Since you all seemed to enjoy last month’s interview with Chloe from Wanderlust in the Midwest, I’m excited to introduce you to Christine from The Traveloguer! 

thetraveloguer labuanbajoLet’s start with an easy question – tell me about yourself and your blog.

I’m Christine and my blog is The Traveloguer. The Traveloguer is where I share my passion for travel and photography, storytelling and tips about how to travel on a budget. I also like to share the realities of travel, mainly the disastrous moments I tend to find myself in. To me, that’s what travel is all about; the amazing experiences and the adventures, good and bad!

What’s your favorite UNESCO world heritage site?

Tough one, but I think it has to be Hoi An’s Ancient Town.

Why do you travel?

I travel because I makes me incredibly happy, and because I am absolutely consumed with wanderlust. The world is such a big place that I want to travel as much as I can, so as to see as much as I can.

What are your top 3 essential travel items?

Camera, Notebook and Sunscreen!

 Favorite “off the beaten path” destination?

Hmm, I’m not sure about off-the-beaten track, but road-tripping around New Zealand’s North Island is full of opportunities to explore and camp out in deserted places. You have these amazing beaches and forests all to yourself, and it’s so beautiful everywhere you look.

 Most awkward travel moment?

When I was inter-railing years ago, my friend and I were on our way to Germany from Amsterdam, wearing Amsterdam hoodies with marijuana leaves on them. Two terrifying German police got on at the border, and proceeded to stalk up and down, searching people’s bags. We may have had a lingering smell of coffee shops on us, because the woman searched our handbags, then escorted me to the train toilet, where she made me show her that I wasn’t smuggling any goods. The only thing was, I had no underwear on, and so I had to expose myself to a German policewoman, and almost died of humiliation!

 Most memorable travel moment?

This is such a hard one! I’ll go with a boat ride on the Ganges, in Varanasi. It was our first full night in India, and I was so excited to finally be there after longing for it for so long. We floated along the Ganges, looking at all the life taking place on the ghats as the sun went down. Then we joined other boats that were all clustered together to wait for the nightly Hindu ceremony to take place. Being surrounded by so many people who were all waiting in the darkness for the same thing was really special, and knowing that I was finally in India, and in such an iconic place made it more memorable.

 Here’s a question most travelers hate, but reader love: What’s your top 3 “favorite” travel destinations (if you’re absolutely forced to choose)?

India, Berlin and Phnom Penh (I think)!

Do you have a travel tip or pearl of wisdom to impart upon my readers?

Hmm, always pack a scarf/sarong for backpacking. Pack less than you think you’ll need, and remember that the most stressful travel moments are the ones that will make for the best stories later on!

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How can readers keep in touch with you?   

Twitter – http://twitter.com/thetraveloguer

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Instagram – http://instagram.com/christine_traveloguer

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