For Travel Blogger Thursday, we interview Agness of eTramping.com, a popular travel blog that proves that you can travel the world for under $25 a day! Agness travels with her friend, Cez, and they are experts at budget world travel. They call themselves “tramps” because they do not have permanent homes; they have been traveling the world cheaply since 2011. Let’s learn more about their adventures!
What inspires you to travel and what do you enjoy most about traveling?
Travel inspiration comes from many different places. For example,we follow various adventures and fellow budget travelers on manysocial media channels who keep surprising us with amazing pictures of incredible landscape, mouth-watering photos of food and beautiful faces of locals. Once you see what they post online, you feel like packing your backpack and leaving right away!
Eating is one of the most enjoyable aspects of travel. Be it street food or in a local restaurant. Me and Cez often end up eating things that we would normally not eat at home and it’s so much fun! We also take a lot of pictures of food we try on the road. As someone said “If you photograph what you eat, it will taste even better” and we couldn’t agree more.
Where is your favourite destination and why?
It’s always a tough question, but this time we would go for… Zhangjiajie – a small town located in Hunan province – one of the most picturesque places on this planet. This is a scenery, which
resembles Pandora forest from famous movie Avatar. “Breath-taking” is in my opinion the best description. Therefore, if you ever make it to Hunan, make sure to pay the Hallelujah Floating Mountains in Zhangjiajie a visit.
When did you start to travel, and where did you first visit?
We started travelling in 2008 when we were both university students. It started very innocent from one-week trips and weekend getaways across Europe – mainly England, France, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic. The real adventure started when I left university and purchased one-way ticket to China where I am currently travelling, living like a local and working. Cez joined me 6 months later.
Why did you start your blog, and what do you enjoy most about blogging?
eTramping was created in 2011, but we took it to the next level at the end of 2012. That was the year of joining social media channels and sharing our blog posts globally. We love interacting with others, meeting fellow travel bloggers in person and exchanging our travel experience!
What do you like to bring back from the places you’ve visited?
We try to collect moment, not things, but I often end up buying colourful bracelets (that’s my biggest weakness). I have more than 50 of them at the moment.
Where do you plan on visiting next?
It’s time for Europe! We’re visiting Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Germany and Poland this summer. In September, Cez is back in China while I’m moving to Amsterdam for 10 months! We’re planning on meeting up somewhere in South America next January so roll on 2015!
Have you come across some vegetarian food in your travels, and where are the best places to find it?
Yes, sure. Although I am not vegetarian, I enjoy healthy food and fruit smoothies. In China, my favourite vegetarian meal are baozi – dumplings filled with radish, parsley, onion and pumpkin. They are steamed and soft, definitely one of the most delicious breakfast options in China on the cheap. I often have them with sesame oil or soy sauce.
Thank you so much for the fantastic interview, Agness! It was great to learn more about you and your travels with Cez. I’m always in amazement of how you can travel so cheaply! You can read their blog at eTramping.com and follow on 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.