounded by stunning scenery and the people are super friendly and kind.
What’s the best thing about being a travel blogger?
One of the best things is that you’re continuously meeting other people while travelling. I love being surrounded by open-minded and good souls who inspire and make you smile. You can connect with other travellers and travel bloggers around the world.
Seeing the differences between cultures is a great eye–opening experience, which broadens our mind. You get a deeper awareness that helps to improve your understanding and provides another perspective.
And the worst?! (if there is one)
I’m a solo traveller and I run the website by myself, which can be extremely challenging. It takes a lot of effort and there’s always something to do.
Imagine being a photographer, writer, photo editor, graphic designer, web developer, and marketer at the same time.
You have to be present on social media, public relations, keep in contact with your followers, pitch and research. At the same time, you should take care of your personal development and stay interesting and helpful to others.
Give your top tip to a blogger starting out
If you love what you do, fight to achieve your goals and dreams. Sometimes, it’s going to be hard but your success depends only on you.
Remember to focus on what you are good at, and create helpful and interesting content.
Don’t try to be a ‘Jack of all trades’. Choose the thing you are passionate about and share it with others.
Hotel freebies: take ‘em’ or leave ‘em’?
It all depends on your needs. There’s nothing thrifty travellers like more than free stuff, especially when it comes to travel-sized shampoos or other complimentary items.
What’s at the top of your list for destinations this year?
I’m an adventure traveller and always looking to go off the beaten path. At the top of my list is the amazon jungle in South America. It’s home to diverse and numerous species of plants, trees, birds, fish, fungi, mammals and reptiles.
Staying close to nature, exploring the heart of the jungle, and sleeping in the rainforest, are just a few of the things I want to experience there.
Why should people subscribe to your page?
The same as dreamcatchers that filter out bad dreams at night — we should only allow good thoughts to enter our mind. My goal is to inspire people to travel and discover the world.
I believe that the first step is the hardest and I always say to my friends and followers that they should catch their dreams and always seek new adventures.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten on your travels?
The most diverse combination of taste I experienced was in Thailand. I tried giant water bugs, silk worms, bamboo worms, frog and crickets. They are deep fried until crispy, then salted and eaten as a snack.
They’re very rich in protein! In Thailand, this dish is far more nutritious than other common sources of protein.
Name a place, city, or country where you feel happiest?
I love spending time in my hometown. As a travel blogger, I spend very little time at home. Since I’ve chosen to explore the world, I’ve started to appreciate every single moment with my loved ones.
Also, Thailand’s a country that stole my heart. I love Thailand for its beautiful people, smiles around every corner and for the energy it gives me.
I always mention Thailand with a huge smile on my face, because this country never disappoints. This is the place where I could spend the rest of my life.
Where’s your next adventure?
I plan to visit Central and South America. Actually, this is my biggest project that I’m working on. I will travel from Cuba down to Panama and then on to South America. I want to meet other travellers on the way and share experiences with them.
I’m a solo female traveller and also want to show everyone that travelling alone doesn’t mean you have to be lonely or sad.
Indeed, you have lots of benefits from travelling by yourself, but you to have to visit my blog to find out more!
Keep up with Kinga's next escapades by following her on any of the links below.
Website - www.adventurecatcher.com • Facebook - @adventurecatcher • Instagram - @adventurecatcherofficial • Twitter - @advcatcher • Pinterest - adv_catcher • LinkedIn - Kinga Jaskulska •
IQPlanner - @adventurecatcher