Travel Blogger Q&A Series

Travel Blogger Q&A Series -Why Not Ju

Travel Blogger Q&A Series – These are the amazing people that travel the world and share their stories on their blogs. Through this series, I aim to share a better understanding of travel bloggers apart from their blogs – a little more on the personal side of travel! Join me in this interview with Julie from Why Not Ju!

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Why Not Ju

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My name is Julie and I’m a 24 y/o backpacking, life-loving extrovert girl from Norway. I blog about my adventures on “Why Not Ju”. The name because, to me, almost everyone can travel. The only thing stopping you from fulfilling your dream is you, so “Why not You?”. Also Ju is the nickname that my boyfriend gave me haha, so the name worked itself out naturally after a while.

I just got back from a travel adventure in Latin America that was supposed to last for 3 months, but ended up being over 16 months. I started out in Cuba and Mexico and backpacked my way down to Brazil, while only taking 3 shorter flights, and visiting every country on my way down there. My plan now is to spend time with family and friends as well as work up new savings. The 16th of august in on a plane back to South America to get to know the last countries in the south! So I guess I’m one of those travelers that prefer to be based in one place just for a couple of months at a time.

 

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After nearly 4 months in Rio De Janeiro I finaly paied Crist the Redeemer a visit. – To me the world is just full of wonders. Everywhere I go I find something amazing about my surroundings, the architecture and the culture. But there are 7 new world wonders and I want to visit them all. 4/7 ✅ – Have you visited any world wonders? – #worldwonder #wonderoftheworld #rioeuteamo #riodejaneirotop #rio40graus #rj40graus #cariocando #porainrio #instario #vejario #topofbrazil #brazilgram #visitbrazil #topofbrazil #discoversouthamerica #travelsouthamerica #travelsouthamerica #americadelsur #girlsvsglobe #womenwhoexplores #girlslovetravel #igtraveltag #welivetoexplore #adventureculture #sheexplores #travelstoke #howitravel #longthermtravel #womenwhotravel

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I’ve always loved traveling, but my love for travel really started when I decided to go for an exchange semester in Budapest in 2014. I came to Budapest without knowing anyone and got new friends from all over the world. We did different trips together to countries around Hungary, as well as exploring the city we called home for 6 months. After that, I went back to Oslo to finish my degree, but the travel bug had caught me. I spent the weekdays working with uni and the nights working in a nursing home. This way  I could spend the weekends traveling and visiting my friends around Europe. When I finished my degree I started traveling more, and took a job on a cruise ship to make saving easier. Then in 2016 I decided to go on my first big backpacker adventure in Latin America.


 

What is your earliest travel memory?

I don’t have a very clear first memory of traveling. I do remember that during my childhood, traveling with my family, was filled with a lot of road trips. Mainly around Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Scandinavia is amazing in the summertime, and trust me, there is so much beautiful nature here.

 

Have you ever cried at an airport? Why?

So many time, haha. That sounds super sad, but airports are a place for goodbyes and reuniting with loved ones, so how can you not. Right? Last time I cried on an Airport was earlier this May when I saw my Mom, Dad and little sister after being away for almost 1,5 year.

 

What is your travel style?

I’m open to all kinds of travel and I’ve also done a little bit of everything through the years. My big love is backpacking, low budget and slow travel. I just find it easier getting around with a backpack on my back, then dragging a suitcase around. Since I mostly have been traveling around solo, I found the backpacker community so including. In hostels, it doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes to connect with fellow travelers. In general, I almost never found myself alone, unless I wanted to be. By low budget, I mean that I try to find alternative ways to make my money last. I couchsurf, volunteer, look for work and in general travel slower as that usually is cheaper. I do not, whoever make a budget, and restrict myself from using a certain amount of money per day or week. I find that these kinds of things usually work themselves out on their own.

 

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What is your favorite city?

This is a very hard question as there is something amazing about every country I’ve visited. It’s almost always like this with the cities I’ve visited as well. Budapest is an amazing city that I got to know pretty well cause of my exchange there. I love it for all its beautiful architecture, the Danube river running through the middle of the city, all its cute cafes and bars and so much more. Lima in Peru is also a much underrated city. I had some of the best food I’ve had throughout my travels in Latin America. Lima has both big city life and beach, so it’s a perfect place to go if you want both.

 

What is the weirdest thing you carry when you travel?

I don’t know if it’s that weird, but when I backpack I usually travel with some food and spices. A lot of times one of the things included is popcorn, because you know, there is never a moment not right for popcorn.

 

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done on holiday?

I think that list is long, because I have a thing for being adventures. I will mention however, that I ended up couchsurfing in a indigenous suhar community in the jungle in Ecuador.

 

What do you collect when traveling?

I collect memories, because with a 45l backpack there is just no way to fit a lot of souvenirs. I do collect shells or special stones from beaches when I come across it, as I make necklaces out of it. I also try to save a piece of the currency from countries I visit. I’m planning on buying a cork boards and just put it all up there with some photos.

 

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Which is your favorite international meal?

Ceviche from Peru, basically fish soaked in lime juice with red onion and sweet potato. Doesn’t sound tempting? You have to try it! Mexican street taco also scores high if that can counts as a meal, as well as pita bread and hummus. I know it said one, but there is just so much good food out there.

 

What do you miss most about home when you travel?

Without a doubt, being away from family and friends. After some months it can be hard to be away from family and friends, especially for holidays or other occasions when they’re all together.  And sometimes staying in touch and talking as much as I would like to is hard because of being in different time, bad internet connections and the fact that we all do have busy schedules. But video calls and voice messages have been a good tool to use to stay in touch.

 

How does travel make you feel?

It makes me feel free and curious! I just love diving into new cultures, learning about traditions, trying the food, practicing new languages and just seeing where the road takes me. You never know what crazy adventures wait around the next corner.

I feel like finding happiness in the simple things is so easy when you find yourself in a new place every couple of months, but this is something I try to apply to my life at home as well.

 

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Where is the best party scene?

The best party scene really depends on what kind of party you’re looking for. The best club scene I’ve been to in Europe must be Berlin and Budapest, Lima in Peru is also great for clubbing. If you’re looking for a Caribbean beach style party you should really check out Utila in Honduras as well as San Blas in Panama.

 

Favorite travel related book?

My favorite travel books is a part of a trilogy written by Cecilia Samartin, The first book is called Señor Peregrino, the second and third books are La peregrine and Los Peregrinos. The series is about a couple of persons and about the pilgrimage in Spain to Santiago de Compostela. After reading this book I really want to go one this pilgrimage, at least parts of it. If you haven’t already you should check the books out. They are amazing.

 

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Worst piece of travel advice you’ve received?

I don’t have a specific travel advice in mind, but I’ve meet a lot of people telling me about countries and just saying, that they are dangerous. Most of them didn’t even go to the place they talk about, and sure, there are countries that absolutely are not the best place to visit. But like, there are dangerous cities and areas in almost every country of the world, so don’t take all advices blindly, do some research of your own first.

 

What is your ritual when you get to a new destination?

Orientate and just walk around in the streets to take it all in, then I always try to see a city from above, not just for the view, but cause it helps me orientate and put the different pieces of the city together.


 

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