We’d like to introduce a new series for our blog – Travel Blogger Thursday! Each Thursday, we will be featuring a fellow Travel Blogger and sharing their story in the form of an interview. Hopefully you will enjoy reading about other amazing travel bloggers who seek out destinations from all over the world. These interviews will introduce you to their blogs and maybe you’d like to follow along with their travels!
For the first interview of our series, we’d like you to meet Agata of the Travel Blog Null & Full. We discovered Agata’s blog while researching an upcoming trip to Italy. Agata is an expert of travel all over Italy, as well as other destinations including New Zealand, Ireland, and so many more. She is a worldwide traveler and loves to truly experience the culture of a country by meeting the people who live there and living like a local.
Agata in the Italian Dolomites
What inspires you to travel and what do you enjoy most about traveling?
Finding inspiration for my travel was a long process. It took me many years to justify why I am doing this. It was first connected with my previous work as an academic, but also with my genuine interest in foreign languages. It was later reinforced with reading travel books
and finally ended up with travels to most remote places I would imagine. Most of all, I enjoy traveling to places that I speak at least one of the official languages. It is a limitation but knowing English and Italian gives me a substantial cluster of potential destination. Plus I’m learning Swedish. And Spanish is also on my list which will open South America for me.
Where is your favourite destination and why?
Italy, Ireland and New Zealand are my top 3. Each of these countries for various reasons. Italy for long term ties, speaking the language and knowing few regions really well. New Zealand for its diversity and wilderness and also British patrimony. And Ireland for amazing combination of cultural heritage, music and very nice people. I love to go back to the same places more than once, to see it in different seasons and moments. Also, off the beaten track destinations are much more tempting than touristic spots. The logic is as follows: if Ireland, then the Aran Islands rather than Dublin; if Italy, then it’s Ferrara rather than Rome; if New Zealand, it’s Nelson rather than Wellington. I think the small towns and villages gives more opportunity to get closer to people and get the feeling of the place.
When did you start to travel, and where did you first visit?
It all started so long ago I can’t even remember! Let’s skip the travels with parents and school trips which I find least interesting and let’s focus on the first academic travel. It was more than ten years ago and it was Malta. I spent the whole week on one of the islands and few days very warm and sunny which impressed me because it was December. But some were unbelievably rainy and gloomy.
Agata in Swedish Lapland. Kebnekaise Mountain Hut
Why did you start your blog, and what do you enjoy most about blogging?
My blog is 14 months old and what I absolutely love about it is sharing and writing. And to have people from around the world who reads it! I love the interaction with readers and I am also excited to bring them fascinating stories like the one about famous Irish photographer and Nobel prize winner Samuel Beckett. I was thrilled I wrote about it. My main focus is to create a high quality content, far from trivial and mainstream nonsense. I never chase numbers: countries visited, UNESCO sites seen, national parks entered. I bring to the readers interesting stories, sometimes book that inspired me, sometime pictures, it depends on the case. And the main focus here.
What do you like to bring back from the places you’ve visited?
I rarely buy souvenirs so I guess it’s mainly memories. I try to remember a place visited through the situations because I think the context is very important. I also bring with me pieces of information on how I learn the world to analyze it afterwards. I also collect impressions, a momentum that suddenly allows you to understand a person or even a city. It is very hard to explain but let me put it this way: a postproduction and post travel reflection is very important part of this job. Not to give a raw information because Internet is full of it. What I try to do is to share a country filtered through my own reflection. This is what people enjoy reading.
Where do you plan on visiting next?
I’m leaving to Sorrento (Italy) in three weeks and then after a short stay at home to go back to Italy to explore an Italian region: Marche. Although I spent there some time I think the region has so much to offer I should go back. I just can’t wait to stay with the locals there, try their best food, listen to the local news, enjoy the weather and just slowly spent my time like I would sip the best drink ever. Slowly.
I hope that you enjoyed meeting Agata, or reading her responses to these questions if you are already familiar with her Travel Blog Null & Full ! You can connect with her via social media:
Every Thursday, we’re going to be featuring a fellow travel blogger and highlighting their journeys around the world. If you’re a travel blogger and would like to be interviewed for this weekly series, please contact us.