Meghan is a freelance travel writer and blogger, currently living in Florida. During college, she studied Italian and Spanish and, as a result, has travelled a bit around Italy. Check out her IQPlanner profile here.
When travelling, Meghan tries to live like a local and contribute to small business whenever possible. Her passion for this is reflected in the types of stories she writes about, and the advice she gives on her blog. Meghan also focuses on female solo travel, as it's something she frequently does.
Why did you start travel blogging? How long have you been doing it?
I’ve been blogging on and off for almost 5 years, ever since I went away to college. It was a way for me to get my thoughts down and share some of the experiences I was having on the road. About 2 months ago, I got serious about blogging and bought my own domain.
It’s still mostly about sharing my stories and hopefully inspiring other travellers, but I’ve been travelling for long enough now that I also have some advice to give.
Name your top 3 most memorable places?
St Peter’s Basilica in Rome (I go back every time I’m in the Eternal City), Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, and Rio Secreto, which is a series of underground rivers and caves just outside of Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
What’s the best thing about being a travel blogger?
Travelling! I also enjoy the community of other travel bloggers, because it’s a nice organic way to find out about new places.
Plus, when I’m not travelling, I'm always reading about travel. It helps with the wanderlust…or maybe just fuels it!
And the worst?! (if there is one)
I’m still starting out, so for me the hardest thing is not getting bogged down by the numbers game. Right now, I’m trying to focus on writing about what I love, working on my site, and worrying less about how many people are reading. It’s going to take time to grow and I'm learning to be okay with that.
Give your top tip to a blogger starting out
Write constantly! You don’t have to post every day (I certainly don’t), but also don’t expect to put one post out a month and see any kind of traffic growth.
Hotel freebies: take ‘em’ or leave ‘em’?
I've haven't been offered one yet, so at this point I would say, take them! But with the caveat that I'm still allowed to be honest.
I don’t want any part of a contract that requires me to only say good things about the product/service, because what if I don’t love it? Openness and honesty with my readers is more important than a free stay.
What’s at the top of your list for destinations this year?
Italy always hovers somewhere near the top of my list, because I'm a hopeless Italophile and always want to go back.
But I’m also eager to do a road trip around the British Isles and Ireland with my sister. A sort of heritage trip.
Why should people subscribe to your page?
If you're looking to travel solo but are worried about it because you’re a woman, if you want to partake in local culture rather than just observe it as a tourist, or if you like the idea of ecotravel and supporting local business, you should check out my page.
And, of course, if you’re in love with Italy, I’ve got a whole lot of stories to share.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten on your travels?
I spent a day in Venice with a local Venetian couple once. Venice is overcrowded with tourists and it can be hard to find good, authentic restaurants to eat in — unless you have a local guide.
On the island of Murano, we ate this fish, small, battered and deep fried whole, heads and all. I was worried about the small fish bones, and a little grossed out about eating the head, but they were delicious.
Name a place, city, or country where you feel happiest?
Italy is my happy place. The language, the food, the people, I love all of it. That said, I do prefer the south of Italy to the north.
Where’s your next adventure?
Probably California. I grew up in Northern California but I want to take my boyfriend out to meet my family and do a short road trip up the coast.
For now, Yosemite is on the list and hopefully Monterrey and San Francisco. If we have time, I'll take him to see the Redwoods.
If you want to read up on more about Meghan and her travels, you can find her on the links below.