This interview series feature interviews with travel bloggers and writers. If you are a travel blogger and a writer and have something to share with and say to your readers, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!
In this interview series, let us meet a travel blogger, Cory Varga from You Could Travel, a travel blog that offers travel guides, trip tips and specialize in soft adventures and off-the-beaten path to inspire others to travel around the world. Cory Varga lived in Japan and it has become their favorite country. If you plan to travel to Japan, you will find many valuable travel tips, culinary delights and destination features of Japan on her blog.
“Many romanticise that being a travel blogger means travelling the world in fluff and getting things on a silver platter. Little they know about the sheer amount of work that goes behind closed doors. To sum it up, definitely the best job ever, if you love writing, photography, but are happy to get out of your comfort zone A LOT” - Cory Varga, travel blogger from You Could Travel. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Welcome Cory! Tell me about yourself, your blog, and your coming adventure.
My name is Cory, I am the founder of You Could Travel, a website geared towards inspiring others through information packed articles that revolve around travel guides, recommendations, and tips. You Could Travel focuses on out of ordinary quests and underlines positives experiences abroad to encourage and motivate through personal adventures.
Together with my husband, we specialise in soft adventure travel and off the beaten path destinations. We are planning a new adventure every month, currently being in Hungary, next exploring Japan for a month, followed by two months around Portugal.
As a digital nomad, what your routine looks like?
I write a lot, photograph something new every day, and create lots of social media schedules. I am a Creative Director for my own digital studio as well, so apart from dealing with the blogging world, I also work full time in the design world. I'm usually crazy busy!
Given the perceptions that travel blogging is one of the best jobs in the world, what do you think?
I think the idea of working for yourself comes with the utmost reward. Being a travel writer is completely different than being a travel blogger, though. I think it's a fantastic job, and to me, definitely the best in the world, but this is because it's my chosen path. For example, many romanticise that being a travel blogger means travelling the world in fluff and getting things on a silver platter. Little they know about the sheer amount of work that goes behind closed doors. To sum it up, definitely the best job ever, if you love writing, photography, but are happy to get out of your comfort zone A LOT. '
As revealed in your blog that you have lived in Japan, what is one of your favorite places there and why?
I love Tokyo the most. I love that Tokyo has multiple personalities and although I know that this sounds like such cliche, I mean it. Shibuya is mad, whilst the narrow street of Asakusa are the perfect zen antidote for Tokyo's madness. I love how sterile Tokyo is. I love a city which is clean, efficient, quiet, perfect. Imagine being part of an environment, where everything has a place, a role. It's like being in a robotic world, with perfect people, fantastic citizens and epic customer service. Ah, Tokyo, you are the best!
Out of all the things you need to work on as a travel blogger, (writing, photography, marketing, social media, blog design, etc), which one is your least favorite?
I really don't like social media scheduling. It's tedious. I love doing it for Pinterest and Instagram, because I get to use my design and photography skills, but Twitter can be a menace sometimes.
What is the biggest pet peeve of yours?
I always bounce off the walls. I can't stand still. I always need to do something. This makes it difficult for those around me, who sometimes just want to chill with a Mojito. I like to take my Mojito and do something in due course.
One of your travel tips to offer to your fellow travelers.
Always bring a spare outfit in your hand luggage and don't forget to have a chocolate bar with you on the plane.
If you would live anywhere in this world now, aside from Romania, UK and Japan, where would you choose to live?
Oh no, why would you take Japan off the list? Haha, you know fully well I would pick Tokyo! Well, actually, we decided to relocate to Portugal for a while, to see how it's like. It ticks many boxes, including safety, epic weather and awesome food. Have I mentioned long beaches by the ocean? Yup, pretty great!
I have not been to the long beaches yet but I always wanted to visit Portugal. Is there any travel bloggers you would like to meeting in person and have a drink and a meal with?
Interesting question. Can I pick two people? I would have dinner with Anna Lysakowska from AnnaEverywhere and her boyfriend Matt, from ExpertVagabond. I appreciate Anna's view towards travels and the world. She seems more practical and factual than happy-go-lucky, which I much prefer in the industry. You can clearly tell that she is rather clever, and I reckon I could find a few political debates the two of us would enjoy. I want to meet Matt because I saw a picture of him hugging a washing machine in Anna's apartment in Mexico. I want to know the story behind that...and pick his brain about his ridiculously awesome photography skills.
Expert Vagabond is one of my favorite travel bloggers too. What are your best travel moments so far?
Do you have a lifetime to tell you about all of them? If I am to pick just one, it would be the time my husband proposed to me in Japan on top of Mount Hiei, just outside of Kyoto. If I can pick one more, it would be the first ever meal we had when we arrived in Japan. It was in some random no-name restaurant just across the road from the hotel. The best ramen ever!
Thanks Cory for the interview. Enjoy your coming travels in Japan and Portugal!