Turner Barr’s a 30-something American travel blogger.
A regular guy, Turner's very much into eating, doing strange jobs abroad, and travelling to faraway lands, but not always in that order! Check out his IQPlanner profile for more on his latest adventures.
Why did you start travel blogging? How long have you been doing it?
I started travel blogging in 2011. I’d been traveling for about 4 years before I began blogging about it, but what really drove me was a desire to share my weird working overseas experiences.
I’d always wanted to live overseas, but didn’t know how to pay for it or how to find jobs. So I decided to give it a go and chronicle my experiences in working overseas, which turned into a travel blog of sorts.
Name your top 3 most memorable places?
The Galapagos Islands have a special place in my heart. It’s truly a unique place to visit, as the animals there have only really encountered humans since the days of Darwin. As such, they’re not quite as fearful or skittish. The rocky environment coupled with the Humboldt current also creates a very strange assortment of animal life.
South Africa for me is also a truly stand out destination, as the country’s much larger and more diverse than people realise. From wine countries to safaris to great white sharks – the country has a huge offering set in a gorgeous array of different climates.
Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve’s a very memorable place for me as well. Mexico in general, I think, is an underrated country to see as they have a huge variety of areas. However, the butterfly reserves made an impression on me.
Having your entire vision engulfed with swarms of butterflies was pretty special and you can’t find this anywhere else.
What’s the best thing about being a travel blogger?
If you’re a person that likes variety and needs to mix things up or gets bored easily, travel blogging is perfect.
Everyday can be an different adventure as long as you stay positive and appreciative.
And the worst?! (if there is one)
The worst thing about being a travel blogger is the loneliness. This lifestyle isn’t for everyone. It seems glamorous, but as you get older, being on the road all the time becomes more bothersome.
It’s also a big strain on relationships and difficult to maintain as you’re away, and people who have a normal life tend to move on.
Give your top tip to a blogger starting out
Be unique and do your own thing. Talk, video, share in a way that’s unique to you. There’s too much of the same on social media and the inter-web today, but people with a genuine voice who stay true to themselves always stand out.
Hotel freebies: take ‘em’ or leave ‘em’?
I would say, to each their own. It depends what you’re talking about on your site and how you’re making a living.
I think there can be an inherent conflict of interests there and you must decide how important your audience and honesty are to you.
What’s at the top of your list for destinations this year?
South Africa. Great wine, amazing food and a weak currency – your trip will be incredible!
Why should people subscribe to your page?
I think I offer a funnier outlook than many on where I go and get into some pretty weird situations.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten on your travels?
I ate balut (duck embryos) in the Philippines and threw up!
Name a place, city, or country where you feel happiest?
I had a hard time being depressed when visiting Italy. The smell of amazing food in the area and the sense of history as you look around makes it hard to get to caught up in yourself.
Where’s your next adventure?
At the point of writing, I’m going to the south of France to explore the beaches and wine.
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