Cory Varga is a Romanian-born British citizen who’s loved travelling ever since she was a little girl.
She used to go on road trips with her family every weekend and hike the Carpathian mountains. When she turn 18 she decided it was time to try something different, and bought a one-way ticket to the UK, where she studied Law with Criminology at the University of Manchester.
During university, she spent her free time travelling around the UK, while keeping a photographic journal on her adventure and culinary activities. Rather than become a lawyer, she became a self-taught designer.
Cory’s the storyteller and photographer on You Could Travel. She’s passionate about photography and won the photographer of the year award at the age of 17 through a local competition in Romania.
Why did you start travel blogging? How long have you been doing it?
I started travel blogging in April 2016. I spent a month in Japan and learned so much about the country, I had this urge to share all the info with the world.
I always loved writing and taking photographs, so it came pretty natural to me. I was surprised to see how well the blog was received from the start.
Name your top 3 most memorable places?
Japan, where I got engaged to my now husband, and the place which inspired me to start my blog.
The Seychelles because I had the most incredible honeymoon for 3 weeks. New Zealand because it was our first ever long-haul holiday.
What’s the best thing about being a travel blogger?
The freedom that you can tailor your own work hours. I can work anytime, any day, and from anywhere as long as I have access to the internet (which is essential). I love this lifestyle and I couldn't imagine going back and working in an office.
I like feeling independent, that I can rely on my own work and capabilities. In a sense, this puts freelancers on the edge, because you never know when you’re going to get your next cheque. However, it also motivates you to be the best. You become an amazing version of yourself.
And the worst?! (if there is one)
The freedom that you can tailor your own work hours hehe...because sometimes you end up working 16 hours a day, sometimes you completely ignore weekends and work 7 days a week. Don't get me wrong, I love my job, but blogging requires a lot of work.
You need to be your own writer, editor, photographer, videographer, manager, social media guru, marketing specialist, assistant, accountant and so on. At least at the beginning, until your blog becomes your business.
Give your top tip to a blogger starting out
Content is everything. Having great content is the best thing you can do when you are starting out. Focus on being different than anyone else and spend time finding your own voice.
Your blog will become your brand and business. You want to stand out and be unique.
Hotel freebies: take ‘em’ or leave ‘em’?
Take them, but within reason. I pay for my own trips more often than not because I like to keep a balance. It's easy to get special treatment and leave positive reviews.
It's also easy to always stay in 5-star hotels. I think finding a balance between what your audience wants, can afford and aspires to do is crucial.
What’s at the top of your list for destinations this year?
Canada and Costa Rica. We really want to explore the wilderness that both destinations have to offer.
Why should people subscribe to your page?
People should subscribe because I offer clear and honest advice. My articles are long, but informative and full of useful tips.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten on your travels?
I don't think I've eaten anything seriously unusual. I guess sea urchin sushi was pretty weird, but nothing that comes to mind. I definitely haven’t tried a fried tarantula or crispy scorpions yet!
Name a place, city, or country where you feel happiest?
Tokyo is my happy place. I feel free, liberated and awesome there. If I could, I would move there.
Where’s your next adventure?
We’re settling in Portugal for a while, and embracing a new lifestyle, with more sunshine.
We’re due to visit Luxembourg soon, but before that, I’ll be sure to share lots of Portugal adventures.
See where Cory's off to next by clicking on any of the links below.