Initially, we blog for the sole purpose of documenting our holidays. But today, we write not only for ourselves but to inspire people to take a break and plan their next holiday! Rosemarie and Joseph, Travel And Beyond
Interview with Rosemarie from Travel and Beyond
Please tell us a little about yourself and your blog?
Rosemarie: Travel and Beyond specifically caters to travel aficionados who share my passion of discovering the world. I like history, culture, geography, art and architecture and this is reflected in almost all my posts. The significance of a landmark, the scenic beauty of a place, the flavours of food or the sounds of surroundings all involve history, culture and geography. Like all things in life, travel too must have a purpose if it has to be truly enjoyed. I write as I see it and my goal has always been to inspire people to go on their own voyage of discovery through my writings and photographs… to discover the world one step at a time.
What made you fall in love with travel?
Rosemarie: When looking at old sepia toned photographs of my parents in Hawaii, London and Mexico, I would find myself lost in an imaginary world. When I was seven, I would try on the Hawaiian lei my mum kept in her treasure box and get all inspired. That purple orchid lei was from her travels in 1972! I’ve heard their travel stories and saw their travel curios. It was their globetrotting spirit that laid the seed of wanderlust in me. Today I too globetrot, purchase curios and have my own tales to tell.
What should your visitors be expecting while researching your blog?
Rosemarie: Visitors to our blog can expect to be entertained and informed through our descriptive words and vivid photos that will transport their imagination to the very destination we are writing about. Our blog will also help provide ideas and tips on experiences, food and accommodation which will add informative value when planning their own travel adventure. Travel style varies from person to person. The best way to chart a travel itinerary is to do as much research as you can reading both official tourism websites of the country you which to travel to and to read first hand experiences of travel bloggers who have travelled there. The information on these sites would give a traveller the right balance of tips, ideas, expectations and the most important do’s and don’ts of the selected destination.
Be it good or bad, which Asian city/town left you the deepest impression? And why?
Rosemarie: I have a special place in my heart for Hokkaido. It is my favourite Asian city to date. The landscape is breath-taking, especially in winter. The local produce of confectionary products are out of this world. The people are welcoming and always eager to assist despite the language barrier. It has a rich and satisfying history and a unique local culture of its own. It is also a foodie’s dream destination! Don’t forget to try Genghis Khan when you’re there!
What is your definition of an ideal/perfect holiday?
Rosemarie: My definition of an ideal holiday is to be able to explore the city in leisure for about 4 days after completing a quick 2-3 day tour. This would allow for the perfect balance in how you experience a destination. It is fun to be on a guided tour as it takes away the hassle of having to plan every single detail and it also allows for making new friends. It is equally fun to self-explore and have those one or two moments when you find yourself lost on some cobble stone street with map in hand and in utter confusion. Lo and behold that will be how you find the best hot chocolate you would have ever tasted.
What advice would you give to other travellers who will be starting their own blog?
Rosemarie: A blog is a great way of documenting your journey. It acts just like a personal diary with the only difference that your blog posts will help other travellers seek the information they need to plan their next trip. In fact, well written blog posts aim to inspire… inspire the need to get out of a routine and just set off on an adventure. Blog with a purpose; make sure you know what your purpose is. A successful blog is a blog that understands its reader’s needs and delivers stories filled with descriptive text and useful information.
What do you wish to see more or less of the travel blogging community?
Rosemarie: I would like to see less of the same old overrated stories about how individuals sell off everything they own in order to see the world. In my humble opinion, travel isn’t life, it is part of life. Even people with full time jobs can set off to see the world. You don’t have to give it all up to explore. “No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow” – Lin Yutang.
Editor Review of Travel And Beyond
- Winner of Singapore Skyscanner Bloscars Award 2014
- Skyscanner Asia Pacific Best Travel Blog of the Year 2014
- Finalist of Singapore Best Travel Blog Awards 2012, 2013, 2014
- Best Singapore Blog 2013 by HotelClub
- Finalist of 2014 Blogster Awards in Australia
- Aerospace Singapore
- National Geographic
- New Straits Times
- Jakarta Post
- Inflight magazine of Silkair, Jetstar, Tigerair
- Aero Latin News
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Average Score of Travel and Beyond – 88.25
- Photography 90%
- Website Design 92%
- Uniqueness 88%
- Creativeness 86%
- Usefulness 89%
- Inspiration 85%
- Readability 90%
- Ease of Navigation 86%