Lisa Rivera

Flic and Nick a.k.a Lights, Camera, Backpack are IQPlanner 'veterans', having contributed over 5 articles to our magazine!

That said, this Blogger Voice is a special one for us, simply because we’re grateful for their constant support and positive attitude.

So thank you both Flic and Nick, and we look forward to seeing many more of your travel tales on IQPlanner!

Lights, Camera, Backpack

Lights, Camera, Backpack are a nomadic couple in their mid 20's. Having spent 6 months exploring Southeast Asia, eating far too much food in Malaysia, getting lost in the jungle in Thailand and taking too many trains in Myanmar, they returned home to the UK.

Their adventures however are far from over. Travelling around their home country, they’ll be exploring the south of England, Scotland, and then back to Wales. To follow their incredible journey, head to their IQPlanner profile where you can find out more about the travelling duo.

Why did you start travel blogging? How long have you been doing it?

We started travel blogging around the same time that we quit our jobs. We quit our far too stressful jobs so that we could travel the world, meet new people and, most importantly, try new food!

Job

We started our blog as a way to share our adventures with other travellers, and hopefully inspire other people to begin their own adventures.

Name your top 3 most memorable places?

Georgetown, Penang in Malaysia because the food there was incredible. Just writing this has made us hungry for some char koay teow, a delicious Malaysian noodle dish.

char koay teow

We also spent 2 weeks volunteering at the Tipsy Tiger Party Hostel, and although we were exhausted from the parties every single night, we met travellers from all over the world who we’re still in touch with today.

Bounty Island, Fiji. What's not to love about Fiji? Crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and chilled out locals. It's where we started our adventures last year, and it remains one of our favourite countries.

Bounty Island

We visited many different islands in Fiji, but Bounty Island took our hearts, or maybe that was the baby turtles that we looked after! We long to return to this tiny island (you can walk around it in 25 minutes) and we're even considering getting married there.

Bagan, Myanmar. There aren't many places where we would get up at 4am every morning and drive an electric bike down a dusty dirt track in the cold darkness, but Bagan is one of those places.

The sunrise over the plains of ancient temples and crumbling pagodas is simply spectacular, and we'll never forget those sleepy mornings spent climbing atop temples.

What’s the best thing about being a travel blogger?

Writing a travel blog keeps us on our toes. We quite often do things that we’d otherwise avoid, just so we can tell the story.

hedgehog

This usually ends up with us having a great time anyway, just like the time we went to a hedgehog appreciation society meeting in Malaysia and got to cuddle an albino hedgehog!

And the worst?! (if there is one)

Hmm, probably sitting inside editing photos and sweating over spell check, when we just want to be on the beach in the sunshine!

Give your top tip to a blogger starting out

Write as much as you can. Take as many photos as you can. You can never do too much.

Oh, and always take a travel towel with you wherever you go.

Hotel freebies: take ‘em’ or leave ‘em’?

Take 'em, and then get home and wonder why you've been carrying around 20 litres of shampoo in teeny-tiny bottles and have 14 flimsy toothbrushes with those strange little tubes of 'toothpaste' at the bottom of your backpack.

What’s at the top of your list for destinations this year?

We're really excited to be visiting the Lake District in the north-west of England.

Lake District

Even though we've lived in this country all our lives, we've never visited what's often described as one of its most beautiful spots.

Why should people subscribe to your page?

We try to keep our blog varied, not just in the type of places we write about, but in the sort of articles we publish.

blog

If you're after a mix of informative lists, the occasional photography tutorial and creative travel writing with a healthy dash of emotion, we might have what you're looking for.

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten on your travels?

This is a tough one as we've eaten some strange things on our travels.

insects

However, we'd have to go with either deep fried insects in Krabi, Thailand (would've been better with some sweet chilli sauce!) or a bowl of cold offal and soggy cabbage at the side of the road in Myanmar.

Name a place, city, or country where you feel happiest?

Definitely Koh Lanta, our favourite island on the west coast of Thailand.

Koh Lanta

We called this paradise home for 5 weeks and now have very close friends there. We'll be sure to return there soon!

Where’s your next adventure?

After working our way around the UK, we're planning a trip to New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines and then back to Thailand.

Philippines

We're hoping to be able to put everything we've learned about organic farming into practice, and spend some time in northern Thailand learning about permaculture and natural building. We probably need to earn some more money first, though!

Follow the duo's travel adventures by clicking on any of the links below.

Website - www.lightscamerabackpack.com • Facebook - @lcbackpack • Instagram - @lightscamerabackpack • Twitter - @LCBackpack • IQPlanner - @lights.camera.backpack


«I get to meet so many amazing people and I’m always learning something new, I love that. »