Interview with Bel Around The World

Today we are traveling with Bel from Bel Around The World.

I draw energy from being outdoors. 23 and from Singapore, I believe there is nothing more fulfilling than being unplugged. An explorer at heart, the world is my playground.

Also a freelance travel writer and founder of Bel Around The World is a place where I pour my passions about travelling. It’s a site dedicated to travel resources and inspiration from around the globe for the 20-something millennial travellers.

What type of traveler would you say are you?

Mostly a budget traveller as I specialise in travelling on a student budget.

The adventurous side of me would race to the next adventure activity in the local area and will not be one to shy away from trying out local food.Meeting and speaking with locals have also become a way of travel – no exploration is complete without an understanding of the history and culture of the city!

What’s inside your backpack? What is that one thing that you ALWAYS have to carry.

My journal for me to pen my spur-of-the-moment thoughts!

Which country is your favorite so far? Why?

So many! I like:
New Zealand for the gorgeous landscapes
Philippines for the crystal-clear waters
Maldives for the overwater villas
Amsterdam for its canals and houses by the canals
Hallstatt for the picturesque lake views

Where do you usually sleep on your travels?

When I’m travelling with my boyfriend, we would stay in budget hotels or Airbnb. If I’m travelling alone, I would Couchsurf or stay in hostels.

Which one is your secret weapon to travel cheap as a student?

I have many! One of it is to utilize your student pass to get discounted travel on certain tours and museum visits. The rest of my travel tips can be found here.

Which one is your secret weapon to travel cheap as a student?

I have many! One of it is to utilize your student pass to get discounted travel on certain tours and museum visits. The rest of my travel tips can be found here.

What’s the big reason why you are traveling?

I love learning how differently people live as compared to how I am living. I love to seek different perspectives, and thrive in being in different settings – from the beach, to the mountains and even being on the streets of developing countries. Mostly, I travel to discover the beauty of the world.

Can you tell us about your longest trip?

This had to be my Europe trip when I went for a study abroad programme, from January to June 2015. I’d been to 16 countries and 55 cities in that 6 months. Countries covered can be found here. I spent less than $7000 in 10 countries in Europe. I saved it through working part-time while studying. More on that here.

Has there been any challenging and bad moments on your travels?

Yeah, when I was almost coerced into having sex with my Couchsurfing host. I share my entire story here.

What has been you favorite destination on all the trips you’ve done?

Coming from a cosmopolitan city of Singapore, I feel like I’m lacking the beach and nature. Naturally, I get excited travelling to places like Maldives, New Zealand and Salzburg, where the views are amazing beyond words.

What’s the worst place that you have stayed in for sleeping?

Strangely, I haven’t had the best experiences with hostels, for I always get disrupted sleep. People tell me I can make friends in hostels, but in my case, all I get were solo travelers glued to their devices.

While I wouldn’t say this was the best, sleeping in the camper van while doing a road trip in New Zealand had been one of the more unforgettable experience. It was my first time in a camper van and in New Zealand, so the entire experience was really refreshing. What’s more, we go to save tons of money sleeping in our car and cooking our own food.

Are you planning for a new trip?

Just concluded our Maldives trip. Bali in April. Can’t wait!

What’s your favorite gastronomy/food cuisine that you had in your travels?

Hands down Japanese!

How is a day in your life when you aren’t traveling?

I graduated late 2016, and have recently started a full-time job. I’m trying to establish a schedule right now, which involves working 5 days a week, going to the gym to train clients at night (I’m a personal trainer), meeting friends for dinners, and catching up on my blog work or planning my travels over the weekends!

Are you usually traveling alone or with someone?

I usually travel with my partner! It makes taking care of belongings easier, we can take photos of each other, and half the load is off when planning for travels.

Which country did you find the most hospitable people?

I just concluded my trip to Maldives, and found the Maldivian people to be full of warmth! Despite being a stranger to their lives, they would offer to carry my bag, regale stories about their lives to us, share about the Maldivian’s way of life, and the best part is, they don’t get mad if you patronize their shop but not buy anything.

Its easy to find love while you are traveling?

Always.
I discover it when I walk on the beach and see people basking in the sun.
I discover it when I see couples feeding mouthfuls at each other on dinner tables.
I discover it when I see a pretty painting hung up on the wall.
I discover it when a passerby holds the door out for me.

How do you finance your trips?

Mostly working part-time when I was studying. Now that my blog is gaining traction, I sometimes get sponsors when I travel. I pay for most of my travels through hard-earned money still!

How many hours do you spend blogging? How do you manage during your travels?

It’s difficult to keep track. Blogging involves so much work, from editing photos and videos, to writing the actual content, to researching about information. Time is also spent boosting posts and being active on social media.

When I travel, most of this is put on hold. I would have posts I schedule in advance so my blog is constantly churning out new content!

Which one is your favorite post?

The Time That I Couchsurfed With Male Hosts.

That concludes our interview with Bel. Great travel experiences,thanks for sharing! Bel has been traveling around the world on a budget and she shares her tips and experiences on her blog. We are so happy we got to know her!  If you want to know more about her experiences traveling as a student, check her out on Instagram.

Want to read more travel stories? Read Alexandra’s story who’s been traveling around the world the luxurious way. Or make sure you read fun and incredible travel stories from Alice Teacake Travels.

 

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. He believes in travel without money. Recently, he finished a bicycle trip, 9500 km, from Madrid to North Cape.

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