Designer by day, and curious traveller in the rest of her spare time, Pam Peterson, answers this week's Blogger Voice questions.
Pam's designed for popular show Saturday Night Live and was an Emmy award-winning TV art director for American personality Martha Stewart.
When she's not designing, Pam's travelling the world, and sharing her adventures, encounters, and discoveries — all through a designer's eyes. Read her IQPlanner profile here.
Why did you start travel blogging? How long have you been doing it?
My experiences and photographs from travels around the world were begging to be shared. I’ve been at it for about 6 years.
Name your top 3 most memorable places?
That’s a tough one, because I have so many memorable travel experiences.
At the top of the list is Saint-Malo, France, India, and Argentina. How’s that for opposite corners of the earth?
What’s the best thing about being a travel blogger?
Sharing: my (often amusing) adventures, the fascinating people I meet, captivating cultures, unique attractions, and photographs that show the world through my designer’s lens.
And the worst?! (if there is one)
The TIME it takes to share my adventures, the fascinating people I meet, captivating cultures, unique attractions, photographs that show the world through my designer’s lens.
Give your top tip to a blogger starting out
Write with your own voice — your personal experiences are what are compelling. In other words, avoid writing a travel guide.
Hotel freebies: take ‘em’ or leave ‘em’?
It depends — if they’re Hermès, absolutely take ‘em'.
What’s at the top of your list for destinations this year?
I’d love to go to Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, and the art island, Naoshima are high on my list.
Why should people subscribe to your page?
As a designer I have a unique perspective of the world. I search off-the-beaten-path places to stay, eat, see, and shop. There's no high-rise hotels or chain stores for me.
Also, I often find myself in humorous situations, so you’ll get a good laugh by living vicariously.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten on your travels?
The street food in Thailand — I didn’t actually know what I was eating, which is probably a good thing or I might not have eaten it!
Name a place, city, or country where you feel happiest?
Where’s your next adventure?
I’m going to Berlin this summer, but I check flights everyday, so if there’s a deal on a flight to Marrakech or Norway or Greece, I’m on it.
Let’s face it, I just want to go everywhere — in the words of Hans Christian Anderson, 'to travel is to live.'
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